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'Okra,' 'Italian Kitchen,' 'My Paris Kitchen' are tasty summer reads
'Okra,' 'Italian Kitchen,' 'My Paris Kitchen' are tasty summer reads

Summer is the cruelest season for cookbooks. Caught between the spring fling and the holiday onslaught, it's easy for a good book to get ignored. But for all the talk about how the cookbook market is shrinking — and despite the fact that sales figures tend to support that argument — I'm always surprised at just how many really good books still find their way onto my desk, no matter what time of year. And by good books, I don't mean big, glossy coffee-table jobs, or even big books by celebrity chefs. There is still room for a wonderful little book that captures a specific subject, for a re-appreciation of a too-often-overlooked author, or for a writer with a...

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