BISTRO CLASSIC FRENCH COMFORT FOOD by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse presents a collection of recipes from his network of French Bistros including Allard in Paris, Aux Lyonnais in Paris, and Benoît in Paris, New York, and Tokyo.  This is a wonderful book full of mouth-watering photographs of delicious bistro classics including: onion soup; sole meuniére; tournedos of beef with black pepper sauce; blanquette de veau; and floating islands with vanilla.

AT MY TABLE: A Celebration of Home Cooking by bestselling cookbook author Nigella Lawson is a collection of recipes that are a cinch to prepare with lots of creative ideas to inspire family and entertaining meals.  Standouts include: bashed cucumber and radish salad; chicken barley; hake with bacon, peas, and cider; Brussels sprouts with preserved lemons and pomegranate; and warm blondie pudding cake.

EAT A LITTLE BETTER: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World by former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, Sam Kass, is a wealth of creative recipes based on Kass’ sensible philosophy that sustainability and healthfulness come first.  Kass is aware that going organic and local is not always an easy option, but his recommendations and choices for cooking are first rate and delicious.  I can’t wait to make charred cabbage; arugula-apple salad; apple and leek sautéed potatoes; rigatoni with pork ragu; and fried brown rice with mushrooms and edamame

COOL SMOKE: The Art of Great Barbecue by world champion pitmaster, Tuffy Stone is the perfect Father’s Day gift!  The book has details on how to choose the right cooker; the best way to trim a cut of meat; how to prepare your own brines, rubs, and sauces; and over 100 great recipes to turn you into a barbecue master.  Standouts include: apple-brined pork loin with applesauce and spicy peanut-brown butter vinaigrette; reverse seared prime rib with horseradish and red wine sauces; spatchcocked game hen with spicy apricot glaze; and grilled corn on the cob with chipotle white sauce.

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