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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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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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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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At Home With Madhur Jaffrey

At Home With Madhur Jaffrey

Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, & Sri Lanka

by Madhur Jaffrey and Christopher Hirsheimer

Hardcover, 301 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 19 2010 | purchase
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  • Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, & Sri Lanka
  • Madhur Jaffrey and Christopher Hirsheimer

A James Beard Award-winning author outlines a revisionist approach to classic Indian cooking, instructing home cooks on the potentially health-bolstering properties of correctly applied seasonings and spices.

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Saving the Season

Saving the Season

A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving

by Kevin West

Hardcover, 532 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving
  • Kevin West

An illustrated reference for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts provides more than 100 seasonally organized recipes for options ranging from sweet preserves and savory pickles to produce and condiments. In addition to recipes, Saving the Season includes related information about safety, nutrition and American preserving traditions.

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Modern Art Desserts

Modern Art Desserts

Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art

by Caitlin Freeman, Clay Mclachlan, Tara Duggan and Rose Levy Beranbaum

Hardcover, 216 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
  • Caitlin Freeman, Clay Mclachlan, et al

This book of creative dessert recipes includes confections inspired by master artworks, from an Ellsworth Kelly-inspired fudge pop to cakes based on Wayne Thiebaud's paintings, complemented by curator perspectives on the original pieces.

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Wedding Cake Art and Design

Wedding Cake Art and Design

A Professional Approach

by Toba M. Garrett

Hardcover, 280 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $50, published April 5 2010 | purchase
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  • A Professional Approach
  • Toba M. Garrett

Wedding Cake Art and Design is a guide for professional cake decorators and students. It includes fanciful cake designs with step-by-step instructions, as well as advice on running one's own cake business.

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Hello, Cupcake!

Hello, Cupcake!

Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

Paperback, 230 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published April 24 2008 | purchase
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  • Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
  • Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

An imaginative array of unique cupcake designs explains how to use snack items and common candies to create a variety of confectionery masterpieces to suit any occasion, from a big-top circus cupcake tier for a child's birthday, to a white cupcake Christmas wreath, ghost chocolate cupcakes, turkey cupcake place cards, or sausage and pepperoni pizza cupcakes for April Fool's Day. Original.

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Cakes To Dream On

Cakes To Dream On

A Master Class In Decorating

by Colette Peters

Hardcover, 260 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40, published November 9 2004 | purchase
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  • A Master Class In Decorating
  • Colette Peters

A lavishly illustrated step-by-step guide to cake decoration written by one of the world's most celebrated practitioners of the craft presents a wide array of cake designs including a celebration of Dr. Seuss, Rainbow Carousel, and many others.

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Indian Cooking Unfolded

Indian Cooking Unfolded

A Master Class in Indian Cooking, Featuring 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less

by Raghavan Iyer

Paperback, 304 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Indian Cooking Unfolded
  • A Master Class in Indian Cooking, Featuring 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less
  • Raghavan Iyer

In this lively introduction to Indian cooking, the author of The Turmeric Trail reveals how to create 100 of the cuisine's most popular dishes. Step-by-step photo gatefolds complement the recipes.

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Good Day For A Picnic

Good Day For A Picnic

Simple Food That Travels Well

by Jeremy Jackson

Hardcover, 214 pages, Harpercollins, $22.95, published May 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Good Day For A Picnic
  • Simple Food That Travels Well
  • Jeremy Jackson

A collection of 100 recipe ideas for summer outings recommends a range of drinks, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts that can enhance such occasions as beach visits, field trips, and park concerts, in a volume featuring such options as Ginger Iced Tea, Lamb Mezza Pitas, and Strawberry Cupcakes. By the author of The Cornbread Book. 20,000 first printing.

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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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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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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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  • Yes, Chef
  • 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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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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