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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  The Joy of Cooking: The Trusted Kitchen Classic for a New Generation of Joy By Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, John Becker, and Megan Scott (Simon & Schuster, 2019)   Review by Cheryl Angelina Koehler For generations of home cooks, Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker’s Joy of Cooking has…

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Book Review Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for Pantry and Table By John McReynolds, Fiorella Butron, and Mike Emanuel Photographed by © Leslie Sophia Lindell Rizzoli (2019) This splendid cookbook will be treasured by any cook who respects the gifts that nature—by way of the gardener—offers for our table. Arranged by the…

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