Susan Hurst

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Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple

Good for minimalists, aspiring novice cooks, and Avec fans. Purchase where there is interest.

The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine

Less about archetypal New Orleans than about modern Southern dining, this work combines flavors, techniques, and ingredients from Europe and the Americas into a cuisine all its own. The dishes themselves are not mashups by any means, but the combined result is a tour well beyond Bourbon St. Recommended for regional cookbook collections.

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Well written and packed with intriguing details, this is a great look at a global industry to which virtually all of us contribute, in one way or another

Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar

Nicely illustrated with close-up color photographs, this book encourages cooks to try new ingredients and techniques to make healthier food but may be a little advanced for some audiences

The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas

This cookbook with a great background story and delicious sounding mashups, such as pad thai tacos and banana Nutella spring rolls, is recommended for extensive cookbook collections.


The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel

Well researched and documented yet fun to read, this work provides both a front- and back-of-the-house look into a grand dame of New York architecture. Highly recommended for history or hospitality aficionados.

The Nimble Cook: New Strategies for Great Meals That Make the Most of Your Ingredients

A good resource for cooks looking for new ways to prepare and preserve foods from root to stem.

Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories

A delicious introduction to Iranian life and food. Recommended for all cookbook collections.

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures

This beautiful book is a pleasure to read and cook from. Highly recommended for all collections.

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