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S.B.'s Reviews

Stefanie has been the cookbook buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz for over 25 years and credits her love of good food (and good times) to being born in New Orleans. Her favorite thing in the world is to cook for family and friends.

Canal House Cooking Series

We are thrilled to be carrying this cooking series from Hirsheimer and Hamilton, two fantastic food writers and photographers whose culinary credentials include Saveur magazine. Published three times a year, each small book has a specific focus and is packed with their great recipes and gorgeous photos. Both authors are foodies who cook for their families, so their recipes are interesting and creative, but still totally doable for home cooks. While we eagerly await Issue 8, you can pick up any of the previous volumes on our shelves.

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Canal House Cooking Volume No. 1: Summer Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780692003176
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Canal House - October 25th, 2011

Hazan Family Favorites by Giuliano Hazan

Hazan Family Favorites celebrates delicious Italian recipes from generations of the Hazan family (including the incomparable Mama Marcella), prepared just as Giuliano makes them for his own family today. Marcella is deservedly a culinary icon, but Giuliano more than holds his own: His books are delightful, his recipes are not complicated, and his teaching skills shine through on every page.
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Hazan Family Favorites: Beloved Italian Recipes from the Hazan Family Cover Image
By Giuliano Hazan, Marcella Hazan (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781584799047
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 1st, 2012

The Farm by Ian Knauer

I absolutely loved reading this cookbook and love cooking from it. I was captivated by Knauer’s stories of his family’s farm, of the hard work that goes into running it, and of the tremendous rewards—culinary and otherwise—harvested there. Knauer is also a fantastic cook: His recipes—like Asparagus and Baby Potato Roast, Garlic-Pesto Roast Chicken, and Magic Peach Cobbler—are seasonal, homey, and oh-so-appealing. This is the kind of straightforward yet creative cooking that I adore.
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The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780547516912
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 17th, 2012

Preservation Kitchen by Paul Virant, with Kate Leahy

The recent revival of canning, pickling, and preserving has resulted in numerous cookbooks on the subject, but this is the first from a Michelin-starred chef. Paul Virant, of Chicago’s Vie restaurant, shares his passion for preserves in this vibrant book. His enthusiasm is enough to make anyone start gathering jars, but the breadth of his recipes—like aigre-doux, peach saffron jam, and pickled ramps—go far beyond Grandma’s jams and jellies.
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The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607741008
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 3rd, 2012

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Adler’s book, subtitled “Cooking with Economy and Grace,” is absolutely lovely, and reading it is likely to change how you cook and how you think about food—for the better. (It did for me.) “Cooking is both simpler and more necessary than we can imagine,” writes Adler. She encourages us to cook with instinct and shows us how to make the most of the ingredients we buy. Some recipes are included, but mostly this is a beautiful testament to the value of cooking. Fans of M.F.K. Fisher (who was a big influence on Adler), Michael Pollan, and Alice Waters (who contributed the foreword) will likely love this book as much as I do.
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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439181881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

Barbecue & Grill by Stéphane Reynaud

I’m a big fan of Stéphane Reynaud’s previous book, Pork & Sons, which is packed with so many incredibly delicious recipes that even after cooking from it for the past five years, I have yet to find a clunker in the book. I suspect I’ll feel the same about his latest tome, dedicated to grilling and barbecue. (Lest you be intimidated by the fact that the author is French, know that Reynaud’s style is just honest, simple cooking.) From seafood to meat, side dishes to sauces, with this book by my side, it’s going to be a scrumptious summer.
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Stephane Reynaud's Barbecue & Grill Cover Image
By Stephane Reynaud, Marie-Pierre Morel (Photographer), Jose Reis de de Matos (Illustrator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780762778959
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Lyons Press - April 1st, 2012

Dear Daughter by Heather Armstrong

Fans (like me) of Heather Armstrong’s blog, dooce.com, know what a funny, brutally honest writer she is—and what a devoted, loving mom. Collected here are some of the best of the monthly letters Heather wrote to her daughter Leta during the first five years of her life. They beautifully (and irreverently) capture the ups and downs of motherhood as well as chronicle the milestones and surprises of Heather and Leta’s lives together.
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Dear Daughter: The Best of the Dear Leta Letters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661415
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Published: Gallery Books - April 3rd, 2012

The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

Will Allen is a hero to many, including me. Now a pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, in 1993 Allen left his corporate job to take up farming in a poor Milwaukee neighborhood. He created Growing Power, Inc., which has become a national nonprofit that trains others around the country and the world in sustainable farming techniques that can be used in urban and rural areas. In his new book, Allen points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.
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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities Cover Image
By Will Allen, Charles Wilson (With), Eric Schlosser (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781592407101
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gotham Books - May 10th, 2012

The California Casa by Douglas Woods

This beautiful new book showcases my favorite architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival. The distinctive stucco walls, recessed doors, courtyard gardens, colorful tiles, and wrought-iron work are on full display. “In The California Casa, Douglas Woods has authored a love letter of sorts to Spanish Colonial Revival. The book showcases several exceptional homes through more than 300 photographs, revealing the elements unique to the beloved architectural form.” —The Daily News     
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The California Casa Cover Image
By Douglas Woods, Melba Levick (Photographs by), M. Brian Tichenor (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780847838493
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Published: Rizzoli - March 6th, 2012

Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

Quilter Denyse Schmidt has countless devoted fans, and I am certainly one of them. Her gorgeous mix of modern and traditional styles is on full display in this beautiful new book. Schmidt pays homage to the quilters and quilts that came before her by reinterpreting 20 of her favorite traditional quilt patterns for the home crafter. Each pattern is accompanied by a lively overview of its history, lovely full-page photographs, and illustrated instructions.
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Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots Cover Image
By Denyse Schmidt, John Gruen (By (photographer))
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ISBN: 9781584799009
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2012

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