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Cheese, Wine, Bread: Katie Quinn recipes for great food and answers to what we consume

Let us tell you about Katie Quinn:  She always considered herself a foodie, but it was a serious accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury that caused her to look at food—and ultimately her entire life—in a different way. As Katie voraciously consumed food to heal, her curiosity around food itself grew. She found herself wanting to know more about the role food plays in our identity, our interactions and our traditions and soon decided to turn on the camera and record some videos about its process (videos which later blossomed into her YouTube channel and new career path; YouTuber).

And, of course, there’s the book.  In Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France (Simon & Schuster, $29.99), Katie takes readers on an incredible tour to share stories, delicious recipes, and the science behind everyone’s three fermented favorites.  The book will be released April 27, 2021. FYI: harpercollins.com/products/cheese-wine-and-bread-katie-quinn?variant=32205005914146

Fermentation was the common link between cheese, wine and bread (aka “the trio of life’s essence”) and Katie  knew she had to learn more about these delicious foods. When she recovered, Katie spent months as an apprentice with some of Europe’s most acclaimed experts to study the art and science of the process.

Cheese, Wine, and Bread is a fascinating look at how each product is made—from harvest through fermentation. Part artisanal adventure, part travelogue, and part cookbook, Katie brings the stories and science of these foods to the table, explains the process of each craft and introduces readers to the people behind them.

Let’s take a look at some appetizing info . . .

  • In England, Katie becomes a cheesemonger at Neal’s Yard Dairy, London’s preeminent cheese shop—the beginning of a journey that takes her from a goat farm in rural Somerset to a nationwide search for innovating dairy gurus. Along the way, she uncovers the role of British women in cheesemaking, shares a recipe for Cheddar Brownies and contrasts British and continental cheese.
  • In Italy, she offers an inside look at Italian winemaking with the Comellis at their family-owned vineyard in Northeast Italy. Making her way around Italy, she witnesses the diversity of vintners, from small-scale vineyards to large-scale producers and explores the industry’s new frontier—natural wine.
  • In France, she meets the reigning queen of bread, Apollonia Poilâne of Paris’ famed Poilâne Bakery, apprentices at boulangeries in Paris learning the ins and outs of sourdough, and travels the country to uncover the history of grains and understand the present and future of French bread and global bread culture.

Some of the many recipes in the book include:

  • Pub Mac’n’Cheese
  • DIY Yogurt
  • Cheddar Brownies
  • Spaghetti all’Ubriaco (Drunken Pasta)
  • Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas and Rosemary)
  • Zucchini Carbonara
  • Tortellini in (Parmigiano Reggiano) Brodo
  • Ciambelline al Vino (Wine Cookies)
  • A Cake to Celebrate! (white wine and olive oil cake with red wine buttercream frosting and boozy mascarpone filling)
  • Arancini con Melanzane (Fried Rice Balls with Eggplant)
  • How to Make a Sourdough Starter
  • Susie Q’s Sour Cream Challah
  • Walnut and Raisin Rye Loaf

Part artisanal survey, part travelogue, and part cookbook, featuring watercolor illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Cheese, Wine, and Bread is an outstanding gastronomic tour for foodies, cooks, artisans and armchair travelers alike.

‘Kamala’s Way: An American Life’: Another reason why America (finally) got rid of the piece of shit that infested D.C.

Herstory has been made.
We (finally) got the piece of fetid fecal matter out of the White House, and voted two honest, caring, compassion human beings in.
Thank you America.
In Kamala’s Way: An American Life (Simon & Schuster, $28—the first biography of Kamala Harris since her historic win alongside President Joe Biden—veteran California journalist Dan Morain charts how the daughter of two immigrants became one of this country’s most effective power players.
The Kamala Harris the public knows today is tough, smart, quick-witted, and demanding. She always leaves an impression, “something about her always cuts through”—that’s “Kamala’s Way.” She’s a prosecutor—her one-liners are legendary—but she’s more reticent when it comes to sharing much about herself, even in her memoirs. Fortunately, Morain has been there from the start.
He first wrote about Harris in 1994, and Kamala’s Way tracks her from early days in Oakland and Berkeley, to Montreal where she attended high school, through college and law school, and rise in politics, from a deputy district attorney in Alameda County to San Francisco District Attorney, California Attorney General and U.S. Senator.
He breaks down her life, career and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to become the first Black, South Asian and female VP in our nation’s history. He explores the forces that shaped her early life and the contradictions of California politics, and along the way, he paints a vivid picture of her values and priorities, the kind of people she brings into her orbit, the sorts of problems she’s good at solving, and the missteps, risks, and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top. Kamala’s Way is essential reading for all Americans curious about the woman standing by Joe Biden’s side.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares the world’s best-kept secrets on how to ‘Stay Sharp’

I’m losing mind!
I can’t remember anything!
Sound familiar?
It does to me; those are two of my signature mottos.
Millions of Americans say brain health is the most important thing to them as they age. And yet, most people don’t know how to protect against decline. I don’t.
So I turn to Keep Sharp:  Build a Better Brain at Any Age (Simon & Schuster, $28), in which noted neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares the best-kept secrets of experts around the world for staying sharp, holding onto your memories and building resiliency.
Gupta has been one of the most trusted voices in medicine for two decades, and never more so than during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, keeping audiences informed of the latest developments and research. With Keep Sharp, Gupta approaches brain health with the same accessibility and science-driven advice Americans have come to know him for.Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age
With this engaging owner’s manual for keeping your brain in top working condition, Gupta debunks myths and answers questions about aging, like whether there is a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain, or whether it’s healthier to do crossword puzzles or to engage in more social interaction (spoiler: crosswords are not as impactful to brain health as many think).
Gupta also addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer’s, answering questions about the early signs and symptoms, and showing how to stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He casts an eye to the future, discussing the remarkable advances expected in the next ten to twenty years, including perhaps even successful therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
For readers ready to start improving their brain health, Gupta provides a personalized twelve-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s multiple Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcast Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction, America’s go-to resource for expert advice on how to stay healthy and safe. The New York Times bestselling author of Chasing LifeCheating DeathMonday Mornings, and Keep Sharp, Dr. Gupta lives in Atlanta, where he works as an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and continues to practice neurosurgery.

In ‘KG A to Z:bAn Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between,’ Kevin Garrett looks back on his life and career with raw candor

U like unique, unfiltered memoirs?
U have it with Kevin Garnett, the NBA champion and 15-time all-star ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame. He remains one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen.
He was also one of its most outspoken.
Throughout the course of his illustrious 21-year NBA career, he elevated trash talk to an art form and never shied away from sharing his thoughts on controversial subjects. In KG A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between (Simon & Schuster, $28) he looks back on his life and career with the same raw candor. Garnett describes the adversity he faced growing up in South Carolina before ultimately relocating to Chicago, where he became one of the top prospects in the nation.
He details his headline-making decision to skip college and become the first player in two decades to enter the draft directly from high school, starting a trend that would be followed by future superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He shares stories of playing with and against Bryant, James, Michael Jordan and other NBA greats, and he chronicles his professional ups and downs, including winning a championship with the Boston Celtics.
He also speaks his mind on a range of topics beyond basketball, such as fame, family, racism, spirituality, and music. Garnett’s draft decision wasn’t the only way he’d forever change the game. His ability to play on the perimeter as a big man foreshadowed the winning strategy now universally adopted by the league. He applies this same innovative spirit here, organizing the contents alphabetically as an encyclopedia.
If you thought Garnett was exciting, inspiring, and unfiltered on the court, just wait until you read what he has to say in these pages.

“We Had a Little Real Estate Problem” is a powerful tribute to a neglected legacy: Native American comedy

The reviews continue to rush in:
Judd Apatow raves that the book “is a game changer.”
Kliph Nesteroff coos it’s “the human encyclopedia of comedy.”
Steve Martin calls it “remarkable.”
The book? We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy (Simon & Schuster, $27). 
The account begins in the late 1880s, when Native Americans were forced to tour in wild west shows as an alternative to prison. (One modern comedian said it was as “if a Guantanamo detainee suddenly had to appear on X-Factor.”)
While the book spans many years, Charlie Hill is the heart of it. The title comes from one of the most reliable jokes in Hill’s stand-up routine: “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York. We had a little real estate problem.”

book cover

It charts Hill’s childhood in Wisconsin, his revelatory call to political comedy while watching Dick Gregory on TV in 1961, and his coming-up into the scene in Los Angeles with comedic legends like David Letterman. Hill got his big break from Richard Pryor and to this day is the only Native American stand-up to have appeared on The Tonight Show.
Mixed among stories about Charlie Hill, and other greats like Cherokee humorist Will Rogers, are stories from contemporary comedians on the road today including Jonny Roberts, a social worker from the Red Lake Nation who drives five hours to the closest comedy club to pursue his stand-up dreams and the 1491s, a sketch troupe whose satire is smashing stereotypes to critical acclaim.
Featuring dozens of original interviews and the exhaustive research that is Nesteroff’s trademark, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem is a powerful tribute to a neglected legacy.

“Dress Codes” is my fave book of the year (so far): It examines the death of the suit…bravo!

I am one of the people that refuses dress codes. I spent too many years having to bind myself in ties and suits, black ties for the Oscars and Tonys and Emmy and Grammys.

No more!

As I sit in my office and work on my next book, I can (and do) wear sweat pants and ripped T-shirts.

So what happens when our fashion rules come into conflict with changing social norms? Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History (Simon & Schuster, $30) answers this by exploring the laws of fashion throughout history to uncover the personal, social and political significance of clothing. Richard Thompson Ford, a Stanford law professor, takes a fascinating look at changes in fashion over centuries in order to see larger trends, arguing that fashion alone can transform the body itself into a form of political persuasion.

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People lose their jobs for wearing braided hair, long fingernails, large earrings, beards, and tattoos or refusing to wear a suit and tie or make-up and high heels. In some cities, wearing sagging pants is a crime. And even when there are no written rules, implicit dress codes still influence opportunities and social mobility. Silicon Valley CEOs wear t-shirts and flip flops, setting the tone for an entire industry: women wearing fashionable dresses or high heels face ridicule in the tech world and some venture capitalists refuse to invest in any company run by someone wearing a suit.

The tome explores and examines dress codes in areas such as race, religion, business and gender. Ford’s argues that formal dress codes target the least powerful—women, minorities, the poor—and he unpacks topics such as the Civil Rights Movement’s “radical chic” clothing, flapper feminism, Joan of Arc’s fashion, the death of the suit and how Christian Dior inspired the modern nun’s habit. This is how and why we dress the way we dress.

Did I read “the death of the suit”?

BRAVO!

“Metropolitan Stories” is a love letter to NYC’s museum, a book that weaves magical realism

Art for arts sake, penned by 25 veteran of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Christine Coulson’s Metropolitan Stories takes readers beyond the Picassos and Vermeers to experience the world of the Met staff, coalesced into an eccentric extended family who occupy an underworld of hallways, studios, storerooms and tunnels within the Museum.

Coulson imbues life into the seemingly banal, retrieving forgotten moments in the Met’s history and expanding our sense of the magic that dwells within.

Coulson’s career at the Met grew into her enchanting critically-acclaimed debut novel Metropolitan Stories (2019). Next month, readers will be granted a chance to return to this powerful ode to lives lived for art that they so thoroughly connected with in the original, as Metropolitan Stories (Other Press, $15.99) is being published in a beautiful, updated paperback edition.

A love letter to the Met, the tome weaves magical realism to expose the inner workings of this legendary institution. Kernels of truth radiate from the heart of many of the chapters—people, places, rituals, events—which are then fused with Coulson’s imagination and aptly shaped into indelible vignettes. She relies on a mix of truth and fiction to capture the wonder that radiates through the Met. Her unique point of view on the secret life of art, the palpable history within the building, and the staff’s dependence on the objects, spins an unforgettable tale.

With an insider’s wealth of knowledge, Coulson reveals a world of larger-than-life characters, from the artwork to the devoted and peculiar staff who dedicate their lives the museum’s operation, ghosts that haunt basement hallways, and the powerful voice of art itself. Metropolitan Stories bursts with magic, humor, and energetic detail and we’re thrilled to offer readers another chance to revisit this unique novel this Spring.

He and she met, fell madly in love and wrote decades of cherished love letters . . . proof that the heart still matters, on paper

Perhaps nothing is as sweet and heartfelt as a love letter. Writing them is a lost art . . . in this frenzied society, couples would rather email and text thoughts of affection and love, often punctuated with one of those ugly, rude heart-shaped icons.  Does anyone even know how to write in longhand?

And so we introduce you to Bob and Mariellen, a young man and woman who met at a USO dance in the summer of 1942. She was a college student at UCLA; he was a college student training as an aviation cadet. It was the onset of World War II, and fell madly in love before he was shipped to the South Pacific. They saw each other almost every weekend through the summer and fall, marrying that winter, before Bob was shipped overseas.

And so we introduce you to Letters Across the Pacific: A Love Story in the Time of War (BookLocker, $18.99). This is the story is about lovers and their lives, lives lived mostly through letters. It is a story written by the person who knew them well: Daughter April.

Their love letters are time capsules. We glimpse a marriage during the ’40s, during time in the South Pacific during WWII. We read slang and military jargon. We hear longing on both sides. We listen while they write of babies born and thunderstorms raging.

As time went on, Bob shares his feelings about phone calls, mail and the war. Mariellen continues to be supportive but also deals with the effects of staying home alone, pregnancy and her haunting concern for her husband’s safety.

Through WWII and the Korean War, they continue to navigate their lives through letters. Children arrive. Love endures.

The letters were saved and treasured by both of them. The letters traveled the world. And they survived. This story is the true account of their lives, told by them and related by their daughter.

We cannot think of a sweeter, more touching valentine.

I tell Dolly we are “bosom buddies”. She coos, “and my breast friend”. Dolly’s life busts out on 19 DVDs!!

My next book is entitled Dolly Parton’s Boob in My Hands . . . and Other True, Titillating Stories From My 35 years of Hollywood Hobknobbing.

Let me explain.

I knew Dolly Rebecca Parton and I would become fast friends when she let me hold her left breast. Before you start calling the tabloids or TMZ, let me explain. It was 1987, and we were in a photographer’s studio on the Upper East Side where Dolly was being photographed for the cover of Redbook.

She was dressed in a handmade denim blouse (size 0), the wig was perfectly placed, the makeup flawless. She eyed the catered buffet and picked up a piece of chicken with her two fire-engine red (fake) fingernails, brought it to her mouth and, plop!, the sliver landed on her blouse, smack-dab on her left . . . well, you get the picture.

The adrenaline kicked in. “Quick, Dolly!” I said. “You hold and I’ll wipe.” I poured water on a paper towel and begin to very gently dab the spot. Dolly grabbed a portable hair-dryer and with that infectious giggle cooed, “Now quick! You hold and I’ll dry.”

With those seven simple words, my entry into the dizzy, delightful world of Dolly Parton—40DD-17-36—had begun. “One day,” I thought to myself, “I will live to write about this.”

The shoot was a success, and as Dolly climbed into her limo, I whispered, “I feel like your bosom buddy.” Without missing a beat, she said, “And my breast friend.”

Oh! The stories I can tell.

It’s the sassy and self-effacing side of Dolly that has always made her look better than a body has a right to. “I’m not a natural beauty, so when I started out, I needed to be as flamboyant and outrageous as possible,” she recalls. “My trashy look started from a sincere place — a country girl’s idea of glamour. I always wanted to be sexy even before I knew what the word meant. I thought that town tramps were beautiful. They had more hair, more color, more of everything. And they had men always hanging ’round them. So I copied those girls. And I owe them a lot.”

She giggles. “When I realized my trashy look was working, I kept it. It’s cost me a lot to look so cheap,” she adds. “I wear the fake hair because it’s so tacky. I wear high heels because I have short legs. And I wear fake fingernails because I have short, fat arms. I have no taste and no style and I love it! When I am 90, I’m going to look like Mae West. I may be in a wheelchair, but I’ll still have the big hair, big boobs and big fingernails. I’ll probably end up this way in my coffin. But I won’t be a fat hog!”

You can call her the Queen of Country, an award-winning songwriter, actress, TV star, philanthropist, business mogul, gay icon and American treasure, but to her millions of fans, she’s known simply as Dolly. From her start out of Nashville in the ’60s to her Hollywood debut and beyond Dolly has done it all . . . and in 6 inch heels!

Now, for the first time ever, the incredible highlights of Dolly’s remarkable career are together in a one-of-a-kind 19-DVD set DOLLY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. From her early appearances in the ’60s through her own star-studded variety shows in the ’70s and ’80s, to concerts, interviews, TV appearances and blockbuster collaborations with her closest friends, she’s still going strong and lookin’ spectacular!
“It’s been an amazing journey and you’ll find some of my most precious highlights included here in this collection,” says Dolly. “Thank you to the wonderful folks at Time Life for putting this together. What a delightful trip down memory lane….just the hair styles and outfits alone are worth a look and I’m surprised there are still any rhinestones left in this world! I hope you enjoy these moments as much as I did.”
Time Life cordially invites Dolly Parton fans everywhere to come along on the journey of a lifetime. Available now exclusively at TimeLife.com/DollyParton, this dazzling, carefully curated 19-DVD deluxe collection includes:
  • 22 star-studded episodes of Dolly’s variety shows from the ’70s & ’80s with guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Burt Reynolds, Miss Piggy, Merle Haggard, Smokey Robinson & The Temptations, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more!
  • 7 episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show, from 1967 – 1974 featuring historic Dolly Parton performances including Jolene, I Will Always Love You, Coat of Many Colors, Mule Skinner Blues, and her very first appearance where she sang Dumb Blonde.
  • A special Christmas disc featuring A Down Home Country Christmas with Mac Davis and Burl Ives, and Bob Hope’s Jolly Christmas Show
  • Dolly’s spectacular Live and Well concert from 2002
  • Dolly’s unforgettable Live from London concert from 2009 plus bonus features
  • Rare TV appearances of Dolly throughout her career from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Oprah Winfrey Show, and Crook & Chase
  • The entire Song by Song: Dolly Parton series, highlighting Dolly’s most iconic songs and how they came to be
  • Bonus features include Dolly’s University of Tennessee Commencement Address and Imagination Library Dedication Ceremony at The Library of Congress
  • Classic duets with Dolly & Porter Wagoner taped live at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Unforgettable Dolly Parton performances from the CMA Awards in the ’70s
  • New bonus features created just for this collection featuring Dolly Parton reminiscing about memorable moments from throughout her career
  • Exclusive, complete, and never before seen interviews with Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Rogers, Marty Stuart, Lily Tomlin, and Carrie Underwood!
  • Plus your FREE Bonus DVD with the complete authorized BBC documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am
  • An Exclusive Collector’s Book filled with photos, Dolly in her own words, and loving tributes from her famous friends.
  • And it all comes in a beautiful Collector’s Box!
Dolly Parton remains as vibrant and relevant as ever. Her songs have captured the hearts of generations. Her electric smile has brightened the lives of millions. And her trademark style is recognized across the globe. Join Time Life for a celebration of her iconic, unforgettable career with DOLLY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, only available via direct response or online at TimeLife.com/DollyParton.
 

Kids learn about the right way to eat (and have good manners!) in the nifty “Fellow in Yellow”

It’s a perfect day, brimming with a bright blue sky and puffy white clouds. Then a young boy spots a man wearing a yellow suit, walking down the sidewalk carrying and enjoying a huge piece of pie and an oversized cookie in his bare hands. A pie in the sky moment?

Nope.

The boy’s curiosity sparks a conversation with the man. The boy is  surprised, almost shocked, as the man tells the boy about his unique, peculiar and–gulp! unhealthy–eating habits. (Neither the boy nor man have names; part of the book’s universal appeal.)

Such food for thought is the main dish of David Duncan’s debut book Fellow in Yellow (Amazon.com Services LLC, $9.99), a nifty book whose rhyming text whimsically helps young readers ages 3-9 understand  the importance of a healthy diet and good manners.

A sampling of the prose: You’re a kid,
my diet won’t do.
You should eat your
fruits and veggies too!

The tasty lessons are accompanied by oodles of captivating illustrations by Patrick Carlson.

We think of Fellow in Yellow as a delicious dessert (and no calories!) that needs to be on every parents menu. Kids are sure to ask Mom and Dad to read the story again and again, savoring its humor and amusing images.

Duncan serves up another extra: A portion of the book’s profits will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa , Florida.

Hungry for more about the author? Visit facebook.com/davidduncanbooks and davidduncanbooks.com