Kristina’s Bookshelf   Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2020)   For now, cooking for gatherings means preparing meals for families or other groups with whom we’re sheltering in place. Judging from sales data showing U.S. sales of cheese, eggs, milk all…

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  Kristina’s Bookshelf   The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants By Jennifer Jewell (Timber Press, 2020) In The Earth in Her Hands, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—profiles 75 women working in botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice. Among…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf   Start Simple: Eleven Everyday Ingredients for Countless Weeknight Meals By Lukas Volger Harper Wave, 2020   Finding a recipe, making a list of ingredients, then shopping for them doesn’t make a lot of sense right now when many people are trying to shelter in place. In his new vegetarian cookbook, Lukas Volger…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf Tin Can Magic: Simple, Delicious Recipes Using Pantry Staples By Jessica Elliott Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2020) If the empty shelves and lines at local food markets are any indication, many of you have cupboards full to bursting with canned foods. If you’re wondering what to do with all those tins of beans,…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf    Lands of the Curry Leaf: A vegetarian food journey from Sri Lanka to Nepal  By Peter Kuruvita  (Murdoch Books, 2019)  Despite the name, curry leaves taste nothing like those distinct-smelling, yellow-orange blends of turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, cardamom, chili peppers, and other spices we keep in our cupboards. The glossy green, resinous curry leaf…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf Kawaii Sweet World By Rachel Fong (Potter, 2019) Here’s a whole cookbook of perfectly sweet Valentine’s Day baking projects to entertain kids—and even some adults! YouTube phenom, blogger, Stanford University senior, and self-taught baker Rachel Fong began creating charming confections at her home in Piedmont before she was in middle school. Kawaii means…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf   Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day By Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel (Workman, 2019)   Looking to make something sticky, sweet, gooey, and yummy for your family for Valentine’s Day? Oh, and also trying to cut back on sugar and other…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf 7 Day Vegan Challenge: Featuring Over 70 Tasty Recipes and Menu Plans By Bettina Campolucci Bordi (Hardie Grant Books, 2020) Maybe your new year’s resolutions include eating less meat or even going fully vegan. If you’re in the latter camp, The 7 Day Vegan Challenge cookbook is a great way to try a…

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Kristina’s Bookshelf The California Date Cookbook A Collaboration Between Just Date Syrup and Rancho Meladuco Date Farm, 2019 Maybe you’ve noticed the squeeze bottles of Just Date Syrup alongside the sugar and cream at coffee and tea shops around town? The chocolate-brown liquid tastes just as you might imagine: all warm with dark sugar and…

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  Weeknight Baking: Recipes to Fit Your Schedule by Michelle Lopez (Simon and Schuster, 2019) As holiday obligations come in fast and furious, most people feel there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Thanks to a new book by Michelle Lopez, we have some much-needed assistance in the baking department.…

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