Picks from Portland

Tracey, the cookbook buyer at Powell’s Books, selects her favorite cookbooks of the year. Among them: One-Hour Cheese.

One-Hour Cheese knocked our collective socks off here at Powell’s. For a few months, someone was always bringing in some fresh cheese they’d made the night before. The steps and processes are presented in photographs, which is über-helpful, as cheese gives you visual cues as to when it’s done — or when it’s overdone.”