books_cook_french“Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan (hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, 530 pages, $40). Offers personable recipes for French home cooking, presenting more than 300 recipes for hors d’oeuvres, salads, soups, meat dishes, fish, vegetables and desserts, with a separate section on making dough, vinaigrettes and sauces.

 

books_cook_elements“The Elements of Life: a Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living” by Su-Mei Yu (hardcover, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009, 324 pages, $35). The traditional Thai philosophy of diet and health involves eating meals planned around your “home element” — earth, water, wind, or fire — as well as the weather, time of day, and other factors. In this book, Yu explains this age-old philosophy and gives information and recipes to help you prepare meals that will promote better physical, spiritual and emotional health.

 

books_cook_grain“Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking” by Fuchsia Dunlop (hardcover, W.W. Norton & Company, 2013, 351 pages, $35). This culinary reference inspired by the cooking traditions of southern China features dishes that focus primarily on vegetables, and shares a comprehensive introduction to key seasonings and techniques.

 

 

books_cook_mexican“Pati’s Mexican Table: the Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking” by Pati Jinich (hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, 288 pages, $30). Presents a collection of recipes that use simple methods and everyday ingredients to make delicious Mexican dishes suitable for family meals and holiday celebrations.

 

 

books_cook_rustic“Rustic Italian Food” by Marc Vetri with David Joachim (hardcover, Ten Speed Press, 2011, 291 pages, $35). Celebrates the rustic, handcrafted cuisine of Italian home cooking while advocating a hands-on, back-to-basics approach in a volume that provides more than 100 recipes for a variety of slow-cooked meats, homemade breads and pastas.

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