by Barbara Lynch
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35)
At long last, Barbara Lynch, chef-owner of Boston’s No. 9 Park (and several other area restaurants), has written the cookbook her admirers have been hungering for. Her contemporary French/Italian-inspired food is refined but approachable, like Green Bean and Seared Shrimp Salad with Spicy Curry Vinaigrette (addictive) or Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples, Celery, and Spiced Walnuts (symphonic). Helpful sidebars inspire, instruct, and ensure happy results.