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In the midst of a successful academic career, Fechtor experiences a burst aneurysm—and recovers with wit, wisdom, and food. Fechtor’s charming writing drew me in with her anecdotes, like when she met her husband-to-be (“he was totally annoying”), then pulled me back into the raw with her hospital tales. It is “the story of a broken brain—and oh, by the way, there will be recipes.”  —Sara

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Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101983638
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Published: Plume Books - April 5th, 2016

This book has a chapter called “The Cheddarpocalypse”. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, I can’t help you. –Flan

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Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America S Most Iconic Cheese Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603585651
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 23rd, 2015

Tempted to jump in on the cupcake craze but feel that it’ll clash with your weekend (day?) drinking habits? Never fear, Prohibition Bakery has your back! With a wide range of recipes and ingredients, even the pickiest livers will leave sated. –Rachel

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ISBN: 9781454916963
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - October 6th, 2015

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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The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. A New Way to Drink. Cover Image
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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.

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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.

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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel Cover Image
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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

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Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus Cover Image
By Carla Snyder, Nicole Franzen (Photographer)
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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.

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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.

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The Violet Bakery Cookbook Cover Image
By Claire Ptak, Kristin Perers (Photographer), Alice Waters (Foreword by)
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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.

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Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails Cover Image
By Duggan McDonnell, Luke Abiol, Luke Abiol (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781452135250
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015

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