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Welcome to the Book Shop. Our focus is on northern California food, wine and travel, featuring a select list of titles written primarily by local authors.
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Shelf #1   California Travel Guides and Maps
Sonoma Picnic:
A California Wine Country Travel Companion

An all-around practical guide to Sonoma County and the foods and wines that make it such a pleasant picnic destination. Includes menus, recipes, picnicking tips and diversions, as well as maps, lodging and camping info, plus the rules to bocce ball. A conversational and fun little guide to a fun place! Plus, a great gift for the traveler.

By Jack Burton, November 1999
180 pages, 4" x 9"
Maps, illustrations, recipes
ISBN 0-939431-22-X Trade Paper

NEW! Napa Valley Picnic:
A California Wine Country Travel Companion

The second guide in the Wine Country Picnic series, by Sonoma Picnic author Jack Burton and Ken Stanton, author of Great Day Hikes In and Around Napa Valley. Let Jack and Ken lead you on a romp or ramble around this fabulous countryside. Sized for pocket, purse or glove box, it includes maps and recipes and describes great picnic shopping stops and outdoor dining spots: wineries, parks, lakes and backroads. Plus: Lodging, eateries, activities, and diversions.

By Jack Burton and Ken Stanton, October 2002
168 pages, 4" x 9"
Maps, illustrations, recipes, photos
ISBN 0-93943-1262 Trade Paper

The Hiker's Hip-Pocket Guide to Sonoma County

We highly recommend this informative and practical guide to fifty glorious trails. It makes a handy companion guide to the aforementioned Sonoma Picnic for those who love good food and wine and the great outdoors.

By Bob Lorentzen, July 1995 with revisions through 1997
224 pages, 4" x 9"
Maps, illustrations
ISBN 0-939431-21-1 Trade Paper

Guide to the State Parks of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River

Crisp photos and clear maps highlight a text that illuminates the human as well as the natural history of each of the parks. Plus a guide to common tide pool creatures and the marine mammals of the area.

By Stephen W. Hinch, 1998
144 pages, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
74 photos, 12 maps, 18 drawings, index.
Published by Annadel Press
ISBN 0-9661999-2-8 Trade Paper

Shelf #2   Food, Wine and Cooking

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The Jimtown Store Cookbook:
Recipes and More from Sonoma County's Favorite Country Market

In 1987, Carrie Brown and John Werner discovered Jimtown, an abandoned country store surrounded by the vineyards of Northern California's Alexander Valley. After restoring the dusty, 100-year-old landmark, they created a vibrant community store whose lusty, abundant food is now generously shared in The Jimtown Store Cookbook.

The recipes   from seductive soups to dazzling desserts   are inspired by the bounty of Sonoma County's agriculture and local purveyors; family recipe archives; and the authors' experiences sampling food from Argentina to Zanzibar.

Michael McLaughlin, co-author of the best-selling Silver Palate Cookbook, collaborated to bring it all together in 150 full-flavored recipes.

By Carrie Brown, John Werner and Michael McLaughlin, 2002
300 pages, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2"
Recipes, illustrations, index.
ISBN: 0-06-019702-1 Hardbound

Introducing the Wine Friendly Food Series
from Toyon Hill Press:
Three great cookbooks for the American kitchen

Companions at Table:
Food to serve with American-Grown Italian Varietals

Here in Sonoma County, as the first rains of winter 1999 are falling on newly prepared vineyard lands, we understand there will be a lot of interesting, lesser-known varietals planted. This wonderful book introduces you to the grapes, the wines, their history and the cooking to go with them.

By Margaret Acton Smith and Barbara J. Braasch, 1998
112 pages, 7" x 10"
Illustrations, recipes, resource guide, index.
ISBN: 0-9642901-4-6 Trade Paper

Rhône Appétit:
Food to Serve with American Rhône Varietals

To enjoy a table set with great American foods and the tasty new Rhône style wine now being produced by American vintners is like a petite French holiday in your own home.

This second book in the Wine-Friendly Food Series expertly blends a world of cooking and the time-tested flavors of the Rhône for the American cook.

By Jane O'Riordan, 1998
112 pages, 7" x 10"
Illustrations, recipes, resource guide, index.
ISBN: 0-9642901-3-8 Trade Paper

Zinfandel Cookbook:
Food to Go With California's Heritage Wine

Zinfandel highlights regional fare with the history and lore of our outstanding California Zinfandel wines.

An American varietal with roots mysterious and ancient in the soils and culture of Italy, Zinfandel is truly a wine for the American table.

By Jan Nix and Margaret Smith
112 pages, 7" x 10"
Illustrations, recipes, lore, resource guide, index.
ISBN: 0-9642901-0-3 Trade Paper

From The Earth to the Table:
John Ash's Wine Country Cuisine

Inspired cooking plus a passion for the garden and foods true to each season is what makes John Ash such a great chef and teacher. With able assistance from Sid Goldstein, John's enthusiasm for a soulful, honest meal makes this a book that will give you lasting pleasure in the Kitchen.

By John Ash with Sid Goldstein, October 1995
410 pages, 7-1/2" x 9"
Recipes, photographs
ISBN: 0-525-94000-6 Hardbound

Introducing the Work of Michele Anna Jordan:

100 Innovative Recipes   From Appetizers to Desserts

A deliciously global approach to one of the good cook's best friends. Polenta the book highlights five easy cooking techniques and then lets loose with more than 100 recipes that showcase the humble product's versatility. This is one great cookbook!

(Note: Currently out of print, but Amazon offers used copies.)

By Michele Anna Jordan, 1997
143 pages, 7-1/2" x 9"
Recipes, photographs
ISBN 0-553-06732-X Trade Paper

California Home Cooking:
American Cooking in the California Style

California history and lore comes alive as the author poetically introduces you to the foods and traditions of our amazing and culturally diverse state. Included are four hundred recipes from what has become one of the world's most celebrated culinary landscapes.

By Michele Anna Jordan, 1997
502 pages, 7-1/2" x 9"
ISBN 1-55832-119-5 Trade Paper

Chez Panisse Desserts

An intimate and beautiful collection of recipes by a world-renowned pastry chef who makes her home in Sonoma County. Lindsey Shere presents the recipes and techniques of her life's work with extraordinary clarity and precision. We highly recommend this great book for the professional chef or dedicated home cook.

By Lindsey Shere, 1985
Preface by Alice Waters. Illustrations by David Goines
341 pages, 7-1/2" x 9"
Recipes, illustrations
ISBN 0-679-75571-3 Trade Paper
(Also available in hardcover ISBN: 0-394-53860-9; reissued 1993)

The Best of Casual Mediterranean Cooking

A fine collection of authentic recipes and photos from the homey taverns of Greece, Turkey, Spain and Portugal. We often consult this beautiful book for the healthful Mediterranean recipes that pair so well with the lively young California picnic-friendly wines we favor.

By Joyce Goldstein, 1996
127 pages, 9-1/4" x 10"
Photographs, illustrations, recipes
ISBN 0-376-02040-7 Hard Cover

Shelf #3   Esoterica
Vintage Feasting:
A Vintner's Year of Fine Wines, Good Times, and Gifts from Nature's Garden

Vintage Feasting continues the tale of Vintage 1991 so well told in Joy Sterling's critically acclaimed first book, A Cultivated Life. In this volume, Joy takes us through the vineyards and gardens of Sonoma County's celebrated Iron Horse Vineyards and into the kitchen and invites us to the table.

Presented as a collection of stories, menus and recipes from the vintages of 1993, 1994 and 1995, this intriguing book's menus have been chosen to fall naturally in the calendar year progressing from January through December.

By Joy Sterling, 1996
240 pages, 6" x 8-1/2"
ISBN 0-671-52777-0 Trade Paper
(Also available in hardcover ISBN: 0-671-52776-2)

A Year in the Life of California's Wine Country

This is the book, proudly out on a table, that I hand to visiting houseguests to whet their appetites for the place I now call home. Joy Sterling, the writer, and Andy Katz, the photographer, exquisitely capture the history, seasons, and human drama of a location blessed with exceptional climate, soil and light.

By Joy Sterling and Andy Katz, 1998
96 pages, 10-1/2" x 8-1/2"
ISBN 0-684-83930-X Hardbound

The Fig Eater

The Fig Eater is a well-researched thriller. It casts a stabbing, furtive light on Vienna at the time of la belle époque. Like the sweep of an electric torch probing a darkened room, Judy's descriptive prose illuminates the often disquieting nooks and crannies behind the façade of turn-of-the-century Viennese civility. (Read a review by Chef Jack.)

By Jody Shields, 2000
311 pages, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
ISBN 0-316-78526-1 Trade Paper
(The hardcover edition is out of print. Now also available on unabridged audio cassette ISBN: 1-570-42856-5)

Healdsburg Haiku

Healdsburg Haiku is a simply bound poetic portrait of a community intimate with its seasons and soil. As a coöperative effort of nearly two dozen poets, it conveys a loving sense of place. The writers are generous with their spirit. (Read a review by Chef Jack.)

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book stores
The Literary Arts Committee, Healdsburg, California (2000)
32 pages, 5 1/4" x 8-1/2"
ISBN 0-9701333-08-x Softbound

Please look for the Book Shop to be continually adding great new titles by Northern California authors.

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