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Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More than 500 Recipes

Mark Bittman (Simon & Schuster)

New York Times columnist Bittman provides a rational approach to eating that not only improves health but helps the environment as well.


The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual

Falcinelli, Castronovo, Meehan (Artisan)

It is surprising to learn that Castronovo and Falcinelli, as they are pulling off a 20-something hipster vibe these days, are also lighting up Brooklyn with their restaurants. They have created a tribute to red sauce dining, bound in an embossed, gilded, faux-leather cover.


Around My French Table

Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

This inviting French cookbook, written from an American in Paris perspective, has all the classics plus unusual dishes, inspired by Vietnam and other cultures.


One Big Table: 800 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Pit-Masters and Chefs

Molly O'Neil (Simon & Schuster)

O'Neill, former New York Times Magazine food writer and author, has compiled an informative and touching refutation of the demise of American home cooking.


Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

Annie Murphy Paul (Free Press)

Science writer Paul segues between ponderings about her own second pregnancy and the developing literature on fetal origins in this fascinating study of the prenatal period. Paul's thought-provoking text reveals that this pivotal period may be even more significant and far-reaching than imagined.


In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart

Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter)

Waters, restaurateur and culinary force of nature, showcases basic cooking techniques every cook can and should master.


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