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   In this episode of the entertraining Books of the Year podcast, Simon Mayo and Matt Williams ask Lee Child about his legendary coffee consumption, at my request. 

@booksoftheyear, @simonmayo

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Malcolm Gladwell digs deep into the one song Elvis Presley couldn't consistently sing, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" This episode is a gripping, utterly fascinating discussion of how Elvis recorded, sang live, and interpreted his life through music. @Gladwell

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New Summer Cookbooks

The Paleo Approach Cookbook - A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul by Sarah Ballantyne

Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker

Summer Food: New Summer Classics by Paul Lowe, Nine Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley

Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

Summertime is when cookbooks unexpectedly turn up, to my delight. Produce is plentiful and fresh, farmer’s markets are booming - even with nice weather, some time in the kitchen is necessary.

Extra Virgin, co-authored by the hosts of the Cooking Channel TV show of the same name, is a feast for the senses. I quickly fall in love with lush, beautifully-photographed and designed Italian cookbooks, and Extra Virgin is no exception. Take it from this “I don’t eat bread or pasta” lover of food - there are recipes in here I’m anxious to follow so I can see if reality matches up to my imagination. I keep getting stuck on page 148 and the Roast Pig; the entire risotto chapter catches my imagination every time I go into the book. I predict wine and food spatters on these pages in the fall! (Clarkson Potter)

Summer Food appeals to me due to the simple charm of the author’s storytelling and their nostalgia for passed-down family food lore. How the contents were arrived at must be a chapter in and of itself, but they nailed it. Whether crab & corn cakes, or a simple burger, Summer Food is a book I’ll keep handy and use the remainder of this season. Depending upon where you live, you may find this book useful much of the year, but I see plenty of midwestern deck time ahead with these simple, elegant recipes. (Weldon Owen)

Against the Grain: Meals Made Simple is Danielle Walker’s sense of organization, no-waste, good taste, and grief therapy coupled into one amazing work. Her “morph meals,” using leftovers from one meal as the base of another, typifies my life in the kitchen. This is how I live; I used to think everyone did. How nice to see this as an integral element of a cookbook. Realistic meal plans not based upon access to Whole Foods, grocery shopping lists, and a host of easy-to imagine and follow recipes, (gluten and dairy-free, all Paleo) ensure you can integrate these recipes and food ideas easily into your life. (Victory Belt)

The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul is more than a traditional Paleo cookbook. Author Sarah Ballantyne is an experienced Paleo cook and writer; with this companion to her The Paleo Approach she’s working to create a template for Paleo living in and out of the kitchen. Consider this volume to be as much a resource (shopping, Fodmap alerts, meal plans, and over 100 pages of basic research and near-encyclopedic Paleo information) as it is a cookbook. For most Paleo people, or those who appreciate the Paleo attitude, this is a winner. (Victory Belt)

#mealsmadesimple, @VictoryBeltInc, @WeldonOwen, 

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