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A Baker’s Extraordinary Tale

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery By Apollonia Poilâne (Houghton Mifflin, 2019) As the seasons change, so too do the fresh foods filling market bins. Fall brings a dozen different kinds of apples; bright orange persimmons; corrugated, thick-skinned delicata squash; and the new, unfiltered olive oil called olio nuovo, which…

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Big Book Weekend at Rockridge Market Hall

November 2: Pastry chef, author and Tartine Bakery co-founder Elisabeth Prueitt signs copies of Tartine: A Classic Revisited. The book has been updated and expanded with 67 new recipes, including the most-requested recipe in Tartine history: the Tartine Morning Bun. Have your books signed and enjoy tastings of Cranberry Upside-Down Cake and Gougères (choux pastries…

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Autumn in the Orchard

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Apple: Recipes from the Orchard By James Rich (Hardie Grant Books, 2019) It’s that time of year when shiny red, yellow, and green apples turn up at markets all over town. Author James Rich has written a perfect and perfectly timely cookbook filled with 90 of his best-loved recipes for cooking with…

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Strozzapreti or Rotini?

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy pasta with Allison Arevalo, former owner of Oakland’s Homeroom, and the creator of Pasta Friday, a meal she put on 52 times for a large group of friends and family. Allison’s new book, The Pasta Friday Cookbook, offers pasta and salad recipes for each week of the year along…

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Marvelous Meals, Every Day

Kristina’s Book shelf   No Crumbs Left: Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous by Teri Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) In No Crumbs Left, food and lifestyle blogger Teri Turner shares dozens of easy-to-prepare meat and seafood-focused recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are mostly low-carb and gluten-free. I used ingredients from Monterey Market…

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Sweets Inspired by the Flavors of India

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India By Hetal Vasavada (Page Street, 2019)   San Francisco blogger Hetal Vasavada’s wonderfully inventive new cookbook is chock-full of spiced sweets and drinks. The recipes are inspired by her Indian-American heritage, and she creatively combines the best…

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Fostering Dreams in the Kitchen

La Cocina helps immigrants and low-income cooks create food businesses Book review by Kristina Sepetys   We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream By Caleb Zigas, Leticia Landa, with a foreword by Isabel Allende, photography by Eric Wolfinger, and contributions by Yewande Komolafe; Chronicle Books, 2019 Lamees Dahbour, an immigrant from…

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Noodle Like a Pro

Louis Kao and Other East Bay Chefs Show How to Stir the Pot East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries By Carolyn Jung Figure 1 Publishing, September 2019 Wondering what East Bay chefs and food entrepreneurs are up to? Here’s a helpful guide along with a nice collection of dishes…

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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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