Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Beginning: Cocktails for Book Lovers



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



Growing up in England, I was obsessed with Virginia Woolf – her luminous prose, her melancholy brilliance – and the glamorous image of the Bloomsbury set, a famous group of London intellectuals and writers in the early 1900s.

Book Girl's Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern, published by sourcebooks. I love books. I love cocktails. Perfect!

Cocktails for Book Lovers offers 50 recipes straight from the pages of, or at least suggested by, famous authors and their books. The recipes range from classics, like William Faulkner's favorite Mint Julep, to the imaginative, like a "Sherry Alexander" inspired by Thrity Umrigar.

And on top of all that, the publisher is hosting some fun giveaways:







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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Jam Today Too




The day after my dinner party featuring that unctuous oxtail stew, I was in the mood for something a little simpler and more modest in scope. That’s the time when I think about an omelet.

-- Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not be Catered by Tod Davies, published by Exterminating Angel Press.

This is the second book of food and cooking essays by Tod Davies, following, Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got. Reading Jam Today Too feels like sitting at the kitchen counter with a glass of wine, talking with your best friend while she cooks dinner for just the two of you. I must go back and read the first volume!




Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.






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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mailbox Monday: Cocktails for Book Lovers


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

One terrific book in my house last week:



Book Girl's Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern, published by sourcebooks. This is as fun as it looks, with cocktail recipes straight from, or inspired by, authors and their books.

Cocktails for Book Lovers is on a blog tour this month. Look for other posts with this badge and join in the fun:



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Beginning: Jam Today Too



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



I’m still cooking, and thinking about what I and my loved ones like to eat, still keeping a diary of what I got and what I do with it. 

-- From the author’s Foreword to Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not be Catered by Tod Davies, published by Exterminating Angel Press.

I never thought I would see the day that I would hate to cook. 

-- From chapter 1, "Food for Disasters."

This is the second book in Tod Davies' series of food and cooking essay collections, following, Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got.

Jam Today Too is a fantastic collection of essays on what to eat, why to eat it, and how to make it.  Davies deserves a spot right up there in the food writer Pantheon with MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, and Jim Harrison.  In chatty style, Davies offers recipes along with anecdotes about when she made the dishes, including recreating childhood favorites, cooking for grieving friends, cooking in an RV after her house flooded, and cooking solo meals.  Reading Jam Today Too feels like sitting at the kitchen counter with a glass of wine, talking with your best friend while she cooks dinner for just the two of you.







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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teaser Tuesday Two-fer: Dead Float & Scene of the Climb



I heard a distant voice, then felt two strong hands pull me out of the water and up a steep bank. I remember wondering where the knife was going to go – into my chest or across my throat?

-- Dead Float by Warren C. Easley.

This is the second in an exciting new series from Poisoned Pen Press, featuring lawyer and amateur sleuth Cal Claxton. Claxton moved to Oregon from LA to set up a small practice in wine country. Here, a guided fishing trip down the Deschutes River Canyon leads to murder and Cal is up to his waders in it.



He held a finger to his lips to silence me and pushed me to my knees with his other hand. Carefully he drew his binoculars out and scanned the area where the bushes had been disturbed.

-- Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley, who has several upcoming book events scheduled around Oregon and in California.

This new series features freelance outdoor writer Meg Reed, who exaggerated her enthusiasm for outdoor adventures to get a job with Northwest Extreme magazine. When Meg sees a body falling past her as she climbs to the top of a 2000-foot peak, she knows she has more than blisters and sunburn to worry about.

Scene of the Climb even includes a short appendix at the back with travel and hiking ideas for a trip to the Columbia River Gorge.

The two together would make for a great summer weekend!


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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