|June 2017 Staff Reviews, Readings, Cookbooks, and More!
We hope you enjoy these new additions to our Staff Favorites table. Plus, we offer a few Father's Day gift ideas. Also, check out the great author readings coming up and see our roundup of the latest books from our Cooking section.
New Staff Reviews
|Here are three new Staff Picks for you to peruse:
by Timothy Snyder
reviewed by Sandy
Tyranny: cruel and unfair treatment by people with power over others; arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. In this pocket-sized book, Mr. Snyder, a European historian, describes the fall from democracy in Europe in the 1920s and '30s and '40s. Soon fascism, Nazism, communism, and totalitarianism were the rule. He asks the reader to consider history when one's own political order seems imperiled. In twenty short chapters, the author addresses instances occurring today in America such as bullying, attacking free speech and the press, interference with democratic elections, lying officials, cover-ups by the government, and much more. He offers suggestions for individuals to combat attempts at control. Citizens need to read and study and think and speak out. Support service organizations with donations or by volunteering time. Subscribe to reputable publications. Run for office. Be heard. And, yes, even march. This little gem of a book speaks to all Americans who value democracy.
by Nathan Hill
reviewed by Matt
Rarely have I read a book which immersed me so convincingly in so many different people's lives. Part of the convincing-ness has to do with the details--often unlikely--which paint each scene. It begins with a seemingly-random attack on a political candidate and continues with an uninspired college professor who distracts himself by playing an immersive video game. The novel examines the tenuous connection between these two events. From there, the story opens up widely into an inter-generational saga that delves into particular periods of recent American history. I loved this book and I was sad to say goodbye when I finished the last page.
by Anthony Horowitz
reviewed by Sharon
In his latest novel, Horowitz cleverly pays homage to the classic murder mystery. The latest (and final) installation of the Detective Atticus Pund novels has been written, and we meet editor Susan Ryeland as she sits down to read it over. The manuscript takes place in a small English village in the 1950s and has all the makings of a classic Agatha Christie novel. As we read along with her, Susan is dismayed to discover that the final chapters (along with the solution to the mystery) are missing. The intrigue deepens when she finds out that Alan Conway, the author of the series, has turned up dead. As she searches for the final pages of the unpublished novel she begins to suspect that there may be foul play involved... and that the key to what really happened to Alan Conway may lie within the pages of his last book. This mystery-within-a-mystery is a double delight for anyone who loves a good old fashioned whodunnit!
Readings at Annie Blooms:
Blood for Wine
Wednesday, June 14, 7pm
In the latest Cal Claxton mystery, Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway. Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh's bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than the one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer.
Amish Guys Don't Call
Thursday, June 15, 7pm
Local author Dodds will read from her YA novel, Amish Guys Don't Call. Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year. But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam's new friends can't miss this opportunity to tease and torment her. Sam has never really come to terms with her parents' divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach's apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?
Edge of Morning
Monday, June 19, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes Jacqueline Keeler, editor of the book Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears. In support of tribal efforts to protect the Bears Ears, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of this sacred landscape in America's remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears.
Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer
Notable Women of Portland
Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
Local writers Dr. Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer will read from their book, Notable Women of Portland. The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. This book offers a reframing of Portland's history. Many women made their mark and radically changed the Oregon frontier, including Native Americans Polly Johnson and Josette Nouette; pioneers Minerva Carter and Charlotte Terwilliger; doctors Marie Equi, Mary Priscilla Avery Sawtelle, and Bethina Owens-Adair; artists Eliza Barchus and Lily E. White; suffragists Abigail Scott Duniway, Hattie Redmond, and Eva Emery Dye; lawyer Mary Gysin Leonard; Air Force pilot Hazel Ying Lee; politicians Barbara Roberts and Margaret Carter; and authors Frances Fuller Victor, Beverly Cleary, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Ursula Le Guin, and Jean Auel. These women, along with groups of women such as "Wendy the Welders," made Portland what it is today.
New in Cooking
by Samin Nosrat
In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat has taught everyone from professional chefs to middle school kids to author Michael Pollan to cook using her revolutionary, yet simple, philosophy. Master the use of just four elements--Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food--and anything you cook will be delicious. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time.
Dishing Up the Dirt
by Andrea Bemis
For the author, who owns and runs a six-acre organic farm with her husband outside of Portland, Oregon, dinners are inspired by what is grown in the soil and picked by hand. In Dishing Up the Dirt, Andrea offers 100 authentic farm-to-table recipes, arranged by season. Andrea's recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods--incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. While many recipes are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian, many others include elemental ingredients like bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and sweeteners, which are incorporated in new and inventive ways. With stunning food photography as well as intimate portraits of farm life, Dishing Up the Dirt allows anyone to be a seasonal foodie and an armchair farmer.
Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice
by Jessica Seinfeld
This cookbook offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for something more indulgent. The first half of the book, "Virtue," provides recipes for your controlled side, while the other half, "Vice," is for when you need to feel the wind in your hair. All of it is meant to be enjoyed equally in this fun something-for-everyone collection. So whether you're a home cook looking for new inspiration, a big eater who is ready to party, or a human who might be occupied with watching your waist, you will find what you are looking for in Food Swings. Those who are eating gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, or almost-vegan, you have come to the right place.
by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey
The authors of the best-selling Fermented Vegetables are back, and this time they've brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za'atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habanero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrees, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments.
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
by Joshua McFadden
Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ava Gene's in Portland, Oregon, is a vegetable whisperer. In Six Seasons, he channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons--an arc from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and, finally, the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat--grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautes, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.