For the foodie. Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves to cook? If there’s any chance he or she has already bought A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus, Plenty More, or Prune (or if there’s any chance anyone else will give those bestsellers), treat your favorite chef with this cookbook full of exciting flavor combinations. Amanda Bevill owns World Spice Merchants, the spice shop at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Julie Kramis Hearne has delighted with cookbooks focused on cast iron skillets and dutch ovens. Together, they give cooks a thorough and entertaining overview of how to cook with spices– including how to select and store spices, plus recipes to showcase the spices and other ingredients. Drool-worthy photos by Charity Burggraaf complete the package.
–Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA