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    Since making their name with the beloved Bar Tartine in San Francisco, Cortney Burns and Nick Balla have not rested on their laurels. This week the duo transformed their experimental Japanese restaurant, Motze, into Duna, a Central European restaurant in the city’s Mission district. Loyal to local produce and to made-by-hand techniques, Burns and Balla infuse their culinary craft with global influences picked up from their travels. Balla lived in and traveled extensively throughout Hungary and Japan, Burns in Nepal and India. Lucky for San Franciscans, the wound up back in the U.S.. They received a James Beard Award for Cooking from a Professional Point of View for their 2014 book, “Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes.”

    Below are Cortney Burns and Nick Balla's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Curtis Sittenfeld


    The Progress of Love

    Alice Munro

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    Damian Barr


    On Forgiveness

    Richard Holloway

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    Dan Stevens

    From: $220.83

    The Complete Calvin & Hobbes

    Bill Watterson

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    Daniel Ek

    From: $135.87

    Guns, Germs and Steel

    Jared Diamond

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    Daniel Pinchbeck


    Minor Characters

    Joyce Johnson

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    David Benioff


    White Tiger

    Aravind Adiga

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    David Copperfield

    From: $168.96

    Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes

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    David Gray


    The Reality Dysfunction

    Peter F. Hamilton

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    David Hare


    King Lear

    William Shakespeare

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