Articles tagged "baking"

Happy #BookBday (3/27/18 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
An April 2018 Indie Next Pick & one of Library Journal‘s Best Spring/Summer 2018 Debut Novels! “In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets—in politics and marriage—while depicting with sly humor the collision between American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience (think Chris Pavone’s THE EXPATS) will love the spot-on social commentary.” — Library Journal, starred review

LET’S NO ONE GET HURT is the evocative story of a free-spirited girl trying to find herself amid memories of her long-gone mother. The fully developed characters are as memorable as the lovely, sometimes melancholy story they people. A classic coming-of-age novel that lingers with the reader long after the last page.” — Booklist, starred review

THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Shipman
“Shipman’s multigenerational creation skillfully layers the triumphs and struggles of each family member with recurring adages proven true no matter the era. She presents a thoroughly enchanting story of strength and resilience that love provides in families. Numerous recipes and delicious descriptions will further entice readers to try their hand at baking.” — Library Journal

Craft Roundup

Mother’s Day is coming up! Find inspiration for homemade gifts in the pages of these new craft books:

CREATE YOUR OWN COLLAGE: Cut, Color, and Paste Your Way to Fabulous Artworks and More by Lizzie Lees
Packed with both colorful patterned pages and black and white printed pages that can be cut out, colored in, or customized and embellished, as well as pages full of stickers, you have everything you need to create your own collage masterpieces.

Professional art instructor Spicer’s carefully crafted exercises break down the drawing process into easily digestible parts, while step-by-step tutorials demonstrate how you can create a full-length portrait in just 15 minutes.

DELICIOUS DUMP CAKES: 50 Super Simple Desserts to Make in 15 Minutes or Less by Roxanne Wyss & Kathy Moore
These quick and convenient cakes are perfect for simple cooking, potlucks, and busy families with children who always want to help. For nearly all of the recipes, simply open readily available cans or a package of cake mix and layer in the pan.

DIY TEMPORARY TATTOO: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin
Thinking about trying a brand-new look, but without the commitment? Here’s all the info you need to design and create personalized temporary tattoos! Try out a design for a permanent tattoo, create a unique look for a special night out, design buzz-worthy wedding favors, or incentivize your kids to eat their veggies with a reward scheme.

Happy crafting!

Book Birthday Treats – FREE Recipes!

truffle collage

Each Tuesday, we love to wish our books a very happy #BookBday. Today is extra special because we've got the treats to back it up! Anne is entering a baking competition at work next week and decided to do a test run of her Halloween desserts: Pumpkin Granola Truffles and Halloweeny Boo Bites. We hope you'll enjoy them too–they're very easy to make and you don't even have to turn on your oven! Read on for recipes with pictures!

Goodbye, Ali—Hello, Anne!

**Warning: tearjerker post ahead! Do not proceed without kleenex!**

Dearest librarians,

It grieves me to tell you that I will no longer be posting news, giveaways, and cat videos here for you come September. I've accepted a position at Tor working on titles from the Tor Teen and Starscape imprints.

It's been an honor discussing books and baby animals with you all. Thank you for your kindness, silliness, and enthusiasm. Please, please stay in touch!

And now I shall pass the torch to Anne Spieth, Assistant Library Marketing Manager extraordinaire!


Hello Library Land!

My name is Anne Spieth and I’m thrilled to be joining Talia’s team and working with all of you. If this was a pageant and I was asked to describe myself, I would say that:

1)I’m a voracious reader (I read mostly fiction and love mysteries but most of all I just want a compelling story. I am currently reading HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny and INSURGENT by Veronica Roth).

2)I’m from Tucson, AZ (shout out to all the Pima County Librarians!).

3)I worked at Barnes & Noble for 7 years (I worked in every department starting in the café and can still make a mean macchiato) and have worked in publishing for 5 years at both Macmillan and Simon & Schuster doing marketing, publicity, and design.

4)I love to bake (hopefully most of you will experience my baking at one point or another).

5)I love music (I played flute and trumpet and did marching band in high school and college).

6)I have tattoos and occasionally wear glasses.

7)I love all things small and cuddly (current obsession: my NYC bestie’s cat Louie).

I’m pretty sure you can see why Talia hired me. I love meeting new people and making connections, so please don’t hesitate to email or call me at any time. I look forward to working with all of you and hopefully meeting many of you in person in the coming months!


Ali&Anne sharing cookiesAnne giving Ali a delicious compost cookie (recipe here) she baked.