Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
Natalie learns of her mother’s passing from a horned lark, singing her mother’s song. Natalie and her agoraphobic mother were estranged for seven years because her mother refused to support Natalie’s dream of becoming a chef. When Natalie returns home to San Francisco’s Chinatown, she discovers she’s inherited her grandmother’s restaurant. With notes of magical realism, this novel celebrates food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.
Feeling stuck, writer Jeff Gordinier happens into a meeting with Danish chef René Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, has been called the best in the world. He agrees to a globetrotting culinary adventure with the chef that takes him from the Yucatan peninsula to Sydney, the Arctic Circle, and more. Hungry is an utterly engrossing book about not only the hunger for food, but for risk, reinvention, creative breakthroughs, and connection.
Rachael Ray 50
As her 50th birthday approached, Rachael Ray, the woman who taught America how to get dinner on the table—fast—started thinking not just about what to cook that night, but how her passion for food and feeding people had developed over her first 50 years. The result is 25 thoughtful essays and 125 delicious recipes that read like a cookbook and memoir at once.
At almost 30, Roberta has spent her life trying not to take up space. Stuck in a mindless job and reluctant to pursue her passion for food, that all changes when she meets Stevie, a spirited artist. Together, they invent the Supper Club, a transgressive and joyous group of women who gather to celebrate their hungers.
Notes from a Young Black Chef
Award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi’s love of cooking has been a constant throughout his life, despite many obstacles. He was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color—his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening. This powerful story of chasing dreams is a remarkable culinary coming-of-age.
My Mexico City Kitchen
Innovative chef and culinary trend-setter Gabriela Cámara shares 150 recipes for her vibrant and simple yet sophisticated contemporary Mexican cooking. Inspired by the flavors, ingredients, and flair of culinary and cultural hotspot Mexico City, Cámara’s style of fresh-first, vegetable-forward, legume-loving, and seafood-centric Mexican cooking is a siren call to home cooks who crave authentic recipes they can make with confidence and regularity.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota
J. Ryan Stradal
Readers meet Edith as she’s taking one of her strawberry rhubarb pies out of the oven—one of the many pies she’s baked for the past 40 years at a Minnesotan nursing home. Edith’s family was split when her father left his farm—their entire inheritance—to her sister, who built a successful brewery, and Edith wonders how her life may have been different. This dazzling family saga with delightful and recognizable characters shows how resolution can take generations.
Alison Roman is my go-to New York Times columnist for accessible, thoughtful, and delicious meals. In Nothing Fancy, the woman behind those viral recipes (“The Stew,” “The Cookies,” etc.) helps you nail dinner—whether it’s an unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party—with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect.
Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter, Revised and Unlimited Edition
From the executive chef of one of the world’s top dining destinations, New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, comes an updated single-volume collection of more than 80 recipes, stories, food photographs, and watercolor paintings. In this fresh package, Chef Daniel Humm describes his unparalleled culinary journey and inspiration.
Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection
Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Can you taste the sweetness? From the editors of Martha Stewart Living comes a new, fun source for anyone looking to make their cookies even better and bolder. These recipes make ordinary cookies absolutely extraordinary and take them to the next level in flavor, technique, and decorative appeal.
The foodie in your life knows what a gift a great meal is. Even though getting dinner on the table can sometimes feel like an Olympic feat, cooking can be an intimate, creative, and even relaxing way to nourish your loved ones and bring them together, just as going out for a meal provides new opportunities to explore, taste, and create memories. These mouthwatering books for foodies are authored by chefs, food critics, and novelists who all share a love of food and know its value in our lives.
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