While spring is dining out season and summer is grilling outside season, the shorter days of fall and winter naturally draw us indoors for gathering with family and friends in the warmth of our homes. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're not only lucky to have many wonderful restaurants, but also fortunate to have local cookbook authors who can help us enjoy cooking at home. Shop at a local indie bookstore, like Moe's Books in Berkeley to find these and other great books.
The banh mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches
by Andrea Nguyen
Who can resist the combination of crisp baguette, succulent filling, and toppings like tangy daikon and carrot pickles, thin chile slices, refreshing cucumber strips, and pungent cilantro sprigs?Opening a new realm of flavor for anyone tired of standard sandwich fare, The Banh Mi Handbook presents more than fifty recipes and numerous insights for crafting a wide range of sandwiches, from iconic classics to modern innovations.
Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed
by Bryant Terry
The East Bay eco-chef and PBS host offers his fourth tome of meatless delights, this one most heavily influenced by the African diaspora.
The Model Bakery Cookbook: 75 Favorite Recipes from the Beloved Napa Valley Bakery by Karen Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Hansen with Rick Rodgers
This definitive baking guide is the much-anticipated cookbook from the Model Bakery in Napa. Featuring 75 recipes and 60 photos, it’s as luscious to look at as their most-requested breads, classic desserts, and fresh pastries—all arrayed here—are to eat.
Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade by Rachel Saunders
This is not only a comprehensive manifesto for cooking and baking with preserves, but also an exciting exploration of flavors and ingredients through 150 original recipes ranging from omelets to ice creams.
Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes from a Gluten-Free Omnivore by Erin Scott
The first gluten-free cookbook so enticing that it transcends the genre, Yummy Supper is about bounty, flavor, and fun. These are recipes that emphasize naturally gluten-free ingredients and, like her blog, will appeal not only to gluten intolerants and celiacs but also to anyone just looking for a great recipe.