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What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream? Should she do an internship or jump right in? How does she find a farm or handle one that she’s inherited? How does she incorporate animals as part of a farm ecosystem? Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. 

By Audrey Levatino, Michael Levatino (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781581572414
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Published: Countryman Press - May 4th, 2015

I am absolutely taken with April Bloomfield’s new cookbook. Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York, Bloomfield is clearly an acclaimed chef, but the tone of her text and her book’s gorgeous photos and colorful illustrations make her recipes charming and accessible. A Girl and Her Greens is a showcase of her love for vegetables—from the humble potato to broccoli raab. As with her previous book, A Girl and Her Pig, her food is exciting and sophisticated. You don’t even realize she’s elevated your cooking, you just know that what you’ve made is delicious.

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S.B.
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062225887
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Published: Ecco Press - April 21st, 2015

This collection of “genius” recipes is the real deal. Food52 has compiled outstanding recipes from a wealth of culinary luminaries—including Marcella Hazan (Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions), Edna Lewis (Shrimp Grits), Patricia Wells (Green Lentil Salad), and Diana Kennedy (Carnitas)—in one beautiful volume. Want Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for Basic Hummus, Alice Waters’ Ratatouille, and Nigella Lawson’s famous Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake? They’re all in there. Genius Recipes is what to reach for when you want a flawless recipe. It’s also the perfect gift for any cook.

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S.B.
By Kristen Miglore, Amanda Hesser (Foreword by), Merrill Stubbs (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747970
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 7th, 2015

If you love cocktails but don’t love spending all of your time mixing them instead of joining the party, big batch cocktails are the answer. Punch Bowls & Pitcher Drinks is an enticing collection of recipes for punches—some inspired by classic cocktails like Manhattans and Mint Juleps, others that are wine- or champagne-based like Sangria. The Tropical & Exotic Drinks and Height of Summer concoctions (Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca? Vodka-Lime Punch? Yes, please!) will definitely be fueling my summer.

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S.B.
$14.99
ISBN: 9780804186438
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 3rd, 2015

If you still haven’t had enough of the too-cool-for-school snacks unveiled in Momofuku Milk Bar, you can find lots more to love in Milk Bar Life. There are Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Chorizo Burgers, Kitchen Sink Quiche with Red Onion Jam, Fruity Pebble Meringues with Passion Fruit Curd (OMG), and many more. As sleek, eye catching, and appealingly laid out as a hipster zine, this is the ideal cookbook for your next gourmet dinner with a badass twist.

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Andrea
$35.00
ISBN: 9780770435103
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 7th, 2015

Many of Rick Bayless’ fantastic dishes have become staples in our house, so I’m really excited about his new collection. A follow-up to his bestseller, Mexican Everyday, Bayless has written a book designed to not only celebrate the vibrant flavors of the Mexican kitchen, but to get us to cook more—and more confidently. More Mexican Everyday emphasizes vegetables, go-to meals, and techniques to maximize flavor. From Egg-Chorizo Tortas to Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas, I can’t wait to cook my way through this book. 

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S.B.
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393081145
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 27th, 2015

There’s nothing more magical on a hot day than the perfectly crafted margarita. Now try 72 of them! The Tippling Bros. have compiled the ultimate no-nonsense guide to exploring everything to do with tequila, limes, and a shaker. My personal obsession is the Blood Orange Margarita (with cinnamon simple syrup)—but with step-by-step instructions and tips from more than 30 years in the cocktail industry, there’s something for everyone.

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Kimberly
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544302327
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 21st, 2015

Sara Forte has filled her second cookbook with what she loves best: seasonal vegetables and whole foods with bold dressings and sauces, and healthful, colorful foods that taste good. These are gorgeous dishes—beautifully balanced in flavor, color and texture—but they are practical, too. You can serve many of her dishes, like Emerald Greens, hot or cold, her recipes don’t take hours to make, and she provides plenty of protein options to satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Forte’s casual-but-passionate approach to eating well is perfection.

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S.B.
$25.00
ISBN: 9781607746553
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 31st, 2015

Big Gay Ice Cream started out of a food truck launched during Brooklyn Pride in the summer of 2009. Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint’s sense of fun, creativity, and unboxable ingenuity secured them the success of first their truck and now their bicoastal ice cream empire. You are invited to try delicious flavors and toppings outside of the regular wrapper while you enjoy crazy stories and thoughtful vignettes from these famous frozen treat veterans.

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Jocelyn
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385345606
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 28th, 2015

Ever since my brother-in-law whipped up a delectable dish from veggie scraps (that I had slated for the compost pile!), I’ve been mindful of trying to make the most of the produce I cook with. Eating “root to leaf” is chef Steven Satterfield’s mantra, too, and he showcases that approach to perfection in his new book. Everyone from omnivores to vegans will find something to love about Satterfield’s beautiful, simple, and seasonal food that incorporates braising, pickling, preserving, and canning.

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S.B.
$45.00
ISBN: 9780062283696
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Published: Harperwave - March 3rd, 2015

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