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Most cookbooks are built to inspire you, to entertain you, to make you think more creatively about the choices you make in the kitchen. But Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35) is a culinary game-changer: it single-handedly transformed the way I think about food and the equations of the meals I create and eat. Samin Nosrat, an accomplished cooking teacher and now a columnist for The New York Times Magazine, breaks down the essential elements of flavor into these four necessary components, and the entire book is an examination of the ways they complement and compound each other. The recipes included are included are thoughtful and seemingly simple, but yield rich, complex results. The Kuku Sabzi, the Persian Herb and Greens Frittata, has already become a weeknight favorite in our house.

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By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

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Have you started planning for your holiday feast yet? There’s really no reason to stress about it because Jamie has got you covered; he’s thought of everything, from prepping to cooking to serving. He’s assembled a list of things you’ll need to make the magic happen, along with useful tips, cooking charts, times, and even a calorie count. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook (Flatiron, $35) is just in time to take the stress out of the holidays and get you in the mood for fiddling around in the kitchen. Oliver has included all the classics and then some. No turkey, no problem—how about roast goose or beef, meatloaf or rack of lamb, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not Salmon En Croûte? Not only that, he presents some delicious choices for vegans and vegetarians and a whole chapter dedicated to leftovers and how to make them into scrumptious meals. He didn’t, of course, forget about those of us with a sweet tooth. Just looking at the pictures of Pavlova, Tiramisù and Jaffa Cake, to name a few of my favorites, will make you want to roll up your sleeves and get busy baking. This cookbook has everything you need for the best Christmas ever—and makes a perfect gift itself.

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ISBN: 9781250146267
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 10th, 2017

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Nothing conjures up sweet memories of childhood quite like our favorite treats. Crunchy and creamy Oreos with a tall glass of cold milk; a warm, flaky Pop Tart in the morning; or mom’s perfectly baked, gooey chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven. Little Debbie, Hostess, and Mars Bar take us back to the simplicity of the school cafeteria and remind us of afternoon homework snacks. Hungry yet? Lucky for us, one of America’s Best Pastry Chefs, Stella Parks gives us Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts (W.W. Norton, $35) so that we can recreate our favorite juvenile munchies in grown-up fashion. We begin with ways to mix up baking staples: fun and creative twists on snickerdoodles and yellow cake and an easy way to make s’mores one hundred percent from scratch. Parks leads us on with easy-to-follow recipes for, of course, cookies and pies, but also doughnuts, ice cream, and breakfast bakes. And one must not forget the beloved brands that we can finally recreate! Fig Newtons, Fudge Stripes, Animal Crackers, and even Magic Shell and Girl Scout Cookies. Full-color finished product photographs and pages of trouble-shooting tips make this unique cookbook a dream to use, while stories, articles, and vintage advertisements make it a perfect gift that the sweet tooth in your family will refer to over and over again.

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By Stella Parks, J. Kenji López-Alt (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393239867
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 15th, 2017