Kristina’s Bookshelf

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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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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