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Finally, a cocktail book for normal people! At least, people who don’t have money to blow on rare liquors but still enjoy a tasty beverage. I especially enjoy that it gives really great recipes for simple syrups, which jazz up a drink but don’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a well-written book to help you start up your home bar, this is it.

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Jax
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761174943
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Published: Workman Publishing - July 29th, 2014

This Is Camino, one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the season, does not disappoint. Celebrating the gorgeous, mostly wood-fired, seasonal food of the acclaimed Camino restaurant (in Oakland), this cookbook also captures the philosophy and soul of the cook and the owners. Jonathan Gold raves, “This Is Camino is easily the most important chef’s book to come out of the Bay Area since Judy Rodgers’ Zuni Café Cookbook almost fifteen years ago.”  —S.B.

$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747284
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 13th, 2015

As a long-time fan of Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks, I have seen Swanson’s cooking evolve into a whole foods approach. Happily, she has never become didactic or judgmental; instead, she has lured readers down that same healthy path with her lovely writing, tempting recipes, and beautiful photography. She is already the best-selling author of Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Every Day, but Near & Far is, I believe, her greatest work. Swanson takes readers on not only a wholesome path, but on one around the world. In the process, we taste the beauty of flavors and foods from Morocco, India, Japan, Italy, France, and more. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  —S.B.

$29.99
ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

I enjoy sweets, but my heart really belongs to citrus fruits and the delicious tartness they impart in food. Snyder has created a delightful cookbook that cherishes that flavor, crafting foods that will be sure to please even the sourest disposition. The recipes are easy to read and understand, and there is something for all skill levels. I particularly enjoyed the “basics” provided to add a bit of zest to recipes of your own!  —Jax

By Carla Snyder, Nicole Franzen (Photographer)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452134796
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 11th, 2015

Magnus Nilsson, whose restaurant Fäviken is considered one of the best in the world, chronicles Nordic home cooking in his terrific and approachable new book. Nilsson travelled throughout the Nordic region—Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—collecting recipes and photographing the landscape and people. The result is a beautiful and very personable book. As a person of Scandinavian descent, The Nordic Cookbook speaks to my soul and gives me hope that I can both replicate the meals of my youth that I loved at my grandparents’ house and further appreciate this rich cuisine.  —S.B.

$49.95
ISBN: 9780714868721
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 26th, 2015

I hardly need another baking book, but it was futile for me to resist The Violet Bakery Cookbook. Written by Chez Panisse alum Clair Ptak (who now has a bakery in London), it hits all the right notes: sophisticated but appealing recipes, a wide variety of flavors (fruit, nut, chocolate), beautiful photographs, and some stellar savory dishes. I have tried numerous recipes and have been thrilled with the results. This book is a gem. (See our Cookbook PotLuck for more about The Violet Bakery Cookbook.)   —S.B.

By Claire Ptak, Kristin Perers (Photographer), Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607746713
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 29th, 2015

Fans of the city, local history, or—of course—cocktails, take note: Drinking the Devil’s Acre is one fantastic book. Not only did I learn a lot about the Barbary Coast and its single, bar-filled block known as the Devil’s Acre, but my eyes were opened to the legendary contributions San Francisco has made to cocktail culture: from the invention of pisco punch and the mai tai to its love of the negroni and the Gold Rush sazerac. Recipes for 25 of San Francisco’s most iconic cocktails are included in this small but powerful book, and it was my pleasure to try as many as possible. The Scorpion Bowl (page 93) has my highest recommendation.  —S.B.

By Duggan McDonnell, Luke Abiol, Luke Abiol (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452135250
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of Alice Waters’—legendary founder of Chez Panisse—pantry looks like, this is your chance to find out! Waters explains that she views the pantry as an extension of one’s identity as a chef. She divulges the contents of her pantry and talks about her favorite dishes to make from those ingredients. This lovely book will make you want to revamp your pantry and start making your own condiments!  —Flannery

$24.99
ISBN: 9780804185288
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Published: Pam Krauss Books - September 15th, 2015

I opened this cookbook and my mouth literally started watering. I’ve been a die-hard fan of the magazine Lucky Peach since Issue 1 (“Ramen”) in 2011. However, many of its recipes were not accessible for those cooks without access to industrial kitchens. 101 Easy Asian Recipes changes that. With clear guides to ingredients that might be unfamiliar (but are easily obtained) Peter Meehan and the editors have favored deliciousness and simplicity over authenticity, with results you shouldn’t wait to taste.  —Jocelyn

$35.00
ISBN: 9780804187794
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 27th, 2015

When Gourmet magazine closed, editor Ruth Reichl was left with no job and feelings of failure. To sort through the unexpected, heartbreaking change, she turned to her kitchen and spent a year cooking her way to clarity. This book chronicles that year. Alternating between a narrative of Reichl’s personal life and the recipes she cooked, this charming book is filled with great cooking ideas and beautiful photographs. Reichl fans will eat this up.  —Flannery

$35.00
ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

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