Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary - Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

Packaged together for the first time, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Boxed Set: Volumes 1 & 2 (Knopf, $89.95) is Julia Child’s masterful contribution to American understanding of French cuisine.  Volume 1, first published in 1961, revolutionized domestic kitchens by showing in simple, step-by-step instructions that French food could be enjoyed at home.  It includes 524 recipes, ranging from simple to complicated.  Volume 2, published in 1970, builds upon the original with additional recipes, including chapters on baking and charcuterie.  Along with co-authors Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck, Julia Child wrote more than a cookbook when she compiled her culinary experience in these volumes—she created a monument that has stood the test of time.

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ISBN: 9780307593528
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Published: Knopf - December 1st, 2009

Border Songs - Jim Lynch

Border Songs is an engaging, satisfying and immensely entertaining story. The appeal stems largely from the novel’s main character, Brandon Vanderkool. Brandon is six foot eight, severely dyslexic and has an uncanny affinity for the natural world. Working as a border patrol agent along the U.S. Canada border in Washington state, he indulges his passion for bird-watching while keeping an alert eye to potential terrorists and pot smugglers. The forests and farms of northern Washington are beautifully described and play a key role in the story. It’s in this landscape that Brandon’s father Norm operates a dairy farm. His struggle to maintain his business and look after his animals is described with unerring detail. The plot’s satisfying twists and turns largely focus on industrial marijuana production in British Columbia and its importation into the lower 48, but the most lasting and compelling aspect of Border Songs is the characters–-their originality, vitality, and freshness make this a truly stand-out novel.

Brandon Vanderkool is a gentle giant, a dyslexic border patrol agent working the northern border of Washington and western Canada.  More at home in the woods with animals and birds than he is with people, he’s a natural tracker but somewhat clumsy with bureaucracy.  Border Songs (Knopf, $25.95), by Jim Lynch, tells Brandon’s remarkable, eccentric, and ultimately heroic story.  After 9/11, the once barely-observed border is heavily monitored by cameras and planes, and cross-border neighbors eye each other warily. Add to this a marijuana-smuggling operation based in British Columbia, and Brandon and his fellow agents have a lot on their hands.  With a graceful regard for the natural world and a motley cast of characters, Border Songs is an utterly original and unforgettable novel.

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ISBN: 9780307456267
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Published: Vintage - July 13th, 2010

Home - Marilynne Robinson

The story Marilynne Robinson began in Gilead continues in Home (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25), but the focus shifts to the household of Rev. Robert Boughton, John Ames’s neighbor and closest friend in Gilead.  When Jack, the black sheep of the family who has been absent for twenty years, comes back, Glory, who has returned to care for her ailing father, opens her arms and tries to mediate a communion between father and son.  Boughton, though, has difficulty forgiving, and Jack continues to be plagued by his own demons, alcohol as well as self- and spiritual doubt.  Home is a moving story about familial love and attempts at reconciliation.

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ISBN: 9780312428549
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009