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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.

Design by Nature by Erica Tanov

Nature is the inspiration for the design ideas in this gorgeous new book. Bay Area designer Erica Tanov takes the colors, textures, and patterns of the natural world—from ferns to redwood forests—and translates them into beautiful interior spaces. Through side-by-side photos, readers see how natural elements like lacy leaves and rough bark inspire Tanov’s fabrics, textures, and artwork. Her relaxed, inviting spaces are timeless and poetic. - S.B.

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Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-in Spaces Inspired by the Natural World Cover Image
By Erica Tanov, Ngoc Minh Ngo (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399579073
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 3rd, 2018

Martha's Flowers by Martha Stewart with Kevin Sharkey

One of the first books that had a big impact on me as a gardener was Martha Stewart’s Gardening: Month by Month, which I loved because Stewart’s aesthetics (alas, not her resources!) were so similar to mine. More than 25 years later, I still find inspiration in her books, including her latest, Martha’s Flowers. With its advice and lessons on growing and cutting blooms as well as its gorgeous photos of lush arrangements, this sumptuous volume takes readers through the seasons, bloom by beautiful bloom. - S.B.

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Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307954770
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Published: Clarkson Potter - February 27th, 2018

Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper is known for his frankness; Obama said he has “a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear,” and he has been highly critical of Trump (“Sounding the treason alarm” is more accurate). While Clapper’s new book is a chronicle of his 50-plus years in intelligence, it also addresses the changes to the intelligence community over the years and asks questions such as “Is intelligence ethical?” and “What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do?” Given Clapper’s characteristic candor, his answers make for fascinating reading. - S.B.

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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558644
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Published: Viking - May 22nd, 2018

From Cold War to Hot Peace by Michael McFaul

McFaul, who served in President Obama’s National Security Council and is the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.–Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the present. I found it fascinating to read about it from his perspective—not only as an expert, but as an individual dealing with other individuals. You really see history as not just moves and countermoves by governments but as a series of efforts and decisions made by people. (Diplomacy never looked so good.) With its insider stories about Obama, Putin, and Russians we’ve recently seen in the Oval Office (like Foreign Minister Lavrov), this is a candid and compelling read. - S.B.

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From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544716247
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 8th, 2018

Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff & David Corn

Two respected and best-selling journalists piece together the story of Russia’s sophisticated, years-long effort to upend American democracy using cyber warfare before, during, and after Trump’s election. Isikoff and Corn are not only accomplished reporters, but they know how to both lay out the big picture as well as provide fascinating details. Since “Putin’s War on America” continues to unfold, with new developments and revelations seemingly every day, Russian Roulette is not a definitive look back on an ominous time in history; but it is a fascinating read that addresses not only the Russians’ role, but the contributions—wittingly and otherwise—of the Trump and Clinton campaigns, the F.B.I., and even President Obama. - S.B.

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538728758
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Published: Twelve - March 13th, 2018

Something Old, Something New by Tamar Adler

When I read Tamar Adler’s first book, An Everlasting Meal, I was taken by her lovely way with words. There is a timeless quality to her writing, which makes the focus of her new book—rekindling classic recipes—a perfect pairing. From Steak Diane to Peach Melba, Oysters Rockefeller to Shrimp Scampi, Adler muses on the original recipes for these dishes, then updates them with modern techniques and flavors. Nostalgic, but forward thinking, this is food writing at its best. - S.B.

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Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Revised Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Mindy Dubin (Illustrator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476799612
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

Count me among Deb Perelman’s most loyal fans. (I couldn’t even tell you the number of her recipes that have become family favorites if I tried.) With incredible charm and a passion for cooking, Perelman shares recipes (on her blog and previous cookbook) for food that you really want to eat. Her new collection, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, is filled with over a hundred recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert. I’ve just started cooking from it and have already found so many new family favorites! - S.B.

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101874813
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Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

Market Cooking by David Tanis

David Tanis, former head chef at Chez Panisse (for 25 years!), never fails to write cookbooks that speak to me. I flip through the pages of his books and want to cook everything I see. His recipes have a simplicity and straightforwardness that I adore, but the flavors and finished dishes defy that ease. Tanis’s recipes have always focused on great ingredients, and his new cookbook, Market Cooking, is a showcase. Tanis shares his knowledge of and passion for produce—from butter beans to parsnips to shitake mushrooms—in this gorgeous and essential book. - S.B.

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David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579656287
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Published: Artisan - October 3rd, 2017

The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook by Jim Lahey

Jim Lahey, owner of the acclaimed Sullivan Street Bakery in New York, has been on a mission to empower home cooks to bake their own bread. Ten years ago he introduced the “no knead” method to bread making, which practically made him a household name. In his new book, he turns his attention to sourdough and Italian breads, as well as pizza dough, brioche, croissants, and sandwiches. His no-fuss recipes will win over any baker who, like me, is intimidated by yeast. - S.B.

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By Jim Lahey, Maya Joseph (With)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393247282
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

There are not enough superlatives to describe this book! Suffice it to say that Sweet lives up to the standards—gorgeous photography, complex flavors, and enticing recipes—that Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Jerusalem) set with his previous books. Sweet features sophisticated but accessible baked goods and desserts, from cookies and cakes to custard and ice cream. Some recipes are quite simple and familiar but somehow turn out phenomenally good (Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies), while others stretched me to try new ingredients and techniques (cookies with an orange, cinnamon, and red pepper infusion) but are very worth the effort. This book is a knockout. - S.B.

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Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi [A Baking Book] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749141
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2017

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