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The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

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Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows by Zac Unger
Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows

Vanessa Vichitvadakan, March 19, 2013

This is a well-written and humorous account not just of a family's adventure moving from urban Oakland, California for an extended field trip into the wilds of Manitoba but it's also a story of an environmentalist learning first-hand about climate science in ways eye-opening and surprising. The information is important and serious; the story, which is part travel memoir and part science journal, is really entertaining. Unger is very much worth the read!
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Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal by Chris Cosentino
Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal

vanessa vichitvadakan, November 6, 2012

With gorgeous photography and even more gorgeous recipes, Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal will inspire you to look at first courses from a seasonal, flavorful angle. Of course there are favas in spring and persimmons in fall, but cured meats-- what is closest to Cosentino's heart-- are delicious year-round and get a section all their own in this book. Learn how to build a cheese course, make a nocino (Italian walnut liqueur) vinaigrette, and see how anchovies give so many dishes a subtle boost. Some of the ingredients might not be sitting right in your pantry (unless you're flush with black truffles), but you will be as eager as I was to get your hands on them and recreate some of the tantalizing recipes yourself.
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Joshua Dread (Joshua Dread) by Lee Bacon
Joshua Dread (Joshua Dread)

Vanessa Vichitvadakan, October 18, 2012

Joshua Dread might be aimed at young readers, but it's a great read for grown ups as well. As the voice of Joshua Dread, Lee Bacon is genuinely witty and entertaining, capturing all the angst and, well, dread, of being a kid whose parents are supervillains bent on destroying the world. It's a fantastic first novel that's hard to put down, and the sequel can't come fast enough for me!
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The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual by Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo and Peter Meehan
The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual

vanessa vichitvadakan, January 28, 2012

I snuggle up with cookbooks the same way I snuggle up with novels and read them cover to cover, lingering on particular passages and savoring the temporary escape. This is one of the more gratifying cookbook reads in recent memory-- the recipes are woven with stories of the authors' family tables, wonderful illustrations, and practical cooking advice. The writing is personal and warm; the recipes are detailed but accessible. And in that same way I often feel when I come to the end of a novel I love, I didn't want this book to end.
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Menu Design in America by Steven Heller
Menu Design in America

vanessa vichitvadakan, October 27, 2011

This book is dreamy. It transports me to other eras and into local cultures, allowing me to snoop in on my favorite common denomintor amongst humans: food. The menus are as good as getting lost in a novel. From drive-ins to fine dining, I'm intrigued by the amazing variations in menu design, but I'm equally intrigued by how many similarities they all have. This book is one to be savored page by page.
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