No Meat Required (Staff Pick)

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No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating By Alicia Kennedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807069172
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Published: Beacon Press - August 15th, 2023

Part memoir, part cultural criticism, and part culinary history with a focus on sustainability, labor rights, and feminism. This incredibly researched book chronicles Kennedy's personal food history and the radical past and future of plant-based eating. It will challenge you to make more thoughtful approaches to the way you eat, regardless of whether you're an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. 

- Katie H.

The World Atlas of Coffee (Staff Pick)

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The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed By James Hoffmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780228100942
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Published: Firefly Books - October 10th, 2018

James Hoffmann provides a book on coffee that is as beautiful as it is informative. Learn about coffee at all stages of production ranging from the farms it’s harvested at, to the process of making it. A great read for any coffee lover.


Upstairs Delicatessen (Staff Pick)

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The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading By Dwight Garner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374603427
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 24th, 2023

Garner serves up the perfect proportions of food and literature. Nothing escapes the eye of this veteran book critic in this soup to nuts anecdotal reportage. In 6 chapters, Garner strips away the pretense surrounding fast food, biscuits fried in butter, and pb&j. If you're looking for haute cuisine, not here. And oh, Garner likes his martinis shaken not stirred. Bon Appetit!

- Ellen

Fermentation as Metaphor

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Fermentation as Metaphor: From the Author of the Bestselling the Art of Fermentation By Sandor Ellix Katz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645020219
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 15th, 2020


Fermentation is about breaking down to build up, whether that be bacteria and yeast breaking down sugars to make delicious food, or concepts being broken apart, examined, and put together in new ways. Katz is the expert in fermentation practices. Here, he uses fermentation as a metaphor fo  life, examining how we can draw inspiration from fermentation processes in order to live a more balanced, supportive, and aware life.


The Best Cook in the World

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The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table By Rick Bragg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400040414
Published: Knopf - April 24th, 2018


All the best recipes have stories behind them. This is a book of beautifully crafted storytelling, both hilarious and poignant, that will set your mouth watering. A wonderful tribute to those who have filled us and enriched our lives with love and good food. Simultaneously one of the best cookbooks and memoirs I have ever read.




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