Carolyn Jung's Holiday Cookbooks


Carolyn Jung, food writer, and "Food Gal" blogger, teamed up with Kepler's

to review the 12 best Cookbooks of the season!


Check out her reviews below. Happy Cooking!


Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600852541
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Published: Taunton Press - October 12th, 2010

"Get to know some of America’s most unsung heroes: the talented farmers, ranchers and artisan food purveyors that supply the nation’s top chefs. Their stories will inspire you to cook up the 100 recipes included."  

Tartine Bread Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811870412
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2010

"Co-owner Chad Robertson (with his wife, Elizabeth Prueitt) turn out rustic loaves with true character at their fabled San Francisco bakery. With lovely photos and detailed directions, this book will have you happily up to your arms in dough-making." 

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393061031
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 25th, 2010

"Hesser spent six years culling through the newspaper’s 150-year-old food archive to come up with the best and most influential ones. This 932-page tome is sure to be a cookbook you reach for again and again."

Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780714859033
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - October 4th, 2010

"Few of us may ever dine at Noma in Denmark, which was named the “Best Restaurant in the World’’ this year in the S. Pellegrino annual awards. But we can still take a taste of this Nordic locavore cuisine in this stunning book."

Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579654078
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Published: Artisan Publishers - November 1st, 2010

"The book features 20 seasonal menus from this long-time Chez Panisse chef, including a fun “Dead of Winter Dinner from the Supermarket.’’ I can’t wait to use his tip for freezing summer tomatoes: Place whole ones in a Ziploc bag, squash them, release the air and freeze. When they’re thawed, the skins come off easily to leave you with perfect peeled tomatoes."

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook Cover Image
By Rachel Saunders, Sara Remington (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9780740791437
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 21st, 2010

"Saunders is the owner of Blue Chair Fruit Company, which specializes in using sustainably farmed fruits from the Bay Area. Learn how to make jams with perfect consistency such as Aprium and Candied Ginger Jam.’’

Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580082846
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 21st, 2010

"Thompson’s acclaimed London restaurant Nahm was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. For 25 years, he’s been traveling to Thailand, documenting traditional recipes and techniques. This book will flat-out make you hungry."

Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594202681
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Published: Penguin Press - October 28th, 2010

"Who doesn’t want a food scientist as knowledgeable as McGee in their kitchen? A copy of his new book is the next best thing. It’s filled with tips to make you a better cook, such as the difference between Chinese and Japanese soy sauces, and how to avoid cracks when baking a cheesecake."

The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670022267
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - October 14th, 2010

"Green (founder of Wine Forest Wild Mushrooms in the Napa Valley), and Scott (former executive chef for the Robert Mondavi Winery), takes us for a walk on the wild side in this book devoted to the ancient practice of foraging in nature for food. A hundred recipes showcase everything from morels to prickly pear."

The Sunset Cookbook: Over 1,000 Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for the Way You Cook Today Cover Image
By Oxmoor House (Manufactured by)
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ISBN: 9780376027948
Availability: Backordered
Published: Oxmoor House - October 19th, 2010

"It’s the first new cookbook in 15 years by the Menlo Park-based magazine that’s chronicled the lifestyle of the West for more than 110 years. Find more than 1,000 recipes that have been meticulously tested that reflect our area’s diversity – from mushroom potstickers to wine-smoked turkey."

Dinner's Done! Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780979938436
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Brown Bag Publishers - October 1st, 2010

"Learn easy ways to whip up dinner from all those irresistible Trader Joe’s products. Each recipe -- from lemon ricotta almond cake to shrimp lettuce wraps -- comes complete with a photo and nutritional information."

Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401323950
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Published: Hachette Books - October 12th, 2010

"The most glamorous kitchen goddess is at it again – turning out comforting, yet seductive dishes. The book features 190 recipes, including more than 60 that take 30 minutes or less to prepare."