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Summer Newsletter 2022 Cookbooks & Food Writing

Gullah Geechee Home Cooking by Emily Meggett

One of the greatest living Gullah Geechee home cooks, 89-year-old Emily Meggett, shares the history, recipes, and stories of her community in her wonderful new cookbook. From seafood to vegetables, soups to sweets, “the matriarch of Edisto Island” shares the flavors of coastal South Carolina and the traditions of her ancestors. “Cooking is the way I take care of people, how I support my community, and how I love others,” she writes. Although filled with delicious food, it is clear from this book that generosity and heart are the most important ingredients in Gullah Geechee cooking.  —S.B.

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By Emily Meggett, Kayla StewartKayla Stewart (Contributions by), Trelani Michelle (Contributions by), Clay Williams (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781419758782
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Published: Abrams - April 26th, 2022

Salad Freak Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession by Jess Damuck

Warning: You may end up as obsessed with salads as Jess Damuck is after reading her new book. Her passion for bright, crunchy, seasonal mixes of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and grains is contagious and had me considering eating salad for breakfast, as she does. Going well beyond greens, her recipes shine with combinations like beets, tomatoes, and cilantro or radicchio with blood oranges and turmeric dressing. Damuck, the self-described “Bob Ross of salads” has created a book filled with food that is exceptionally beautiful, healthy, and completely irresistible.  —S.B.

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By Jess Damuck, Martha Stewart (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419758393
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 29th, 2022

Arabiyya Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora by Reem Assil

Reem Assil, Bay Area restaurateur and finalist for the prestigious 2022 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, shares her passion for Middle Eastern cuisine in her new book. Focusing on the dishes of Assil’s Syrian and Palestinian heritage, Arabiyya features 100 recipes and instructions for making delicious flatbreads, mezze, falafel, desserts, and so much more. Equally compelling are her essays and personal stories on community, culture, identity, and perseverance. “Through our food, we create home wherever we are.”  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9781984859075
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 19th, 2022

The Wok by J. Kenji López-Alt

Want to learn how to make perfect General Tso's chicken? What’s the best way to stir fry vegetables? From the author of the bestseller The Food Lab comes yet another amazing cookbook, well-researched and full of easy-to-follow recipes. This is seriously one of the best cookbooks I have ever read.  —Jason

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ISBN: 9780393541212
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 8th, 2022

The Cook You Want to Be Everyday Recipes to Impress by Andy Baraghani

Baraghani brings the Iranian home cooking of his youth and his professional training as a chef (Chez Panisse, Estela) to create super flavorful dishes that are simple and fuss free—including Sticky, Spicy Basil Shrimp and Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter Harissa. (Swoon!) His bold and vibrant flavors, led by Middle Eastern flavors, surely draw comparison to Yotam Ottolenghi, but Baraghani has a looser and more casual style. Known for his viral recipes (such as Tahini Ranch Dressing) from his days in the Bon Appetit test kitchen, Baraghani will thrill his many fans with this debut cookbook.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9781984858566
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - May 24th, 2022

Sweet Paris Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France by Frank Adrian Barron

Barron only started baking ten years ago (when he moved to Paris and couldn’t find the baked goods he was accustomed to enjoying with his coffee), but he has produced a sumptuous cookbook that is as sweet and enticing as any confection. Organized by season to showcase the joy of using ingredients at their peak (a new concept to the author who was used to buying strawberries anytime of the year in California), we are treated to irresistible recipes like Pistachio Cherry Tea Cake (Spring), White Peach Tart (Summer), Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake (Fall), Gateau Orangette (Winter), and a lovely section on holiday cookies and celebration treats, too. Sweet Paris is an absolute delight.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780063040236
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Published: Harper Design - April 19th, 2022


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