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  • Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide
  • Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (1) (Fortieth - 40th - Anniversary Edition)
  • Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook
  • Alinea
    by Grant Achatz

    The dishes at Grant Achatz’s award-winning Chicago restaurant Alinea are entirely new, yet what diners taste often resurrects their most cherished food memories. Achatz has said that flavor is memory, and of all the ways in which Alinea appeals to the senses, it’s flavor that he has harnessed and reinvented in a kitchen that never rests on its laurels. 

  • French Provincial Cooking (Penguin Classics)
  • The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
  • Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients
  • Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen
    by Tom Douglas

    Tom Douglas loves Seattle and Seattle loves Tom Douglas. The owner of and force behind three popular restaurants (Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s Seafood, and Palace Kitchen), Douglas has made an in-depth study of Pacific Northwest foodstuffs and culinary influences—basically the man has happily eaten his way through the city for the past 25 years and then, to Seattleites’ delight, has applied his knowledge to his restaurants. “With this book, we hope to communicate our experience of Seattle,” says Douglas. “We want to share our thriving food scene with you—you can get on a plane and come see us or you can use this book to create your own ‘Seattle’ in your kitchen.”

  • Tom's Big Dinners: Big-Time Home Cooking for Family and Friends
    by Tom Douglas

    Restaurateur Douglas earned a James Beard award with Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen, and now he returns with 13 menus for entertaining, each with recipes stretching from cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to desserts and wine suggestions. Although the fare is often West Coast-oriented, as with the Whole Salmon on the Grill Stuffed with Sea Salt, Lemon and Onion, Douglas nods to a variety of ethnic meals: A Chinese Feast, which boasts 12 recipes; Grandpa Louie’s Dream Greek Vacation, 11 recipes; and Remembering Labuznik, a festive Czech repast with nine inviting components. The grill comes into play often in such dishes as Vine-Roasted Squab with Syrah Jam, Charred Squid Skewers on Garlic Toast with Arugula, and Lamb Chop T-Bones in Crushed Cherry Marinade with Tarragon Mustard. Desserts are as unusual as Cornmeal Rosemary Cake with Lemon Glaze, and Persimmon Pudding with Pear Brandy Hard Sauce and Pear Vanilla Sauce, Sugared Cranberries and Sugared Mint Leaves. As the recipe names suggest, these menus are extremely full-flavored and palate-pleasing. Within reach of most cooks, Douglas’s meals do require a fair amount of time, but to mitigate this, make-ahead notes supplement a large number of recipes. Ambitious home cooks looking for new ways to entertain in high culinary style will find an abundance of fresh ideas here.

  • I Love Crab Cakes! 50 Recipes for an American Classic