Kristina’s Bookshelf

Simple Dishes Packed with Flavor

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Ottolenghi Simple By Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, 2019) Israeli-born London chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his flavorful, herb-intensive Middle Eastern dishes need no introduction. The author of more than half a dozen cookbooks, Ottolenghi is well-known and much loved for his restaurants and cooking style. His latest cookbook includes 130 recipes…

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Waste Not!

Kristina’s Bookshelf   The Zero Waste Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Cooking Without Waste By Giovanna Torrico and Amelia Wasiliev (Hardie Grant, 2019)   According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 30 to 40 percent of the United States food supply gets wasted: a sobering statistic, considering the cost of food production and consumption and the…

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From Love Potions to PMS-Busting Brownies

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Well + Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living By Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula (Clarkson Potter, 2019)   A new cookbook by authors of the popular Well+Good website invites readers to try 100 recipes contributed by wellness advocates from various professions. Each entry is labeled with eating…

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Greatest Hits from the Queen of Cake

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Happiness is Baking: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake By Maida Heatter (Little Brown and Company, 2019) “Whenever someone tells me they want to start baking, I tell them to turn to Maida Heatter.” That advice comes from baking guru Dorie Greenspan, written in her forward to Heatter’s new all-things-sweet cookbook. At…

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Wine Country Table: a book review with excerpts

WINE. FOOD. LAND Connecting the Dots a book review and excerpts Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’sSustainable Harvest By Janet Fletcher Photographs by Robert Holmes and Sara Remington in collaboration with Wine Institute Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2019   Saturday June 22, 1–4pm Sonoma Summer Soirée SIMI Winery, 16275 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg Edible East…

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Astonishing Flavors in a Cone

Kristina’s Bookshelf Salt & Straw: Ice Cream Cookbook By Tyler Malek and JJ Goode (Clarkson Potter, 2019) With flavors like Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Pear & Blue Cheese, and Caramel Corn on the Cob, the ice cream makers from Portland’s beloved Salt & Straw prove that it’s possible…

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Create Your Own Italian Table

Kristina’s Bookshelf   The Italian Table: Creating festive meals for family and friends by Elizabeth Minchilli (Rizzoli, 2019)   Author Elizabeth Minchilli divides her time between Rome and Umbria, blogs about eating in Rome, and manages a phone app called Eat Italy. She also organizes and leads local food tours in Italy.    The author of…

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Quick Meals Packed with Flavor

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Milk Street: Tuesday Nights By Christopher Kimball (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) In the Introduction to his first cookbook, Christopher Kimball, the man behind the much-loved cooking school, bimonthly magazine, and television and radio programs called Milk Street, says “flavor is built with ingredients, not time.” This promise of tasty, quick-to-cook meals…

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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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