Jamie Oliver is a food activist and a bit of a goof, but most of all he’s a chef who believes in making flavorful and nourishing food an everyday experience. In his latest book, Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes (Hyperion, $35), Jamie explores the foods of Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, and France. With a focus on accessibility and levity, he cooks up a mix of local classics like Swedish meatballs and his own riffs on regional flavors, like Moroccan fish and chips. This is a great guide to the essential ingredients and dishes of the Mediterranean and an invitation to experiment with incorporating exotic flavors into familiar settings. With beautiful photography and concise and insightful descriptions of each country’s cuisine, Oliver invites us to forgo prestige cooking and have an adventure in the kitchen.
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ISBN: 9781401324414
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Hachette Books - October 1st, 2013

From farm to table, Washington, D.C.’s Founding Farmers leads the country as one of the most exciting, sustainable restaurants today. Join the Founding Farmers and food writer Nevin Martell for The Founding Farmers Cookbook (Andrews McMeel, $40) as they tantalize the senses and explore the vision behind the restaurant. As locally sourced ingredients and seasonally produced goods continue to soar in popularity, the cookbook allows you to try your hand at some of your favorite dishes at home. From the sticky sweetness of the banana fluffer-nutter to the rustic succulence of the Yankee pot roast, the cookbook connects farmer to table in one hundred recipes. Peppered throughout with gorgeous photographs and mouthwatering dishes, this cookbook is sure to be a hit with cooks and foodies alike.

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ISBN: 9781449437169
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 29th, 2013


Jim Henson: The Biography (Ballantine, $35) is one of my favorite books of the season. Any educator or entertainment aficionado will treasure this exquisite homage to Henson, with its inspired and reverent walk through the creative impulse that drove his imaginative exploration of the field of television and innovative, masterful contributions to Sesame Street and Muppets Inc. Brian Jay Jones’s exquisitely crafted and descriptive storytelling—which has the support and endorsement of Henson’s family, friends, and collaborators—brings a sense of magic and wonder to the unfolding of Henson’s life, from his local beginnings at the University of Maryland and WRC, behind the scenes descriptions of famous and not-so-familiar sketches, to his international fame.

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ISBN: 9780345526113
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 24th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780345526120
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 10th, 2016