Food Writing

The luscious descriptions of food, cooking and restaurants filling these pages will appeal to anyone who loves to chow down.

Masala Farm: stories and recipes from an uncommon life in the country by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd — An Indian chef and consummate city dweller buys a farm in the country.

Beaten, seared, and sauced: on becoming a chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon — Discover what it's really like to study at the Culinary Institute of America.

The feast nearby: how I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week) by Robin Mather — A charming ode to eating well and locally, on $40 per week.

Make a Cake

Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford

The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]

Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser

What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and food styling by Karen Tack

The perfect cake by Susan G. Purdy

Rose's heavenly cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Lunch & a Book July 2012

On Thursday, July 12 at Noon we'll be discussing:

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — According to the publisher, Random House, the book can be described as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history in a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with the bitter poetry and suspense as taut as rope, Beloved is a towering achievement."

Historical Romances

The gowns, the carriages, the manners of another age — be whisked off to another time with an historical romance.

Trouble at the wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke

The price of temptation by Lecia Cornwall

How the marquess was won by Julie Anne Long

The pleasure of your kiss by Teresa Medeiros

Sunrise with a notorious lord by Alexandra Hawkins

Not wicked enough by Carolyn Jewel