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Time to clear space on the bookshelf — or at least the kitchen counter. This month sees the release of two food-focused books with local ties. On May 7, check out The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, featuring recipes from 28 Boston-area chefs who prioritize locally grown ingredients. Expect how-tos for favorite dishes from restaurants like Lumière and Rialto, plus a behind-the-scenes look at how such spots work with local growers like Brookline’s Allandale Farms. While it’s also peppered with recipes, Alyssa Shelasky’s Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen is less of a cookbook and more of a memoir. Shelasky, an editor at New York’s Grub Street and native of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, chronicles her romantic relationship with a TV chef and her quest to learn to cook to fit in with his foodie friends. (Her tryst with the chef eventually ended, but her love affair with cooking lives on.) The funny, tender tome hits shelves on May 22, and Shelasky will hit French Connection (206 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.247.1301) for a launch party on Thursday, May 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.