Stephanie and Jon's Holiday Recommendations

Here's a list of recent titles Book Stall owner Stephanie Hochschild and bookseller Jon Grand are recommending to Book Stall readers!  Jon starts us off with a list of nonfiction titles for you or for holiday giving, and then Stephanie offers her favorite fiction and cookbook selections of the year. When you order online, make sure you note that you are a Discount Club Member in the "Order Comments" section and we'll be sure to apply your discount!

Questions?  Email bookrecs@thebookstall.com.

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781101990988
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Published: Dutton Caliber - July 7th, 2020

The extraordinary career of General George C. Marshall—America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington—whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century  


Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328866745
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Published: Mariner Books - March 3rd, 2020

Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Award for Biography

From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.


Rose Pastor arriv


Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781594206047
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Published: Penguin Press - September 29th, 2020

One of the Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Books of the Year | Washington Post Notable Book | A Christian Science Monitor and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020

Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Abraham Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award


Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington Cover Image
$35.00
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ISBN: 9781476739434
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE LINCOLN FORUM BOOK PRIZE

“A Lincoln classic...superb.” ­—The Washington Post

“A book for our time.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln on the Verge tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic.


The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316463591
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 14th, 2020

The "unputdownable" (Dave Eggers, National Book award finalist) story of the most infamous American con man you've never heard of: James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and an island in Lake Michigan, "perfect for fans of The Devil in the White City" (Kirkus)

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Cho


Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 Cover Image
By Volker Ullrich, Jefferson Chase (Translated by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781101874004
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

From the author of Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939—a riveting account of the dictator's final years, when he got the war he wanted but his leadership led to catastrophe for his nation, the world, and himself.


The Mystery of Charles Dickens Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780062954947
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

A lively and insightful biographical celebration of the imaginative genius of Charles Dickens, published in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his death.


Eleanor Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781439192016
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller

Prizewinning bestselling author David Michaelis presents a “stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) breakthrough portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, an avatar of democracy whose ever-expanding agency as diplomat, activist, and humanitarian made her one of the world’s most widely admired a


The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781451694178
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 16th, 2020

Vicious battles, powerful monarchs, and royal intrigue abound in this “gripping, complex, and sensational” (Hilary Mantel) true story of the War of the Roses—a struggle among three brothers, two of whom became kings, and the inspiration for Shakespeare’s renowned play, Richard III.

In 15th-century England, two royal families, the House of York a


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America 


Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781476793054
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 18th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020

From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power.

Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics.


Wilmington's Lie (Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize): The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802128386
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans.


Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984801340
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Published: Random House - August 11th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When did America give up on fairness? The author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change—and charts a way back to the future.
 


The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385544009
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Published: Doubleday - October 6th, 2020

From the acclaimed historian and bestselling author: a page-turning account of the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062970565
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

In this fascinating work of popular history, the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings and The Royal Art of Poison uncovers the bedroom secrets of American presidents and explores the surprising ways voters have reacted to their leaders’ sex scandals.

While Americans have a reputation for being strait-laced, many of the na


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis
 


The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A Story of Love and War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358117858
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Published: Mariner Books - September 29th, 2020

The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.
 
Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Chur


Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328489876
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Published: Mariner Books - March 17th, 2020

Winner of the Motor Press Guild Best Book of the Year Award & Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism 

For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, a pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler’s fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto ra


Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136300
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Published: Crown - September 15th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) behind the New York Times bestseller The Spy and the Traitor uncovers the true story behind the Cold War’s most intrepid female spy.

“[An] immensely exciting, fast-moving account.”—The Washington Post


Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780465096985
Availability: Backordered
Published: Basic Books - August 25th, 2020

The definitive history of the Vikings -- from arts and culture to politics and cosmology -- by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise


Seduction: A History From the Enlightenment to the Present Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781643131993
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 4th, 2020

A brilliantly original history that explores the shifting cultural mores of courtship, told through the lives of remarkable women and men throughout history.

If sex has generally been a private matter, seduction has always been of intense public interest.


The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524745264
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Published: Dutton - August 25th, 2020

An award-winning presidential historian offers an authoritative account of American presidents' attacks on our freedom of the press.


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635571394
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 17th, 2019

As featured in the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Finalist, Longlisted for the National Book Award
Best Books of the Year--Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, NYPL


Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court (Inalienable Rights) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780190938208
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - January 6th, 2020

From 1953 to 1969, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren brought about many of the proudest achievements of American constitutional law.


Chicago's Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802148100
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 6th, 2020

From an acclaimed historian, the full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it


Gods at Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324004271
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 22nd, 2020

A beautifully observed narrative of American sport: character, grit, tragedy, unremarked heroism, and, always, the illuminating story behind the story.


Splash!: 10,000 Years of Swimming Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306845666
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Published: Hachette Books - June 2nd, 2020

Choose a stroke and get paddling through the human history of swimming!


A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250754769
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 30th, 2020

REGIONAL BESTSELLER

Now a documentary narrated by Common, produced by Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, and 9th Wonder, from filmmaker Mary Mazzio

The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago's West side who form the first all-Black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives.


Queen All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780762471249
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 20th, 2020

Filled with fascinating photographs (some rarely seen), and juicy behind-the-scenes details, Queen All the Songs details the unique recording history of the mega-bestselling and hugely influential rock band, album by album and track by track.


Bruce Springsteen: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781784726492
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Published: Cassell - October 6th, 2020

The latest in the bestselling All the Songs series, Bruce Springsteen: All the Songs is the most in-depth exploration of The Boss's music ever written.


Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593132951
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Published: Random House - June 11th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A celebration of American history through the music that helped to shape a nation, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and music superstar Tim McGraw

“Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw form an irresistible duo—connecting us to music as an unsung force in our nation's history.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin


Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, comes a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.


H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years


Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385542586
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Published: Doubleday - August 11th, 2020

From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author comes the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.


Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781567926927
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - November 24th, 2020

A cantankerously funny view of books and the people who love them. It does take all kinds and through the misanthropic eyes of a very grumpy bookseller, we see them all--from the "Person Who Doesn't Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover)" to the "Parents Secretly After Free Childcare."


John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465096220
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Published: Basic Books - November 13th, 2018

The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.


Great State: China and the World Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780062950987
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Published: Harper - March 17th, 2020

The world-renowned scholar and author of Vermeer’s Hat does for China what Mary Beard did for Rome in SPQR: Timothy Brook analyzes the last eight centuries of China’s relationship with the world in this magnificent history that brings together accounts from civil servants, horse traders, spiritual leaders, explorers, pirates, emperors, migrant workers, inva


History of the World in 1000 Objects Cover Image
By DK
$50.00
ISBN: 9780744021820
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Published: DK - September 15th, 2020

Discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind - from the US Constitution to the first iPhone - in DK's latest history book.


Lest We Forget: The Great War Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9780998968902
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Published: Pritzker Military Museum & Library - April 11th, 2018

As the United States commemorates the centennial of World War I, one of the nation's premier military history institutions pays tribute to the Americans who served and the allies they fought beside to defeat a resourceful enemy with a lavishly illustrated book published in partnership with the Unites States World War One Centennial Commission.


Notre-Dame de Paris: History, Art, and Revival from 1163 to Tomorrow Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781454938316
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Published: Sterling - October 1st, 2019

This stunning photographic ode to one of the world's most beloved treasures pays tribute to Notre-Dame--its place in history and in culture, and its rebirth--in the wake of the tragic fire that nearly destroyed it.


The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781572842816
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Published: Agate Midway - December 17th, 2019

"Chicago's temple of improvisational comedy." --New York Times

Since opening in 1959, The Second City has transformed the state of comedy as we know it, creating a wickedly funny culture of improvisation and training thousands of artists--who now dominate popular entertainment--in the art of improv-based theater.


Shelter in Place Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781620404874
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 13th, 2020

“Very funny and unexpected, a material response to our times, plush as velvet.” –Rachel Cusk

“A wickedly funny and emotionally expansive novel about all the bewildering ways we seek solace from the people and things that surround us.” – Jenny Offill


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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

One of Barack Obama's Summer Favorites


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Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life ... here is a novel ... so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe


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The Boy in the Field: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062946393
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year | An O Magazine Best Book of the Year


Snow Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335230003
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hanover Square Press - October 6th, 2020

*NATIONAL BESTSELLER*

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD*

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR


Members Only Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358379928
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Published: Mariner Books - July 7th, 2020

First the white members of Raj Bhatt’s posh tennis club call him racist. Then his life falls apart. Along the way, he wonders: where does he, a brown man, belong in America?

Raj Bhatt is often unsure of where he belongs. Having moved to America from Bombay as a child, he knew few Indian kids.


Pew: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374230920
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

WINNER of the 2021 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. Finalist for the 2021 Dylan Thomas Prize. Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. One of Publishers Weekly's Best Fiction Books of 2020. One of Amazon's 100 Best Books of 2020.


Monogamy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062969651
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Published: Harper - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020!

NPR BEST BOOK OF 2020

PEOPLE MAGAZINE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR

BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK OF 2020

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020


Friends and Strangers: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520597
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Published: Knopf - June 30th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK

An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the bestselling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions.


Falastin: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399581731
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Published: Ten Speed Press - June 16th, 2020

A soulful tour of Palestinian cooking today from the Ottolenghi restaurants’ executive chef and partner—120 recipes shaped by his personal story as well as the history of Palestine.


Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780553448252
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 10th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The beloved author of Dinner in an Instant breaks down the new French classics with 150 recipes that reflect a modern yet distinctly French sensibility.