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Eggs-traordinary Chicken Gift Book, Now 67 Percent Off

Weekly Book Special: September 14th-September 20th

September is National Chicken Month. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:


Complete Chicken:
An Entertaining History of Chickens

by Pam Percy, Hardcover, 144 pages, 2002, ISBN: 0896585573
List Price: $30.00, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $29.99, OUR PRICE: $9.95
Complete Chicken

The book provides a colorful, egg-straordinarily entertaining account of chicken history; breeds; the world of chicken collectibles; and the chicken’s role in art, pop culture, myth, legend, religion, and folklore.

You’ll also find a wide selection of words and phrases inspired by chicks, technical poultry terms, instructions on how to say “cock-a-doodle-doo” in different languages, as well as other trivia.

The lighthearted yet informative text is complemented by photos of different breeds, images of chickens in ads, and photos of chicken collectibles (also known as “chickenalia”).

Our favorite section is on chickens in advertising (click to enlarge):
Chickens in Ads

“The author, an avowed chicken afficionado, presents the lowly chicken in a brand new light in this entertaining book,” writes John Trapp, a retired wildlife biologist, on his Birds Etcetera blog. “I found this book to be highly readable, visually appealing, entertaining, and educational. What more could you want in a book?”

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September 14, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

National Train Day Book Special: Dining By Rail: The History and Recipes of America’s Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

Weekly Book Special: May 3rd-May 10th

UPDATE: This book is SOLD OUT. Sorry!

National Train Day, a coast-to-coast celebration of America’s love of trains, is this Saturday, May 8th. To commemorate, this week’s special is:

Dining by Rail:
The History and the Recipes of
America’s Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

By James Porterfield (Hardcover, 384 pages, $35.00)

Dining By Rail Cover
This book — half social history and half recipes — recaptures the history and spirit of the dining-car experience and serves up entertaining details and sumptuous foods to readers interested in railroads, food, or social history.

Railroad passenger food service peaked in 1930, when nearly 1 million meals were served daily. Recipes for over 325 meals from nearly 50 railroad lines can be prepared quickly at home and in small kitchens. More than 150 illustrations.

Our favorite page is the history of the song “The Great Big Baked Potato.”

“Readers who sigh at the names “Super Chief” and “Zephyr,” and who remember the meal Cary Grant ate on the train in North by Northwest, may find this book fulfilling their wildest dreams,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. “For authentic American versions of lamb fricassee, deviled eggs and blancmange presented without campiness or apology, this is the source.”

For a lecture on railroad history, the University of Southern Mississippi made refreshments using recipes from this book.

May 3, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

St. Patrick’s Day and Irish/Ireland Books

St. Patrick’s Day is next week on Wednesday, March 17th. Browse our more than 50 titles on Ireland and on the Irish to find that perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift for friends and family.

Savour of Ireland

Our special this week is “Savour of Ireland”, a hard-to-find travel cookbook of turn-of-the-century Ireland, imported from the U.K. The book, written by award-winning Irish historian George Morrison, features more than 50 historical photos and more than a dozen recipes.
(Paperback, 127 pages, 1996, $17.00)Add to Cart

Here are three additional titles we recommend:

Feasting Galore Irish Style

Feasting Galore Irish Style: Recipes & Food Lore from the Emerald Isle
by Maura Laverty
(Paperback, 144 pages, 1961, $15.00)

Beckons readers through the door of the traditional Irish kitchen. Each of the 11 chapters begins with an engaging anecdote that puts the food into its context — whether it is prepared to celebrate an occasion, to welcome guests, or even to seduce!

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, these recipes will help the home chef create a rich, plentiful Irish feast. Among the 200 recipes are classics like Irish Stew and Mince Pie, which Oliver Cromwell unsuccessfully attempted to ban because of its then-religious shape.

Also, Christmas Pudding, and traditional Halloween delicacies, Boxty, Barmbrack, and Colcannon, which contain paper-wrapped charms. Beverages include homemade wines, liqueurs, and the perfect recipe for famed Gaelic Coffee.

Cooking blogger Culture_Vulture at the Theories of Bacon blog whipped up Haggerty, based on the recipe in the book. “Maura Laverty’s marvelous cookbook,” she writes, “comes across very much as a cookbook full of recipes that someone mostly wrote down from memory, perhaps in a bit of a hurry, while also reminiscing lovingly about various occasions in which these dishes were cooked.”

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Definitive St. Patrick’s Day Festivity Book

Definitive St. Patrick’s Day Festivity Book
by Michael James Fallon
(Hardcover, 237 pages, 1997, $22.00)

This book presents Irish culture related to St. Patrick & his Day. It is a cookbook of comestibles, a how-to book of activities, a guidebook for hosting parties, a bag of tricks for enlivening a social affair, a workbook for teachers to use in classrooms, and a good humor book for food and drink establishments.

Beyond its shenanigans, its anecdotes delight in reading and provide general knowledge in Celtic legend. This trove presents “a wee bit of everything Irish” from ambiance to activities, songs to skits, parties to Patrick, blessings to toasts and proverbs to boast. “For fun at home, school, office or pub.” Illustrations.

Librarian Mary Ellen of the Dayton, Ohio Metro Library raves of the book: “Here’s the book you need if you are planning on having a St. Patrick’s Day party the way the Irish would!”

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Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad

Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad
by Malachy McCourt
(Hardcover, 141 pages, 2002, $19.00)

Everyone can hum “Danny Boy,” the haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. Yet for all its popularity, the most requested “Irish” song and its origins still remain an enigma.

Is it even Irish? Did the song initially grace the Irish countryside as the winsome ballad of an itinerant piper, or did it first take form as a blind musician’s bow danced across the strings of a fiddle?

Travel with best-selling author Malachy McCourt on his journey for the truth as he interviews musicologists, historians, academics, celebrities and Irish icons. Join the expedition and trace the complex evolution and enduring mystique of “Danny Boy” in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.

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March 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm 3 comments

Weekly Book Special: Savour of Ireland: A Photographic and Gastronomic Tour of Ireland a Century Ago

March 7th-14th Weekly Half-Off Book Special

To commemorate the upcoming holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s special is:

Savour of Ireland:
A Photographic and Gastronomic Tour of Ireland a Century Ago

by George Morrison (Paperback, 127 pages, 1996, $17.00)

Savour of Ireland

Imagine a tourist embarking on a journey through 19th-century Ireland, beginning in 1860. This hard-to-find book imported from the U.K. describes such an experience.

This book includes romantic narrative, more than 50 never-before-seen historical photos and more than a dozen period recipes combine to give a flavor of the country.

My favorite spread is of Clifden Castle, built in 1865 (click to enlarge):

Clifden Castle

Author George Morrison is also an Irish documentary filmmaker, best known for the groundbreaking films Mise Éire (I Am Ireland) in 1959 (Alan at the GaelMovies blog calls it “Ireland’s most important film”) and Saorise? (Freedom?) in 1961, both about the fight for Irish independence. Morrison received the Lifetime Contribution Award at the 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards.

“The process of identification, salvage and restoration of these fragile artifacts,” says Awards President Mary McAleese, “ensured the survival of a…record of a period of Irish history which would otherwise have disappeared.”

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March 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm 1 comment


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