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The Wok: Recipes and Techniques By J. Kenji López-Alt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393541212
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 8th, 2022

This book doesn't need my help to sell, but here I am anyway because it's really that good. Kenji has great advice for selecting your first wok and how to season it. The recipes are amazing and accessible. He recommends all the right ingredients to stock your pantry with, as well as substitutes that work in a pinch. And I must admit, I've tried cooking his dishes in a regular pan and they were still fantastic. At the time of writing this review, I've owned my wok for a week, tried eight recipes from this cookbook, and I'm not turning back. The Wok is my life now.

Review by Jess

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Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking By Bill Buford Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455802
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Vintage - March 30th, 2021

Bill Buford left publishing to pursue fine French cooking and to answer one historical question – is French cuisine, really in fact, Italian? This memoir is perfectly structured, fast and full of details of French life and food.  Often funny, sometimes bittersweet, and occasionally showing the brutality that rages in the finest French restaurants, Buford shows us how method – from ingredients to presentation – is what makes French cooking unique.

Review by Laura

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Sushi Modoki: The Japanese Art and Craft of Vegan Sushi By Iina Cover Image
By Iina
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ISBN: 9781615196081
Published: The Experiment - November 1st, 2019

If you want to learn how to make vegan tuna nigiri out of red peppers, this is the book for you! With beautiful pictures and detailed, easy to understand instructions and ingredient lists, it is a game changer when it comes to making plant-based sushi at home. The secrets to the perfect grilled ginger inari, mock eel, and delicious fish-free dipping sauces are waiting for you!

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Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-Free By Aran Goyoaga Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632173706
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Sasquatch Books - October 26th, 2021

There's no better bible for Gluten-Free baking. Seattle's own Aran Goyoaga is a not-so-hidden treasure for those with Celiac, and her books make a perfect gift for your allergy-conscious baker. This new baking companion to Aran's 2019 cookbook Canelle et Vanille covers breads, classic holiday recipes, pies, unbelievable tarts, and more.

Review by Spencer R.

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Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook By Hugh Amano, Sarah Becan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984858757
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ten Speed Graphic - June 22nd, 2021

This is a super user-friendly cookbook, but more importantly to me - it's got a user-friendly recipe for xiao long bao. That's right baby, we're talking about dumplings filled with soup. The warmest, coziest, savoriest, most wholesome meal I can fathom. I defy you to make a cozier dish than this.


Review by Anje

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Antoni: Let's Do Dinner By Antoni Porowski Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358395324
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harvest - September 14th, 2021

Antoni from Queer Eye brings us into his home, inviting us to do dinner with him & his friends (like Gigi Hadid). The recipes are all straightforward & delicious, and easy to imbue with your own signature twists. Lots of easy ways to shake up your menu.

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Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over By Alison Roman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451497017
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

This is the cookbook of the season. Buy it for newlyweds, buy it for yourself, buy it for babies who will probably cook in the future.

Review by Kitri

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781439181881
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

Need to learn to cook? This book will teach you. Lesson one: How to Boil Water.

And if you know how to cook read this anyways - it makes the tedium of daily cooking feel like magic.

Review by Allie

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Brave Chef Brianna By Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781684150502
Published: KaBOOM! - December 12th, 2017

To inherit her father's massively successful culinary empire, Brianna must compete against her 15 brothers to run the best, most profitable restaurant. She sets up shop in the affordable and idiosyncratic Monster City, and, despite their strict dietary guidelines and Brianna's bouts of self-doubt and anxiety, her business booms. A competitor dislikes this newcomer, however, and Brianna must find a way to earn the respect of her community and her family without boiling over. Recipes included!!!

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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week By Isa Chandra Moskowitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316221900
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Voracious - October 22nd, 2013

If you're looking for weeknight-friendly, plant-based meals with a comfort-food vibe, pick up Isa Does It!. If you're new to vegan cooking this is the one to grab. The recipes are funny, fresh, delicious, and no-nonsense. There are beautiful, helpful photographs for almost every recipe and the funny headnotes are not to be missed.

Review by Christina