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Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant by Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint
Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant

Raingirl, August 15, 2012

Talk about adventures in the kitchen! Part graphic novel, part cookbook, with a dash of philosophy and the kitchen sink stirred in, Mission Street Food is unlike any cookbook you've ever seen. I was enthralled from the first page 'til the end. Amidst some very handsome food photography and a multitude of useful recipes, the book chronicles the rise and fall of a San Francisco eatery that was completely...well, unique doesn't even begin to describe it. Just read it and you'll see what I mean.
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Lidia's Italy in America by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Lidia's Italy in America

Raingirl, January 19, 2012

Lidia's best cookbook, and my pick for favorite book of 2011. Who doesn't love Italian food? But Lidia expands our ideas of what Italian cuisine is all about, and she does this by taking us across the US and into the kitchens of her paisanos. She's included a huge variety of recipes with plenty of detail so you can perfectly re-create these dishes at home (everything from antipasti to dolce), and her tone is always instructive and caring, never patronizing or preachy. The crab cakes are fabulous, by the way!
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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa
Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

Raingirl, September 19, 2011

Every nursing home should have a cat like Oscar--he has the uncanny gift of sensing when an Alzheimer's patient is close to death, and is there to provide comfort and companionship during their last moments. I loved this book! Dr. Dosa, the author, starts off as a non catlover and eventually not only believes in Oscar's abilities, he learns a great deal more about compassion and the end of life process along the way. It's a compelling read and I stayed up late into the night to finish it. Highly recommended for anyone who has a family member or loved one suffering from dementia.
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Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Magic for Beginners

Raingirl, January 20, 2010

This book of short stories hooked me in quickly with its quirky, fantastical themes of the undead, faeries, and enchanted handbags. But beyond its immediate charms, this collection stands out due to the author's lyrical style and insight into the complexities of human nature.
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Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack
Hello, Cupcake!

Raingirl, June 7, 2009

This is a beautifully-photographed book full of ideas for funky, creative cupcake decorations. I love the April Fool's cupcakes, the alligator, and the Halloween-themed cupcakes. The designs are clever rather than complex and well within the reach of most home bakers. My 12-year old niece was able to produce the sunflower cupcakes, and they were stunning!
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