Bay Area chefs have been busy cooking more than Michelin Star food this season. These nine cookbooks give you the rundown on how to man the stove like a top chef.
The Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hostings Friends & Family (Harry N. Abrams)
Erin Gleeson worked as a photographer and food stylist in Manhattan before leaving city life behind in 2011 to live in a cabin in Woodside, CA. Gleeson was inspired by the town's picturesque redwood groves to create a blog combining wholesome vegetarian recipes with gorgeous photographs. Her latest cookbook, Forest Gatherings ($21), provides recipes and detailed guidance on hosting a casual, yet thoughtful, get-togethers complete with decorating tips (we'll take her advice on how to create the ultimate glamp-out) and more than 100 innovative and seasonal vegetarian recipes, from sweet potato chowder to polenta pizzas. // Buy it at amazon.com
Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking (Ten Speed Press)
Japanese chef Naoko Takei Moore and Kyle Connaughton, proprietor of Single Thread Farms in Healdsburg, co-wrote Donabe ($24) a lavish cookbook celebrating the beauty of Japanese clay-pot cooking. Beautiful photographs are combined with inspiring recipes and the history of donabe. The pair have written recipes that are are rich in flavor, simple to prepare even if you don't have the required equipment (a classic donabe pot is recommended but in a pinch you can always use a dutch oven), and perfect for a welcoming family-style meal such as pork-and-vegetable miso soup or steamed salmon and vegetables. // Buy it at amazon.com