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Great Reviews for Growing a Feast by Kurt Timmermeister

November 13, 2013

Kurt Timmermeister's forthcoming book Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal (W.W. Norton, Jan 2014) is harvesting some excellent advance praise:

Verdict: Timmermeister has created a feast not just for his dinner guests but for his readers as well. Fans of food and of farm memoirs who have the patience for this journey are in for a treat. --Library Journal

At the end of summer, Timmermeister (Growing a Farmer, 2011) presides over a luscious feast for 20 guests at his 13-acre dairy farm on Vashon Island, Washington. In this beautifully written book, the former restaurateur details the long labor of love behind the feast that began two years earlier with the birth of a calf, Alice...Timmermeister guides the reader through the seasons and the rhythms of planting and harvesting, conveying the visual, aural, and tactile pleasure of growing food. Joining him in his enterprise are a host of food-conscious characters, from Leda, who trades seeds for cheese, to Bill, whose large, thin-skinned tomatoes will find their way into a cake. A delight for foodies, this astonishing book includes recipes for the feast dishes. --Booklist




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Cinthia Ritchie's Dolls Behaving Badly Grab a Great Review from Booklist

January 9, 2013

Fresh in: a great Booklist write-up for Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie (Grand Central, Feb 5):

An out-of-the-ordinary setting and cast of characters are the backbone of Ritchie’s compelling debut novel. Divorced mom Carla lives in an Anchorage trailer park with her precocious eight-year-old son; waitresses at a Mexican restaurant while mourning her art career; and makes explicit, anatomically correct “dirty” dolls to help pay the bills. She maintains an overinvolved relationship with her chef ex-husband, and, over the course of the book, takes in her teenage babysitter, who was kicked out by her addict mother, and her once-perfect sister, who is now pregnant with a baby that is not her husband’s. When Carla is stressed or wants to show her misfit family love, she turns to her Polish grandmother’s comforting recipes, which are shared in the book, and she spends nights working on a secret series of paintings. Ritchie depicts her characters’ often bleak circumstances with humor and grace, and Carla makes for an atypical but eminently sympathetic heroine.

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Heat scores great Booklist review

November 21, 2012

Bill Streever's second book, Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places (Little, Brown, Jan 2013), scored a great pre-pub review:

"With engaging storytelling skill and deep scientific knowledge, Streever offers a fascinating exploration of one of the basic necessities of everyday life. A detailed notes section is as fascinating as the text."

The full review will be published in the Dec. 1 issue of Booklist.

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