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Boulangerie at Home

I may have found the perfect winter quarantine book. This is a mechanic’s handbook to creating perfect boulangerie–croissants, brioche sucre, apple tarts, vienna rolls, and all sorts of bread loaves. Those delicious things you used to enjoy in the bakery … Continue reading


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Local Dirt

Here’s how it started with this book. At first I thought, sure, eating local is easy if you live and work on a farm, But as I flipped through the seasonal recipes I remembered those few leaves of kale and … Continue reading

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CHoWline: The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery

Have you had that odd jolt yet when you realize you are part of history? Talking to someone in their 20s about the Allman Brothers? That making a shopping list is suddenly considered a life hack? Watching jeans styles go … Continue reading

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

I like reality that tastes like bread. Jean Anouilh Enough with the jokes about garlic and overeating. Its time to recognize Italian home cooking, Italian-American cooking, not as coarse overabundance but for its subtle sparking of flavors, its seasonal sensibility, … Continue reading

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All About Dolci

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? Martin Scorsese This is my eternal dilemma–standing in front of a pastry case and wanting one bite of everything. Someday I will buy one of everything and … Continue reading

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Melt, Stretch & Sizzle, the Art of Cooking Cheese

Cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality. Clifton Fadiman For anyone whose ever had a fondue seize or a just “meh” grilled cheese, this is the book. Tia Keenan is a cheese expert, author of The Art of the Cheese Plate in … Continue reading

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Fruit, Recipes that Celebrate Nature

Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. Julian Castro Fruit is such a gift–seasonal and treasured sweetness, no wonder they … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth!

and Happy Summer! Enjoy local produce and some American history with Bread & Beauty!

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Souk, Feasting at the Mezze Table

You have descended on your own people and have stepped upon the plains. –Arabic greeting That is, you are among friends in a land of plenty. And that’s the way this book feels, beautiful but fundamentally simple food, meant to … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Persephone Books

Lamb’s Conduit Street in London runs its quiet route a few blocks west of Russell Square, if the jigsaw streets and gardens can really be called blocks, and there, between a hipster barber shop and a traditional pub, you’ll find … Continue reading

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