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Kitchen Hacks by America’s Test Kitchen

If any of you are familiar with the Cook’s Illustrated and/or Cook’s Country magazines you will be familiar with the shortcuts and tips in every issue.  America’s Test Kitchen has now put together hundreds of these for their book Kitchen Hacks.  Some tips are things I would never have thought of, some are ones I [...]

Meathead: the Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn

Just in time for the grilling season Meathead Goldwyn ( has come out with Meathead: the Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling.  I always like science mixed in with my cookbooks (which is why I love America’s Test Kitchen books and magazines) because there are a lot of beliefs out there related to baking and [...]

Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

“There’s a fire and a fury raging in that little woman and scorching her heart,” author William Makepeace Thackeray observed of Charlotte Brontë. “She has a story and a great grief that has gone badly with her.” Bronte did have a sad life, albeit one of magnificent creativity. Losing her mother in childhood and all [...]

How to Eat in the Woods by Bradford Angier

How to eat in the woods : a complete guide to foraging, trapping, fishing, and finding sustenance in the wild by Bradford Angier is one of the best survival guides I’ve ever read.  This is not a book about what is edible to add to your salad from the forest or how to live in an [...]

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders

Eli Sanders’ While the City Slept is a riveting account of rape and murder committed by a mentally ill man in Seattle,WA.  Sanders won the Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper reporting of the crime and he does an excellent job with his descriptions and histories of the victims, the criminal, and most of all the [...]

Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett

Do you have issues with your feet?  I do not but I try to read any running books I come across and Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett is one of the best books I have ever read about preventing/fixing  running injuries and in reality, any nagging foot problems.   He is a physiotherapist who [...]

The Tudors : The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty by G. J. Meyer

The Tudors : The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty is what I believe they call “history for the general reader.”  The book reads as if it were fiction, but it’s chock full of facts and stories on each member of the Tudor dynasty starting with Henry VII and ending with Elizabeth I. I [...]

In the Evil Day by Richard Adams Carey

If you are despondent about all the bad publicity you’ve seen this year about police officers, read In the Evil Day by Richard Adams Carey and you will be reminded of the thousands and thousands of officers who protect and serve us every day and what would happen to you and I if they were [...]

Van Halen Rising by Greg Renoff

When I grew up in the 1980s, I didn’t like dance/pop music like Prince and Madonna I liked music like Motley Crue and Van Halen.  Every guy I knew wanted to play guitar like Eddie Van Halen.  Unfortunately, they also wanted to do a lot of other things and as Greg Renoff’s new book Van [...]

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

Rosemary Kennedy (1918-2005) eldest daughter of Joseph P. & Rose, spent her life paying for the mistakes of others, starting with a birth botched by an attendant that resulted in intellectual disability, and later a fateful decision by her father to use experimental surgery to “correct” his eldest daughter’s unpredictable mood swings and behavior.  The [...]

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