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Pok Pok Noodles by Andy Ricker

Pok Pok Noodles boasts hearty recipes with 30-plus ingredients as well as more relaxed, anything-goes dishes where “virtually any vegetable is welcome.” Not to worry though; Andy Ricker is here to help. He includes tips on sourcing the right ingredients, an extensive vocabulary section, and the suggested utensils and flavor profiles for each recipe. This is an absolutely delicious collection for noodle-lovers like me! - Megan                                     

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POK POK Noodles: Recipes from Thailand and Beyond: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747758
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 21st, 2019

My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Cámara

This gorgeous cookbook by Gabriela Cámara, the acclaimed owner/chef of Contramar in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco, includes recipes served at her restaurants, but it is essentially a collection of the dishes that she serves her family and friends. From tortillas to tortas, tamales to flan, Cámara (who has a self-described “fanaticism for freshness”) shares recipes that are traditional and also inspired by seasonal ingredients. I love her voice throughout the book (including in her essays on sustainable seafood and her friendship with Diana Kennedy) and anticipate cooking her lush, delicious recipes for years to come. - S.B.

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My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399580574
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 30th, 2019

Batch Cocktails by Maggie Hoffman

I like to play the part of the perfect hostess but prefer to work smarter, not harder. This is where Hoffman’s book comes in: Now I can just make a pitcher or two of drinks that have amazing flavor and complexity and then sit back and relax for the rest of the evening. With drinks for every occasion, including the one where you get to come home to a ready-made (aged!) drink, this book is a godsend. Take a look. I know what I’ll be bringing to the season’s first barbeque! - Jax

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Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399582530
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 19th, 2019

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

In this thoroughly engaging and delightful memoir, best-selling food writer Ruth Reichl (Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples), recounts her unexpected tenure as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine during the last decade of its existence. I love the ease of Reichl’s writing and her great storytelling skills, whether she is recounting mouthwatering meals, the quirkiness of staff members, or the heaviness of feeding firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11. More than a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of an iconic magazine, this is an endearing and thoughtful exploration of the ways food can bring people together. - S.B.

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069996
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Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2019

Outer Order, Inner Calm and A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

If decluttering and getting organized keeps making your to-do list and never getting done, these books could be the inspiration you need to move from dreaming to doing. We know and love Gretchen Rubin for her book with the cheery title The Happiness Project, and she’s hooked us again with this one: Outer Order, Inner Calm. Ahhhh, already the invitation is irresistible. Open this book to any page and you’ll get a bite-size tip about how to start. She’s kind, practical, reasonable, and encouraging.

If you’re a “before and after” picture junkie like I am, The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin will appeal to your visually pleasing style. This book is broken into three simple sections: How to edit the contents of each area, how to set up the organization, and how to maintain the new systems. Shearer and Teplin assure you that if they can do it, you can do it. Seeing page after page of colorful “after” pictures with everything color coded, containers galore, and fancy folding is almost as good as seeing it happen in your own home. Whether you are aiming for a version of minimalism or just need that final push to clean some closets and make life simpler, these two books will get you started and see you through. - Jenny

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Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984822802
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Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

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The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals (Includes Refrigerator  Labels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525572640
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 19th, 2019

Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone & Alan Andres

This companion book to the PBS documentary series (airing in July) tells the stories of the visionaries who helped America complete JFK’s historic moon landing challenge. “Chasing the Moon is so informative and so entertaining that it can easily stand on its own as a popular history of the Space Race. Stone and Andres capture not only the Cold War rivalry and turmoil of the period, but its heady optimism.” —Joseph Kanon

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781524798123
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 4th, 2019

The Dreamt Land by Mark Arax

A history and assessment of California’s (misguided) water distribution system and the population growth it has engendered, The Dreamt Land reads like an expansive, expertly crafted novel. Propelled by endless curiosity and the courage to go where his story leads, Arax captures the personalities and voices of farmers, land barons, developers, laborers, environmentalists, politicians, and consumers who depend on (and fight over) access to our state’s most precious natural resource, and details the shady dealings and political nonsense that determines who gets to profit from it. What Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert is to the Western United States, this book is to California—an imperative and timely work that will be around for decades to come. - Rico

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The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875209
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2019

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

Told with an adroit, almost poetic style, this work of contemporary history is far from textbook. In The Road to Unfreedom, Yale professor and award-winning author Timothy Snyder analyzes the rise of populism and authoritarianism across the globe, with a focus on Russia, Europe, and the United States. Snyder’s analysis gives the reader a concrete map of events that led us to the present, and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of liberal democracy. - Aric

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525574477
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 9th, 2019

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

In telling the story of the French Resistance through the perspective of a handful of women (among many) recruited as operatives and spies to work behind enemy lines, Sarah Rose adds a chapter that had been missing from the written history of World War II. Dropped by parachute to lead missions of espionage and sabotage, they let nothing stand in the way of defeating Hitler and freeing France. Pick this one up for an engrossing, true narrative and for inspiration from women who never backed down. - Jocelyn

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D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World  War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451495082
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Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

I wish I could escape from this time of upheaval and massive discontent by reading books that are non-political or historical, but really, I find more solace by immersing myself in information. (It makes me think the bad guys aren’t getting away with it.) The Soul of America, which chronicles our nation’s struggles from revolutionary times to the current day, is right up my alley, while also offering a beacon of hope. “Gripping and inspiring…[Meacham] makes the resonant argument that America has faced division before—and not only survived it but thrived.” —Newsday - S.B.

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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

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