September 2012 Archives

New Cookbooks

Who's hungry? Here's a list of new cookbooks that might make things easier around the kitchen.

Click for availability and more information The Baker Creek vegan cookbook: traditional ways to cook, preserve and eat the harvest., by Jere Gettle
The co-founders of The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and coauthors of The Heirloom Life Gardners present more than 125 recipes, from Asia to Appalachia, that are delicious and easy-to-make, as well as offer an affordable way to grow food organically and naturally.

Click for availability and more information Cooking off the clock, by Elizabeth Falkner
A Top Chef Masters judge and owner of San Francisco's Citizen Cake and Orson restaurant presents an eclectic range of recipes for full meals and quick snacks that can be prepared with limited time and resources, in a volume that also shares the author's imaginative approach to classic comfort foods. 

Click for availability and more information Flour water salt yeast: the fundamentals of artisan bread and pizza , by Ken Forkish
From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring scores of recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker. The book offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart.

Click for availability and more information Meals Made Easy: quick and delicious recipes for every night of the week, by Renee Schettler
A full-color book with quick recipes for such classics as Vegetable Soup, Chicken Cacciatore and Greek Salad includes one-pot meals, no-shop meals, 30-minute meals, no-cook meals, freezer meals, shortcut meals and reliable sides. Excellent for the working mom or dad.

Click for availability and more information The Mile End Cookbook: redefining Jewish comfort food, from hash to hamantaschen, by Noah & Rae Bernamoff
The husband-and-wife team behind Brooklyn's acclaimed Mile End restaurant presents a modern collection of Jewish comfort food recipes that adds artisanal flares to such traditional dishes as brisket, borscht and potato pancakes while sharing advice on everything from baking challah to making quick and easy pickles.

Click for availability and more information Turkey: more than 100 recipes with tales from the road. , by Leanne Kitchen
More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions--including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van--showcase the best of Turkish cuisine.

Click for availability and more information The ultimate allergy-free snack cookbook: over 100 kid-friendly recipes for the allergic child. , by Judi & Shari Zucker
This helpful book contains over 100 vegetarian recipes that are free of eggs, cow's milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Click for availability and more information Weelicious: 150 fast, fresh, and easy recipes , by Catherine McCord
Filled with an abundance of recipes and tips for creating quick, easy and healthy food for young children, this cookbook from the creator of the highly popular blog teaches parents how to raise great eaters who appreciate food and aren't afraid to try new things.

New CD's

We get hundreds of new compact discs each month. Here's a few that you may have missed.

Click for availability and more information Centipede HZ, by Animal Collective
On this, their 10th record, the band has strayed away from the softer side of things and things have gotten a bit harder edged and strange. But this is totally accessible at the same time and is sure to solidify the band's stature as indie darlings. You may want to get the headphones out for this.

Click for availability and more information The Singer, by Art Garfunkel
A 34-song collection of songs hand-picked by the artist himself. Spanning a life's body of work from the first Simon & Garfunkel album of 1964  through 2007's Great American Songbook album and continuing with two newly recorded performances for this release. The Singer includes every #1 U.S. and UK solo hit. In addition to curating The Singer, Garfunkel provides his own personal track-by-track annotations, which appear in the booklet in his handwritten form. 

Click for availability and more information Yellow & Green, by Baroness
The giants of the metal underground re-emerge with their first record in more than three years.The word is that they have mixed things up a bit here with a more fully developed sound but, at the same time, keeping things heavy.

Click for availability and more information Across the Imaginary Divide, by Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
2012 collaboration between banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio. The songs here will appeal to both fans of Fleck's distinct banjo playing and traditional jazz fans.

Click for availability and more information Spirit Fiction, by Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane has some rather large shoes to fill. Being the son of a jazz legend can be stressful but he comports himself quite well here. On his debut record for the Blue Note record label Coltrane (along with two separate backing bands) work through 11 songs that bring to mind the sound of Miles Davis in his late '60's phase. For more information check out a recent feature on Ravi in the New York Times.

Click for availability and more information Faithful Man, by Lee Fields
Southern tinged deep soul that sounds like it was recorded in 1971 but is actually brand new. Fields, who's career spans over 40 years, with a band of young hot shots, has made quite a statement with this record. For fans of Otis Redding and James Brown.

Click for availability and more information The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal: 1969-1973, by Taj Mahal
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. This collection features two CDs comprised entirely of unreleased finished material. The first disc debuts studio recordings from 1969-1973, while the second disc premieres a full-length live concert, recorded April 18, 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Click for availability and more information Harakiri, by Serj Tankian
The third solo record by System of a Down front man seems to have a polarizing effect on his fan base. It's a love/hate thing. Some claim it to be a brave example of an artist taking his music in a new direction while others call it a pretentious mistake. Take it home today and see for yourself.

New Mysteries

Now that there is a hint of a chill in the air it's a good time to settle in with a mystery. Here a few that we have just acquired.

Click for availability and more information The Beautiful Mystery: a Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, by Louise Penny
When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.

Click for availability and more information The Cocktail Waitress, by James Cain
A rerelease of a classic tale by the New Yorker journalist and author of The Postman Always Rings Twice finds beautiful widow Joan Medford reluctantly working as a waitress to regain custody of her young son and considering relationships with a seductive con artist and a wealthy but unwell older man who proposes an unconventional marriage.

Click for availability and more information Dead Anyway, by Chris Knopf
Imagine this: You have a nice life. You love your beautiful, successful wife. You're an easy going guy working out of your comfortable Connecticut home. The world is an interesting, pleasant place. Then in seconds, it's all gone. You're still alive, but the world thinks you're dead. And now you have to decide. Make it official, or go after the evil that took it all away from you. Arthur Cathcart, market researcher and occasional finder of missing persons, decides to live on and fight, by doing what he knows best - figuring things out, without revealing his status as a living, breathing human being. Much easier said than done in the post-9/11 world, where everything about yourself and all the tools you need to live a modern life are an open book. How do you become a different person, how do you finance an elaborate scheme without revealing yourself? How do you force a reckoning with the worst people on earth, as a dead man?

Click for availability and more information A Door in the River: a Hazel Micallef Mystery, by Inger Ash Wolfe
Detective Hazel Micallef investigates a bee stinging death on an Indian reservation only to discover the culprit was not an insect, but a fiendish teenage girl with a strange weapon.

Click for availability and more information The Facility, by Simon Lelic
In a near-future dystopian Britain, democracy has been undermined. Emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, police start to "disappear" people from the streets for unspecified crimes. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth. Following a trail that leads to the very top of government, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives.

Click for availability and more information Gone: a Hannah Smith Mystery, by Randy Wayne White
A debut entry in a new series by the author of the Doc Ford novels introduces Florida native and fishing guide Hannah Smith, who uses uncommon resourcefulness, a keen sense of justice and unorthodox methods to track down a missing girl, a case that puts Hannah on the wrong side of violent adversaries.

Click for availability and more information Miss Me When I'm Gone, by Emily Arsenault
When she is named her late best friend's literary executor, Jamie, believing that Gretchen's death was an accident, discovers that Gretchen's manuscript about a murder in her family that haunted her childhood may have caused her demise.

New Football Books

Just in time for the season to begin, here are some new books on football that have just arrived.

Click for availability and more information Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the inside story behind the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy, by Adam Lazarus
This revealing, in-depth look at the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy takes readers into the locker room and inside the huddle to deliver the real story behind the rivalry when Joe Montana and Steve Young battled on and off the field and forged one of the finest football dynasties of all time. From 1987 to 1994, the two future Hall of Famers spurred each other on to remarkable heights, including three Super Bowl wins and four MVP awards, and set new standards for quarterback excellence.

Click for availability and more information Illegal procedure: a sports agent comes clean on the dirty business of college football, by Josh Luchs and James Dale
A suspended NFL sports agent reveals ubiquitous practices of corruption in collegiate sports, frankly discussing his own illegal deals with various college athletes before he was ousted for a violation he did not commit, in a full-length account based on his 2010 Sports Illustrated confessional that discusses his subsequent dedication to whistle-blowing and college football reformation.

Click for availability and more information Island cup: two teams, twelve miles of ocean, and fifty years of football rivalry, by James Sullivan
To most of us "mainlanders," the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are resort destinations, summer homes for the Kennedys, the Obamas, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. But after the tourists and jetsetters leave, the cold weather descends, and the local shop owners, carpenters, and fishermen ready themselves for the main event: high school football. For over fifty years, the local teams have been locking horns every November. They play for pride, a coveted trophy, and, very often, a shot at the league championship. Despite their tiny populations, both islands are dangerous on the football field.This far-reaching book tells the story not only of the Whaler-Vineyarder rivalry, but of two places without a country. Filled with empty houses nine months of the year, Nantucket and the Vineyard have long, unique histories that include such oddities as an attempt to secede from the United States and the invention of a proprietary sign language. Delving into the rich history of both places, Sullivan paints a picture of a bygone New England, a place that has never stopped fighting for its life--and the rights to the Island Cup.

Click for availability and more information The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the rowdy, reckless '70's, the era that created modern sports, by Kevin Cook
The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history--pro football's raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana's gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook's rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players--Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken "Snake" Stabler--to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing.

Click for availability and more information Perfection: the untold story of the 1972 Miami Dolphins' perfect season, by Bob Griese and Dave Hyde
Written by the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the 1972 Dolphins to victory, this exciting behind-the-scenes story of the only undefeated team in NFL history vividly brings to life the Miami Dolphins' incredible championship season.

Click for availability and more information The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th anniversary book: where greatness lives, edited by John Thorn and Joe Horrigan
Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Canton, Ohio Hall of Fame with essays and commentary from writers, broadcasters and fans as well as a comprehensive history of the game and highlights of lives and careers of legendary players. In addition, the book features rarely seen photos and artifacts of some of the Hall's greatest treasures.

New Young Adult Titles

Below are some new and noteworthy young adult titles that have just hit our shelves.

Click for availability and more information The Dark Unwinding, by Sharon Cameron
In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurences soon have her doubting her own sanity.

Click for availability and more information The Demon Catchers of Milan, by Kat Beyer
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted for good in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and saved only by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins, the charming and gorgeous Emilio and stern, elderly Giuliano, say the only way to keep Mia safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the ancient lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever. A debut installment in a planned trilogy.

Click for availability and more information Erasing Time, by C.J. Hill
After being transported 400 years into a future world marked by domed cities, no animals and a virtually indecipherable version of the English language, twins Sheridan and Taylor are targeted by a weapons-hungry government and a mob boss who force them to put their safety into the hands of a young man with secrets of his own.

Click for availability and more information Every day, by David Levithan
Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with--day in, day out, day after day.

Click for availability and more information The Iron Legends : Winter's Passage\Summer's Crossing\Iron's Prophecy, by Julie Kagawa
Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

Winter's Passage Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory?while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

Summer's Crossing What can turn enemies into reluctant allies? A call from the Exile Queen, Leanansidhe, ties legendary prankster Puck to his archenemy, Prince Ash, on a journey that may end in betrayal and will set them both on an irreversible path.

Iron's Prophecy Before she ever knew what she might become, Iron Queen Meghan Chase was warned by the oracle that her firstborn child would bring nothing but grief. And even as Meghan and Ash celebrate their long-awaited union, the prophecy stirs.? Three Iron Fey novellas for the first time in print!

Click for availability and more information Speechless, by Hannah Harrington
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret...until now, because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast--and nearly got someone killed; so now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence and if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

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