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Marvelous Meals, Every Day

Kristina’s Book shelf   No Crumbs Left: Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous by Teri Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) In No Crumbs Left, food and lifestyle blogger Teri Turner shares dozens of easy-to-prepare meat and seafood-focused recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are mostly low-carb and gluten-free. I used ingredients from Monterey Market…

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Sweets Inspired by the Flavors of India

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India By Hetal Vasavada (Page Street, 2019)   San Francisco blogger Hetal Vasavada’s wonderfully inventive new cookbook is chock-full of spiced sweets and drinks. The recipes are inspired by her Indian-American heritage, and she creatively combines the best…

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Fostering Dreams in the Kitchen

La Cocina helps immigrants and low-income cooks create food businesses Book review by Kristina Sepetys   We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream By Caleb Zigas, Leticia Landa, with a foreword by Isabel Allende, photography by Eric Wolfinger, and contributions by Yewande Komolafe; Chronicle Books, 2019 Lamees Dahbour, an immigrant from…

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Noodle Like a Pro

Louis Kao and Other East Bay Chefs Show How to Stir the Pot East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries By Carolyn Jung Figure 1 Publishing, September 2019 Wondering what East Bay chefs and food entrepreneurs are up to? Here’s a helpful guide along with a nice collection of dishes…

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Simple Dishes Packed with Flavor

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Ottolenghi Simple By Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, 2019) Israeli-born London chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his flavorful, herb-intensive Middle Eastern dishes need no introduction. The author of more than half a dozen cookbooks, Ottolenghi is well-known and much loved for his restaurants and cooking style. His latest cookbook includes 130 recipes…

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Waste Not!

Kristina’s Bookshelf   The Zero Waste Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Cooking Without Waste By Giovanna Torrico and Amelia Wasiliev (Hardie Grant, 2019)   According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 30 to 40 percent of the United States food supply gets wasted: a sobering statistic, considering the cost of food production and consumption and the…

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From Love Potions to PMS-Busting Brownies

Kristina’s Bookshelf     Well + Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living By Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula (Clarkson Potter, 2019)   A new cookbook by authors of the popular Well+Good website invites readers to try 100 recipes contributed by wellness advocates from various professions. Each entry is labeled with eating…

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Greatest Hits from the Queen of Cake

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Happiness is Baking: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake By Maida Heatter (Little Brown and Company, 2019) “Whenever someone tells me they want to start baking, I tell them to turn to Maida Heatter.” That advice comes from baking guru Dorie Greenspan, written in her forward to Heatter’s new all-things-sweet cookbook. At…

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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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