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Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane Butters

I do not see how anyone could flip through Mary Jane Butters’ new book Milk Cow Kitchen: “cow” girl romance, cheese recipes, farmstyle recipes, backyard cow keeping and not want to own cows – those big brown eyes!  Chock full of pictures, diagrams, recipes, stories, and advice, this is one of the best farm animal [...]

Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey By Frances Wilson

Despite being a school dropout, a lifelong deadbeat and drug addict, Thomas De Quincey was also an influential writer and critic ahead of his time.  He was a personal friend of several of the English Romantic poets and author Frances Wilson displays a deft understanding and descriptive style in recounting his virtues, his failings, and [...]

The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks

I encourage anyone with a rural background or a longing for the rural life to read The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks.  It’s actually a combination of reading and viewing the beautiful photographs of sheep and the Lake District in England where some families have been shepherds for centuries .  Rebanks explains the shepherd’s dialect, [...]

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Ghost stories “reveal the contours of our anxieties, the nature of our collective fears and desires, the things we can’t talk about in any other way.”  What do accounts of haunting, local legends and eerie tales tell us about our surroundings, our history, and ourselves?  How do stories of haunted places help us to make [...]

Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence

If breakfast is your favorite meal, the cookbook Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence is for you.  Currence owns several restaurants in Mississippi (including Big Bad Breakfast) and was on Top Chef Masters.  This book makes me almost want to make road trip to Mississippi – everything looks so delicious (sausage cinnamon rolls)!  I love [...]

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 [...]

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