Articles tagged "Italian"

Maximum Shelf: AT THE WOLF’S TABLE

In September 2014, while reading an Italian newspaper, Rosella Postorino found a brief article about Margot Wölk, Hitler’s last living food taster. She was 96 years old and it was the first time she had confessed her experience; Margot had kept it a secret her whole life. Postorino contacted her to request a meeting, but unfortunately Margot died before receiving her letter.

She described the tasters’ meals as very distressing moments, as a real nightmare, but she also remembered how delicious and fresh the food was. I felt that this contradiction represented the contradiction of her role: she was a victim being forced to risk life and limb three times a day just by eating, but she was also guilty, because she was working for Hitler, an inhuman, evil person,” Postorino said.

“Her story had already become my obsession and I thought that the only way to understand why it obsessed me was to write a novel loosely based on Frau Wölk’s experience. My question was: What would I have done if I had been in her shoes?

That novel is AT THE WOLF’S TABLE, translated from Italian by Leah Janeczko, and it’s today’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness pick.


Sneak Peek: April 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the April 2018 Indie Next list!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
“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

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
Anna is a drop-dead gorgeous sixteen-year-old with a secret dark side and when she turns up dead, all fingers point to her stepfather. “[A] nail-biting domestic thriller…. Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly

WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
This compelling novel tracks the complicated relationship of a married couple, who struggle with preserving their separate identities within their relationship, their individual artistic freedoms, and integrity, and how it all relates back to their nanny. “…the characters are complicated and well-drawn and the story immersive.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

What’s Cooking?

Friends, we hope you had a lovely weekend. Anne spent most of hers in the kitchen cooking (but sadly not baking) and realized *light bulb!* we need to share our latest and greatest cookbooks with you:

SIMPLY NIGELLA: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson
The bestselling author’s latest gorgeous cookbook contains 150 recipes to nourish oneself, friends, and family.

The funny, foul-mouthed duo behind Thug Kitchen is back with 100 plant-based recipes to serve at parties to prove that “eating healthy doesn’t have to mean boring-a$$ food.”

THE BLUE BLOODS COOKBOOK: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table by Bridget Moynahan & Wendy Howard Goldberg
“Arthur Avenue Spaghetti and Meatballs” and “Cheesecake with NYPD Blue Topping” are just a few of the Irish/Italian comfort food recipes that Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan shares in this cookbook based on the TV show.

FRANKIE AVALON’S ITALIAN FAMILY COOKBOOK: From Mom’s Kitchen to Mine and Yours by Frankie Avalon and Rick Rodgers
Entertainment legend Frankie Avalon has cooked his way from his mother’s kitchen in South Philadelphia to Hollywood and Las Vegas, and now he shares 80+ beloved Italian recipes from four generations of his family.

MUG MEALS: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways to Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes by Leslie Bilderback
Whether it’s dinner on the go, a quick snack, or cooking for one, delicious single-serving meals are ready in minutes with just a mug and a microwave. readmoreremove