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Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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Groundhog Day Thriller Thursday!

groundhogthrillerthursgroundhogdayIt’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter. Good thing we’ve got lots of great mysteries & thrillers to keep your pulse pounding during these cold days and nights:

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
A January 2017 LibraryReads pick and a February 2017 Indie Next pick! “Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).” Booklist, starred review

FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
The 21st book in the Jane Lawless series from future-MWA Grand Master Ellen Hart! A video gone viral brings unwelcome attention to a newly married lesbian couple with dark secrets in their past. “Hart was inspired this time to write a tightly plotted, exceptionally engrossing mystery, one of the strongest in a popular series.”
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SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
“The 2008 financial crash provides the backdrop for Jonasson’s sterling debut, a tale of past and present revenge, which combines the power of extreme climate and geography with penetrating psychological analysis. The action builds to a shattering climax.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

PILL CITY: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire by Kevin Deutsch
Veteran crime reporter Deutsch goes undercover to investigate how two honor-roll high school students with $100 became the tech-entrepreneurs of the opiate trade during the Baltimore riots. “Deutsch lets the authentic and powerful voices of those involved reveal the ruthless tactics employed to dominate the illegal drug markets and the equally dramatic efforts by law enforcement to curtail and repair their damage. …[It] issues a siren call for societal changes. ” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

New Year, New You

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2017? Here are some new books to help you and your patrons stick to your resolutions (ours is to read more):

FOOD, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life by Oprah Winfrey
You get a recipe, and you get a recipe, and you get a recipe! Oprah shares more than 100 of her favorite delicious and healthy recipes in this stunning four-color cookbook.

BREATHE: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health by Belisa Vranich
This is THE book on breathing. Learn how to prevent and cure illness, increase energy, accelerate healing, improve cognitive skills, and enhance mental balance simply by breathing in the anatomically “right” way.

THE BIKINI BODY 28-DAY HEALTHY EATING & LIFESTYLE GUIDE: 200 Recipes and Weekly Menus to Kick Start Your Journey by Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer with over 13 million social media followers who use her Bikini Body Guide 28-minute workouts: energetic, kinetic, high-intensity interval training sessions that help women achieve healthy, strong bodies. Now Itisines delivers her first ever healthy lifestyle book, complete with a 4-week workout plan, 200 recipes, and tons of photos.

HOW TO HYGGE: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen
Discover the secrets of hygge (pronounced HYOO-guh): where coziness, warmth, and community is key. “Readers interested in simplifying their homes and lives are sure to find plenty of practical recipes and suggestions here that they can implement immediately.” — Publishers Weekly

HOW TO BE BORED by Eva Hoffman
In the latest installment of the acclaimed School of Life series, learn how to make peace with your down time—and even benefit from it. Drawing on psychoanalysis, neuroscience and a wide range of literature, Hoffman emphasizes the need to understand our own preferences and purposes, and to replenish our inner resources.

HOW TO CHOOSE A PARTNER by Susan Quilliam
In the latest installment of the acclaimed School of Life series, learn how to approach one of the most important life decisions: choosing a partner. Drawing upon rich cultural material, psychology, and her background in relationship therapy, Quilliam presents partner choice as a journey toward self-development, driving us to learn more about ourselves, about other people, about life and the way we want to live.

L’ART DE LA SIMPLICITE: How to Live More with Less by Dominique Loreau
Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by Eastern philosophy, Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity, and shares this in this book available in English for the first time. “This is already a best-seller in its original French, in a country where readers happily sought advice in books like BRINGING UP BEBE and FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT, and where the runaway success of Marie Kondo’s THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP has spurred interest in Japanese-inspired minimalism.” — Booklist readmoreremove

What’s Cookin’?

From cooking to cocktails, these five books will help revamp your usual dinner table fare:

THUG KITCHEN 101: Fast as F*ck by Thug Kitchen
For all those people out there wondering whether this crazy vegan sh*t is going to ever go away, wonder no more—it’s here to stay. Your foul-mouthed friends at Thug Kitchen show you how to do it in 100 recipes that take no more than 30 minutes from prep to table.

UPSCALE DOWNHOME: Family Recipes, All Gussied Up by Rachel Hollis
Hollis, blogger and founder of “The Chic Site,” shares recipes for affordable meals presented so polished you’d never know their “lowbrow” origins, complete with tips and tricks that prove fabulous hosting doesn’t have to break the bank.

THE VEGAN WAY: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You by Jackie Day
Seasoned health educator and happy vegan Day helps readers approach a fully vegan way of life in a 21 day plan that emphasizes three core reasons for going vegan: being as healthy as you can be, being compassionate to animals, and respecting our planet.

THE BOOK OF DANGEROUS COCKTAILS: Adventurous Recipes for Serious Drinkers by Dylan March & Jennifer Boudinot
Leave your go-to gin and tonic behind and shake up your next gathering with cocktails that pack an extra punch, using high-proof liquors and ganja-infused booze.

THE BEST PRESSURE COOKER RECIPES ON THE PLANET: 200 Triple-Tested, Family-Approved, Fast & Easy Recipes by Debra Murray
The “Prophet of Pressure Cooking” brings you 200 incredible triple-tested pressure cooker recipes, ranging from comfort classics like beef stew and apple crisp, to nourishing risottos and healthy alternatives like a citrusy wheat berry salad.

Friday Reads: Food & Culture

TGIF, friends! Our #FridayReads picks are two unique explorations of food and culture:

SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan by Michael Booth
From the author of THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE comes a fascinating and funny culinary journey through Japan. “There’s some of both Bill Bryson and Anthony Bourdain in Booth’s cheerful, game, often irreverent, and, perhaps most importantly, hungry approach to discovering a new place. … food is really only the foreground—albeit a wildly eye-catching, engaging one—of Booth’s portrait of a place he so clearly finds splendid.” — Booklist

KNIVES & INK: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) by Isaac Fitzgerald & Wendy MacNaughton
From the authors of PEN & INK—bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and BuzzFeed books editor Isaac Fitzgerald—the stories behind the tattoos chefs proudly wear, with signature recipes. “The best entries in this collection are about tattoos that show the passion and dedication each person brings to their craft in the kitchen. Readers are sure to devour this in a single sitting.” — Publishers Weekly

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

FOUR Stars for A GREAT RECKONING!

We just came back from the long weekend to the wonderful news that Louise Penny’s 12th Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, A GREAT RECKONING, has FOUR STARRED REVIEWS:

“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Once again Penny displays her remarkable ability to serve equally well both series devotees and new readers (if there are any of those still to be found). Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series’ enduring mysteries… At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy.” Booklist, starred review

“This riveting read, with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot, will keep readers guessing until the last page. For series fans and those who enjoy the small-town mysteries of Julia Spencer-Fleming.”
Library Journal, starred review

“A chilling story that’s also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Don’t forget you can cook from the books—check out the recipes from the ongoing “Nature of the Feast” countdown to the publication of A GREAT RECKONING.
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The Nature of the Feast

NatureoftheFeast“They ate by candlelight, the candles of all shapes and sizes flickering around the kitchen. Their plates were piled high with turkey and chestnut stuffing, candied yams and potatoes, peas and gravy.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series have come to relish the descriptions of food as much as her engrossing characters and satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a celebration of recipes from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 30th release of the new book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Beginning today and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will share a new recipe inspired from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the recipes.

THE NATURE OF THE FEAST recipe/discussion schedule:

Now Cooking: Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing from STILL LIFE
April 5: Steak Frites with Mayonnaise from A FATAL GRACE
April 19: Sugar Pie from THE CRUELEST MONTH
May 3: Homemade Lemonade from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 17: Pain Doré from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 31: French Onion Soup from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 14: Grilled Garlic Shrimp from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 28: Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 12: Trifle from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 26: Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 9: Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

Bon Appetit!

Cooking & Crafting 2013 – Pie Pops

Looking for something fun to bring to your next holiday potluck gathering? How about pie pops?

finished pie popsThey're easy to make thanks to pre-made pie crusts and will get you tons of compliments, both for flavor and presentation–seriously, they're adorable. Andrea Smetona's EASY AS PIE POPS has tons of recipes perfect for the season, including Peppermint Pudding, Mint Fudge, and Pumpkin Cheesecake, not to mention brunch-inspired savory pops such as Breakfast Casserole and Hot Ham & Cheese.

Anne whipped up a batch of Honeyed Fig pie pops to bring to a white elephant party last weekend and they were a huge hit. Read on for the how-to and don't forget that this Sunday, December 15 is the last day to enter to win a copy of EASY AS PIE POPS and other cooking and crafting books (details after the break).


INGREDIENTS: 

pie pops ingredients1 recipe Homemade Pie Pop Crust (p. 13 in the book) or 4 unbaked store-bought or homemade 9" diameter pie crusts

For filling:
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (Anne used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup whipping cream (Anne substituted Half and Half)
1 large egg, plus the white of another for basting
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
5 cups brown or black figs, chopped small

Olive oil, for garnish
Fresh rosemary, for garnish

Other tools needed:
Basting brush (silicone is recommended)
Cookie sticks


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet, or line with parchment paper (Anne's note: wax paper and parchment paper are not the same! Wax paper will melt, so make sure you're using the correct one).

baked pie filling

Prepare the filling by mixing together the cream cheese, cream, egg, brown sugar, flour, salt and honey. Toss in the chopped figs and stir. Pour into a 9" diameter pie dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before using in pie pops.

Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

star pieFlour both sides of the pie crusts you're using, then roll flat with a rolling pin. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out 24 rounds from the dough–12 for the bottom and 12 for the top. Get creative with your shapes! Anne used a star cutter.

Lay out the 12 bottom crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Using a basting brush, coat each bottom crust with egg white. Press the cookie stick firmly into the center of each bottom crust.

filled pie popsDollop a 1-1/2 inch bit of the cooled fig mixture in the center of each bottom crust. Place a top crust over the filling and press firmly around the sides to seal the pie pop, making sure to start by firmly crimping the edges around the cookie stick to ensure it stays in place.

After all the pops are sealed and pressed, brush olive oil on each top crust and sprinkle with fresh rosemary. 

Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is nice and golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Try your best not to eat all the pie pops before you get to the party/brunch/potluck (Anne highly recommends eating one or two for quality control purposes). 

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Cooking & Crafting 2013 – Hanukkah Eats

Latkes & root vegetables dinnerWhile many people are preparing for Thanksgiving this week, others are ready to celebrate Hanukkah, which starts this Wednesday. To celebrate, Anne made Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Latkes and Cider-Glazed Root Vegetables from THE NEW JEWISH TABLE by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray to share with all of you.

Enjoy! And don't forget that you can enter to win a copy of THE NEW JEWISH TABLE and other cooking and crafting books (see details after the recipes).

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2013 Cooking & Crafting Series + FREE Books for your Library!

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November and December bring some of our favorite holidays. While we like to focus on giving you great news about our books, awards, conference information, and all things cuddly and small, we also think it's the perfect time to share our cooking and craft books with you. 

Periodically throughout November and December, we'll feature a recipe or a craft from one of our many titles, in the hope that you might find it useful to share with your patrons, or get ideas for yourself, whether you're entertaining, hosting, or gift-giving. 

One other delightful bonus: FREE BOOKS! Just in time for the December holidays, we'll be giving away two bundles of cookbooks and craft books featured in the posts to a pair of lucky winners!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Cooking & Crafts) and your library’s mailing address. Submit your entry by Sunday, December 16th to be placed in the random drawing. (Make sure to check the rules & regulations after the recipe.)

UPDATE 12/16: Congratulations to our winners, Sarah Bourg of Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero, IN and Pam Aghababian of Ashland Public Library in Ashland, MA!

white bean & sausage casseroleOur first featured recipe is from KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion. 

Anne was happy to fire up the oven in her kitchen on a cold Sunday to cook this Sausage and White Bean Gratin casserole made with sausage (duh), white beans (double duh), spinach, wine (mmm!), and a butter/breadcrumb topping (double mmm!). 

Click here to download a PDF of the Sausage and White Bean Gratin recipe.

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