Hot Off the Press:
September Books

Autumn has arrived!

September 22 marked the first day of fall, which means it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. Check out our new title lineup below, all of which released on September 18. This batch of books is sure to keep you company in front of the fireplace as the weather gets cooler.

For the foodie/chef

SEASON: A Year of Wine Country Food, Farming, Family & Friends
by Justin Wangler, Tracey Shepos Cenami, Culinary Gardener Tucker Taylor & Jackson Family Wines, Photography by Alan Campbell


In Season, by the chefs of Jackson Family Wines and culinary gardener Tucker Taylor,  you’ll find more than 80 fail-proof recipes, plus tips on growing, shopping, cooking, and wine-pairing, recommendations for companion wines and spirits, and their passion for the wine country and the history of their lush surroundings. The recipes, which range from the everyday to once-in-a-lifetime, include:

  • Roasted Salmon with Artichoke Barigoule & Sorrel Aioli
  • Oysters with Rhubarb & Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
  • Scafata with Soft-Cooked Farm Eggs & Mint
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad with Pistachios & Goat Cheese
  • Roasted Kabocha Squash with Pepitas & Rosemary Brown Butter

“This is more than a cookbook. It brings to life the Jackson Family’s philosophy that everything starts with the soil. It’s a carefully crafted reflection of today’s wine country farming, cooking, and entertaining—a guide to celebrating seasonal bounty with simple, sophisticated recipes paired with wonderful wines.” — Thomas Keller, Chef-proprietor of The French Laundry and Per Se

“An appealing advertisement for not just wines and food, but for the California wine country lifestyle.”— Publishers Weekly

“The beautifully illustrated book would make a great gift for family members who want to take a certain slice of Sonoma County home.” —Made Local Magazine

“Why can’t everyone write cookbooks like the folks at Jackson Family Wines do? This gorgeous volume is cleverly organized by season, making it easy to use for meal planning.” —Mercury News


For the boat enthusiast


by Jeanne Walker Harvey & Illustrated by Grady McFerrin


This beautifully rendered, large-format picture book is about all of the boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, the book follows a day-in-the-life of a bustling bay, and features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop. McFerrin’s gorgeous artwork has been accepted into the Original Art Show 2018 by the Society of Illustrators.


“A well-designed book with a simple, approachable text.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A celebration of place and a catalogue of the kinds of vessels dear to the hearts of boat enthusiasts young and old.” —Publishers Weekly

“Simple, serene text coupled with stunning, sweeping illustrations.” —Avery & Augustine

“[McFerrin] manages to capture textures you want to reach out and touch.”

“Harvey’s short, simple sentences, many with internal rhymes . . . make this a good fit for emerging readers.” —Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), Kirkus Reviews


For the poet

ODE TO AN ONION: Pablo Neruda & His Muse
by Alexandria Giardino & Illustrated by Felicita Sala


In this Junior Library Guild Selection, Giardino’s heartfelt storytelling is complemented by illustrator Felicita Sala’s whimsical, vibrant illustrations. Ode is less a biography of poet Pablo Neruda and his muse, and more an exploration of life’s inherent contrasts. As Pablo discovers, the onion is a vegetable that is both humble and luminous, dark and light, gloomy and glad, full of grief and of joy—just like life. Sala’s gorgeous artwork has also been accepted into the Original Art Show 2018 by the Society of Illustrators.


“Sala’s exuberant illustrations are playful and colorful . . . a sweet story about the creative process.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Onionskin endpapers are a nice touch to an introduction to the Chilean poet who paid tribute to familiar objects.” —Booklist


For the night owl

By Matthew Heroux & Wednesday Kirwan, Illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan


In this clever twist on the perennial bedtime book, created by husband-and-wife duo Matthew Heroux and Wednesday Kirwan, a mama owl rouses her baby owl at dusk to introduce her little one to the beautiful nocturnal world around them, and to assure her baby that, “Owl always love you.”


“Heroux’s simple rhymes are a good bet for beginning readers . . . Kirwan’s painterly illustrations capture a lovely middle-of-the-night feeling with a deep, dark palette.” —Kirkus Reviews