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Cooking & Food Writing from the 2015 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.


This Is Camino by Russell Moore & Allison Hopelain

This Is Camino, one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the season, does not disappoint. Celebrating the gorgeous, mostly wood-fired, seasonal food of the acclaimed Camino restaurant (in Oakland), this cookbook also captures the philosophy and soul of the cook and the owners. Jonathan Gold raves, “This Is Camino is easily the most important chef’s book to come out of the Bay Area since Judy Rodgers’ Zuni Café Cookbook almost fifteen years ago.”  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9781607747284
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 13th, 2015

Near & Far by Heidi Swanson

As a long-time fan of Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks, I have seen Swanson’s cooking evolve into a whole foods approach. Happily, she has never become didactic or judgmental; instead, she has lured readers down that same healthy path with her lovely writing, tempting recipes, and beautiful photography. She is already the best-selling author of Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Every Day, but Near & Far is, I believe, her greatest work. Swanson takes readers on not only a wholesome path, but on one around the world. In the process, we taste the beauty of flavors and foods from Morocco, India, Japan, Italy, France, and more. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Sweet and Tart by Carla Snyder

I enjoy sweets, but my heart really belongs to citrus fruits and the delicious tartness they impart in food. Snyder has created a delightful cookbook that cherishes that flavor, crafting foods that will be sure to please even the sourest disposition. The recipes are easy to read and understand, and there is something for all skill levels. I particularly enjoyed the “basics” provided to add a bit of zest to recipes of your own!  —Jax

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Sweet and Tart: 70 Irresistible Recipes with Citrus Cover Image
By Carla Snyder, Nicole Franzen (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781452134796
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 11th, 2015

The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson

Magnus Nilsson, whose restaurant Fäviken is considered one of the best in the world, chronicles Nordic home cooking in his terrific and approachable new book. Nilsson travelled throughout the Nordic region—Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—collecting recipes and photographing the landscape and people. The result is a beautiful and very personable book. As a person of Scandinavian descent, The Nordic Cookbook speaks to my soul and gives me hope that I can both replicate the meals of my youth that I loved at my grandparents’ house and further appreciate this rich cuisine.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780714868721
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 26th, 2015

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Clair Ptak

I hardly need another baking book, but it was futile for me to resist The Violet Bakery Cookbook. Written by Chez Panisse alum Clair Ptak (who now has a bakery in London), it hits all the right notes: sophisticated but appealing recipes, a wide variety of flavors (fruit, nut, chocolate), beautiful photographs, and some stellar savory dishes. I have tried numerous recipes and have been thrilled with the results. This book is a gem. (See our Cookbook PotLuck for more about The Violet Bakery Cookbook.)   —S.B.

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By Claire Ptak, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781607746713
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 29th, 2015

Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell

Fans of the city, local history, or—of course—cocktails, take note: Drinking the Devil’s Acre is one fantastic book. Not only did I learn a lot about the Barbary Coast and its single, bar-filled block known as the Devil’s Acre, but my eyes were opened to the legendary contributions San Francisco has made to cocktail culture: from the invention of pisco punch and the mai tai to its love of the negroni and the Gold Rush sazerac. Recipes for 25 of San Francisco’s most iconic cocktails are included in this small but powerful book, and it was my pleasure to try as many as possible. The Scorpion Bowl (page 93) has my highest recommendation.  —S.B.

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By Duggan McDonnell, Luke Abiol (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781452135250
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015

My Pantry by Alice Waters

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of Alice Waters’—legendary founder of Chez Panisse—pantry looks like, this is your chance to find out! Waters explains that she views the pantry as an extension of one’s identity as a chef. She divulges the contents of her pantry and talks about her favorite dishes to make from those ingredients. This lovely book will make you want to revamp your pantry and start making your own condiments!  —Flannery

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My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804185288
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 15th, 2015

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl

When Gourmet magazine closed, editor Ruth Reichl was left with no job and feelings of failure. To sort through the unexpected, heartbreaking change, she turned to her kitchen and spent a year cooking her way to clarity. This book chronicles that year. Alternating between a narrative of Reichl’s personal life and the recipes she cooked, this charming book is filled with great cooking ideas and beautiful photographs. Reichl fans will eat this up.  —Flannery

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My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey is known for crossing the bridge between exotic Indian food and your average American kitchen. With her newest book, Vegetarian India, Jaffrey once again excites the palette and the eyes with her gorgeous, colorful photos and easy-to-follow recipes. She provides alternative ingredients for those hard-to-find items, and gives interesting details about different regions’ variances of the dishes. The book is sure to delight.  —Sara

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Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101874868
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Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2015

Guittard Chocolate Cookbook by Amy Guittard

This book is so sweet, I could feel the cavities developing as I flipped from Morning Glory Scones to Molten Chocolate Cookies to Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bundt Cake. If you can break away from the beautiful photographs of these mouthwatering recipes, you’ll find clearly written directions for making each of these delectable, delicious, drool-worthy treats. Choooocolaaate (Persimmon) Caaaake and others await your approval!  —Megan

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Guittard Chocolate Cookbook: Decadent Recipes from San Francisco's Premium Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Company Cover Image
By Amy Guittard, Alice Medrich (Foreword by), Antonis Achilleos (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9781452135335
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chronicle Books - August 18th, 2015


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