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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.

Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin

Totally deserving of its cult-like following, Suppers celebrates seasonal cooking in a sophisticated, sort-of-serious-but-totally-worth-it way.  Recipes like Goin's Halibut with Fingerlings, Fava Beans, Meyer Lemon & Creme Fraiche require some work, but are extraordinarily good. Whenever I'm planning a special meal, this is the first book I turn to. One of my favorite cookbooks of all time. - S.B.

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Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400042159
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Published: Knopf - November 8th, 2005

Another by Christian Robinson

I’m a huge fan of Christian Robinson’s colorful and playful illustrations which, in previous books, have illuminated the words of notable authors like Matt de la Peña. Another is a book all his own. In this wordless romp, a little girl and her cat venture through a portal into another world where left is right, up is down, and doppelgangers abound. This topsy-turvy book is so much fun and is sure to inspire the curiosity, creativity, and imagination of young readers everywhere. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

The newest book from best-selling chef Yotam Ottolenghi is packed with more of the Middle Eastern–flavored, vegetable-focused food that he is known (and loved) for, but all of the recipes are either quick to make, use few ingredients, or can be made ahead. If you think that sounds too good to be true, fear not: Ottolenghi Simple absolutely delivers. This outstanding collection is filled with food that you’ll want to eat all the time—and with the easy-to-follow recipes, you can. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781607749165
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2018

Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten

I don’t know how Ina Garten does it, but she’s out with her eleventh Barefoot Contessa cookbook, and it is as awesome as ever. From seriously delicious appetizers (Warm Dates with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto) to fabulous salads, sides, and main dishes (Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce), Garten excels at putting together recipes that are super appealing, doable, and delicious. I just can’t quit her—and would never want to try. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780804187046
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

Season by Nik Sharma

I have been eagerly awaiting this cookbook since I started reading San Francisco Chronicle columnist Nik Sharma’s blog A Brown Table. Sharma, who was born in Bombay, brings flavors and techniques from different countries and cultures to his cooking. His food (not to mention his stunning photography) is impossible to resist, and I think he is going to have a huge impact on how many Americans cook, the way that Yotam Ottolenghi has in the past decade. This book is a knockout, filled with outstanding recipes like Fingerlings with Crispy Sage & Garlicky Kefir Crème Fraîche, and Pulled Pork Tacos with Apple and Serrano Slaw. - S.B.

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Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food (Indian Cookbook, Books about Indian Seasoning, Beautiful Cookbooks) Cover Image
By Nik Sharma, John Birdsall (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781452163994
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 2nd, 2018

Now & Again by Julia Turshen

Numerous recipes from Julia Turshen’s previous book, Small Victories, are on permanent rotation at our house, and I anticipate the same thing happening with Now & Again. Turshen has a love for leftovers and her latest collection is filled with recipes for terrific original dishes (like Stuffed Mushrooms with Walnuts, Garlic & Parsley), and suggestions for turning leftovers into something new (Penne ai Fungi). Organized by season, then by occasion, this book is packed with delicious food you’ll want to eat again and again. - S.B.

Bottom of the Pot by Naz Deravian

Everything about this cookbook is beautiful, from the photography to the writing. Whether about the showstopping Tahcheen-E-Morgh (Baked Saffron Yogurt Rice with Chicken) topped with barberries and pistachios or the everyday Masst-O-Khiar (Yogurt Cucumber), Deravian’s descriptions of the aromas and flavors of her family’s Persian food make these recipes irresistible. Prepare to be seduced. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781250134417
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 18th, 2018

Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan is a renowned baker but she is also a fantastic cook (as evidenced in her previous book, Around My French Table, which won the IACP Cookbook of the Year award). In Everyday Dorie, she shares recipes for the kinds of food she likes to make for herself, her friends, and her family every day—from soups and salads to vegetable and meat dishes and, happily, desserts. Greenspan is charming and unpretentious (both on and off the page), and her joy is infectious. You’ll wish you were a guest at her house, but this is the next best thing. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780544826984
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 23rd, 2018

Basque Country by Marti Buckley

Growing up, our family celebrated special occasions by going out for Basque food. The food was delicious, and the people, warmth, and atmosphere cast their spell. I am forever trying to make that magic when I cook Basque food at home, and this new book will be a great assist. Chef Frank Stitt says, “Basque Country is one of the most heartfelt, exciting books on food I’ve seen; Marti Buckley makes you fall in love with the unique, real, and rustic flavors and textures of Basque Country, where the pursuit of something great to eat is given cult-like status. There is a purity and honesty to the writing and to these recipes. I will cook from and return to this book time and time again.” - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781579657772
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Published: Artisan - September 11th, 2018

Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore

Anyone who likes to bake—whether a beginner or an expert—would likely be thrilled to have this book. Like its predecessor, Food52 Genius Recipes, it is a collection of gems from a wide range of sources (from home cooks to famous chefs) that have been so thoroughly tested that they’re practically infallible. Slam-dunk desserts include birthday cakes, brownies, cookies, cobblers, and ice cream. I love the variety of sweets and that they are all given equal billing, whether they come from culinary legends (like François Payard) or someone’s grandma. Genius is genius, after all. - S.B.

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Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake [A Baking Book] (Food52 Works) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524758981
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 4th, 2018


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