Here's Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland by Tanya Holland, the chef/owner of West Oakland restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen. The cookbook impresses upon the reader not only the restaurant's signature Louisiana-accented soul food — think gumbos, po' boys, dirty rice, mac and cheese, peach cobbler — but also its role as a center for the community to gather and chat over waffles. Jody Horton's photography shows a warm, busy venue that diners flock to for more than just food, and in addition to the recipes, there are profiles of regulars and restaurant suppliers and local artists and more.
Brown Sugar Kitchen features a foreword by novelist Michael Chabon and photos by the aforementioned Horton, whose work you may recognize from Jesse Griffiths' Afield. The book is out now from Chronicle (order on Amazon.) Take a look: