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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.

Black Food by Bryant Terry

Black Food, a “recipe-driven anthology,” is one of the most exciting and moving books I’ve read. Food activist and cookbook author Bryant Terry’s groundbreaking collection brings together recipes, art, poetry, and essays representing some of the depth and breadth of Black food and the people who make it. This very special book, rich with the voices of so many who together paint a history as well as join in celebration, will be hailed for years to come.—S.B.

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Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] Cover Image
By Bryant Terry (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984859723
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 4 Color Books - October 19th, 2021

Baking with Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

Books by baking legend Dorie Greenspan are some of the most used and most loved in my house, and her newest is yet another excellent one. Baking with Dorie includes recipes for pastries, cakes (the Lemon Meringue Layer Cake is amazing!), cookies, pies, and even some savory baked goods, all of which are easy enough for beginners to make. Greenspan is such an accomplished baker and her wisdom will improve any baker’s technique, but her books are always accessible—from the friendly tone of her voice to her use of ingredients that can be found at regular supermarkets. I can’t say enough good things about this 5-time James Beard Award winner!—S.B. 

Don’t miss our virtual event with Dorie Greenspan on November 16th, 2021.

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Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple Cover Image
By Dorie Greenspan, Mark Weinberg (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9780358223580
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 19th, 2021

Grist by Abra Berens

Abra Berens has followed up her excellent vegetable cookbook Ruffage with an equally fantastic book on grains, seeds, and legumes. I never thought I could get so excited about barley, buckwheat, and bulgur, but Berens makes every ingredient so interesting and appealing. Whether boiled, stewed, or fried, peas, corn, rice, chickpeas, and more are showcased in all their humble glory. With its profiles of farmers, gorgeous photographs, delicious recipes, and great writing, Grist belongs in every home cook’s kitchen.—S.B. 

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Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes Cover Image
By Abra Berens, Lucy Engelman (Illustrator), EE Berger (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781797207131
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 26th, 2021

Grains for Every Season by Joshua McFadden, with Martha Holmberg

James Beard award winner Joshua McFadden’s previous book, Six Seasons, was a game-changer in vegetable cookery, and he brings that same inventiveness to the world of whole grains in his new book. He shows how to maximize the flavor and texture of grains, and has recipes for using them in savory and sweet dishes (such as Meat Loaf with Barley and Mushrooms and Peanut Butter–Barley Cookies). More than two hundred recipes for salads, soups, pastas, grain bowls, pizzas, bread, and more showcase McFadden’s creativity and grains’ infinite possibilities.—S.B. 

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Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579659561
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Published: Artisan - November 23rd, 2021

Pasta by Missy Robbins & Talia Baiocchi

This beautiful new book celebrates pasta’s limitless variations—including its shapes, sauces, and fillings—with illustrated step-by-step instructions on making pasta by hand, as well as more than a hundred recipes. The authors’ passion for their subject is apparent on every page and the dishes—from Spaghetti with Lemon, Pine Nuts, and Parmigiano to Potato and Creme Fraiche–Filled Ravioli with Garlic and Rosemary—are incredibly enticing. This is a gorgeous, mouthwatering collection that any pasta lover will savor.—S.B.

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Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy's Greatest Food, with Recipes [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984857002
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 26th, 2021

Pacific Natural at Home by Jenni Kayne

This beautiful coffee table book showcases the light-filled, California homes of women whom author Jenni Kayne admires, from CEOs to designers to actors (including Courtney Cox). Divided into the regions of canyon, ocean, valley, and city, Pacific Natural at Home celebrates comfortable, serene designs that invite nature in. With minimal color palettes (think white, cream, black) and a lot of wood and textile elements, these tranquil spaces epitomize the best of indoor/outdoor living.—S.B.

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By Jenni Kayne, Vincent Van Duysen (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847869640
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Published: Rizzoli - October 12th, 2021

Becoming a Gardener by Catie Marron

**UPDATE** Unfortunately, the publication of Becoming a Gardener has been delayed to October 15th, 2022, and is not yet available to preorder. 
Literary references galore, lovely illustrations, practical advice, and beautiful photography make Catie Marron’s account of becoming a gardener a standout. Over the course of 18 months, which included the isolation brought on by the pandemic as well as the death of her husband, Marron learned not only how to garden, but what a garden could mean to her. Becoming a Gardener is a splendid book for gardeners of all levels.—S.B.

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Becoming a Gardener: What Reading and Digging Taught Me About Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062963611
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Published: Harper Design - May 3rd, 2022

House Story by Jasmine Roth

HGTV host and self-taught designer Jasmine Roth is known for her laid-back California style and her sunny personality. Happily, those are all on display in her new book. Roth keeps things upbeat and fun as she guides readers through the often overwhelming home renovation process. Her tips about planning, talking to contractors, and avoiding mistakes are perfectly complemented by photos (by the amazing Dabito) of bright, beautiful, and welcoming interiors. You’ll feel more confident and inspired to see what’s possible for your home or rental with House Story as your guide.—S.B.

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House Story: Insider Secrets to the Perfect Home Renovation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984859174
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 12th, 2021

The Healthy Garden by Kathleen Norris Brenzel & Mary-Kate Mackey

“Healthy gardens touch the land lightly. They work with nature, not against it.” This beautiful book is for anyone interested in creating a sustainable garden that is healthy for the planet as well as for themself. More than 60 horticultural experts contribute information and advice about all aspects of healthy gardening, including how to choose the right plants, build biodiversity, grow your own food, and garden for tranquility. There is something for everyone, no matter how much space they might have to grow plants.—S.B.

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The Healthy Garden: Simple Steps for a Greener World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419754616
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Published: Abrams - November 23rd, 2021

A Black Gaze by Tina M. Campt

In this small but powerful book, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary artists—from filmmakers to photographers to multi-media artists—who are dismantling the white gaze and insisting that we see the world “with, through, and alongside” Black artists. Not only did A Black Gaze challenge me to bear witness, but it inspired me to learn more about the artists, like cinematographer Arthur Jafa, who are featured within its pages.—S.B.

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A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262045872
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Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 2021


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