October 2012 Selection: This deliciously crafted memoir is the story of a
life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for
food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. A witty
and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.
September 2012 Selection: In this meditation on cooking and eating, Tamar Adler weaves
philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on feeding
ourselves well. "An Everlasting Meal "demonstrates the implicit
frugality in cooking. In essays on forgotten skills such as boiling,
suggestions for what to do when cooking seems like a chore, and
strategies for preparing, storing, and transforming ingredients for a
week's worth of satisfying, delicious meals, Tamar reminds us of the
practical pleasures of eating. She explains what cooks in the world's
great kitchens know: that the best meals rely on the ends of the meals
that came before them. With that in mind, she shows how we often throw
away the bones, skins, and peels we need to make our food both more
affordable and better. She also reminds readers that almost all kitchen
mistakes can be remedied. Summoning respectable meals from the humblest
ingredients, Tamar breathes life into the belief that we can start
cooking from wherever we are, with whatever we have. An empowering, indispensable work, "An Everlasting Meal "is an elegant testimony to the value of cooking.
August 2012 pick: Michael Pollan, our nation's most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensable guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, "Food Rules" is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.
July 2012 Selection: An unforgettably charming memoir, "Farm City" is full of hilarious
moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart. When
Novella Carpenter-captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency-
moved to inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-
strewn abandoned lot next door to her house, she closed her eyes and
pictured heirloom tomatoes and a chicken coop. The story of how her
urban farm grew from a few chickens to one populated with turkeys,
geese, rabbits, ducks, and two three-hundred-pound pigs will capture the
imagination of anyone who has ever considered leaving the city behind
for a more natural lifestyle.
June 2012 Selection: Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain to his children why people eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them.
May 2012 Pick: Hamilton, one of America's most recognized chefs, serves up a sharply crafted and unflinchingly honest memoir about the search for meaning and purpose and the people and places that shaped her journey. A "New York Times" bestseller.
April 2012 Selection