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Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544557246
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

Fans of Pati’s television show will love this book. Her recipes are accessible versions of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes that can easily be made for a weeknight meal.

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393020434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2002

Until I get to the Zuni Café in San Francisco, I will keep myself busy cooking from this book. The recipe for the restaurant’s famous roast chicken is included along with other well-known dishes.

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781624143823
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Page Street Publishing - June 27th, 2017

I’ve made a few recipes from this book, all excellent and I can’t wait to try more. LA’s Jet Tila has made some of the most popular Asian dishes easy and tasty for the home cook.

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
By Ina Garten, Martha Stewart (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780609602195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - April 6th, 1999

While I love all of Ina’s books, this one is my favorite. The pan fired onion dip and vegetable coleslaw are among the recipes I make on a regular basis. You can’t go wrong with Ian Garten!

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393081084
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

The Food Lab has become a go-to reference book in my household. Lopez-Alt’s recipes are researched and tested to make sure you have a successful dish at home. Every cook should have a copy.

American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743264624
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2007

American Bloomsbury is a highly readable exploration of Concord, Massachusetts during the time Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others called it home. A great look into one of the most important writers communities.

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553384246
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam - April 29th, 2008

Mildred Kalish grew up during the Depression on an Iowa farm. She does a fantastic job of recounting her and her family’s experiences during that really difficult time. I really enjoyed reading about the gardening, household chores, and cooking during a time when there was not running water or electricity in every household. You may find their resourcefulness inspiring as I did – waste not want not! This is a great read for those interested in times gone by.

Astrid and Veronika Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143038078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2007

I just love this book! This first novel by Olsson tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young writer and an elderly hermit. This is a quiet comforting little book, and I highly recommend it.

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345487537
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2011

These short stories are like a conversation with your best girlfriends. I just love Elizabeth Berg, and I urge you to read this book, it is just so great. After reading it you will want to pick up the telephone and call your closest friend.

Mudbound Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565126770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2009

Set in the Mississippi Delta directly following World War II, Mudbound tells the story of two families whose lives intersect for a period of time. Ronsel Jackson and Jamie McAllan are both war heroes arriving home plagued by memories of battle. Although a decorated soldier, Ronsel is not recognized as such upon his return to the country he risked his life to defend. Ronsel's family sharecrops on the farm owned by Jamie's brother Henry, and the unlikely friendship between the men of different races sets terrible events in motion neither of them would have predicted. Jordan's first novel is a great read, her writing is fluid and authentic, and I hope she has many stories to tell in the future.

The God of War: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416563174
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2009

Twelve-year-old Ares Ramirez has a lot of responsibility on his plate as a major caretaker in the life of his younger brother Malcolm, who is mentally handicapped, and trying to live a normal life with his eccentric mother in their trailer by the Salton Sea. Set in the late 1970's after the end of the Vietnam War, but living in an area still being used by the military for weapons testing, Ares' life is full of contradictions and challenges; as he befriends a troubled teenage boy he gets in over his head, with disastrous results. The God of War is an excellent novel exploring the challenges of family and circumstance.