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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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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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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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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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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