Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel - Heidi Swanson

Near and Far (Ten Speed Press, $29.99) is the long-awaited second cookbook from the James Beard Award-winning food blogger Heidi Swanson.  The book is framed around Swanson’s travels, beginning with a “Near” section of favorite recipes inspired by her home in San Francisco. It then moves on to cuisine drawn from Swanson’s explorations of India, Japan, France, Italy, and Morocco. This “Far” portion of the book is not a standard set of traditional ethnic dishes but rather Swanson’s own style of cooking filtered through the culture and savors she encounters in each place.  What results is a collection of unique recipes that vary widely in flavor but share an elegant simplicity and exquisite attention to detail.  Whether you are drawn to the clean flavors of a salad of spring carrots and beans or the more surprising nori granola, Swanson will win you over with her thoughtful approach in the kitchen and the evocative photographs of food and place.

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ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities - Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman needs no introduction: he is simply one of the greatest food writers of our time, and the more he experiments and explores, the better it is for all of us.  Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix (Pam Krauss, $35), based on the last few years of his New York Times Magazine “Eat” column, is, unsurprisingly, another masterpiece.  This new work is a textbook on how to improvise in the kitchen; each page focuses on a single ingredient or base recipe, with categories of variations radiating from that center. These matrices serve as flexible guidelines rather than detailed cooking instructions, and they encourage home cooks to customize the given recipe based on what they have on hand and what they are in the mood for.  So whether you are starting with chicken breasts or just have a craving for tomato soup, this book will guide you through the process of thinking about what to make—it is culinary creativity made accessible.

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ISBN: 9780804188012
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 27th, 2015

Typographic Universe - Steven Heller, Gail Anderson

One of the great achievements of modern art is the shift from art as an object to art as an experience, something that often brings wonder to the ordinary and seemingly inane moments in our everyday lives. In Typographic Universe (Thames & Hudson, $50) font enthusiasts Steven Heller and Gail Anderson bring that aesthetic to the world of lettering with their delightful collection of photographs. The conceit of the book is that letters, and thus, fonts, are around us all the time; we only need to open our eyes and look for them. The images of found typography are presented in categories including animal type, edible type, and industrial type, each with a lively introduction by the editors. Part creative inspiration, part conversation-starter, this is a book to keep on your desk or your coffee table to brighten slow days and subtly change how you look at the world around you.

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ISBN: 9780500241455
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 16th, 2014