Tomales Bay Feast

A book review by Kristina Sepetys   Table with a View: The History & Recipes of Nick’s Cove By Dena Grunt (Cameron Books, 2021) As businesses start to reopen and people tiptoe out for perhaps the first time in a year, many will take the occasion to discover (or rediscover) gems in their own backyard.…

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Comfort Food Essentials

 Kristina’s Bookshelf   This time of year, with lots of labor-intensive holiday meal preparation, I’m always happy to find collections of easy, satisfying meals that come together quickly and taste good even if I’m short an ingredient or don’t get the measurements quite right.   Sheet Pan Chicken: 50 Simple and Satisfying Ways to Cook…

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Foods for Winter Feasts

Kristina’s Bookshelf Here are three new cookbooks filled with hearty, satisfying recipes sure to transport you through the long, dark days of the winter holidays and beyond.   Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes By Joe Yonan (Ten Speed Press, 2020) You may be…

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A Curious Baker Reinvents Traditional Favorites

Kristina’s Bookshelf Review by Kristina Sepetys   Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker By Jason Schreiber (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2020)  “Fruit cake” conjures images of the alcohol-soaked, dried fruit and nut–studded firm loaves popular around the holidays. In perusing the 75 recipes in Jason Schreiber’s new cookbook, I found that it gives a big nod…

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Kristina’s Holiday Bookshelf 2020

Good Books by Local Authors for Reading and Giving By Kristina Sepetys J. Kenji López-Alt(photo: Aubrie Pick)   Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero Norton Young Readers, 2020 From Bay Area author and chef J. Kenji López-Alt and Oakland-based illustrator Gianna Ruggiero comes a charming children’s book about…

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From Olive Oil Sugar Cookies to Chocolate Basil Brownies

Purchase this book 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More By Sarah Kieffer (Chronicle Books, 2020) Celebrate the start of a new school year or add some cheer to family game night or a Zoom celebration by whipping up a delicious batch of sweet treats! A…

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Sweeten or Sour Up Your Meals

Learn to make a variety of easy Asian pickles. Asian Pickles at Home: 75 Easy Recipes for Quick, Fermented, and Canned Pickles Paperback by Patricia Tanumihardja (Rockridge Press, Copyright © 2020 by Callisto Media) Pickles—quick, fermented, canned, fruity Indian chutneys or fiery chile-garlic pastes—are a staple with meals in many Asian cultures, and they’re always a welcome…

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Soothe with Food

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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04:25:2020 04:00pm Tea-Time Reading

  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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