Pastry Chef Yugit Pura's New Cookbook Trailer Will Make You Want Dessert Immediately

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You weren't planning on skipping dessert today, were you? Because you'll be throwing that plan out the window after you feast your eyes on the pastry arts in Yigit Pura's new cookbook trailer. Eater alerts us to this pastry porn, which shows the assembly of a layered crepe cake brulee with poached pears and pistachio-cinnamon brittle in sumptuous, slow-motion, extra-delicious-looking detail.

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Bay Area Author Writes Book on Banh Mi

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Bay Area author Andrea Nguyen, who wrote the classic Into the Vietnamese Kitchen is back with a much smaller tome, a manual of sorts, on how to construct the perfect Vietnamese sandwich.

If you're one of those thinking, "A cookbook for a sandwich? Slap some deli meat and sliced cheese on some bread with lettuce and tomato, mustard and mayo and you're done," you might want to investigate further.

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Kimberley Hasselbrink's New Cookbook Vibrant Food Explores the Colors of the Seasons

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To think it all began with a brassica.

San Francisco-based Kimberley Hasselbrink, who writes and shoots for her popular blog, The Year in Food, seems to enjoy shooting just as many photos of her raw ingredients as she does the finished dishes. Perhaps it's not surprising, since in the introduction to her new book, Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season, she writes: "It was a head of overripe purple cauliflower -- the last from my friend Nicole's winter garden -- that began my obsession with colorful produce."

That obsession led her on a journey to see fruits and vegetables differently; to not only think about what meals could be made from them, but to allow their colors, and how they would interact with each other, to inspire her first, and let the recipes follow.

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"Berkeley Bowl's Like Disneyland To Me": Ruth Reichl on Foodie Fiction and Her Favorite Bay Area Eats

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To food people, Ruth Reichl hardly needs an introduction -- she's probably the most famous living food writer, the MFK Fischer of these restaurant-obsessed times. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet for a decade, restaurant critic for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times before that, and author of three bestselling memoirs. Now she's written a novel, her first.

Delicious! tells the story of Billie Breslin, a young, eager food writer who moves from California to New York to take a job as assistant to the editor of Delicious! magazine. During her time there, Breslin stumbles on a treasure trove of letters in the magazine's library between James Beard and a young girl during World War II, and her life is never quite the same.

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Bryant Terry's New Cookbook Pairs Songs With African, Caribbean, and Southern Recipes

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One of the first things you notice about Bryant Terry's new cookbook, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed (Ten Speed Press) is that each dish not only comes with a song recommendation, but some also come with a book pairing as well.

For example, a recipe for slow-braised mustard greens inspired by a traditional South African dish called smoor, which combines said greens with caramelized onions in tomato paste served with hot-pepper vinegar, should be eaten while listening to "Slow Drag" by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, or while reading Long Division by Kiese Laymon, a post-Katrina coming-of-age story, or possibly both.


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Michael Pollan on Nutritionism, Food Culture, and Unhealthy Obsessions With Healthy Eating

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On Thursday night, Michael Pollan, the (practically) caped crusader of the ethical eating and sustainable agriculture world, regaled a near-packed house at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. Pollan, who for the last 25 years has been writing books and articles about the place nature and culture intersects -- and where government often interferes -- has become more than a journalist. He's also an entertainer, albeit one with a serious set of messages.


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The Forest Feast: Author Erin Gleeson's Watercolor Recipes

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Erin Gleeson showed up to meetings with Bay Area food editors, and carrying a portfolio that many would envy -- one filled with her photos of high-profile chefs such as Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and Top Chef competitors the Voltaggio brothers, cooking at the James Beard House. The editors here were nonplussed.

The photos were too sleek, too backlit. Too New York.

Essentially, what they were telling her was "Less beet foam, more kale chips," as Gleeson writes in the introduction to her new book, The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from my Cabin in the Woods (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).

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Celebrate Josey Baker's Cookbook Launch at State Bird Provisions Tonight

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If you've been looking for an excuse to get over to State Bird Provisions but haven't wanted to deal with the line/reservation madness, this might be it: Local breadmaker, flour miller, and now cookbook author Josey Baker is having a book release party at the restaurant tonight (Tuesday, April 22, 5:30-10 p.m.). State Bird chef/owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski will be making special dishes for the evening using bread and stone-ground whole grains from the Mill, and there will be both bread and cookbooks for sale. But the best news is that the event is 100 percent walk-in, no reservations, so, you know, you might actually have a chance to get in.

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Books We Love: At My Table, from James Beard Award-Winning Colman Andrews

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James Beard Award-winning writer and editor Colman Andrews is known to many for his role as a co-founder for Saveur magazine as well as for his deep expertise on Spanish and Irish cuisine. The East Coast author has written about food, music, art and culture for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, New West, Gourmet, Creem, The Hollywood Reporter. Post-Saveur, he signed on as editorial director to The Daily Meal, an online food and drink site. Now Andrews has penned a new book called My Usual Table (Harper Collins, $25.99) on the notable restaurants that have defined dining history and his life.

The book is a fun read and covers hot spots such as El Bulli, Trader Vic's and Chasen's that are now shuttered but not forgotten. Andrews will be in the Bay Area next month & dished with us on where he'd like to eat and whether or not he'd catch up with his longtime pal Alice Waters.

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Here's the Trailer for Josey Baker's New Bread Cookbook

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He may get most of the press these days for his $4 toast, but we're longtime fans of Josey Baker's crusty loaves, and in interviews have found him to be a smart, articulate guy willing to nerd out about all things bread for hours. That's why we're excited about his new cookbook, Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves, out from Chronicle April 15. In this teaser, Baker describes it as the book he wishes he'd had when he was just starting out a few years ago, back when he was a science teacher who found himself drawn to the doughy, yeasty stuff.

See also: There Will Be Bread: The Newest Development in Food Culture Is Also the Oldest

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