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I have way too many cookbooks but The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant is one of my new favorites. Merchant started the website “how sweet eats” more than 10 years ago. Her recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are readily available. Not only does she have 150 everyday recipes but she’s also got ideas for throwing a fun party from music playlists to creative ideas such as build your own s’mores bars with Nutella, caramel and strawberries. Her philosophy is to feed your loved ones with joy, even if it is not perfect. And if that’s not enough of a reason to love this cookbook, she has a whole chapter nourishing your body with DIY beauty recipes like sugar scrubs and homemade lip balms.

The Pretty Dish: More than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623369699
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rodale Books - March 20th, 2018

Staff Pick

No one has transformed the way Americans think about food—its place in our individual and collective lives, and as a conveyer of our values—than Alice Waters. The founder of iconic Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and the driving force behind the Edible Schoolyard program that has introduced tens of thousands of schoolchildren across America to the art of growing and cooking food, Waters has now written her long-awaited memoir. In Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook she describes her roots in New Jersey, her coming of age during the political tumult of the 1960s, and her ongoing crusade to make locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and “slow food” the mainstays of a new American cuisine. Throw in a few spicy love affairs, her passion for books, and a life spent intersecting with presidents and movie moguls, and you’ve got a book that is a satisfying and delicious full-course meal.

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718297
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

Staff Pick

Tamar Adler has had more of an impact on the way I eat than anyone but my mother. Her essays and books—first An Everlasting Meal, now Something Old, Something New—are all about taking pleasure in the fact of food. She can make celery root sound luxurious, kale stems seem fancy. She can make you long for stale bread, or, in Something Old, Something New, for Salisbury steak and lettuce soup. Her genius is re-framing, whether it’s turning stale bread into garlicky crumbs or a strange ‘50s clam recipe into perfect, modern clams casino. She’s a pleasure to read, and her recipes (and un-recipes) are a pleasure to cook. I cannot recommend her enough.

Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Revised Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Mindy Dubin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476799612
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018