Dehydration, Sea Foraging, and Guns

Recipes, tricks of the trade, and a heartbreaking story round up the new releases.


Dried & True: The Magic of Dehydration in 80 Delicious Recipes and Inspiring Techniques by Sara Dickerman, Photographs by Lori Eanes (Chronicle Books, 168 pp., $19.95)

For those curious about dehydrating foods, this collaboration between James Beard Award-winning writer Sara Dickerman and San Francisco food photographer extraordinaire Lori Eanes walks you through the necessary steps to tasty jerky, luscious fruit leathers, savory crisps, and pungent powders. The author’s passion for drying shines through the prose, and the photographer’s ethereal images make every morsel look absolutely delectable. Spices, fruit, vegetables, meats, and just about everything else imaginable make their way into the 80-odd recipes offering advice for how to use what you’ve dried in something delicious.


The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast by Kirk Lombard and illustrated by Leighton Kelly (Heyday, 259 pp., $22)

Here’s a somewhat irreverent book that can teach you a lot about finding and collecting fish, shellfish, and seaweed in its native habitat with lovely lifelike pen-and-ink drawings of said objects as well as of the accoutrements need to get the job done. Kirk Lombard is the founder of Sea Forager, a sea foraging tour company and seafood delivery service and sure knows his way around the sea. Leighton Kelly traces his interest in illustration back to his Grandpa Ritchie, whose images illustrated books by the so-called father of marine biology, Ed “Doc” Ricketts. In the end, this is a quirky guide to harvesting the bounty of the sea.


Moved to Fire: A Family’s Tragedy, a Lone Attorney, and a Teenager’s Victory Over a Corrupt Gunmaker by Michael W. Harkins (Story and Pictures, 326 pp., $14)

This is a gripping tale of the ins and outs of Brandon Maxfield, the 7-year-old Willits boy who was tragically paralyzed by a defective Bryco Model 38 in 1994. Represented by lawyer Richard Ruggieri, Maxfield, a quadriplegic, won a $51 million verdict in Oakland against the manufacturer—an award, however, that Bryco fought and largely avoided through bankruptcy. This book follows the incident from the floor of the doublewide where the shooting occurred to the bankruptcy auction of Bryco and all the bumps along the way. The drama makes one wonder why recalling defective firearms is so nearly impossible. 


Published Nov. 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

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