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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.

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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250134417
Availability: Backordered
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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Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544826984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579657772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 4th, 2018

Rich Table by Sarah & Evan Rich

It’s hard to score reservations at the Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant that Eater says serves “wildly inventive and consistently delicious food,” but you can get favorite recipes from the first few years of Rich Table being open and read about the history of the restaurant in this warm and personal cookbook. Spanning salads, vegetables, meat and fish, pasta dishes, sweets, and drinks, this showcase of innovative food will inspire home cooks and professional chefs alike. - S.B.

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Rich Table: (Cookbook of California Cuisine, Fine Dining Cookbook, Recipes From Michelin Star Restaurant) Cover Image
By Sarah Rich, Evan Rich, Carolyn Alburger (With), Alanna Hale (Photographs by), Kate Williams (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781452156378
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 18th, 2018

Bestia by Ori Menashe, Genevieve Gergis, & Lesley Suter

Bestia is filled with recipes for the rustic Italian dishes—pasta, pizza, charcuterie, desserts, and more—that have Bestia patrons lining up around the block in LA. At the restaurant, they pack their food with flavor by doing a lot of prep work, which is evident in their cookbook. There is plenty in Bestia to challenge experienced cooks (say, smoking, dehydrating, and grinding anchovies) but there is also a wealth of recipes that home cooks can take on and be richly rewarded for. - S.B.

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Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399580901
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 30th, 2018

Sweet Home Café Cookbook by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture is way up on my bucket list, but until then I’ll be able to experience the food served at its acclaimed Sweet Home Café with this new cookbook. In addition to recipes, it includes notes by the great Jessica B. Harris (I’ll read anything she writes!), which put the food in historical context. “A heartwarming guided tour through African American culinary history that sparkles with all the fervor, dedication, and innovation of the Café itself.”—Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene - S.B.

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Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking Cover Image
By NMAAHC, Jessica B. Harris (Contributions by), Albert Lukas (Contributions by), Jerome Grant (Contributions by), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781588346407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck & The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson

Two new cookbooks from Phaidon Press happen to coincide with my ancestry, but you don’t need to be Nordic nor German to share my excitement. Both books are gorgeous and offer a comprehensive look at cuisines with rich traditions. In The Nordic Baking Book, acclaimed chef Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken) captures the Nordic love for baked goods with recipes for breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and holiday treats. The German Cookbook features delicious recipes from the many regions of Germany, including some of my family’s favorites: Bratwurst, Beef Roulade, and Dresden-Style Christmas Stollen. Enjoy! - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780714877327
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Phaidon Press - October 8th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780714876849
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Phaidon Press - October 15th, 2018


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