2013 Holiday Catalog, First Friday, and More!


In This Issue:
First Friday
Giving Tree
Holiday Catalog
New in Cooking

First Friday


December 6 is First Friday!

 

We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 

 

Two lucky folks will win the adult prize-- signed Advance Readers Copies of the forthcoming:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky 

by Nancy Horan   

(published January 2014)

 

The kids prize is an autographed copy of:

Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise 

by Susan Blackaby 

Holiday Giving Tree 


Annie Bloom's Books is hosting its annual  Giving Tree book drive this holiday season for children served by several local non-profit organizations:


Community Transitional School

Neighborhood House

Raphael House of Portland

SMART
(Start Making a Reader Today)  

You are invited to stop by the store to make a donation today!    
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Holiday Catalog, First Friday, and More!

The Holiday Catalog is here! Also read about the latest titles in Cooking. And drop by and see on First Friday
The Holiday Catalog
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday Catalog is here! And it's full of great gift-giving selections for all. Come in to browse the books at the front of the store. Below are but a handful of catalog highlights:

Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest
by Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
This lively, practical guide helps readers discover 85 of the region s most extraordinary birds. This is an accessible guide for casual birders, weekend warriors, and families looking for an outdoor experience. Eight easy-going birding weekends, including stops in Puget Sound, the Central Washington wine country, and the Klamath Basin, offer wonderful getaway ideas and make this a must-have guide for locals and visitors alike.

The Kinfolk Table
This cookbook from the creators of Kinfolk magazine features profiles of 45 tastemakers who are cooking and entertaining in a way that is beautiful, uncomplicated, and inexpensive. Each of these home cooks, artisans, bloggers, chefs, writers, bakers, and crafters has provided one to three of the recipes they most love to share with others, whether they be simple breakfasts for two, one-pot dinners for six, or a perfectly composed sandwich for a solo picnic.

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants
by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal
From the author of 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth comes this second collection of over 50 comics. You'll be treated to the hilarity of "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane," "Why Captain Higgins Is My Favorite Parasitic Flatworm," "This Is How I Feel about Buying Apps," "6 Things You Really Don't Need to Take a Photo of," and much more. Along with lambasting the latest culture crazes, Inman serves up recurrent themes such as foodstuffs, holidays, e-mail, as well as technological, news-of-the-day, and his snarky yet informative comics on grammar and usage.
by Ivan Doig
In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. Financial dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda's Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well--the struggle to win lasting love for himself.

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
by Terry Teachout
Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century--and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm. Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington's evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, "All the musicians should get together one certain day and get down on their knees and thank Duke."

Zombie Cribbage
This absurdly fun mash-up reimagines the most popular table-top game of all time as a creepy zombie march with twisted rules and game components for a new generation of players, including a custom-illustrated deck of cards. Points earned through card play send zombies lurching down a cobblestone scoreboard in a race to the finish line. Zombie Cribbage resurrects a great card game for all ages in a package that's as handy on-the-go as it is at home.

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. When she was fifteen, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

by Emily Winfield Martin
Ideal for bed time reading, this book will appeal to parents and children who love Grandfather Twilight and On the Night That You Were Born. Author, illustrator, and creator of The Black Apple Etsy shop, Emily Martin convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be-and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.

New Cookbooks   

Here are some of the best new titles from our Cooking section:  

Toro Bravo
by Liz Crain, John Gorham, and David Reamer
At the heart of Portland's red-hot food scene is Toro Bravo, a Spanish-inspired restaurant whose small plates have attracted a fiercely loyal fan base. This cookbook is an honest look behind the scenes: from chef John Gorham's birth to a teenage mother who struggled with drug addiction, to time spent in his grandfather's crab-shack dance club, to formative visits to Spain, to becoming a father and opening a restaurant. Toro Bravo also includes 95 of the restaurant's recipes, from simple salads to homemade chorizo, along with an array of techniques that will appeal to both the home cook and the most seasoned, forearm-burned chef.

Pok Pok
by Andy Ricker and J.J. Goode
This cookbook is more than just a collection of favorite recipes: it is also a master course in Thai cooking from one of the most passionate and knowledgeable authorities on the subject. Clearly written, impeccably tested recipes teach you how to source ingredients; master fundamental Thai cooking techniques and skills; understand flavor profiles that are unique to Southeast Asian cuisine; and combine various dishes to create show-stopping, well-balanced meals for family and friends. Filled with thoughtful, colorful essays about chef Andy Ricker's travels and experiences, Pok Pok is not only a definitive resource for home cooks, but also a celebration of the rich history, vibrant culture, and unparalleled deliciousness of Thai food.

Le Pigeon
by Gabriel Rucker, Meredith Erickson, and Lauren Fortgang
Serious yet playful, this debut cookbook recounts the ascension of James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker to the top of the Portland food scene and the shift of a modest neighborhood eatery to a must-visit destination. Offal-centric and meat-heavy, but by no means dogmatic, this collection of 125 recipes offers uncommon delicacies like Elk Tongue Stroganoff and Rabbit and Eel Terrine, envelope-pushing twists on classics like Beef Cheeks Bourguinon and Lamb Belly BLT, and surprisingly uncomplicated dishes like Simple Roasted Pigeon, Leek Carbonara, and Pork Tacos.

Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Now available for the first time in an American edition and updated with US measurements throughout, this debut cookbook from the authors of Jerusalem and Plenty features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. The recipes reflect the authors' upbringings in Jerusalem yet also incorporate culinary traditions from California, Italy, and North Africa, among others. Featuring abundant produce and numerous fish and meat dishes, as well as Ottolenghi's famed cakes and breads, Ottolenghi invites you into a world of inventive flavors and fresh, vibrant cooking.

The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook
by Kelly Brozyna
This cookbook features 75 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for the health-conscious chocolate lover. Brozyna, host of the delightful cooking blog, The Spunky Coconut, has created delicious chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both breakfast and dessert. And, using dates and small amounts of the herbal sweetener stevia in these nutrient-dense baked goods, she shows you how to keep the honey and coconut sugar to a minimum. This book also details the components of chocolate--the importance of organic and fair trade chocolate, frequently asked questions about chocolate, and a side-by-side comparison of store-bought dark chocolate bars.