Cookbooks & Food Writing from the 2014 Summer Newsletter

I adore Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking as much as anybody, but Richard Olney’s books about French food are the ones that have made the biggest impact on my cooking. Olney was an American who found his place in the world in Provence, and through his books, brought the joys of French country cooking to American readers. Simple French Food, which Alice Waters credits as being one of her greatest sources of inspiration for cooking at Chez Panisse, showcases seasonal, unpretentious food to perfection.

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By Richard Olney, Mark Bittman (Foreword by), Patricia Wells (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780544242203
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 6th, 2014

This is a brilliant compilation of creator Douglas Gayeton’s photo-illustrated art, focused on the pertinent topic of local, sustainable food and agricultural practices in the nation. Gayeton’s work simplifies the sometimes overly complex terminology of the many diverse food movements in the country—including “organic,” “grass-fed,” and “locavore”—to make the sustainable food movement accessible to everyone, as it should be.

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Mikaela
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Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062267634
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Published: Harper Design - June 10th, 2014

This beautifully illustrated cookbook by James Beard Award–winner Michael Ruhlman explains why the egg is the central ingredient of the kitchen. From perfect poached and scrambled eggs to mayonnaise, pasta, custards, quiches, and cakes, the hidden powers of the egg are revealed and celebrated here. “As useful as it is elegant, as comforting as it is revelatory, Egg elevates its humble subject to well-deserved heights, providing detailed (and delicious) instructions along the way.” —Dan Barber

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316254069
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 8th, 2014

I was a vegetarian, 20 years ago, when I lived with my Peruvian best friend who cooked the most delicious food from his homeland. I had no interest (then) in learning how to make beef empanadas or ceviche, but I soaked up everything he knew about quinoa, and eagerly consumed each delectable potato and corn dish he made. In lieu of access to his family’s recipes, I hope to pick up where my friend and I left off with this new cookbook from Peruvian chef and restauranteur Marin Morales. Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen, the first major Peruvian cookbook published for a U.S. audience, was named Food Book of the Year by the Sunday Times. It is a vibrant book, filled with heart and soul—the most important ingredients of all.

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Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Lomo Saltado, Anticuchos, Tiraditos, Alfajores, and Pisco Cocktails Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607746416
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 27th, 2014

Everyone from Michael Pollan to dieticians agrees: Eating home-cooked meals is the best way to develop lifelong healthy eating habits. The Family Cooks inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves—and the food is super tasty, to boot. “With these delicious recipes that celebrate flavor and seasonality, Laurie David gives parents a simple road map for bringing children into a new and lasting relationship to food. All families should have this wonderful book in their kitchen!” —Alice Waters

The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781623362508
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Published: Rodale Books - April 22nd, 2014

Santa Cruz author Amelia Slayton Loftus knows how to do it right! Like many in the area, Loftus is in support of organic, small-scale farming, and argues that it follows that those who call for sustainable food should also call for sustainable drink. A great guide to homebrewing for any aspiring beer crafter—and in league with some of the best instruction guides out there—this book is a testament to delicious, organic beer. 

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Mikaela
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Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612121239
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Published: Storey Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

Patrick Martins—deeply involved with the Slow Food movement—has written a manifesto that makes clear that meat is something we can eat sustainably, making the world a better place in the process. Endorsed by chef Alice Waters, who writes its introduction, the book argues that local artisan craft and agriculture are things worth fighting for. I don’t often find myself unable to put a book down, but this was one of those pleasant exceptions that kept me up late in the night, ready to stir things up.

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Mikaela
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The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat Cover Image
By Patrick Martins, Mike Edison (With), Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316256247
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 10th, 2014

In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, best-selling author Michael Pollan takes a tour of the most time-tested cooking techniques, from southern whole-hog barbecue and slow-cooked ragus to sourdough baking and pickle making. “Ultimately, he makes the case that cooking is a political act, one that declares our resistance to the ‘learned helplessness’ that the food industry likes to insist requires an outsourcing of dinner. ‘To cook for the pleasure of it,’ he writes, ‘to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every waking moment into yet another occasion for consumption.’” —Washington Post

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143125334
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014

I am a huge fan of Molly Wizenberg’s writing—I read her blog, Orangette, religiously and her first book, A Homemade Life, is one of my all-time favorites—so I was especially excited to get my hands on her new book, Delancey. In it, Wizenberg recounts the challenges of opening a restaurant, Delancey, in Seattle, and the challenges it presented to her marriage. Molly’s voice is warm, wholehearted, and funny. Her writing is not only about building a restaurant, but building a relationship, a community, and a fulfilled life. I loved it. Don't miss our event with Molly Wizenberg on Thursday, May 15th!

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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451655094
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 6th, 2014

I’m not sure there could be a cookbook better suited to Santa Cruz: The Forest Feast is beautiful, quirky, and unique, and is filled with recipes for gorgeous vegetarian food. This magical book comes from artist and photographer Erin Gleeson, who lives in the redwoods near Woodside. Gleeson pairs watercolor paintings with colorful photographs to create stunning step-by-step recipes for simple, delicious food that is super easy to make and great for entertaining. From Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts to Corn & Cauliflower Tacos to Whole Apricot Handpies, culinary inspiration abounds. Don’t miss our event with Erin Gleeson on June 25th.

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The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods Cover Image
By Erin Gleeson, Erin Gleeson (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781617690815
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 15th, 2014

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