I have stood on many a long line at Huckleberry Café & Bakery which opened in Santa Monica California in 2009 waiting to sample the fantastic brunch on the weekends. Trust me, it is so worth the wait. But now, I am armed with HUCKLEBERRY: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen by Zoe Nathan with Josh Loeb and Laurel Almerinda, the new cookbook from this hot eatery. Zoe Nathan uses only the freshest of ingredients in her food that is so artfully presented. Now that I have the cookbook, I can make my own brown rice quinoa pancakes; hot farro porridge with blueberries and toasted walnuts; ricotta griddlecakes; walnut jam scones; apple cinnamon crumble muffins; or maple bacon bread pudding.   Have no fear Zoe, this does not stop me from standing on line for the real stuff! YUM!

THE NEW FAMILY COOKBOOK (All-New Edition 10th Anniversary Edition of the Best-Selling Classic with 1,100 New Recipes) from America’s Test Kitchens is a must idea for gift giving this season. The fail-safe recipes are totally reliable and the handy photographs of the dishes are wonderfully helpful. I don’t think there was one recipe I could not find in this encyclopedic volume. Throughout the book are 60 illustrated tutorials for core recipes and techniques that are key to basic cookery. I also love the valuable shopping guide that features the test kitchen’s no-nonsense ratings of equipment and ingredients.

As the weather gets colder, SUNDAY CASSEROLES: Complete Comfort in One Dish by Betty Rossbottom teaches us tons of hearty, easy-to-prepare, comforting meals to share with friends and family. The recipes are truly inspired and creative including turkey and corn tortilla casserole with lime-scented sour cream; cassoulet rapide; New Orleans shrimp and andouille jambalaya; Swiss chard, mascarpone, and cherry tomato gratin; pappardelle with cauliflower, leeks, and mushrooms; and frittata with caramelized onions, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

For fans of Anne Willan, the James Beard Award-winning founder of La Varenne Cooking School, (I might add that I am one of these fans), the new ONE SOUFFLÉ AT A TIME: A Memoir of Food and France , is a delightful read. Willan tells her tale and the narrative of the food-world greats—including Julia Child, James Beard, Simone Beck, Craig Claiborne, Richard Olney, and others who altered how the world eats and who made cooking come alive. It’s a delightful read peppered with 50 of her favorite recipes

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