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Cookbooks & Food Writing from our 2020 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Summer Newsletter.

Dirt Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford

Best-selling author Bill Buford (Heat) moves his life from New York to Lyon, the insular French city preoccupied with all things culinary, to learn how to cook French food, and to see what drives French cooks to abuse themselves and others in pursuit of culinary excellence. The answers lie in the traditional pig slaughter he attends, the great chefs he meets, his neighborhood baker, and le rigeur of Michelin-starred restaurants, something untranslatable, deeply ingrained in the history and tradition of Lyon and France, and found only on the plate.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780307271013
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2020

Rebel Chef In Search of What Matters by Dominque Crenn

I tore through this absolutely engaging memoir by Dominique Crenn, whose highly acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, Atelier Crenn, is the recipient of three Michelin stars. Charming, talented, personable, and determined, Crenn found her way in the food world despite the lack of female chefs in chauvinistic France where she grew up. She yearned for America, where she believed anything was possible (except for a decent sandwich). When I started this book, I thought that I might not connect with the world of fine cuisine, but I ended up being mesmerized by Crenn’s descriptions of creating, plating, and serving her food, which engage all of the senses. Not only that, but a great deal of Rebel Chef deals with her family, identity, sexuality, and search for home. This memoir is as tender, bold, sweet, and gracious as the chef herself.

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ISBN: 9780735224742
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Published: Penguin Press - June 9th, 2020

Save Me the Plums My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl has enjoyed a decades-long career as a food writer, so it’s no surprise that her latest memoir is a delight to read. Focusing on her years as the editor of Gourmet magazine, Reichl chronicles the trials and tribulations of revamping the magazine and transforming it from old and stuffy to a publication that modern readers would enjoy. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are some of her favorite recipes; I recommend the drop biscuits. This was my first time reading Reichl and I suspect that it won’t be my last.

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ISBN: 9780812982381
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Always Home A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories by Fanny Singer, foreword by Alice Waters

Beyond its title’s unexpected relevance, Always Home is the perfect book to curl up with in these times. Fanny Singer has written a warm, lovely memoir about growing up as the daughter of culinary icon Alice Waters, who raised her to appreciate beauty in the world and to be grateful for good food, family, and friends. Singer writes with humor and grace and an awareness of the privilege she enjoyed growing up at Chez Panisse and traveling the world on culinary adventures. Although she clearly adores her mother, she thankfully does not shy away from including her foibles—such as her insistence on highly curated spaces (leading to hiding clothing and items deemed too garish) and her complete lack of baking talent. This book is a total delight (the description of Fanny’s school lunches had me in stitches) and even includes recipes.

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By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524732516
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Published: Knopf - March 31st, 2020

Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry

You don’t need to be a vegetarian to love Bryant Terry’s books. His food is personal, unpretentious, packed with flavor, and absolutely delicious. In Vegetable Kingdom, he continues to showcase plant-based recipes with roots in African food traditions and even pairs them with music. Terry, renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, eschews meat substitutes, and instead showcases the tastiness of affordable ingredients like carrots, corn, and green beans. This is a joyful book where vegetables reign supreme.

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ISBN: 9780399581045
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 11th, 2020

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