December: New at the Library

Cookbooks

Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities
by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix takes recipes down to their base elements and arranges them in a grid layout, showing the reader how making slight alterations can provide extremely different final products. Examples include recipes for basic cookie dough, or vegetable soup. “This unconventional cookbook can help proficient cooks develop ideas for creating their own recipe variations.” – Library Journal

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes
by Peter Meehan and the Editors of Lucky Peach

From the creators of the popular Lucky Peach magazine, this cookbook introduces readers to Asian and Asian-inspired food. It is perfected for reluctant cooks, featuring no frying, no subrecipes, and an introduction to common ingredients.

Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie
by Elias Cairo and Meredith Erickson

Cairo, cofounder and co-owner of Portland’s Olympia Provisions, and Erickson delve into charcuterie in a way that is accessible to readers. “With all the different styles of charcuterie then applied to different meals of the day, this book serves as a great basis for anyone interested in learning how the sausages are made and how to expand his or her meat palate.” – Publishers Weekly

Tacos: Recipes and Provocations
by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman

This book shifts the focus on the taco back to the tortilla, emphasizing the importance of a good tortilla to an excellent taco. The taco itself is still explored too, and the authors go beyond traditional recipes to more adventurous fillings, like fried oyster and wild spinach.

Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking
by Madhur Jaffrey

This cookbook presents traditional Indian dishes using a vast array of photos that will encourage readers to take the extra step and try new things. “Jaffrey's fresh compilation features extraordinary variety and achieves approachability without oversimplification. Highly recommended for vegetarians and Indian food enthusiasts.” – Library Journal