Sara Rishforth was raised in South Carolina, worked her way west, and landed in Central Oregon. Sara writes books, plays ukulele and guitar, bakes goodies for friends, and enjoys salty snacks. A few of her favorite authors are Meg Cabot, Anita Shreve, and Jamie Ford. You may recognize her name from the publication of her recent book, Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens

Here are some of her favorite books:



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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345505347
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2009

This is a beautifully-written book about a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl who fall in love during World War II. Set in Seattle, it's such a poignant and satisfying story. A wonderful book to listen to on!

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Fortune's Rocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316353571
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2015

The first paragraph in this book describing desire hooked me right away. This is the book I recommend when people ask for a good read. Love between a teen girl and a married man. So complicated....sometimes you must follow your heart.

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Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627792615
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 9th, 2019

I've worked for a caterer for many years now, and I totally identified with this book. There were so many good stories, and I learned so much! As an avid fan of "Top Chef" and other cooking shows, this book was totally for me! Perfect for the foodie in your life!

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The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778307785
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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

I listened to this book on when I was walking Pilot Butte. I absolutely loved this book, and the grandfather was my favorite character. From sharing Meredith's mint julep shake to dispensing bee knowledge, he was so kind and wise. My favorite part of the book is at the end when he said how lucky he was to have Meredith and her brother come into his life. The tears flowed down my face!

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Baked: New Frontiers in Baking Cover Image
By Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito, Tina Rupp (Photographs by), Martha Stewart (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781584797210
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2008

LOVE this cookbook! The chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin whoopie pies are all winners! Their recipes are straightforward using standard ingredients. Gorgeous photography too! I love cookbooks with lots of photos!

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The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805089394
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - March 31st, 2009

One of my many part-time jobs is working for a traveling chef. I've worked for Annie Johnston for almost six years now, and I love being in the kitchen. I studied culinary arts at a community college, along with other numerous concentrations. This book allowed me to see what life is like at the Culinary Institute of America...tough! It's a great read for home cooks and professionals. 

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465094127
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Published: Basic Books - November 8th, 2016

What an interesting read! Learn why we eat the way we do. After reading this book, now I know how my nephews became such picky eaters and why I eat just about anything. This is a great book for parents and grandparents!

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One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906453
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Published: Clarkson Potter - February 7th, 2017

I cook at least five nights a week! So, I go through many cookbooks from the library hunting for good recipes. My rule is if I mark at least three recipes in a book and two of them turn out well, I buy the book. This cookbook has all winners! From the weeknight jambalaya to the tikka masala...everything is easy and flavorful. Buy this today for you and a friend!