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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Cookbooks


With a few weeks of summer left, you can still sample recipes from this year’s crop of new seasonal cookbooks.  There’s Bobby Flay’s grilled mango, Melia Marden’s watermelon salad and the Batali brothers’ sloppy joes. Food lovers can find these recipes and more in recommended reading from USA Today ("10 New Cookbooks Celebrate Summer," June 25, 2013).

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay

 Smoke and Pickles:  Recipes & Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee

Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cooking by Melia Marden

The Batali Brothers Cookbook by Benno and Leo Batali

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Books for Geeks


Eric Smith, self-proclaimed geek and author of the soon-to-be published The Geek’s Guide to Dating, was recently asked by Random House Canada to recommend some reading for those of you who, as Smith writes, “keep your action figures in their original packaging and your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise.”  ("Ten Books for the Geek in All of Us,” July 10, 2013) Here are a few of his suggestions:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Redshirts by John Scalzi

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg

Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton