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Spring’s Shelf Bounty

The end of March/early April brings a winning shelf of books to consider for your cooking library. Here are a few I’ve put on my “to-check-out” list.

The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio — March 29, 2016

Jeanine Donofrio’s blog, Love & Lemons: Healthy, Seasonal, Whole Food Recipes, has rescued me many a time during a midday food rut. I’m happy to now have her online offerings in book format.


Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton + Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton with Stacy Adimando — March 29, 2016

I’ve yet to dine at Ox in Portland, Oregon, but hope to cross this off my dining bucket list soon.

SIDE NOTE // Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez also have a new iron in the fire, a restaurant called SuperBite.

One look at the photos on the Ox website and you’ll understand why I’m looking forward to firing up some recipes from their upcoming cookbook.


The Wurst of Lucky Peach: A Treasury of Encased Meat from Chris Ying and the editors of Lucky Peach Magazine — April 5, 2016

Proven again to be a brash force of food knowledge, Lucky Peach has put out cookbook no.2 of what I can only assume will be many.

A pleasure to read, cheeky and often borderline crass, Lucky Peach has made a subscriber out of me. They provide the sass in my food lit reading, and I’m grateful to have more.

Lucky Peach, bring on your wurst.


Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes & Memories from Pakistan by Sumayya Usmani  — April 7, 2016

Summer, tamarind, tree … three words I’m ready to embrace. All this Northwest spring rain would surely be washed away by the exotic flavors of Sumayya Usmani’s upcoming cookbook, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes & Memories from Pakistan.

Three cookbook peers offer their review:

“My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat.” — Meera Sodha, author of Made in India

“Sumayya’s words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It’s wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook.” — Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka

“This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It’s an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes.” — Madhur Jaffrey, powerhouse authority on Indian cooking and seven-time James Beard Award–winning author who’s newest cookbook is Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking


Something to Food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs by Questlove — April 12, 2016

How can you not be curious about this one!? Looks like a great coffee break read. Put a library hold on it now to get first dibs.

Read up on Questlove’s newest project in this New York Times article.


In the beverage category is Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (out now). I’m all about aperitivo cocktails and adore a good vermouth. Though I don’t think of myself as a “wine spritzer” sort of gal, I think I’ve been wrong in my assumptions. Spritz is clearly so much more than just “wine cooler” … though I’m sure I’ll be glad of cooling off this summer with one or two.


Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill is also out March 29, but I’ve already gushed over this one right here, so I won’t bore you with a repeat. Needless to say, I’m ready to visit Rome … even if just from my dining room table.

Love & Lemons cookbook cover image provided by publisher Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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