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It’s been a few years since my last post on my favorite cookbooks so I thought I would create a list of some new ones that have come into my life that I’m really enjoying at the moment.  Coincidentally a lot of them are local chefs here in Seattle and the greater PNW.  Whether it’s you that’s looking for something new or you need a gift for someone…I think these are a great group to choose from:

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A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus – Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe (recently closed), The Whale Wins and The Walrus and the Carpenter happens to be a friend of ours who continues to wow everyone with her beautiful food that’s never overdone or fussy.  It’s the kind of food that makes you feel like love was put into it and now it’s yours to make at home with this gorgeous new cookbook.  The zucchini bread recipe alone makes this book worth the purchase.

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The Sobo Cookbook – A friend gifted me this cookbook and I’ve been in love with it ever since.  I immediately started tagging recipes to make: Surfer Noodle Soup (originally a food truck, they served this soup to surfers in Tofino as they waited to take the chill off of them), Strawberry Lemon Scones (need I say more?), Roasted Squash Salad, Hippy Chicken (think healthier fried chicken – breading made of almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and sesame seeds), Salmon with Sorrel Sauce and Layered Potatoes (I made this and it was delicious).

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Feeding the Fire – I gave this to my husband for Father’s Day this year and it was an instant hit!  This book covers it all from the different types of wood to use, keeping it simple with your sides, grilling red meat/chicken/seafood, and even the wine that will compliment your food.  Great book for anyone that likes to take their cooking outside.  The grilled artichoke hearts with garlic aioli are unreal!

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LARK – Cooking Against the Grain – If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at Lark, then you know what a special place it is.  This cookbook is stunning as well.  It’s available on your kindle thru Amazon or hardcover in the restaurant.  There are certain classics that I’m so excited to have my hands on now.  The Chocolate Madeleines are at the top of the list as well as the Lark Crackers that they serve with their wagyu sirloin tartare.  Rossi potatoes with clabber cream and Paddlefish caviar or the Farro with red wine braised salsify and wild mushrooms…you pick but this book won’t disappoint.

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Dahlia Bakery Cookbook – If you live in Seattle then this most likely already sits on the shelf amongst your other cookbooks and if it doesn’t, it should!  James Beard Award winner for Best Northwest Chef and Best Restaurateur, Tom Douglas is a man that has accomplished so much already and just keeps on going.  A Seattle staple, the Dahlia Bakery has some of the best treats both savory and sweet in town.  Love the Dahlia Triple Coconut Cream Pie?  Now you can make it for yourself at home – trouble!  Can’t get enough of the buttery and flakey Serious Biscuits?  You too can have the recipe to wow people in your own home.

I have a little obsession with cookbooks.  Not only do I love using them to cook with but I also love reading them front to back.  I have a lot of people ask me what my go to cookbooks are.  Honestly, there isn’t just one but, below are some of my favorite and most used cookbooks and ones that I feel round out my library pretty well…

Tyler Florence Family Meal – I got this cookbook at a wedding shower and have been in love with it ever since.  I’m a huge fan of Tyler Florence’s restaurants – Wayfare Tavern, Rotisserie & Wine and El Paseo and have found that all of the recipes I’ve tried at home aren’t as complicated as one might expect.  His signature Popovers were definitely a hit at Christmas this year!

Greek Cooking In An American Kitchen – Hands down my favorite cookbook for many reasons.  First of all, I’m Greek and I grew up with this cookbook in my home.  It comes from St. Demetrios Church where I grew up going and now live a few blocks from.  You can buy it directly from them for $25 (bring a check book).  Be sure to check out the Greek Festival they throw every fall.  It’ll really make you want the cookbook even more:)

Williams-Sonoma Cooking For Friends – This cookbook is unlike any other I have.  One of the things I love most about it is that for certain ingredients, they show you 3-4 different ways to cook/prepare them.  For example: Savory Tarts Four Ways – Greek-Style Tomato & Feta Tart, Plum & Goat Cheese Tart, Pear & Gorgonzola Tart and Leek, Pancetta & Gruyére Tart.  It’s a good one I swear!

Cristina’s of Sun Valley – While I lived out my ski bum dreams in Sun Valley about 10 yrs ago my roommate and childhood friend worked at Cristina’s and I was lucky enough to have goodies brought home to me on a consistent basis.  I have been a fan of Cristina’s Italian food for a long time now and I love that I can make it in my own home for friends and family.

I’ve recently added (and have been gifted) a few new books to my collection that I’m dying to cook with.  Here are a few of them:

Good Fish – Written by a local Seattleite, this cookbook provides endless sustainable seafood recipes from the Pacific Coast.  I love seafood and am always looking for new recipes…especially ones that don’t require the BBQ since I don’t have much patience for our coal Webber:)

Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors – One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco…this used to be my stomping ground whenever I had a Greek food craving.  It’s upscale and more modern than most Greek spots but the food is memorable and so well executed.

Simply Truffles – My sweet sister-in-law (who knows me well) gave me this cookbook for Christmas.  Trouble…because I’m a truffle addict and this will just give me endless ideas and cost me a pretty penny to try them all.  I’m in!

Bottega – One of my go to spots in Yountville, CA, this oversized cookbook is full of stunning photos and recipes that define California Cuisine…something I miss.  The Parmesan Dip I blogged about is from his other book Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking which I love so I have no doubts that this cookbook will win me over too.

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