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The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand

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If you’ve never checked out Apartment Therapy’s website (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/), you definitely need to ASAP! It is one of my favorite websites for home design inspiration, tutorials, and daydreaming about possibilities for future living spaces. The Kitchn, their sister website, focuses on delicious, attainable dishes as well as kitchen organization and storage. You can tour some seriously enviable kitchens on their site (http://www.thekitchn.com/).  

Anyway, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on The Kitchn Cookbook and drool over the delicious recipes and beautiful photographs before trying some out for myself. There’s no shortage of cookbooks with beautiful photography, but I like to rate cookbooks based on the achievability of their recipes. I’m no novice in the kitchen, but there are some recipes that I just don’t have time for (or patience, or, let’s be honest, the money to shell out on super specific ingredients that will take up covetable space in my tiny galley kitchen). The Kitchn Cookbook has great recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard and spice rack. The recipes are straightforward, concise, and teach you how to set up your space in order to work the most efficiently. Definitely worth checking out if you are a total food geek like me!

Adventure Pick for Teens!:I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood… 

Rush of Blood

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I like Mark Billingham's Thorne series. This stand-alone murder mystery involves three British couples on holiday in Florida. This vacation takes a criminal twist when a young girl goes missing and is later found dead in a lagoon. The six Britons are suspects and Billingham keeps the suspense going. When another young girl is missing in England, the six who have returned from Florida are even more suspect. Great ending.

 

2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve. 

Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

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After chef Elizabeth “Lou” Johnson finds her fiancée half-naked with another woman, she tries to distract herself with cooking—only to serve the worst meal of her life to Milwaukee’s meanest food critic, Al Waters, aka A. W. Wodysky. A chance meeting brings them together in a bar that night, and—unaware of each other’s true identity—Al challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee. As Al falls in love with Milwaukee and Al and Lou begin to fall for each other, Lou’s restaurant begins a slow spiral toward failure, kicked off by Al’s review. Al will have to decide whether to reveal the truth to Lou, and Lou will have to find out if she’s strong enough to keep pursuing her dreams.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake features delicious description of Milwaukee’s food scene and a sweet, slow-burn romance amid an entertaining cast of secondary characters, perfect for readers who love food and romance.

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

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