By Slow Food USA

Cook Real Hawai'i: A Cookbook

Garrett Snyder and Sheldon Simeon

$35.00 $32.20

The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook

Sara Bir

$16.95 $15.59

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen

Sean Sherman

$34.95 $32.15

I'm familiar with cooking seasonally using ingredients that grow in this region. This book introduced me to ingredients that are indigenous to this region. To cook the recipes in this book is to step into greater relationship with the northern plains, using food as the tool to guide us. Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley have created a cookbook that is so much bigger than a collection of recipes. It is a gateway into understanding the personhood of a region.

This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking

Vivian Howard

$35.00 $32.20

Vivian Howard has made a name for herself by championing the bounty of ingredients with roots in the South (namely her home of eastern North Carolina), along with the farmers who grow them, and the stories behind them. From grits to potlicker, these dishes celebrate how these ingredients onto our plates as well as honor the history behind how they came to be. Howard breaks her newest (and second) cookbook into flavor profiles. Using a base recipe per chapter (from the “Little Green Dress” to “R-Rated Onions” and the “Community Organizer”), she teaches you her tried and true with the goal that “this book will change the way you cook.” Learn how to make “Herb-dacious” for example (a garlic confit and herb filled sauce/dressing), and you’ll be on your way to divine gravy to top a bowl of warm grits, a new take on chicken salad and “chef’s mix” (Vivian’s version of Chex mix), among others. As a bonus, I highly recommend watching “A Chef’s Like” or “Somewhere South” while you cook your way through this book! Where I am, my local PBS station airs an episode of “A Chef’s Life” on Saturday afternoons and even if I’ve already seen it, I try not to miss it. -Katie Johnson, Slow Books Curator

Our Little Kitchen

Jillian Tamaki

$17.99 $16.55

This children’s picture book depicts the author’s experience volunteering at a soup kitchen. Coming together to make nutritious food doesn’t only have to happen in your own kitchen, afterall. This title would make a great companion read for little ones to get them excited about food as an act of care and love - whether within their own families or for members of their community who may be in need. Given the current state of the world, experiencing a global pandemic and the general population’s increased reliance on food banks and aid, this book written and illustrated by Caldecott honor, Jillian Tamaki will make a great conversation starter for young ones interested in cooking and its relation to social justice and the universal right to economic stability. Additionally, the front and back matter include illustrated recipes (for soup and a quick dessert) that kids can cook along with! -Katie Johnson, Slow Books Curator

The Less Waste, No Fuss Kitchen: Simple Steps to Shop, Cook and Eat Sustainably

Lindsay Miles

$19.99 $18.39

One of the biggest challenges of cooking is combating food waste. Lindsay’s thoughtful book will encourage you to be a smarter shopper, and a more resourceful cook. From buying in bulk, to going package-free and even to storing produce (in the fridge vs. on the counter and near what) so that it does not go rotten as quickly (i.e. potatoes and onions may be friends in your favorite dishes, but storing them together will make them turn faster - so keep them apart!) - this book offers tangible advice that everyone can put into practice to be a less wasteful eater. Since reading this book, I’ve changed my storage methods, I opt for package free produce whenever possible, and have implemented an “eat first” shelf in my refrigerator. Plus, the book includes recipes from making your own spice blends (which saves $$$) like “Italian Seasoning” “Five Spice” and “Za’atar” to DIY nut (or seed) butters and preservation techniques like preserves, pickling, and dehydrating. -Katie Johnson, Slow Books Curator

Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe

$50.00 $46.00

This was a book club pick for the Slow Food Albuquerque book club, since O'Keefe spent many years in New Mexico. Lea did a lot of research, including going through O'Keefe's cookbooks and finding notes she wrote in them. The book includes recipes, stories, photos of O'Keefe, some of her paintings, and stunning images of food. -Tammy, SF ABQ

Acorns & Cattails: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm & Field

Rob Connoley


"...Many foraging cookbooks are regional to the chefs who write them. Acorns & Cattails will feature natural ingredients readers can find across the country – from acorns, hackberries, mesquite to yucca and much more." -Feast Magazine

Recipes for Refuge: Culinary Journeys to America

Refuge Women's Alliance

$39.95 $36.75

Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market

Marcella Hazan and Victor Hazan

$20.00 $18.40

"Before you know how to cook, you must know how to shop."

Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl

Jennifer Sit and Pierre Thiam

$35.00 $32.20

Tartine Bread

Chad Robertson

$40.00 $36.80

Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons

Andrea Bemis

$29.99 $27.59

The author's farm is located just east of Portland, Oregon, in the Hood River Valley.

Ferment: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Culturing Foods, from Kombucha to Sourdough (Fermented Foods Cookbooks, Food Preservation, Fermenting Recipes)

Holly Davis

$29.95 $27.55

While most books on the subject focus on either the molecular-science side of things or the very casual let-Mother-Earth-do-her-thing approach, Ferment occupies a happy middle ground.

Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook

Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan

$19.99 $18.39

Holy Spirits

Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell

$34.95 $32.15

Modern Country Cooking: Kitchen Skills and Seasonal Recipes from Salt Water Farm

Annemarie Ahearn

$35.00 $32.20

Salt Water Farm is located in Maine.

Falastin: A Cookbook

Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

$35.00 $32.20

Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India: A Cookbook

Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy

$32.50 $29.90

A featured title from Slow Food USA's Slow Food Live collection.