This Week's Best New Books

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When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss

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When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss

by Jessica Wilbanks

When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss

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Jessica Wilbanks's early life in rural Maryland was dominated by her family's Pentecostal faith. Each week, she spent hours at church with her parents and brothers, taking careful notes on the pastor's rambling sermons and praying for the Holy Spirit to bless her with the gift of tongues: the ability to speak in an unintelligible "prayer language" known only to God. But even after being baptized, playing an angel in the annual live Nativity scene and countless hours of diligently studying the Bible, ... [ Read More » ]

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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

by Max Hastings

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

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Prominent journalist Max Hastings, author of numerous works of history, including Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, takes on perhaps his most ambitious project yet with the nearly 800-page Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975. The war in Vietnam--and the associated wars in Laos and Cambodia--has generated an enormous body of literature, yet Hastings seeks to distinguish his history by delivering a more balanced account of the pain and suffering inflicted on the Vietnamese people. Hastings notes ... [ Read More » ]

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No Quarter

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No Quarter

by John Jantunen

No Quarter

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In Tildon, Ontario, a prime vacation spot for Canada's wealthy, a businessman is discovered dead inside a flaming car. Following this horrific act, Deacon Riis, the town's only journalist, finds himself at the center of a strange conspiracy literally to light the town on fire. As other members of the town are caught up in the increasing violence and depravity, Deacon discovers that the acts are all linked to the writings of his foster father, a man whose novels depicted humanity at its most disturbed.  ... [ Read More » ]

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Monument: Poems New and Selected

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Monument: Poems New and Selected

by Natasha Trethewey

Monument: Poems New and Selected

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Natasha Trethewey's collection of new and selected poems, Monument, offers a hefty cross-section of the poet's wide-ranging and important work.                                       

The book's six sections pull from previous collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard. Trethewey is a biracial ... [ Read More » ]

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Little Bear Dreams

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Little Bear Dreams

by Paul Schmid

Little Bear Dreams

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"Of what do little bears dream? Bright snowflakes, perhaps... or dark starry nights." The first double-page spread of Little Bear Dreams shows the titular little bear astride a parent, tongue out, trying to catch one of the intricately shaped snowflakes falling around the pair. With the page turn, the reader is shown a vast sky sprinkled with shining stars, the little bear's nose peeking out from behind the big bear. Of what else does a little bear dream? Well, "[h]ot chocolate... cold pizza," "straight ... [ Read More » ]

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Forever and a Day

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Forever and a Day

by Anthony Horowitz

Forever and a Day

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Marseilles, 1950: a British secret agent, the original 007, is found dead, killed by three bullets while investigating the activities of Corsican drug lords. His newly minted successor, James Bond, takes both the number and the responsibility of solving his murder. Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (The Word Is Murder; The Magpie Murders) vividly imagines Bond's inaugural assignment, complete with a mysterious woman and enigmatic associates, in his second Bond novel, Forever and a Day.

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Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

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Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

by Phoebe Robinson

Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

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The title of comedian Phoebe Robinson's second book of essays may sound glib, but she means it seriously: Everything's Trash, but It's Okay. According to Robinson (You Can't Touch My Hair), everyone--nuns, parents, celebrities and the author herself--has ridiculous moments. And between climate change, battles for human rights, the resurgence of neo-Nazis and much more, the problems in the world can feel overwhelming. But, Robinson says, recognizing that everything is trash allows us to see ourselves ... [ Read More » ]

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Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

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Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

by Christine S. O'Brien

Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

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Christine O'Brien grew up learning to distrust her body, her desires and her pain. She and her four siblings were beautiful, affluent children in Manhattan, with miserable and often frightening parents. Their father was a successful TV executive and film producer who swung between affection, neglect and rage. Their mother was a Miss America finalist who suffered terrible childhood accidents and never felt entirely well again. The strain of her bad health and failing marriage led her to search for ... [ Read More » ]

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Bitter Orange

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Bitter Orange

by Claire Fuller

Bitter Orange

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Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller's follow-up to Swimming Lessons (2017), details the life of a woman obsessed with the young couple she lives above. It's 1969, and for the first time, Frances is leading a life independent of her mother. She's come to Lyntons, an old British country house, to study the gardens, but is distracted by Peter and Cara, who seem to be just as infatuated with her as she is with them. The three drink, eat and lounge the summer away together, but soon their relationships turn ... [ Read More » ]

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What to Eat & How to Eat It: 99 Super Ingredients for a Healthy Life

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What to Eat & How to Eat It: 99 Super Ingredients for a Healthy Life

by Renée Elliott

What to Eat & How to Eat It: 99 Super Ingredients for a Healthy Life

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Renée Elliott, founder of the U.K.'s first organic supermarket, Planet Organic, has compiled a nutrition encyclopedia and cookbook, What to Eat & How to Eat It.

The collection is organized by ingredient, and each gets at least a full page, sometimes two, featuring Benefits, Ways to Eat and How to Use sections. Most include one or two recipes, sometimes accompanied by a color photo. Recipes range from the basic, like roasted squash, sautéed greens or guacamole, to the more intricate, ... [ Read More » ]

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Tahini & Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics--Made Irresistibly Vegan

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Tahini & Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics--Made Irresistibly Vegan

by Vicky Cohen, Ruth Fox

Tahini & Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics--Made Irresistibly Vegan

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Food often elicits memories of delicious meals with loved ones. For sisters Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox, bloggers at May I Have That Recipe?, growing up in a Jewish-Lebanese home in Barcelona meant gathering around an abundant table of Middle Eastern dishes. In Tahini & Turmeric, the sisters adapt the traditional cuisine of their childhood to satisfy modern dietary preferences while continuing to honor their vibrant culture. All recipes are vegan, and many can be easily made gluten-free.

Cohen and ... [ Read More » ]

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Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes

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Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes

by Ashley English

Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes

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Ashley English is a food writer and active member of Slow Food USA. She grew up in the southern mountains of Virginia, and returned to the food traditions of her childhood after years of restrictive "healthy" diets. "Reintroducing whole foods... and having profound positive changes in my health, made me realize that it wasn't Southern foods that had caused my family so much trouble. Instead it was the processed foods that had weaseled their way in." Southern from Scratch is full of recipes that are ... [ Read More » ]

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Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

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Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

by Todd Richards

Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

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"This is my sermon about my Soul food," writes Todd Richards in Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes, a collection richly evocative of Southern ethos and its myriad, complicated legacies.

Richards embraces tradition with a twist, creatively remixing Soul food staples. He organizes chapters by star ingredient, such as collards, berries or seafood. Standouts from among these include Collard Green Ramen; Pickled Strawberry Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, Black Pepper Crème Fraiche ... [ Read More » ]

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Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking Techniques. Compelling Voices. One-of-a-Kind Recipes.

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Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking Techniques. Compelling Voices. One-of-a-Kind Recipes.

by America's Test Kitchen

Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking Techniques. Compelling Voices. One-of-a-Kind Recipes.

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Cook's Illustrated is known for innovative techniques and exhaustively tested recipes for popular dishes such as pot roast, chocolate cake, pad thai and soft-cooked eggs. Revolutionary Recipes is a 25th-anniversary cookbook that includes an excellent selection of foundation recipes. Each is introduced by the story of how the author arrived at it, and why alternatives didn't work as well. Advice on tools and selection of ingredients is scattered throughout. The chapter on breakfast foods includes ... [ Read More » ]

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Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

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Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

by Cathy Barrow

Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

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Slab pies, made in rectangular pans rather than round, are "easily transportable and easy to portion out." In Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies by food writer and cooking teacher Cathy Barrow, cooks will find more than 30 savory pies, like Asparagus, Fontina, and Pancetta and The Reuben. More than 30 "Sweetie Pies," such as Peach Melba and Raspberry Rugelach, are equally tempting. Recipes are clearly written and organized, and come with color photographs. Barrow's tips on ... [ Read More » ]

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Modern Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Everything in Between

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Modern Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Everything in Between

by Donna Hay

Modern Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Everything in Between

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Australian celebrity chef Donna Hay's Modern Baking is beautiful as a coffee-table book while useful enough to be a home baker's go-to. There's a gorgeous photo for each of its 250 recipes: cakes, tarts, loafs, candy, ice cream and more. Each chapter is dedicated to a different flavor profile: Chocolate; Caramel, Toffee and Coffee; Sugar and Spice (like cinnamon and maple); Fruit and Berries; and Milk and Cream (like yogurt and ricotta). Within each chapter is a Fresh and Light section, using healthier ... [ Read More » ]

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Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History's Oldest Drink

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Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History's Oldest Drink

by Fred Minnick

Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History's Oldest Drink

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Cocktail writer and beverage expert Fred Minnick's book Mead is a comprehensive guide to the world's oldest alcohol. Mead, or honey wine, is a storied drink of history and literature, with appearances in Beowulf and Queen Elizabeth I's glass. Minnick explains the drink's variants and production in detail, down to the habits of the bees, and offers instructions and suggested materials to brew your own, as well as helpful tips from professionals. He explores how mead has been imbibed around the world ... [ Read More » ]

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The Little Library Cookbook: 100 Recipes from Your Favorite Books

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The Little Library Cookbook: 100 Recipes from Your Favorite Books

by Kate Young, illus. by Lean Timms

The Little Library Cookbook: 100 Recipes from Your Favorite Books

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London food writer Kate Young, whose blog The Little Library Cafe won the 2017 Guild of Food Writers award for Best Food Blog, brings avid readers and kitchen aficionados a cookbook with literary flair.

Anyone who has read The Hobbit and wished for cakes, or lingered over Daphne du Maurier's description of crumpets will appreciate Young's modus operandi of offering recipes and reflections inspired by passages from her favorite books. Divided into chapters by the most appropriate time of day ... [ Read More » ]

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Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook

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Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook

by Joyce Goldstein

Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook

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A former Chez Panisse chef and retired owner of the renowned San Francisco restaurant Square One, Joyce Goldstein has been "putting up preserves" since the 1960s, committed to "the beautiful tension between sweetness and acidity" and distinctive flavors. In Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook, Goldstein presents more than 100 fruit recipes. Arranged by seasons, from strawberry jam to pumpkin butter, this beautifully photographed cookbook is both inspiring and pragmatic.

Introductory sections ... [ Read More » ]

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Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

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Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

by Steven Cook, Michael Solomonov

Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

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In Israeli Soul, the pair behind the restaurant Zahav (and cookbook of the same name) explore the classic dishes that form the soul of Israeli food. Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook offer recipes and step-by-step instructions for home cooks interested in preparing classic Israeli dishes, as well as commentary on the history of those dishes and variations on traditional recipes. Interjected throughout are stories and photographs of the pair's travels in Israel and highlights of their favorite food ... [ Read More » ]

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Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It

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Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It

by Jess Pryles

Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It

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Jess Pryles, cofounder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance, showcases her expertise in Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It. In section one, "Forequarter," she discusses different meat cuts and how properly to prepare them. Pryles notes that cooking the perfect piece of meat is dependent upon a number of factors: "If temperature has the most significant influence on meat, without a doubt salt is a close runner up." This leads into the second and larger part, "Hindquarter," which offers ... [ Read More » ]

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Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan

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Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan

by Bettina Campolucci Bordi

Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan

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Bettina Campolucci Bordi has developed more than 80 recipes that are vegan, gluten-free and easy to make and, despite these dauntingly narrow parameters, the London food blogger delivers with panache. "Ingredients make me excited and happy and I hope that this eclectic collection will put a smile on your faces, too." It may be tempting to conclude that recipe titles like "Bright Healing Turmeric Porridge and Warm Berries" and "My Mother's Comforting Bean Soup" are campaigning too hard for Bordi's ... [ Read More » ]

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The Curry Guy: Recreate over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home

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The Curry Guy: Recreate over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home

by Dan Toombs

The Curry Guy: Recreate over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home

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California native Dan Toombs didn't try Indian food until he was 22 and living in Great Britain. Once he did, he was hooked. With The Curry Guy: Recreate over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home, Toombs--a food blogger and curry devotee--brings recipes from curry houses to kitchens at home.

Toombs frames his recipes for speed and consistency, featuring popular restaurant dishes like Samosas, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo and Aloo Gobi. His extensive research reflects his respect ... [ Read More » ]

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The Bread Collection: Recipes for Baking Artisan Bread at Home

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The Bread Collection: Recipes for Baking Artisan Bread at Home

by Brian Hart Hoffman

The Bread Collection: Recipes for Baking Artisan Bread at Home

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Despite its appeal, bread baking can intimidate even those who are comfortable in the kitchen: so many factors, so many recipes to choose from. Brian Hart Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Bake from Scratch magazine, has assembled a mouthwatering batch of classic and innovative bread recipes in his first cookbook, The Bread Collection.

Each of the book's four sections--quick, twist, yeast and pull-apart--has its own stars, such as a recipe for strawberry balsamic muffins or a gorgeous Nutella crunch braid ... [ Read More » ]

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