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Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

This enjoyable book, which includes more than 20 recipes, is a must for serious barbecue scholars and a solid choice for any food historian.

My Shanghai: Recipes and Stories from a City on the Water

Photography of both the food and region is gorgeous and another way to travel without leaving home, and the clear recipes in this rich collection will delight home cooks looking to explore flavors and cooking styles.

Xi’an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop

While challenging for beginning cooks, this enjoyable and readable offering features clear instructions and inspiring recipes that are well within the reach of the home kitchen. Wang’s DIY ethos makes the hard work fun.

The Magnolia Bakery Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Home Baker

A good selection for home bakers of all levels looking for something sweet.

Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from My Indonesian Kitchen

An excellent primer on an overlooked cuisine..


Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker

While Schreiber’s instructions are clear, they are concise; these recipes are technique-heavy, so this may not be the best choice for beginners, but experienced bakers will enjoy the quirky writing style and delicious flavors.

The New Craft of the Cocktail

A must for cocktail fans and aspiring mixologists.

Eat a Peach: A Memoir

A solid choice for memoir fans and chef-followers alike.

The Book on Pie: Everything You Need To Know To Bake Perfect Pies

McDowell writes with a welcoming voice; newbies will be heartened and old hands will be impressed. Get out the rolling pin, this book has a pie for everyone.

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