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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!


My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own (Pam Krauss Books, $24.99), by Alice Waters and Fanny Singer, is the latest lovely cookbook from the renowned founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. It’s one of Waters’s most personal books, in part because her daughter and collaborator, Fanny Singer, an art historian, provided charming illustrations for the cover and inside pages. In My Pantry the reader is given a tour of Waters’s home kitchen, and a glimpse of how and what a celebrated chef cooks for herself in a pinch. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same rules apply at home as in the restaurant: simplicity, ease, fresh ingredients, and healthy staples are musts. Next to Waters’s stove, we learn, is vinegar and a pepper mill, and in the cupboard are homemade preserves, as well as pasta and beans. Her recipes for spice mixtures and condiments, roasted nuts and nut milks, preserves, grains, fruits, and cheese, are interwoven with her own stories of discovery as a chef and advocate for slow, simple, and sustainable food.

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804185288
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 15th, 2015

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