Best Books by Local Authors

(Tie) Ratio by Michael Ruhlman, Hotel Poem by Charlotte Mann

Home chefs, rejoice — casting off the shackles of recipes no longer means relying on guesswork, luck and familial forgiveness. Michael Ruhlman explains little-known formulas behind making almost anything in Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking. Like reading music or mixing paints, grasping ratios allows for endless creativity. Revealing artistry was also the focus of photographer Charlotte Mann's Hotel Poem: Poets of Cleveland. Mann's portraits of local poets share space with some of their works in this gorgeous collection, which belongs on the coffee table of shelf of any serious supporter of the Cleveland arts community. (; — Lewis