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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  Book Signing, Conversation, and Tasting with Catherine Fallis, author of Ten Grapes to Know: The Ten & Done Wine Guide Saturday December 7, 2–4pm Paul Marcus Wines, Rockridge Market Hall 5655 College Ave, Oakland   Want to boost your wine savvy? As part of the Rockridge Market Hall Holiday Fair, Paul Marcus Wines welcomes…

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Purchase this book Book review by Kristina Sepetys Sweet Vegan Treats: 90 Recipes for Cookies, Brownies, Cakes, and Tarts By Hannah Kaminsky Skyhorse, 2019 If the words “vegan desserts” make you think of hard-to-prepare, overly sweet recipes, Hannah Kaminsky’s new cookbook with 90 recipes for plant-based confections may change your mind. Desserts like the Chocolate…

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