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Relish

My Life in the Kitchen

by Lucy Knisley

Paperback, 173 pages, First Second, $17.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Lucy Knisley

Relish contains a series of stories from Lucy Knisley's life in the culinary world, from being toted along as a young girl to her mother's job at the first Dean and Deluca, to her own experiences in the Chicago food scene. These are broken up by some of her favorite recipes, lovingly illustrated and annotated in her bright, cartoony style.

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Taco USA

Taco USA

How Mexican Food Conquered America

by Gustavo Arellano

Paperback, 310 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • How Mexican Food Conquered America
  • Gustavo Arellano

For 50 years, the taco has been a staple of American life. It's in school lunches and Michelin-star restaurants; it even helped launch the food truck craze. So how did the taco come to loom so large in American bellies? Gustavo Arellano explains our love of all things folded into a tortilla.

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The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

by Matt Lee and Ted Lee

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Matt Lee and Ted Lee

The Lee brothers have collected one hundred recipes inspired by their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, including flounder in parchment with shaved vegetables, Hugenot torte and shrimp and grits.

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Cooked

Cooked

A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

Hardcover, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Natural History of Transformation
  • Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. And he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture.NPR Bestseller

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Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

by Mark Pendergrast

Paperback, 424 pages, Perseus Books Group, $19.95, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
  • Mark Pendergrast
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Open Range

Open Range

Steaks, Chops & More from Big Sky Country

by Jay Bentley and Patrick Dillon

Hardcover, 271 pages, Perseus Books Group, $32.50, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Steaks, Chops & More from Big Sky Country
  • Jay Bentley and Patrick Dillon

Shares recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, and side dishes, including spicy meatloaf, Asian beef and sesame salad, and Snickers pie.

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Dearie

Dearie

The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child

by Bob Spitz

Paperback, 557 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child
  • Bob Spitz

Julia Child was a genuine rebel: She took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food — not to mention blazing a new trail in television. Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.NPR Bestseller

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Pati's Mexican Table

Pati's Mexican Table

The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking

by Pati Jinich and Penny De Los Santos

Hardcover, 288 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking
  • Pati Jinich and Penny De Los Santos

Presents a collection of recipes which use simple methods and everyday ingredients to make Mexican dishes suitable for family meals and holiday celebrations.

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Ultimate Nachos

Ultimate Nachos

From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails

by Lee Frank, Rachel Anderson and Karen Wise

Paperback, 134 pages, St Martins Press, $19.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • From Nachos and Guacamole to Salsas and Cocktails
  • Lee Frank, Rachel Anderson, et al

This collection features over 80 recipes related to nachos, including fire-roasted tomatillo salsa, fried calamari nachos and carnitas nachos.

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The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart

Hardcover, 381 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • Amy Stewart

From beer to bourbon, and martinis to Manhattans, all the world's alcoholic drinks come from plants. Garden writer Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails: the fruits and grains that become alcohol; the herbs that add flavor; and the garnishes and mixers that add the finishing touches.NPR Bestseller

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Dinner: A Love Story

Dinner

A Love Story

by Jenny Rosenstrach

Paperback, 336 pages, HarperCollins, $19.99, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • A Love Story
  • Jenny Rosenstrach

Based on her blog, Jenny Rosenstrach's cookbook memoir makes clear that family dinner does not have to be perfect. With recipes for home cooks at any level, she captures the frenetic nature and craziness of dinner and reveals how to break down the meal so that families can enjoy good food and simply be together.

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Yes, Chef

Yes, Chef

A Memoir

by Marcus Samuelsson

Hardcover, 319 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 26 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Marcus Samuelsson

The Top Chef: Masters winner and James Beard Award-winning proprietor of Harlem's Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry.NPR Bestseller

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The lling Book

The Grilling Book

The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit

by Adam Rapoport and Peden + Munk

Hardcover, 432 pages, Andrews McMeel Pub, $45, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Grilling Book
  • The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit
  • Adam Rapoport and Peden + Munk

Providing more than 350 foolproof recipes, gorgeous full-color photos, illustrations and instructions, this ultimate grilling resource helps home cooks simplify their grilling experience with the help of the trusted experts at Bon Appetit.

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Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

An Autobiography of My Appetites

by Kate Christensen

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • An Autobiography of My Appetites
  • Kate Christensen

The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man builds on her popular food-centric blog to recount her unconventional upbringing and her unusually happy and occasionally sorrowful life of literary and culinary sensuality.

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The Telling Room

The Telling Room

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

by Michael Paterniti

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
  • Michael Paterniti

The author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert recounts his visit to the medieval Castilian village of Guzman as part of a decade-long effort to taste the world's finest cheese, an encounter that involved him in long-held regional secrets and the story of a heartbroken genius cheese-maker.NPR Bestseller

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