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    While we may not all be able to enjoy California's sunshine and scenery, you can take your tastebuds on a tour of delicious and healthy Californian food. Californian cuisine tends to be influenced by other US cuisine, but also by Asian cuisine and Mexican cuisine (it should be remembered that prior to 1848, California was part of Mexico, and today California is home to a large population of Mexican descent).

    Californian cuisine is of course also influenced by the availability of local produced ingredients. California is of course known for its agricultural produce, which many typical US crops, but also includes avocado, artichokes, dates, figs, persimmons and sprouts. Additionally, northern California produces a range of seafood including Dungeness crab, oysters, salmon, and striped bass.



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    Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots

    By James Syhabout

    Anthony Bourdain/Ecco
    Released: 2018-01-23
    Hardcover (368 pages)

    Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef s Isan Thai & Lao Roots
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    From chef James Syhabout of two–Michelin-star restaurant Commis, an Asian-American cookbook like no other—simple recipes for cooking home-style Thai and Lao dishes

    James Syhabout’s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience. Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures—from his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s home in Pakse, Laos—he and his family landed in Oakland in 1981 in a community of other refugees from the Vietnam War. Syhabout at first turned away from the food of his heritage to work in Europe and become a classically trained chef.

    After the success of Commis, his fine dining restaurant and the only Michelin-starred eatery in Oakland, Syhabout realized something was missing—and that something was Hawker Fare, and cooking the food of his childhood. The Hawker Fare cookbook immortalizes these widely beloved dishes, which are inspired by the open-air “hawker” markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine-dining sensibilities of James’s career beginnings. Each chapter opens with stories from Syhabout’s roving career, starting with his mother’s work as a line cook in Oakland, and moving into the turning point of his culinary life, including his travels as an adult in his parents’ homelands.

    From building a pantry with sauces and oils, to making staples like sticky rice and padaek, to Syhabout’s recipe for instant ramen noodles with poached egg, Hawker Fare explores the many dimensions of this singular chef’s cooking and ethos on ingredients, family, and eating well. This cookbook offers a new definition of what it means to be making food in America, in the full and vibrant colors of Thailand, Laos, and California.

    The French Laundry Cookbook (The Thomas Keller Library)

    By Thomas Keller

    Artisan Publishers
    White Hardcover (336 pages)

    The French Laundry Cookbook (The Thomas Keller Library)
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    2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” (The New York Times). The most transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, his first cookbook, is every bit as satisfying as a French Laundry meal itself: a series of small, impeccable, highly refined, intensely focused courses.

    Most dazzling is how simple Keller's methods are: squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish so it sautées beautifully; poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the repeated washing of bones for stock for the cleanest, clearest tastes.

    From innovative soup techniques, to the proper way to cook green vegetables, to secrets of great fish cookery, to the creation of breathtaking desserts; from beurre monté to foie gras au torchon, to a wild and thoroughly unexpected take on coffee and doughnuts, The French Laundry Cookbook captures, through recipes, essays, profiles, and extraordinary photography, one of America's great restaurants, its great chef, and the food that makes both unique.

    One hundred and fifty superlative recipes are exact recipes from the French Laundry kitchen—no shortcuts have been taken, no critical steps ignored, all have been thoroughly tested in home kitchens. If you can't get to the French Laundry, you can now re-create at home the very experience Wine Spectator described as “as close to dining perfection as it gets.”




     

    500 Crock Pot Express Recipes: Healthy Cookbook for Everyday - Vegan, Pork, Beef, Poultry, Seafood and More.

    By Jamie Stewart

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (270 pages)

    500 Crock Pot Express Recipes: Healthy Cookbook for Everyday - Vegan, Pork, Beef, Poultry, Seafood and More.
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    In this cookbook you will find 500 recipes for the Crock Pot Express divided into the following categories:

    • Vegetables • Poultry • Pork • Beef • Fish & Seafood • Vegan • Beans & Grains • Fast Snacks • Desserts • Other Favorite’s

    If you are considering a health-oriented and fast-paced lifestyle, an electric pressure cooker is the right kitchen tool for you. The Crock Pot Express is a revolutionary multi-cooker that utilizes one-touch technology, high temperatures and high-pressure to cook your food in a healthy way while saving your time and money. Choosing an electric pressure cooker doesn’t mean skimping on flavor. As a matter of fact, it means reaching for the healthier and faster versions of your favorite dishes! This book will give you the guidelines to get the most out of your Crock Pot Express. The Crock Pot Express is a multifunctional programmable cooker that can do the job of an electric pressure cooker, a slow cooker, rice maker, a steamer, a sautéing pan, a warming pot, and yogurt maker. Thus, the Crock Pot Express is given a place of honor on the kitchen countertop!

    State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook

    By Stuart Brioza & JJ Goode

    Ten Speed Press
    Released: 2017-10-24
    Hardcover (368 pages)

    State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook
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    The debut cookbook from one of the country's most celebrated and pioneering restaurants, Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions in San Francisco.

    Few restaurants have taken the nation by storm in the way that State Bird Provisions has. Inspired by their years catering parties, chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski use dim sum style carts to offer guests small but finely crafted dishes ranging from Potato Chips with Crème Fraiche and Cured Trout Roe, to Black Butter-Balsamic Figs with Wagon Wheel Cheese Fondue, to their famous savory pancakes (such as Chanterelle Pancakes with Lardo and Maple Vinegar), along with a menu of more substantial dishes such as their signature fried quail with stewed onions.

    Their singular and original approach to cooking, which expertly blends seemingly disparate influences, flavors, and textures, is a style that has influenced other restaurants throughout the country and is beloved by diners, chefs, and critics alike. In the debut cookbook from this acclaimed restaurant, Brioza and Krasinski share recipes for their most popular dishes along with stunning photography, and inspire readers to craft an unforgettable meal of textures, temperatures, aromas, and colors that excite all of the senses.

    On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen

    By Jeremy Fox

    Jeremy Fox Noah Galuten
    Hardcover (320 pages)

    On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen
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    The highly anticipated cookbook from Jeremy Fox, the California chef who is redefining vegetable-based cuisine with global appeal

    Known for his game-changing approach to cooking with vegetables, Jeremy Fox first made his name at the Michelin-starred restaurant Ubuntu in Napa Valley. Today he is one of America's most talked-about chefs, celebrated for the ingredient-focused cuisine he serves at the Los Angeles restaurant, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen. In his first book, Fox presents his food philosophy in the form of 160 approachable recipes for the home cook. On Vegetables elevates vegetarian cooking, using creative methods and ingredient combinations to highlight the textures, flavours, and varieties of seasonal produce and including basic recipes for the larder.

    Night + Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends

    By Kris Yenbamroong

    Clarkson Potter
    Released: 2017-10-03
    Hardcover (320 pages)

    Night + Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends
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    If you love to eat Thai food, but don’t know how to cook it, Kris Yenbamroong wants to solve your problems. His brash style of spicy, sharp Thai party food is created, in part, by stripping down traditional recipes to wring maximum flavor out of minimum hassle. Whether it’s a scorching hot crispy rice salad, lush coconut curries, or a wok-seared pad Thai, it’s all about demystifying the universe of Thai flavors to make them work in your life.
     
    Kris is the chef of Night + Market, and this cookbook is the story of his journey from the Thai-American restaurant classics he grew eating at his family’s restaurant, to the rural cooking of Northern Thailand he fell for traveling the countryside. But it’s also a story about how he came to question what authenticity really means, and how his passion for grilled meats, fried chicken, tacos, sushi, wine and good living morphed into an L.A. Thai restaurant with a style all its own.

    What's Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food

    By Gaby Dalkin

    Abrams
    Released: 2018-04-17
    Hardcover (272 pages)

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    In What’s Gaby Cooking Everyday California, Gaby Dalkin shares more than 125 of her favorite simple and fresh recipes and offers a glimpse into what it’s like to “go coastal.” It’s about always having something tasty to eat, thanks to handy and delicious pantry staples (avocado oil! quinoa! limes! dark chocolate!), as well as an arsenal of easy and healthy recipes, like Chimichurri Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Grilled Fish, Taco Skillet Bake, and Street Corn Pizza. The book covers all the staples—avocado toast, grain bowls, greens, carbs, healthy mains, cocktails, and more.

    For Gaby, California is not so much a place but a state of mind, and this cookbook proves that no matter where you live, you can still apply the same philosophy. All it takes is finding the freshest produce you can, stocking up on some versatile pantry staples, and keeping flavors and techniques simple. After that, the only thing left to do is kick back, pour yourself a California Girl Margarita, and listen for those ocean waves.

    Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking

    By Jessica Koslow

    Koslow Jessica
    Released: 2016-10-04
    Hardcover (280 pages)

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    **Selected as Eater's 2016 Cookbook of the Year**
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    The debut cookbook from Jessica Koslow, award-winning chef of LA’s popular restaurant Sqirl, featuring more than 100 fresh, market-driven, healthy, and flavorful recipes.
     
    Jessica Koslow and her restaurant, Sqirl, are at the forefront of the California cooking renaissance, which is all about food that surprises us and engages all of our senses—it looks good, tastes vibrant, and feels fortifying yet refreshing. In Everything I Want to Eat, Koslow shares 100 of her favorite recipes for health-conscious but delicious dishes, all of which always use real foods—no fake meat or fake sugar here—that also happen to be suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or whomever you’re sharing your meal with.
     
    The book is organized into seven chapters, each featuring a collection of recipes centered on a key ingredient or theme. Expect to find recipes for dishes Sqirl has become known for, as well as brand-new seasonal flavor combinations, including:
     
    • Raspberry and cardamom jam
    • Sorrel-pesto rice bowl
    • Burnt brioche toast with house ricotta and seasonal jam
    • Lamb merguez, cranberry beans, roasted tomato, and yogurt cheese
    • Valrhona chocolate fleur de sel cookies
    • Almond hazelnut milk

    Koslow lives in LA, where everyone is known to be obsessively health-conscious and where dietary restrictions are the norm. People come into Sqirl and order dishes with all sorts of substitutions and modifications—hold the feta, please, add extra kale. They are looking to make their own healthy adventures. Others may tack breakfast sausage, cured bacon, or Olli’s prosciutto on to their order. So Koslow has had to constantly think about ways to modify dishes for certain diets, which in a way has made her a better, more adaptable cook.
     
    Throughout this book, Koslow provides notes and thought bubbles that show how just about any dish can be modified for specific tastes and dietary needs, whether it needs to be gluten-free or vegan.
     
    Everything I Want to Eat captures the excitement of the food at Sqirl—think of a classic grilled cheese turned playful with the addition of tomato coriander jam—while also offering accessible recipes, like blood orange upside-down cake, that can be easily made in the home kitchen. Moreover, it’s an entirely new kind of cookbook and approach to how we are all starting to think about food, allowing readers to play with the recipes, combining and shaping them to be nothing short of everything you want to eat.
     

    Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen

    By Gonzalo Guzmán

    Stacy Adimando Gonzalo Guzm n
    Released: 2017-04-11
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen
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    • Nopalito A Mexican Kitchen
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    Finalist for the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Awards 

    A collection of 100 recipes for regional Mexican food from the popular San Francisco restaurant.

    The true spirit, roots, and flavors of regional Mexican cooking—from Puebla, Mexico City, Michoacán, the Yucatán, and beyond--come alive in this cookbook from Gonzalo Guzman, head chef at San Francisco restaurant Nopalito. Inspired by food straight from the sea and the land, Guzman transforms simple ingredients, such as masa and chiles, into bright and flavor-packed dishes.

    The book includes fundamental techniques of Mexican cuisine, insights into Mexican food and culture, and favorite recipes from Nopalito such as Crispy Red Quesadillas with Braised Pork and Pork Rinds; Toasted Corn with Crema, Ground Chile, and Queso Fresco; Tamales with Red Spiced Sunflower Seed Mole; and Salsa-Dipped Griddled Chorizo and Potato Sandwiches. Capped off by recipes for cocktails, aqua frescas, paletas, churros, and flan—Nopalito is your gateway to Mexico by way of California. This is a cookbook to be read, savored, and cooked from every night.

    Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California

    By Travis Lett

    Lett Travis
    Released: 2015-10-27
    Hardcover (288 pages)

    Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California
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    • Gjelina Cooking from Venice California
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    Gjelina is Los Angeles's most talked-about restaurant, lauded by critics from London to New York to San Francisco and beloved by stars, locals, and out-of-towners alike for its seductive simplicity and eclectic Cal-Med menu from talented chef Travis Lett. This standout cookbook features 125 of the rustic and utterly delicious salads, toasts, pizzas, vegetable and grain dishes, pastas, fish and meat mains, and desserts that have had fans clamoring for a table since the restaurant burst onto the scene. More than 150 color photographs from acclaimed photographer Michael Graydon and stylist Nikole Herriott, plus a tactile, artisanal package, evoke the vibe of Venice Beach and the Gjelina (the G's silent) aesthetic, and showcase the beautiful plated food of Lett's ingredient-based, vegetable-centric cooking. This is the cookbook for the way we want to cook and eat now.

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