January: New at the Moscow Public Library

Cookbooks

Mastering Sauces: The Home Cook’s Guide to New Techniques for Fresh Flavors
By Susan Volland

This book is perfect for anyone looking to learn how to navigate making sauces. Volland walks readers through the vocabulary, tools, and ingredients required for the different sauce recipes in the book, offering valuable tips along the way. “This book should be added to the list of necessary equipment for making sauces, right after the whisk and the double boiler.” – Publishers Weekly

V is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks from Artichokes to Zucchini
By Michael Anthony and Dorothy Kalins

A cookbook for people looking to make vegetables a larger part of their diet, V is for Vegetables takes readily available ingredients and shows readers how they can easily be made into appealing dishes. Lesser known vegetables are made approachable with clear explanations and photo guides.

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook: Artisanal Baking from Around the World
By Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez and Julia Turshen

Rodriguez is the founder of Hot Bread Kitchen, a bakery in New York that provides food industry jobs and training to low-income minority women. This cookbook collects the bakery’s most popular recipes, which come from over 20 different countries. “Alongside the recipes, Rodriguez showcases the inspiring stories of employees and graduates of Hot Bread Kitchen's training program, many of whom share family dishes to serve alongside the breads of their ethnic heritage.” – Library Journal

Other Nonfiction

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat
By Bee Wilson

A look at how our childhood and early experiences with food can lead to eating disorders and other consumption habits. “Discussing everything from adults with stringent eating patterns to gendered weight misperceptions and changes in cultural norms, Wilson delineates how diets develop and, more importantly, how to make healthy modifications.” – Publishers Weekly

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
By David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle

This book covers the importance of microbes, starting with the authors’ restoration of their desolate backyard garden through microbes within the human body. “The authors ably help lay readers knit together the multiple threads of this complex and intriguing story, and a glossary provides a solid a foundation when grappling with unfamiliar terms such as "commensal" or dysbiosis." A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet.” – Kirkus