Celebrated food writer, editor, and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl had risen to the pinnacle of her profession as editor-in-chief of Gourmet, when, after ten years at the magazine, publisher Condé Nast decided to close it down.  Having held several of the top food editing jobs in America, and already a best-selling author, Reichl was 61 years old and unsure of what to do next. So she did what she most liked to do: she retreated to her kitchen and cooked. Over the course of a year, she tried new recipes, engaged other cooks and eaters on Twitter, and eventually realized she had the makings of a new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life (Random House, $35). Organized around the seasons of the year, the book features Reichl’s unique gift for story-telling and will satisfy the most omnivorous eaters, with recipes that run the gamut from pork roast to purslane tacos to nectarine galette.

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ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

Annie Barrows, who co-wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has produced another charming (and interesting!) historical novel that explores class and privilege in rural America in the pre-World War 2 era. Barrows has done prodigious research to inform her story, but it’s her fluid, easy writing style, character development, and ever-present wit that draw the reader in. Set in a fictional town in West Virginia, the story centers around a local family harboring old secrets and a newly arrived Senator’s daughter who has been exiled from Washington after spurning a suitor. The collision of these two worlds is the book’s unfolding drama – at once humorous, touching, and revealing. A perfect summer beach book, or companion for a long plane ride.

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ISBN: 9780385342940
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Press - June 9th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780385342957
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 14th, 2016

I’m not from the Bronx, but I know plenty of people who are. And so do most of us, which is why the Bronx-born Alda’s collection of interviews with others from the famous borough are so  entertaining. A professional musician and photographer, Alda is also a natural story-teller. She interviews Bronx natives from Colin Powel to Neil de Grasse Tyson to Carl Reiner to Mary Higgins Clark, along with other extraordinary Bronx-ers who have made their marks on the world. The result is a charming, funny, and often touching portrait of life in and beyond this unique part of New York City.

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ISBN: 9781627790956
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 3rd, 2015