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Caribbean-American Heritage Month Book Special: Vertamae Cooks in The Americas’ Family Kitchen by Vertamae Grosvenor (ISBN: 091233388X)

Weekly Book Special: June 14th-June 21st

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

Vertamae Cooks in “The Americas’ Family Kitchen”
Written by Vertamae Grosvenor, Foreword by Ed Bradley
(Paperback, 192 pages, 1996, $19.00)
Vertamae Cooks

Storyteller, poet and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Grosvenor displays the pleasures of Caribbean-American cooking in this companion to the PBS series “The Americas’ Family Kitchen.” Learn how African tastes and traditions have influenced the various cuisines of America, acquiring new flavors and ingredients along the way in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

You’ll find more than 100 full-color down-home recipes, spiced with Vertamae’s anecdotes, humor and historical insights. Every recipe, ranging from Hoppin’ John to Sunshine Soup to Low Country Red Rice, has a story. Also includes an introduction to the history of Afro-Caribbean cooking and culture.

Our favorite recipe is for Auntie Kali’s Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast (click to enlarge):
Auntie Kali's Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast

“These recipes are a sweet mix of history, anthropology, and storytelling that come together to create a tasty treat for the most modest of cooks,” writes Book News. “Every recipe is thoughtfully written, and many are annotated with Vertamae’s own historical or anecdotal take on the origin of the recipe. A beautiful and moving portrait of Caribbean culture — and delicious recipes to boot.”

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June 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Book Special for National Fresh Food and Vegetable Month and Great Outdoors Month: Wild Food Gourmet: Fresh and Savory Food From Nature (ISBN: 1552092429)

Weekly Book Special: June 1st-June 7th

June is National Fresh Food and Vegetables Month and Great Outdoors Month. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

The Wild Food Gourmet:
Fresh and Savory Food From Nature

by Anne Gardon (Paperback, 174 pages, 1998, $25.00)

Wild Food GourmetCooking with wild food is a gratifying experience from start to finish. Discover a bounty of tender leaves, delicious berries and nutritious roots that grow wild all around us. Illustrated with over 75 color photos, this delightful cookbook features 100 delicious recipes using fresh-picked greens, berries and mushrooms and brings a new twist to home cooking and camping trips.

Author Anne Gardon grew up in Provence, France, where she followed her parents on their quest for wild edibles. When she came to North America she discovered a totally different and fascinating vegetation and started harvesting and eating wild edibles, which turned out to be delicious.

Our favorite recipe is for Tortellini with Artichoke Hearts and Shaggy Manes (click to enlarge):

Wild Food Gourmet: Tortellini with Artichoke Hearts and Shaggy Manes

“Containing exceptional photos, this book will appeal to gardeners, amateur botanists, restaurateurs and creative cooks,” writes Explore Magazine. Adds the Kansas City Star: “Learn tips on foraging, preserving, drying and freezing, along with recipes that are quite simple but elegant.”

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June 1, 2010 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

A/P/A Month Special: Acclaimed Japanese Cookbook “At the Japanese Table” by Lesley Downer (ISBN:0811832805)

Weekly Book Special: May 24th-May 31st

May is Asian-Pacific-American (A/P/A) Heritage Month, a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

At the Japanese Table:
New and Traditional Recipes

By Lesley Downer (Paperback, 223 pages, 2001, $17.00, ISBN:0811832805)

At the Japanese Table

This cookbook, updated from the original 1993 version, demystifies the visual artistry, simplicity of preparation and healthfulness of Japanese cuisine for the home cook. There are nearly 100 easy-to-follow recipes, 16 pages of stunning full-color photos, and more than 30 illustrations of techniques ranging from carving carrot “flowers” to slicing sashimi.

More than just a cookbook, author Lesley Downer, who based this book on a six-part BBC2 series she presented, takes you on a culinary tour of Japan — to the feasts and festivals, into the homes, restaurants, sushi bars, street stalls and even the temples for a taste of this popular cuisine. Explains the history, legend and lore of the foods.

Our favorite spread is of the complete Japanese meal (click to enlarge):

At the Japanese Table: Complete Meal

“This is an inviting and easy-to-use introduction to Japanese cooking,” writes the Vancouver Sun. Adds Eating Well: “Illustrations of traditional techniques combine with stunning photos of exquisite food in a cool little beauty of a book.”

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May 24, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

50% Off Easter Cookbook with Family Activities

Weekly Book Special: March 29th-April 4th

Sunday is Easter, an important religious holiday and a fun family time to hunt for painted eggs. This week’s special is:

Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family
Written by Jill O’Connor, Illustrated by Mikyla Bruder, Photographs by Jonelle Weaver
(Paperback, 96 pages, 2000, $15.00)

Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

Catch a healthy case of Spring Fever with nearly 50 festive recipes and craft ideas in this book!

These tantalizing confections and easy craft projects revel in the Easter spirit — from Chicken Little Cookie Pops to fuzzy Peter Cottontail Finger Puppets.

Simple, whimsical craft ideas will keep kids busy dyeing and decorating eggs, adorning baskets, and creating springtime decorations. Full-color photos.

Our favorite recipe is for the Easter Bunny Cake (click to enlarge):

Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Cake

“Anyone who enjoys the Easter holiday will love this,” writes Calissa Leigh at the Curled Up with a Good Kid’s Book Web site. “[T]he lovely decorations you could use for a number of different occasions; the recipes themselves could be used at any time of the year. Easter Treats is a nice addition to your recipe collection and would make a nice gift around holiday time.”

“Author Jill O’Connor emphasizes fun over artistic perfection,” writes reviewer Jill Lightner. “She makes it easy to enjoy yourself, with thorough instructions, fresh ideas, and an easygoing presentation.”

All orders include a special spring-themed gift!

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March 29, 2010 at 10:17 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

Weekly Book Special: Love Almanac, the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

February 1st-7th Weekly Book Special

It’s February and love is in the air. Valentine’s Day will be here in a few days, and if you’re like us then you still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special someone. But stop, here’s a splendid gift that you can share with your sweetheart. This week’s special is:

The Love Almanac
Edited by Katrina Fried and Lena Tabori
(Hardcover, 240 pages, 2003, $10.00)

Welcome to the ultimate source of entertainment, information and inspiration on matters of the heart. Full of romance and whimsy, this jam-packed volume is divided into 5 themed chapters.

Each chapter is brimming with a combination of poetry, literary excerpts, letters, history, trivia, advice, top ten lists, humor, games, crafts, activities, songs, resources and recipes.

My favorite excerpt is Professor Cupid’s fun facts (click to enlarge):

Filled with more than 200 charming vintage illustrations and postcard art, this delightful book is a beautiful celebration of romance, passion and friendship. With pages edged in silver, this is the perfect gift for a sweetheart, spouse or a friend still looking for love.

English teacher Caterina Anna lists Love Almanac among her Top 100 books. Canadian blogger “Silverlotus” calls Love Almanac a “cute book…full of poems, recipes and stories about love.”

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Weekly Special: Ben Franklin’s Art of Eating Cookbook with Colonial Recipes

Weekly Book Special: January 11th-17th

Benjamin Franklin on The Art of Eating:
Together with the Rules of Health and Long Life and the Rules to Find out a Fit Measure of Meat and Drink, with Several Recipes

by Benjamin Franklin and Gilbert Chinard, introduction by Roy Goodman
(Paperback, 72 pages, 2006, $10.00)

This week we commemorate the birth of Benjamin Franklin on January 17th. Franklin, who would be turning 303 years old this coming weekend, was one of the United States’ Founding Fathers: a scientist, politician, printer, diplomat and inventor. He also had an insatiable curiosity for cooking.

“Let the gentleman who seems ignorant of the matter do us the honour of a visit in America, and I will engage to breakfast him every day in the month with a fresh variety,” Franklin told an anonymous letter writer who criticized American food.

Chefs will find a splendid collection of colonial-era recipes and food tidbits discovered in Franklin’s private journals. Written in English and French with illustrations, the book sheds new light on the man who founded electricity and had a sweet tooth.

Our affiliate the American Philosophical Society, a scholarly organization that Franklin founded in 1743, originally published the book in 1958. In 2006, the Society reprinted it in a special edition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Franklin’s birth.

My favorite recipe is for the delicious punch Orange Shrub:
Orange Shrub Punch

This book also contains an essay on “Benjamin Franklin On the Art of Eating” by Gilbert Chinard; a collection of Franklin’s “Rules [for Eating] and Recipes” and an introduction by Roy Goodman, assistant librarian and curator of printed materials at the American Philosophical Society.

Student bloggers at Colorado State University have more of Franklin’s excerpts.

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