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7 New Books on Our Summer Reading List

Cookbooks celebrating local talent and design-savvy tomes to keep you inspired all season long.


Phoenix Cooks: Recipes from the City’s finest Chefs

Author: Christina Barrueta

In her second compendium, set for release in fall 2020, award-winning food and beverage writer—and frequent Phoenix Home & Garden contributor—Christina Barrueta explores the dynamic culture of the Valley’s food scene. Fifty of the city’s most notable chefs share 100 recipes designed for home cooks of all skill levels, complemented by stunning color photos by local photographer Joanie Simons. You’ll find favorite dishes by such familiar faces as Alessandro Stratto of Blue Zone, Samantha Sanz of the Four Seasons and local icon and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Silvana Salcido Esparza as well as the flavor makers behind neighborhood mom-and-pop eateries. Re-create your favorite menu items, including Tomaso Maggiore’s Sicilian meatballs and Country Velador’s signature mesquite chocolate chip cookies, or sink your teeth into something new. $39 (figure1publishing.com)

Click here to read an exclusive Q&A with author Christina Barrueta about the inspirations behind her new book!

Plagued by Fire: the Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Paul Hendrickson

Much has been written about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, but more than 60 years after his death, the legendary architect continues to fascinate. This biography, written by the author of an acclaimed biographical portrait of Ernest Hemingway, takes a fresh look at the man behind some of America’s most famous buildings, re-evaluating Wright as a person, examining his facade and flaws and reaching down to the emotional underpinnings of his brilliant but at times difficult personality. $35 (penguinrandomhouse.com)

The Iconic Interior: 1900 to Present

Author: Dominic Bradbury

Dive into this beautifully photographed volume that showcases some of the most renowned interiors from across the globe. These 20th- to 21st-century masterpieces represent nearly every interior design style, from neotraditionalism to minimalism, inspiring audiences with their attention to detail. Each feature includes a biography that explains the story behind the residence. Get to know more about how such icons as Coco Chanel and Cedric Gibbons lived and about the visionaries who designed these not-so-humble abodes. $35 (thamesandhudsonusa.com)

Countertop Gardens: Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

Author: Shelley Levis

Whether you have a small space or no space, get ready to learn the ins and outs of gardening indoors. Countertop Gardens is here to help you “think outside the pot” and grow 365 days a year. Horticulturist Shelley Levis imparts her knowledge on the how-tos, tips and tricks of growing inside, encouraging you to become an expert in your own home. $23 (quartoknows.com)

Craftland Japan

Authors: Uwe Röttgen and Katharina Zetti

For centuries, generations of Japanese artisans have forged and refined their crafts, which have become the envy of the modern world and influenced makers around the globe, including many of Phoenix’s most talented. This breathtaking odyssey explores the lives and works of 25 artists whose creations, ranging from porcelain bowls to indigo-dyed fabrics to paper, are intended for everyday life but are worthy of museum display. $40 (thamesandhudson.com)

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Jackie Alpers about her new book and get a recipe for delicious Topopo Salad!

Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona

Author: Jackie Alpers

Through a mix of original recipes as well as a few dishes from her favorite restaurants, local author, photographer and recipe creator Jackie Alpers celebrates the Sonoran savories and sweets that give America’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy its distinctive flavor. From tried-and-true basics, such as guacamole, refried beans and huevos rancheros, to hearty entrees, including chile Colorado and cod Tlalpeño, to such must-try desserts as lemon tres leches poke cake and coffee figgy pudding, you’ll be taken on a dining experience through the Old Pueblo. You can even try your hand at Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest Award-winning baker Don Guerra’s famous Sonoran sourdough bread or El Charro Café’s mini chimichangas, among others. $35 (westmarginpress.com)

Le Corbusier Paper Models: 10 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold

Author: Marc Hagan-Guirey

Swiss architect Le Corbusier is credited with creating some of the world’s most iconic modernist buildings. Armed with an X-Acto knife, cutting mat and a ruler, you can re-create scale representations of 10 of his structures employing the cut-and-fold art of kirigami. Each project includes a template, step-by-step instructions and a photo of the finished model. $30 (laurenceking.com)

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