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Oh, the Places You'll Eat

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Tom
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Food should be an enjoyable experience, elevated from the merely necessary to the sustenance of life. To that end, we have highlighted some of our favorite books that break the monotony of our day-to-day culinary habits and inject a bold note of flavor into otherwise dull dinners.

I recently found myself in a bit of a gustatorial rut, making the same old meals, day in and day out. Having standby dinners I can make in my sleep is useful, but rarely exciting. Rather than lose my mind at my limited cooking skills, I look to our cookbooks and food writing to elevate my standard fare. While I find many favorite recipes in go-to cook books like SALT FAT ACID HEAT or Deb Perlman’s delicious and simple SMITTEN KITCHEN, I still need something different.

For new flavors, I explored the world through 21 cookbooks, found below. They range from the simple to the sublime, and occasionally offer both in one simple meal, like those in DOSA KITCHEN or Salma Hage’s LEBANESE COOKBOOK. Our meals can take us on journeys, and my selections ping-pong across the globe from India to Turkey, Lebanon to Vietnam, and Cuba to the Philippines, all without ever sacrificing the je ne sais quoi that opens our mind to new cultures. After all, food is a cultural experience, and exposure to new cultures intensifies our enjoyment of life. Happy cooking!

Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781611805574
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Published: Roost Books - February 5th, 2019

Street Food Vietnam: Noodles, salads, pho, spring rolls, banh mi & more Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781925811049
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Published: Smith Street Books - May 28th, 2019

Vegetarian Viet Nam Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393249330
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 13th, 2018

True Thai: Real Flavors for Every Table Cover Image
$14.98
ISBN: 9780789336705
Availability: Not In Store - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books - March 12th, 2019

Easy Thai Cookbook: The Step-by-step Guide to Deliciously Easy Thai Food at Home Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781844838936
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nourish - July 24th, 2018

The Food of Northern Thailand: A Cookbook Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780451497499
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World: A History of Honey, Salt, Chile, Pork, Rice, Cacao, and Tomato Cover Image
By Jenny Linford, Alice Pattullo (Illustrator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781588346421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Smithsonian Books - October 16th, 2018

Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624147746
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Published: Page Street Publishing - July 16th, 2019

Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family Cover Image
By Priya Krishna, Mackenzie Kelley (By (photographer))
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328482471
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 23rd, 2019

Dosa Kitchen: Recipes for India's Favorite Street Food: A Cookbook Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451499103
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 5th, 2018

Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot® Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780525655794
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Fresh India: 130 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250123831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - May 15th, 2018

The Greek Vegetarian Cookbook Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780714879130
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 29th, 2019

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780714871301
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Phaidon Press - April 25th, 2016

The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe Cover Image
By Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, John Birdsall (Foreword by), Rowena Dumlao-Giardina (Photographer)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781572842588
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Published: Agate Surrey - September 18th, 2018

The Lebanese Cookbook Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780714879093
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Published: Phaidon Press - June 12th, 2019

Cuba Cooks: Recipes and Secrets from Cuban Paladares and Their Chefs Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780847862542
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Published: Rizzoli - September 18th, 2018

The Turkish Cookbook Cover Image
By Musa Dagdeviren, Toby Glanville (By (photographer))
$49.95
ISBN: 9780714878157
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Published: Phaidon Press - April 1st, 2019

Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250133045
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 29th, 2018

Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy (Italian Cookbook, Italian Cooking, Appetizer Cookbook) Cover Image
By Stacy Adimando, Linda Pugliese (Photographs by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452169576
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 7th, 2019

The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316381239
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 2018

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017