Entries by Linda Avery

The Barbecue Lover’s Big Book of BBQ Sauces

by Cheryl & Bill Jamison Photographs © 2015 by Gabriella Marks Facts: Harvard Common Press, 336 pages $16.95 (or Amazon Paperback $13.98, Kindle $9.99) Photos: About 35 Recipes: 225 Regardless the date on the calendar, Memorial Day says “Hello Summer – Welcome Back!” And nothing says summer like barbecue. Cheryl and Bill Jamison have been writing […]

Simply Ancient Grains

by Maria Speck Photographs © 2015 by Erin Kunkel Facts:  10 Speed Press, 272 pages $27.50 (or Amazon Hardcover $19.25, Kindle $11.99) Photos: About 54 Recipes: 107 The Washington Post and The New York Times applauded Maria Speck’s 2011 “Ancient Grains for Modern Meals” and now she’s back with “Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for […]

James Beard 2015 Media Awards

The James Beard Foundation 2015 Book, Broadcast and Journalism (Cookbook) Award winners have been announced. The Cookbook of the Year award went to  Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling (University of Texas Press)! As you may know, Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards are bestowed separately from Restaurant/Chef awards. The media award gala […]

Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

by Anna Brones (text) & Johanna Kindvall (illustrations) Facts: Ten Speed Press, 188 pages, $17.99 (or Amazon Hardcover $14.21, Kindle $9.99) Photos: Lots of illustrations Recipes: 39 Swedish cuisine seems to have maintained a low profile for decades but it’s now bloomed in the USA. Chronological history in a nutshell (according to my limited knowledge): […]

Ciao Biscotti: Sweet and Savory Recipes Celebrating Italy’s Favorite Cookie

by Domenica Marchetti Photographs © 2015 by Antonis Achilleos Facts: Chronicle Books, 144 pages, $18.95 (or Amazon Hardcover $14.82, Kindle $8.99) Photos: 28 Recipes: 46 There are few cookbooks I want to cook my way through. Those that immediately come to mind are a couple of Ottolenghi’s or Huber Keller’s Souvenirs and now Domenica Marchetti’s […]


Gabrielle Hamilton’s New York restaurant Prune turned 15 years old and Ms. Hamilton celebrated with the release of her first cookbook. You’ll remember her first book Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, a memoir recounting her early years on a farm, leaving home at age 16 years, moving to New […]

Plenty More

Let there be no question: I love Yotam Ottolenghi’s food and his cookbooks. He has delivered a cookbook each year from 2011 and now we welcome number four: Plenty More . Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi Photographs © 2014 by Jonathan Lovekin Facts: Ten Speed Press, an imprint of […]

Pork: More than 50 Heavenly Meals…

Author Cree LeFavour loves to dive into single subject cookbooks. She took on beef in 2008 (The New Steak: Recipes for a Range of Cuts plus Savory Sides), poultry in 2011 (Poulet: More Than 50 Remarkable Recipes That Exalt the Honest Chicken), and fish in 2013 (Fish: 54 Seafood Feasts). Pork: More than 50 Heavenly […]