Library Notes California – April 2017

Written by: Savannah Sharrett
California Campus | Communications Liaison

April is all about Health and Nutrition! There’s no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with tasty foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind. Chefs and all culinary professionals have the ability to not only bring joy by means of taste, but they can also improve the lives of their customers and their community!


The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook: The Delicious Way to Reduce Inflammation and Stay Healthy
by Amanda Haas with Dr. Bradly Jacobs

The preface written by Dr. Jacobs and Amanda Haas personal story sets a tone of honesty. Dr. Jacobs notes that although being a Stanford Medical School Graduate, he had learned to apply a balance of conventional medical therapies alternative medicine therapies, and lifestyle therapies. In his 15 years of experience, he realized that there are many modifiable factors he calls, “upstream events,” that occur before a person seeks out medical treatment. Author Amanda Hass shares the story of her personal struggle with health issues and her understanding of what inflammation really means. As Culinary Director for Williams-Sonoma and professional cook, Amanda shares her realization that she should have realized the connection between what she ate and how she felt sooner. What stands out most in this book is the detailed yet clear list of foods that contribute to more or less inflammation in the body. Together, Amanda and Dr. Jacobs put together a cookbook that makes the simple the connection between our diet and our overall well-being.


ca-library-notes-04-2017-books-2The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Second Edition: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery by Rebecca Katz

In the foreword, Author Rebecca Katz uses a simple simile to help readers understand the impact thoughtful eating habits when one is dealing with cancer. She explains, “cancer is like a weed in the body’s garden”, and her job, “is to work with their garden to make its solid as inhospitable as possible to the growth and spread of the weed”.  This book addresses not only those currently going through the cancer treatment process but also those who may be in a care-takers position. Rebecca encourages readers to use her book as a toolbox full of ideas that make eating and cooking less stressful during a time one may be feeling overwhelmed and most definitely fatigued. One thing that stands out the most in the book is the index of recipes organized according to side effects.


Good Clean Food: Super Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day by Lily Kunin

This book is an excellent example how a social media account can lead to bigger things. Lily Kunin, Health Coach, and Instagram-er turned cookbook Author, writes from personal experience dealing with migraine headaches that severely affected her life. She shares with readers how she discovered, “the connection between what [she] put in her body and how it made [her] feel”. Lily admits at the onset of her book that everyone will have different needs and will have different experiences when it comes to health and nutrition. With this in mind, the contents of her book are divided into 6 major sections focusing on a variety of needs whether it’s detoxing with a “super green smoothie” and  “mom’s minestrone” or restoring with a “smashed avocado toast” and “red lentil earth curry”. What makes her book unique is that she not only created a repertoire of delicious meal ideas but she also touches on natural beauty tips such as her recipe for a “coconut coffee body scrub” or a “brightening free tea face mask”.


Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton

Realizing that not everyone has time or interest in combing through their local grocery store or farmers market for special ingredients, Sarah Britton creatively shows readers how to put together nourishing meals with ingredients they may already have at home. She teaches home cooks how to start with basic concepts and build up with her Building Block chart. She also spends time explain methods that increase flavor without the use of extra equipment or a long list of ingredients.


Deliciously Ella Every Day: Quick and Easy Recipes for Gluten-Free Snacks, Packed Lunches and Simple Meals by Ella Woodward

Another success story from someone who worked through a personal heath obstacle. Author Ella Woodward emphasizes that, with a little organization, “taking care of yourself is much easier that you think”. For readers with busy lives, Ella includes a section of on-the-go recipes that will help you keep the focus on health even though you may have limited time. In the introduction, she includes tips on advance preparation, storage solutions, creating a well stocked and diverse pantry. One section that I look forward to trying personally is her list of soothing drinks such as her “warm beet and apple juice” or her “warming turmeric tonic”. This book is not only practical and useful recipe ideas but also packed with gorgeous photos.


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How to Make a Cookbook Panel

Join us on June 8, 3:30-5PM at International Culinary Center’s Amphitheater for the “How to Make a Cookbook” panel. RSVP to smedlicott@culinarycenter.com

The team behind Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals —including the author, literary agent, editor, and photographer — will discuss their work and how they join forces to collaborated on Bowl and other cookbooks.

From writing a proposal, finding and working with an agent, and locking in a deal with a publishing house, to the writing, editing, and photographing the cookbook, this discussion covers the full scope of the process. If you dream to one day write a cookbook, don’t miss this lively event!

Panelists:

Lukas Volger, author

Lukas Volger is the author of three cookbooks: BowlVeggie Burgers Every Which Way, and Vegetarian Entrees that Won’t Leave You Hungry. His approach to vegetarian cuisine is accessible yet innovative, and rooted in straightforward technique and “whole foods” ingredients. He’s been featured in Vogue, The Splendid Table, and the New York Times, who calls him “a master at creating attractive vegetarian and vegan meals that are put together with a light hand but that fill you up.” He’s also the editorial director of Jarry, a James Beard Award–nominated magazine, and founder of Made by Lukas, a Brooklyn-based line of premium veggie burgers. A native of Boise, Idaho, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visitlukasvolger.com or follow him @LukasVolger.

Alison Fargis, literary agent

Alison Fargis is a partner in Stonesong, a literary agency in Manhattan. With over twenty years in publishing, Alison’s list includes a wide range of bestselling and critically acclaimed titles in subjects ranging from food and wine, lifestyle, pop culture, how-to, and diet to middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Her roster of authors includes Deb Perelman (The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook), Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm series, NERDS series, and Undertow trilogy), Erin Gleeson (The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast for Kids, and the forthcoming The Forest Feast Gatherings), Stephanie Diaz (Extraction trilogy), Alex Myers (Revolutionary), April Peveteaux (Gluten is My Bitch, The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet and the forthcoming Bake Sales are My Bitch) Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Baked, Baked Explorations, Baked Elements, and Baked Occasions), and Lukas Volger (Bowl) among others. She graduated Vassar College with a BA in Art and lives in Brooklyn.

Rux Martin, editor

Rux Martin is Editorial Director of Rux Martin Books and a vice president at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She specializes in cookbooks, nonfiction books on food, and diet books. Authors she has worked with include Dorie Greenspan, Mollie Katzen, Jacques Pépin, Ruth Reichl, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Solomonov, Judith Jones, Jane and Michael Stern, and Pati Jinich. She has edited a number of New York Times bestsellers, including The Gourmet Cookbook; Gourmet Today; The Gourmet Cookie Cookbook; the Hello, Cupcake series; Around My French Table; As Always, Julia; The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert; Baking Chez Moi; and Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen. Before coming to HMH, she was one of the founding editors of Eating Well magazine, where she edited food articles and oversaw the food photography. She lives in Vermont, where her office adjoins the chicken coop.

Michael Harlan Turkell, photographer

Michael Harlan Turkell is a food culture–focused photographer and author who’s spent over a decade capturing the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning Back of The House project, which documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world. He’s been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling, and has photographed over a dozen cookbooks, including titles for Aarón Sanchez, Joanne Chang, Marco Canora, Sara Jenkins, Lukas Volger’s Bowl, and most recently, Chris Cosentino’s Offal Good, which he also co-authored. Currently, Michael is writing (and photographing) his own cookbook, Acid Trip, focusing on the history and production of vinegar around the world, as well as how to make it yourself, and cook with it.