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Cookbooks & Food Writing

My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Cámara

This gorgeous cookbook by Gabriela Cámara, the acclaimed owner/chef of Contramar in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco, includes recipes served at her restaurants, but it is essentially a collection of the dishes that she serves her family and friends. From tortillas to tortas, tamales to flan, Cámara (who has a self-described “fanaticism for freshness”) shares recipes that are traditional and also inspired by seasonal ingredients. I love her voice throughout the book (including in her essays on sustainable seafood and her friendship with Diana Kennedy) and anticipate cooking her lush, delicious recipes for years to come. - S.B.

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My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399580574
Availability: Backordered
Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 30th, 2019

Batch Cocktails by Maggie Hoffman

I like to play the part of the perfect hostess but prefer to work smarter, not harder. This is where Hoffman’s book comes in: Now I can just make a pitcher or two of drinks that have amazing flavor and complexity and then sit back and relax for the rest of the evening. With drinks for every occasion, including the one where you get to come home to a ready-made (aged!) drink, this book is a godsend. Take a look. I know what I’ll be bringing to the season’s first barbeque! - Jax

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Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399582530
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 19th, 2019

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

In this thoroughly engaging and delightful memoir, best-selling food writer Ruth Reichl (Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples), recounts her unexpected tenure as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine during the last decade of its existence. I love the ease of Reichl’s writing and her great storytelling skills, whether she is recounting mouthwatering meals, the quirkiness of staff members, or the heaviness of feeding firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11. More than a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of an iconic magazine, this is an endearing and thoughtful exploration of the ways food can bring people together. - S.B.

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069996
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Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2019

Life is a Party by David Burtka

David Burtka might be best known as the husband of Neil Patrick Harris, but he is also a Cordon Bleu–trained chef and former caterer who throws killer parties. He clearly loves to cook and entertain (just take a look at his Instagram account!), but what’s even more apparent from this book is that he loves the joy that comes from bringing a group of people together. In Life Is a Party, he celebrates moments big and small—from New Year’s Eve to game night—with great menus, party themes, decorations, and inspiration. - S.B.

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Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538729892
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 16th, 2019

Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff

Icing on the Cake is the perfect mix of charming design (love the curved corners!), the sweetest looking desserts, and delicious recipes. From Garden Cupcakes to Peanut Butter Eclairs to Caramel Apple Pear Pie, the baked goods are approachable enough to give them a try, but interesting enough to make them special. Huff’s first book, Layered, showcased her teaching skills, beautiful decorations, and creative flavor combinations, and her latest picks up right where she left off. - S.B.

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Icing on the Cake: Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Home Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419734632
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 2nd, 2019

Shaya: An Odyssey of Food by Alon Shaya

Part memoir, part cookbook, each page radiates with feeling and flavor. Beautifully written vignettes of Shaya’s life and the people who shaped his cooking lead into clear and visceral recipes. Simple instructions powerfully evoke flavor, texture, aroma, and heat at every step of the dish. This book is warm and delicious and will keep you reading and, (hopefully) eating. - Jocelyn

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Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780451494160
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Published: Knopf - March 13th, 2018

The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen

For cooks who like to be inventive, who require whimsy in their recipes, The Moosewood Cookbook is a necessary and joy-filled resource. Full of delicious vegetarian recipes that will delight your dinner guests, Moosewood will take you on a magical journey to the past, when cookbooks had character and fonts were handwritten. - Jess

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The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607747390
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 4th, 2014

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
$40.00
ISBN: 9781400042159
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Published: Knopf - November 8th, 2005

Cocktail Codex by Alex Day

I think of myself as a cocktail enthusiast rather than a snob, and I found kindred spirits in the gentlemen behind the NYC bar Death & Co. They break down 5 basic cocktails into each component, and then show you ways the drinks can be altered. With recipes and recommendations for good, locally sourced spirits, my favorite aspect is learning how to go about mixing things up yourself! - Jax

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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607749707
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 30th, 2018

The Best American Food Writing 2018 edited by Ruth Reichl

This compilation of essays transcends the stereotypical expectation that food writing has to be light, fluffy, and simple. While there is plenty of gastronomical content, the topics covered here range from feminism, to body image, to politics, to race. The depth and importance of this book, and the effect that it had on me, far exceeded my expectations. - Jade

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The Best American Food Writing 2018 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Ruth Reichl (Editor), Silvia Killingsworth (Editor)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328662248
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 2nd, 2018

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