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Mikaela's Reviews

<img src="https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/Mikaela.jpeg" align="right"> Mikaela has always been a book hoarder, so coming to Bookshop Santa Cruz after finishing up her politics and modern literature degrees at UC Santa Cruz in 2013 turned out to be the perfect career progression. In the past she has been most interested in classic fiction and literature, and some of her favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, David Sedaris, Gustave Flaubert, and John Steinbeck. She also has interests in food politics (and cooking!), yarn crafts and travel.

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

I thought this memoir did an outstanding job of combining the beautiful self-reflection of Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls with the savory zealousness for life I felt while reading Julia Child's My Life in France. It was a joy to read about someone finding their passion, and tracing steps backward to thank everyone for their influences, positive as well as constructive.

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981117
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 25th, 2010

The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook by Michelle Wojtowicz

I love that this cookbook puts on display some of the great farms in our area. There are some interesting profiles inside of people who have devoted their lives to their trade: farming, cooking and of course eating! Great locally-based recipes that take into account the seasonality of vegetables that grow best in Santa Cruz.
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The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780061441486
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - June 23rd, 2009

Inside the California Food Revolution by Joyce Goldstein

This book talks about the emergence of a new cooking order that is entirely Californian: farm-to-table. It also discusses how this has changed the landscape of modern restaurants, with more women chefs and a more artisanal approach. A really engrossing read for anyone interested in food and food politics.
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Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness (California Studies in Food and Culture #44) Cover Image
By Joyce Goldstein, Dore Brown (Contributions by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9780520268197
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Published: University of California Press - September 6th, 2013

Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

All of the greats of French-American cuisine—Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, James Beard, Simone Beck, Elizabeth David, & more—have an impromptu meeting (and clashing) of the minds in the quiet, serene Provence of Southern France one winter, stumbling onto the cusp of a new era in food evolution. Filled with recipes & notes from that era, it’s easy to follow if you haven't read much food writing, and totally entertaining!
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Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307718341
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 22nd, 2013

Knitting Yarns edited by Ann Hood

You could sum up this book by one of its best chapter titles: "Some days it's OK to just knit dishrags." A compendium of heartbreaking and uplifting short essays on knitting by some great writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Sue Grafton, this book had me laughing out loud and feeling utterly lost and found at the same time.
Well worth the read!

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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting Cover Image
By Ann Hood (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393239492
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 11th, 2013

Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams

This is my favorite cookbook of the year. Pictures, art, tips on table settings, and of course, delicious, close-to-the-heart food; this cookbook could not be more of a complete package. Split into sections that each reveal a new place/person/people (each section more delicious than the last), this cookbook is a testament to what makes everyone want to cook in the first place: each other.

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781579655327
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Published: Artisan - October 15th, 2013

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

This is a story about family, loss, and perseverance in the face of death. One woman's life is stripped bare as she loses her mother and her home, her sense of security, and all she has known in exchange for a place in one of China's distinguished courtesan houses. It is a story about survival and the human need to thrive, about women's rights as well as cross-racial identity.
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By Amy Tan
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062107312
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Published: Ecco - November 5th, 2013

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

This novel was like a song; it was lyrical, almost spiritual. Hosseini is a born storyteller, and he weaves together layer upon narrative layer, creating a soulful account that will remain with you well after you've turned the last page. Much like Hosseini's other two novels, And the Mountains Echoed explores emotion and fragility, and offers new perspectives on the human condition.

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And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594631764
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2013

Tinkers by Paul Harding

If there ever was a novel about the meaning of life—about delicate human connectedness and the oftentimes futility of existence—this is it. Tinkers touches, with simplistic yet striking accuracy, on what it means for a father to leave his son, for a mother to feel nothing for her children, or for a person to leave this world ultimately and finally. This is a beautiful, poetic book full of heart.
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ISBN: 9781934137123
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 1st, 2009

Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Bawdy and a ton of fun, this novel is one of Steinbeck's overlooked gems. If you have ever read Cannery Row—or haven't, as I had not—pick this book up! Many of the same characters make reappearances in Monterey's grimy, gritty brothels and saloons, as Steinbeck paints us an uproarious picture of our own California coast history.

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By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039471
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 29th, 2008

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