Cooking

One of the best introductory cookbooks I've seen--totally engaging, excellent instructions, teaches skills to build on, and, most importantly, packed with delicious recipes! The head chef at Chez Panisse knocked this one out of the park.  

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S.B.
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

Apparently the heart isn’t the only destination you can reach via the stomach. Pollan uses his expert investigative powers to present the back-story to four meals and his retelling of this digestive narrative changed my mind about how I eat, where I shop, and what I consider “affordable” food. This is an excellent book for anyone who loves food or just appreciates excellent writing.

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Nici
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

This is such a cool book, I love it! Flipping through the drinks in this book, it's hard to decide what to make first. My favorite part is the variety of non-alcoholic drinks from refreshing lemonades and spritzers to satisfying flavored coffees and shakes. These handcrafted beverages are taken to a new level in this beautifully photographed collection of recipes. 

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Megan
By Ashley English, Jen Altman (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611801286
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Published: Roost Books - October 21st, 2014

This fantastic resource for new or budding cooks includes not only recipes, but guides on organizing, stocking, and cleaning your kitchen - including beautiful photographs of cooking spaces that will spur you to make your own kitchen dazzling. It's a perfect gift for someone who has just begun cooking or who has just moved into a new home. I read it from cover to cover! 

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Andrea
$32.50
ISBN: 9780770434434
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 7th, 2014

The editors of Imbibe magazine have put together a fantastic collection of inventive toddies, crowd-pleasing punches, and cocktail flavor profiles right out of mom’s kitchen. Deliciously festive ingredients like cinnamon, cranberry, and apple cider interweave with more exotic (but wholly worthwhile) components like Chartreuse, Cherry Heering, and rose syrup. If you love the holidays (or love drinking your way through them), this cocktail guide was made for you.
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Kimberly
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452127828
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

I love that Yotam Ottolenghi’s previous book, Plenty, not only found its audience, but became a national bestseller. Filled with recipes for vibrant, Middle Eastern-inspired vegetable dishes, Plenty had many of us stocking up on new ingredients—and reaping the rewards. Now Ottolenghi returns with Plenty More. From Honey-Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt to Tomato and Almond Tart, his new collection of recipes once again inspires. Absolutely fantastic.
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S.B.
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607746218
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

When Cal Peternell, chef at Chez Panisse, realized that his college-bound son had no idea how to cook (despite growing up eating great food) he came up with this introduction to the kitchen. More than a collection of recipes, it is also a cooking course—one that shows how learning basics, then building upon them, will give any cook confidence. There is so much good food and great instruction in this book—not to mention gorgeous photographs and illustrations—that we can see this becoming an absolute classic.
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S.B.
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

I am a huge fan of Gabrielle Hamilton. I inhaled Blood, Bones & Butter, her stunning 2011 memoir about her life as a chef, but the whole time I read it I found myself craving a cookbook to go along with it (I’m a greedy reader). Now my wish has been granted in the form of Prune, which features dazzling photography and recipes for the sophisticated-but-completely-unpretentious appetizers, cocktails and entrees that Hamilton has become deservedly famous for.
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Kat
$45.00
ISBN: 9780812994094
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Published: Random House - November 4th, 2014

The next best thing to being a regular at West Oakland’s restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen is picking up this soulful cookbook from proprietress Tanya Holland. Packed with generous, down-home recipes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cornmeal Waffles, Bourbon & Chili-Glazed Salmon, and Caramel Layer Cake, Holland’s book also captures her soulful spirit and celebrates the diversity of a community. Highly recommended—a joy to read and cook from!
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S.B.
By Tanya Holland, Jody Horton (Photographer), Jan Newberry (With)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452122342
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the fall is this beauty from Southern chef Sean Brock. The James Beard Award-winning chef is committed to preserving and celebrating heritage foods, but isn’t afraid to reinterpret how they are used. (You’ll find a recipe for Creamed Corn, but also for Corn-Goat Cheese Soup with Shrimp and Brown Butter Chanterelles.) Anthony Bourdain calls Brock, “One of the most important chefs in America…an absolutely transformative figure. His food manages to amaze without ever being pretentious or inaccessible. You, too, can cook this stuff. And you should.”
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S.B.
By Sean Brock, Peter Frank Edwards (Photographer), Marion Sullivan (Contribution by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579654634
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 21st, 2014

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