A Cookbook Review

A cookbook from a beloved Great British Baking Show alum?  A slow food manifesto and a fast-food history? Read on for a taste of the most exciting food books of the summer season.

Nadiya Bakes: Over 100 Must-Try Recipes for Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies, and More: A Baking Book by Nadiya Hussain 

Hardcover $29.99

Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers

Release Date: July 27,2021 

256 pages

If you watched Nadiya’s season on the Great British Baking Show, I’m guessing you grew to love her, as I did. Both of her solo Netflix shows (Nadiya’s Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes) continue to provide a sense of comfort and well-being (and hunger). This cookbook is tied to the series, but it’s a beautiful love letter to baking and all the reasons we do it, as well. Beginners and more advanced bakers alike will enjoy perusing these recipes and reading Nadiya’s notes.

We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto by Alice Waters

Hardcover $26.00

Published by Penguin Press

Release Date: Jun 01, 2021 

208 Pages 

Nearly a decade in the making, this is a book encouraging eaters to be intentional about what they put in their mouths and how they choose to consume. Peppered with bits of Waters’ own food history and experiences, it’s a great read for those interested in sustainability and the future of how we eat.

Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler

Paperback $17.99

Published by Flatiron Books

Release Date: June 22, 2021 

288 pages

New in paperback this summer, buckle up for a wild ride through the quirky history of the fast-food chains that form a backdrop for our lives. From origin stories and fascinating trivia to all the ways political and social history shaped the way fast-food spread across America, this is a smart book that puts fast-food into context.

Cooking For Your Kids: At Home With the World’s Greatest Chefs by Joshua David Stein

Hardcover $39.95

Published by Phaidon Press Limited

Release Date: June 30, 2021

240 pages

A beautiful collection of recipes from prominent chefs all over the world (you might recognize Edouardo Jordan’s name from his James Beard award-winning restaurants in Seattle). Far from the sort of fare they might cook in their restaurants, these are the dishes they cook for those they love most: their children. A perfect gift for the food-focused parents in your life, or just the thing to add new life to your own menus, kids optional.

An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables by Deborah Madison

Available Now in Hardcover $26.95 (Published by Knopf, November 10, 2020)

Paperback $17.00

Published by Vintage

Release Date: August 17, 2021

320 pages

If you missed this 2020 release, you will be able to get it in paperback this summer. It’s an extremely personal book, written by one of our great cookbook writers. While there is a wealth of beautiful food writing within, it’s also about how food has intersected with every area of her life, from her religious life practicing Zen, to writing cookbooks and falling in and out of love, to her childhood in Davis, California.

The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora: Recipes and Techniques for Edible Plants from Garden, Field, and Forest by Alan Bergo

Hardcover: $34.95

Published by Chelsea Green Publishing

Release Date: June 24, 2021

288 pages

by Alan Bergo

Maybe you pass the foraged fiddleheads at the Farmer’s market or aren’t sure what to do with garlic ramps. Alan Bergo’s book is intended as a guide to edible plants you might not be familiar with, or know how to cook or eat. While not all plants will be available locally, this guide is a great resource in learning to forage and feast safely.

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