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Back in January I thought 2013 was going to be tough to beat in terms of great YA but here it is, mid-November, and I just got over the trama of having to narrow down my favorites to a list... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Award-winning author/illustrators Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky recently teamed up to create an unusual pairing of rare vintage photos and verse in the highly original alphabet book. Alphabetabum. The antique photos of children accompanying each letter are a mirror into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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The Pollan family is expanding a presence in our kitchens that began with Michael Pollan’s ground-breaking book, The Omnivore's Dilmena. Now it's the Pollan ladies, matriarch Corky and three sisters Lori, Dana, and Tracy, in the spotlight with The Pollan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Thug Kitchen is a gust of profanity-soaked fresh air in the cookbook universe of late. The subtitle, "Eat Like You Give a F*ck" is your warning light--if swearing bothers you, don't even open the cover. For those who couldn't care... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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I love Halloween for many reasons (the candy, the costumes, the candy...) but particularly for how much fun it is for little ones. Besides putting up spider webs and skeletons, or carving this year's pumpkins, Halloween is a great time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Jim Gaffigan has been making us laugh for years, both as a top performing stand-up comedian and the author of last year's best-seller, Dad Is Fat. On stage, Gaffigan freely shares his thoughts, obsessions, and observations of food and food... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about. Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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From his work on The Office we already know B.J. Novak is funny, and we had a great time reading his book, One More Thing earlier this year. It was when he came to our office for that book that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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According to Wikipedia, tailgating "often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food." What's not to love about that kind of pre-game kick-off? The art of the tailgate just keeps getting better and that includes the food and drink. Don't get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Today marks the release of The Blood of Olympus, the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. It's hard to believe the second Percy Jackson series has come to an end, but in true Riordan fashion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Call me a skeptic, but when I hear the words "light on calories, big on flavor" I'm generally doubtful. In the case of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, however, author Gina Homolka is absolutely right. I made the Cajun Chicken Pasta on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Earlier this year, when I found out I was going to interview Jane Lynch during Book Expo America, I kind of got heart palpatations. I love her in films, particularly Best in Show, saw her play Miss Hannigan in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Since her debut novel, Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver has established herself as a beloved author of young adult novels, most recently with Panic, one of our Best YA Books of the Month (March 2014). Oliver has also successfully ventured... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced. Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Two of my favorite kids' books this month (both on our Best Children's Books of September list) are Jennifer Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish and Esther Ehrlich's Nest. They are very different stories, but have strong family relationships and spunky main... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Good guacamole can be the entire reason for going to a particular restaurant, but there is also a lot of mediocre guac out there--especially at my house... I've tried the package of guacamole seasoning from the grocery store. So wrong.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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School started in our district this week and while I'm excited for all the new things my daughter will be learning, I'm less enthusiastic about the return of the daily lunch packing chore. And let me just say that there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Labor Day weekend is always a bit of a double-edged sword--it's a nice long weekend to relax and eat lots of barbeque but the end of it means that it's actually September and the start of fall. Already. Here in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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I don't watch a lot of T.V. but Top Chef is one of my must-watch shows and when Top Chef: Desserts was on, I was equally obsessed because I have a serious sweet tooth. Case in point, it's 9 in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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I have a crafty spirit but if I'm REALLY going to make something it better have simple instructions and require a minimum of easy-to-find supplies. This is why I love Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman's book, A Beautiful Mess Happy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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My family jokes that I can make always make somethin' out of nothin' in the kitchen, but what I usually come up with is pretty pedestrian. Peggy Wang's Amazing Food Hacks is going to make me look like a kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to sit down with two delightful YA authors to talk books. Chris Weitz, best known for his work in film including the movie adaptations of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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When I heard the premise of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone I was intrigued. I figured it would be really good or really bad with not much wiggle room in between. So I sat down to read a chapter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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The Maze Runner movie is coming out next month (in theaters 9/19) and I'm already bugging the publisher to see if there are going to be any early screenings here in Seattle. From the trailers I've seen, and early buzz,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Omnivoracious
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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods releases next week (8/19) and this Best Book of August is a look at Greek mythology as only the demigod Percy Jackson can do. We already know author Rick Riordan is an avid mythology reader but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Omnivoracious