Kristina’s Bookshelf

Explore Palestinian Food and Agriculture

Kristina’s Bookshelf Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan (W.W. Norton, 2019) Yasmin Khan describes herself as an adventurous eater. She’s also a human rights activist whose work took her to Palestine, where she explored the food and agriculture of the region and visited the kitchens of Palestinian cooks. She describes…

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Learn to Prepare Vietnamese Dishes in Your Own Kitchen

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed Press, 2019)   Bay Area food writer and cookbook author Andrea Nguyen (Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, The Banh Mi Handbook, The Pho Cookbook, Asian Dumplings, and Asian Tofu) was born in Vietnam and came to the United States from Saigon as a…

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Vegan Holiday Cooking

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Christmas holidays are filled with delicious foods like cheeses, roast beasts, grilled fishes, and desserts rich with butter. In short, typically not a lot of vegan fare. Three new books are stuffed full of delightful, creative vegan dishes to keep you covered for both big festive meals and casual at-home cooking.  …

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Simple Goodness from Local Author Cal Peternell

Kristina’s Bookshelf Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of by Cal Peternell (William Morrow, 2018)   Looking for a charming little gift book or ideas for simple meals during the holidays? The latest release by Chez Panisse chef and devoted home cook Cal Peternell has 60 recipes that rely on three ingredients: almonds,…

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Inspiration From the Farm

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Earth to Table Every Day: Cooking with Good Ingredients Through the Seasons By Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann (Penguin Random House, 2018)   Quick Bite: Slow Food advocates and chefs share 140 basic, seasonal recipes for everyday cooking that rely on easily-available produce.   What Looks Good: Apple and Walnut Salad with Radicchio;…

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Seasonal Inspiration

Kristina’s Bookshelf Ciderhouse Cookbook: 127 Recipes That Celebrate the Sweet, Tart, Tangy Flavors of Apple Cider By Jonathan Carr, Nicole Blum and Andrea Blum (Storey Publishing, 2018) Inside: A family of cider makers shares 127 recipes for dishes that incorporate cider in creative ways. Pantry basics like cider syrup, molasses, quick pickles, and vinegar add flavor…

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Small Press, Big Pig, Clever Hen

In the world of book publishing, small presses can introduce and take chances on new authors. They can publish smaller runs of books that may not, at least at first, draw a large audience, as well as shorter books that experiment with form and offer content that might be viewed risky by larger publishing houses.…

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Explore the Flavors of the Islamic World

Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou (Ecco, 2018)   Anissa Helou has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, and she has written several cookbooks on cuisine from the area. Her latest effort, more than 500 pages, is perhaps the most extensive yet. It features breads, rice…

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A Baking Master Teaches the Basics

  Rose’s Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with more than 600 Step-by-Step Photos by Rose Levy Beranbaum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2018) Anyone with a sweet tooth, take note! Rose Levy Beranbaum, who has been baking for nearly 40 years and teaching others along the way, has a new cookbook that’s an excellent everything-you-need-to-know baking…

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Enter a World of Saffron, Rose Petals, and Family Stories

  Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories By Naz Deravian (Flatiron Books, September 2018) In Bottom of the Pot, Naz Deravian, a Los Angeles-based writer and home cook, shares her world of saffron, rose petals, pistachios, dried limes, tamarind, memories, music, and poetry to introduce over 100 recipes. She describes the book as “a…

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