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If it’s possible to have a crush on a bakery, then considering me smitten with San Francisco’s Miette. Sweet treats never looked more adorable or irresistible. —S.B.

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Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop Cover Image
By Meg Ray, Leslie Jonath (With), Frankie Frankeny (Photographer)
$27.50
ISBN: 9780811875042
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - June 22nd, 2011

Get it for your favorite gardener, dreamer, or supporter of farmer’s markets

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Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607740377
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 26th, 2011

From the blogger of 101 Cookbooks, this is THE book of the year for vegetarians and anyone interested in a healthier way of living (without any preaching!)

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Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781580082778
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 5th, 2011

Trust me when I say that every one of these reci-pies will blow your mind. I’m not going to lie, I’m not actually vegan. Don’t tell. But I still love this cookbook with a fiery passion (or should I say piery passion?) Check out page 100s Key Lime Pie or page 62’s Blackberry Bramble Pie for some over-the-top deliciousness

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Kimberley
Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-Of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, & More Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780738212746
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 25th, 2011

“The best recipes come from home cooks.” That’s the founding principle of the terrific website Food52.com, which celebrates the best home cooks in the country with weekly recipe contests. A year’s worth of winning recipes (plus some wildcard favorites) are gathered in this wonderful new book. From Roasted Cauliflower Soup to Secret Ingredient Beef Stew to Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart, you’ll find nothing but fantastic things to cook in this book.

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S.B.
The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780061887208
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 25th, 2011

I have owned and cooked from all of Lidia Bastianich’s books, and have never, ever been disappointed. Her warmth and quality of instruction are unparalleled—and her recipes are, of course, delicious. Many of her previous titles featured food from different regions of Italy, but her new book showcases Italian American cooking. Traveling around the U.S., Lidia visits Italian American communities—from New York to New Orleans to California—that have created something new out of the recipes passed down from their ancestors. Sure to be dog-eared and spattered in no time.

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S.B.
Lidia's Italy in America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307595676
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 25th, 2011

This is a gorgeous love letter of a cookbook, celebrating the famous market in San Francisco’s Mission District. As much an instruction manual on how to shop as anything else, the book shares detailed directions on how to pick out, store, and prep quality ingredients, and it presents a diverse selection of delicious recipes—many of which long-time Bi-Rite fans will recognize from the deli counter. Focusing on sustainable, organic, and local selections, it leaves you with the feeling of like-minded friends sharing quality tips and tricks.

Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food: A Grocer's Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781580083034
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 18th, 2011

I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan and of artist Maira Kalman, so their collaboration is a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. This special edition of Pollan’s best seller, Food Rules, includes his terrific, straightforward advice for eating wisely (like always eat at a table), coupled with Kalman’s delightful and colorful paintings. The result is a book that perfectly celebrates the joys of eating well. It would make a fantastic gift.

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S.B.
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781594203084
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Published: Penguin Press - November 1st, 2011

You might think that even “home cooking” recipes by the world’s greatest chef, Ferran Adriá, would be out of the league of most nonprofessional cooks, but this collection, inspired by the dishes eaten every day by the staff at Adriá’s legendary restaurant, El Bulli, is actually quite practical. Each delicious recipe—including Roast Chicken with Potato Straws, Sea Bass Baked in Salt, and Mexican-style Slow-Cooked Pork—is easy to make and is accompanied by step-by-step color photographs. Home cooks and foodies alike will love it.

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780714862538
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 3rd, 2011

Any bartender worth their salt knows that bitters are magic. In his engaging new book, author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world’s most storied elixir, from its earliest “snake oil” days, to its near evaporation after Prohibition, to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene. “I love bitters! Brad’s book is a must-have for all booze nerds. The history is fascinating and the recipes are awesome.” —David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas Cover Image
By Brad Thomas Parsons, Ed Anderson (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781580083591
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 1st, 2011

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