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Cookbooks & Food Writing from the 2013 Summer Newsletter

<a href=""><img src=" align="right" width="100" height="129" hspace="5"></a>These recommendations were published in our <a href="">2013 Summer Newsletter</a>.

Cooked by Michael Pollan

It’s probably not even necessary for us to share our recommendation for Michael Pollan’s new book, because, for goodness’ sake, it’s a new book from Michael Pollan and that’s thrilling enough. But allow us to add that Pollan’s focus in Cooked is “the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen,” which excites us culinary-minded folks to no end. Plus, Cooked has received starred reviews from pretty much every literary source, including Booklist, Kirkus Review, and Library Journal. Finally, and unbelievably, we are hosting Pollan for an event on June 18th! (Check here for ticket availability.)

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation By Michael Pollan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204210
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Penguin Press - April 23rd, 2013

VB6 by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman’s simple concept of eating vegan before 6:00 p.m., coupled with eating fewer processed foods, showed real results for him when he lost 30 pounds. Scientific data and research help back up these personal results. Bittman also does an amazing job of putting the personal gains of weight loss and a healthier you into a larger perspective that includes a healthier earth as a result of a plant-based diet.

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VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good By Mark Bittman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385344746
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - April 30th, 2013

Cocktails for a Crowd by Kara Newman

Making drinks for more than two people can be exhausting, especially if you’re using a cocktail shaker. But what if you have more than one friend? Help is on the way with Cocktails for a Crowd, which features lush photography and 40 recipes for large-batch cocktails. You’re sure to please any crowd with a bowl of French 75 Punch, which brims over with gin, champagne, and orange wheels. Make ’em ahead of time and enjoy your shindig!

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Cocktails for a Crowd: More than 40 Recipes for Making Popular Drinks in Party-Pleasing Batches By Kara Newman, Teri Lyn Fisher (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Kara Newman, Teri Lyn Fisher (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781452109497
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - May 14th, 2013

Franny's by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens & Melissa Clark

Franny’s, a beloved restaurant in Brooklyn, shares its recipes for delicious pastas, pizzas, and more in this wonderful new cookbook. (Don’t miss the Linguine with Meyer Lemon and Roasted Romano Beans with Calabrese Olives.) “This book captures the beating heart of what makes Franny’s so beautiful: its simplicity, its ability to make the ordinary surprising, and—above all—its celebration of honest everyday cooking.” -Alice Waters

Poor Man's Feast by Elissa Altman

This is one of those books that I’m going to find impossible to write well enough about, considering that I want to thrust it into everyone’s hands and insist they read it. Elissa Altman’s writing about food, family, and life is witty, tender, and beautiful, not to mention absolutely hysterical. (She was once described as “the illegitimate love child of David Sedaris and MFK Fisher.”) I adored reading about Altman’s evolution (culinary and otherwise) from her “fancy is always best” childhood to her devotion to simple living, and especially about the love story that made that change happen. One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time.

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Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent

Fall and winter might seem like a more ideal time for baking, but (a) summers here are on the cool and drizzly side, (b) the gorgeous fruits of the season make some of the best desserts ever, and (c) when a wonderful new baking book comes out, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is! And so it is that you must pick up a copy of this lovely new book on French pastry. Although written by an accomplished pastry chef, it is completely accessible and will have you making scrumptious fruit tarts (and so much more) in no time.

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Patisserie at Home: Step-by-step recipes to help you master the art of French pastry By Will Torrent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849753548
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Ryland Peters & Small - April 11th, 2013

True Brews by Emma Christensen

Home brewing is sweeping the nation, and you could be a part of this delicious revolution! For those newly interested in brewing or for a seasoned drink maker, True Brews is a great addition to your library. Christensen writes in an easy-to-understand, accessible way, and provides fantastic recipes that will be surefire hits. True Brews has both alcoholic and nonalcoholic recipes, which makes it great both for kids and for parties!

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True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home By Emma Christensen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607743385
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Ten Speed Press - May 14th, 2013

Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee

You may recognize Edward Lee from his time on Top Chef, but he is also the acclaimed chef/owner of 610 Magnolia restaurant in Kentucky. In his new cookbook, Lee creates recipes—filled with pickling, fermenting, frying, curing, and smoking—that reflect the overlapping flavors and techniques that led this Korean-American boy to feel right at home in the South. “Edward Lee is one of America’s most important young chefs—and what he has to say with his delicious food and in the pages of this book will help redefine American food as a whole. Better start reading and start cooking. The future is here.” —Anthony Bourdain

Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen By Edward Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579654924
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Artisan - May 1st, 2013

Saving the Season by Kevin West

A few friends steered me toward Kevin West’s blog last year and I’m so glad they did: West’s writing is lovely, his photographs are gorgeous, and his recipes for all kinds of preserved goods—from marmalade to limoncello, relish to flavored butter—are delicious. Expect more of the same from West’s new book. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at canning or are interested in luscious preserves, don’t miss this book—and don’t miss Kevin West himself on July 18th (see page 15), when he’ll join us for a discussion, book signing, and recipe sampling!

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Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving: A Cookbook By Kevin West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307599483
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - June 25th, 2013

Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Jeanne Kelley

Jeanne Kelley’s recent books, Salad for Dinner and Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes, were both a delight; in Kitchen Garden Cookbook, Kelley continues to focus on seasonal, fresh ingredients—even giving advice about growing your own herbs, vegetables, and fruit at home. The over 100 recipes are easy to prepare and make use of bountiful tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, berries, and more from your
garden or farmers’ market.

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