What's a good cozy mystery without humor and recipes?

Kernel of truth by Kristi Abbott

Opening a gourmet popcorn shop was never on Rebecca Anderson's bucket list. But after a failed marriage to a celebrity chef, she's ready for her life to open up and expand. She has returned to her hometown of Grand Lake, Ohio, with her popcorn-loving poodle Sprocket to start a new business:naturally called POPS. As a delicious bonus, Cordelia 'Coco' Bittles, a close family friend who has always been like a grandmother to Rebecca, owns the chocolate shop next door, and the two are thinking of combining their businesses. a But when Coco's niece, Alice, discovers her on the floor of her chocolate shop, those dreams go up in smoke. The local sheriff thinks Coco was the victim of a robbery gone wrong, but Rebecca isn't so sure. As suspects start popping up all over, Rebecca is determined to turn up the heat and bring the killer to justice in a jiffy! a Includes popcorn related recipes! 

White colander crime by Victoria Hamilton

A tourist-trade boon boom means a big turnout for the opening of Queensville Historic Manor and for Jaymie Leighton, food columnist and vintage cookware collector, a chance to promote the manor and give away homemade goodies. At the end of a long day of festival fun, Jaymie discovers the battered body of local woman Shelby Fretter. Shelby predicted her own murder in journal entries--and all clues point to Cody Wainwright, the troubled son of Jaymie's beleaguered newspaper editor. But considering the entire Fretter family had its share of dirty secrets, Jaymie's not convinced by the case against Cody. With twists all over, she's going to have to work like the Dickens to wrap up this investigation before Christmas--especially with the real killer ready to kill again. INCLUDES RECIPES!

Merry market murder by Paige Shelton

Bailey's Farmers' Market is this season's go-to holiday destination, but not all the vendors are feeling the Christmas spirit... Jam and preserve maker Becca Robins is excited about the extra business that the Ridgeway Christmas Tree Farm is bringing to the market this holiday season. But when a competing tree farmer, Reggie Stuckey, arrives with a truck full of trees, angrily barking that he has exclusive selling rights at the market, Becca finds herself pining for more goodwill toward men. After Reggie is found with a tree stake in his chest, she wonders when the Christmas tree business turned so deadly. Now Becca has to use the only clues she has to the killer's identity--mysterious ornaments that begin to show up in her stall--to hook a sinister Scrooge who will go to any lengths to drive home a point...

Share a Story: A Fine Dessert

We had a great time reading A Fine Dessert and making the delicious Blackberry Fool that went with it. We looked at how making this simple dessert has changed over 300 years and then tried out some of the different technologies used.

If you missed it, create your own culinary adventure at home with some of the following stories. 

 More Stories About Food (with recipes!)

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie: a story about Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

International Cooking

Barefoot in Paris: easy French food you can make at home by Ina Garten ; photographs by Quentin Bacon ; food styling by Rori Trovato ; styling by Miguel Flores-Vianna

My Paris kitchen: recipes and stories by David Lebovitz ; photography by Ed Anderson

Ciao Tuscany: recipes from the PBS series, Cucina Toscana by Damian Mandola & Johnny Carrabba ; with John Demers ; photography by Watt Matthews Casey, Jr

The food and cooking of Russia & Poland: explore the rich and varied cuisine of Eastern Europe in more than 150 classic step-by-step recipes illustrated with over 740 photographs by Elena Makhonko and Ewa Michalik

Teens cook dessert by Megan Carle

A cookbook for beginners and for all those interested in pursuing an eco-friendly lifestyle, includes one hundred favorite recipes and tips for eating on a budget in a healthy and environmentally friendly way.

Presents a cookbook with more than one hundred and fifty recipes inspired by Suzanne Collins "The Hunger Games" trilogy, including French bread from the Mellark Family bakery, Katniss's favorite lamb stew with dried plums, Rue's roasted parsnips, Gale's bone-pickin' big game soup, Capitol-grade dark chocolate cake, and more.

New Cookbooks/ Holiday Cooking

Vegetarian/ Vegan Cooking

Vegan holiday cooking from Candle Cafe: celebratory menus and recipes from New York's premier plant-based restaurants by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, & Jorge Pineda ; photography by Jim Franco ; forewords by Alicia Silverstone and Laura and Woody Harrelson

Vegan holiday kitchen: more than 200 delicious, festive recipes for special occasions by Nava Atlas ; photographs by Susan Voisin

How to cook everything vegetarian: simple recipes for great food by Mark Bittman ; Illustrations by Alan Witschonke

For those who cannot cook well or do not enjoy it

What We're Reading: June 2013

We're not just reading, we're watching DVDs, listening to audio books and music.

Hustle. The complete season one [videodisc]: the con is on

The school of essential ingredients [sound recording] by Erica Bauermeister

The blue room [sound recording] by Madeleine Peyroux

The autistic brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek

Fatherhood: and other stories by Thomas H. Cook

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:

  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

National Chocolate Day

Making artisan chocolates: flavor-infused chocolates, truffles, and confections by Andrew Garrison Shotts ; photography by Madeline Polss — Since December 29th is National Chocolate Day, do not let the chance to explore the art and world of chocolate escape you. In this book, you will get the chance to immerse yourself in the creation of chocolate that is to die for. Don't forget the artistic flair to make your new delights a one of a kind treat!


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