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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 9:00 pm on 2017/12/27 Permalink
    Tags: , , dark in death, gregg hurwitz, hellbent, into the black nowhere, , , jessica fellowes, karen ellis, louisa luna, map of the dark, meg gardiner, mitford murders, , , pope of palm beach, robicheaux, the grave's a fine & private place, tim dorsey, two girls down, wife   

    The Best New Mysteries of January 2018 

    January’s mysteries are as dark, bleak, and beautiful as the month itself. Stories of betrayal, shifting loyalties, and perfect-from-the-outside marriages abound. The days are still short, but once you’ve finished this roundup, trust us, your TBR pile will be longer than ever. Without further ado, we present our favorite mystery picks for the first month of 2018!

    Dark in Death (In Death Series #46), by J. D. Robb
    A young woman is quietly murdered with an icepick during a screening of Hitchcock’s Psycho (and yes, during that scene) in the 46th novel in Robb’s masterful In Death series. Before long, Detective Eve Dallas is tipped off that there may be a link between this murder and a recent strangulation—both echo scenes written by an author of procedural thrillers. Dallas and her wealthy husband Roarke begin a frantic quest to figure out which mystery novel this terrifying killer is going to crib from next. And although they’re enjoying delving into mystery novels, time is of the essence if they want to stop another fictional copycat’s crime.

    Robicheaux: A Novel, by James Lee Burke
    Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux has found himself in a dark place. He’s battling demons including alcoholism, regret, and anger at the loss of his adored wife, Molly. Knee-deep in an investigation into the murder of the man who accidentally killed her, Robicheaux begins to suspect that he himself may have actually committed the murder he is trying to solve. As he and his friend Clete Purcell dig deeper into the mystery, they encounter a colorful cast of characters—a brutal mob boss, an eccentric author, and a pretty-boy with a dark side and deep political aspirations. Burke’s sharply beautiful prose and his timely investigation into themes of corruption, racism, America’s past and its future coalesce into an unforgettable new novel.

    The Mitford Murders, by Jessica Fellowes
    Impoverished but plucky Louisa Cannon is overjoyed when she lands a plum position as a nursemaid to the wealthy Mitford family, becoming particularly close to their clever sixteen-year-old daughter, Nancy. But the two are drawn into the orbit of a dangerous killer when a famous nurse (and descendent of Florence Nightingale) is brazenly murdered on a train in plain sight. This homage to the classic murder mystery is based on a fascinating real-life murder (and a real family!).

    The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel, by Alan Bradley
    As talented as she is precocious, young Flavia de Luce has already endured her share of tragedies (and solved more than her share of mysteries) by the tender age of twelve. While on a boating trip intended to lift her spirits, traveling with her two older sisters and faithful family servant Dogger, Flavia dangles her fingers in the water and encounters a floating object that turns out to be a human head—still attached to a human body. Of course, this discovery does lift Flavia’s spirits—because she is Flavia, and she now has a brand new murder to solve. This delightfully addictive and award-winning series about a brilliant young sleuth will enchant you.

    Hellbent (Evan Smoak Series #3), by Gregg Hurwitz
    Hellbent is the nail-biting third installment in the Orphan X series featuring trained covert government assassin-turned-friend-of-the-desperate Evan Smoak. This time Smoak, known to the grateful people he assists as Nowhere Man, is called upon to help the only father figure he’s ever had, Jack Johns, on what turns out to be an exceptionally personal mission: Protect Jack’s final protégé from harm, and find new recruits for the Orphan Program. Unfortunately he’s up against both clandestine government forces, who are trying to obliterate all traces of the program, and the new head of the program itself, Van Sciver. Surviving this mission is going to take everything Nowhere Man has.

    The Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel, by Tim Dorsey
    Author Tim Dorsey is a genius at mining the Sunshine State’s rich vein of wackadoodle characters, and he does so with admirable aplomb (and irreverence) in this novel starring the indomitable, dedicated Florida fan Serge A. Storms. A compelling mystery leads Serge to return to his home turf to investigate the myths behind a man named Darby, a.k.a. the Legend of Riviera Beach, a universally beloved surfer with a heart of gold from Serge’s childhood. As Serge and his quirky sidekick Coleman begin to investigate, the body count grows, and the mystery only deepens.

    Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna
    The tension never lets up in this harrowing thriller. Single mother Jamie Brandt leaves her eight and ten year old daughters in the car for just a few minutes while she buys a birthday present, and when she returns, they’re gone. Her sister enlists tough-as-nails bounty hunter Alice Vega to find the girls, and when the police force resists her help, Alice teams up with a disgraced former cop named Max Caplan. Don’t miss this beautifully written, character-driven, and relentlessly suspenseful story by and up and coming master of the genre.

    Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel, by Meg Gardiner
    A charming yet psychopathic serial killer in this disturbing, Ted Bundy-inspired thriller is targeting young women in southern Texas; a different one is murdered every Saturday night. FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix is a rookie who’s just started in the Behavioral Analysis unit, and she’s charged with working against the clock to get inside the depraved mind of a ruthless killer who just might be hiding in plain sight. Her focus narrows to a well-liked, successful professional, but he’s linked to the crimes only by circumstantial evidence, which may not be enough to save this weekend’s next murder victim.

    The Wife, by Alafair Burke
    Having escaped her tragic past, Angela is enjoying a quiet life in relative obscurity with her son when she meets Jason, who sweeps her off her feet. They marry, and several years later Jason’s writing career takes off and Angela finds herself and her son closer to the spotlight than she would like. When several women make troubling accusations against her husband, Angela is forced to confront the fact that she may not know Jason as well as she thinks, and to decide whether or not she can defend him, if it means losing everything. A twisty psychological thriller about trust, loyalty, and long-buried secrets.

    A Map of the Dark, by Karen Ellis
    When a teenaged girl named Ruby disappears under mysterious circumstances, FBI agent Elsa Myers takes the case even though she’s already got a lot on her plate—her father is dying in the hospital, and she’s keeping a lot of emotions related to several deeply dysfunctional family relationships and a difficult past at bay by compartmentalizing it all in order to keep herself sane. But as Ruby’s case unfolds it shakes free some long-buried secrets, and Elsa’s painful history begins to rear its ugly head, threatening to derail her investigation—and ruin the life she has built for herself in the process. At the heart of this harrowing race-against-time story is an exploration of the way our family legacies shape us—and the way they can destroy us.

    Which mysteries are you excited to pick up this month?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2017/11/29 Permalink
    Tags: , , , barbara ross, cheryl honigford, , eggnog murder, , hark the herald angels slay, homicide for the holidays, , lee hollis, leslie meier, , , , , thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd, , vicki delany   

    The Best New Mysteries of December 2017 

    Holiday-themed mysteries are lighting up the shelves this month, giving armchair gumshoes the opportunity to delve into halls decked with murder, and explore the hazardous properties of eggnog. From standalone story collections, to new titles in beloved long-running series, we’ve got a collection of new mysteries that will knock your reindeer-patterned socks off.

    Homicide for the Holidays, by Cheryl Honigford
    When burgeoning radio star Vivian Witchell stumbles upon a stack of cash in a locked drawer in her late father’s desk, she takes the opportunity to hire dashing detective Charlie Haverman to help her investigate. Viv begins to wonder if she should have left well enough alone when the trail of clues begins to point toward her beloved, upstanding father’s potential involvement with none other than Al Capone. The second novel in the Viv and Charlie Mystery series, set in 1938 Chicago, will delight fans of period mysteries featuring colorful characters.

    Eggnog Murder, by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross
    You’ll never look at eggnog the same way after enjoying this creamy collection of stories spiked with murder and deceit. The famously unhealthy beverage is prominently featured in all three holiday-themed tales—and yes, it’s laced with poison in at least one story. This delicious tongue-in-cheek trio will help you get in the “bah, humbug!” spirit just in time for the holidays.

    Hark the Herald Angels Slay, by Vicki Delany
    As one might expect, the town of Rudolph, NY is filled with the Christmas spirit all year long—but especially during the languid summer months, when Santa arrives on a boat to enjoy his summer vacation on the lake during a Christmas in July celebration. But when Max Folger, the ex-fiance of Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, arrives in town as well, Merry is perturbed. It quickly becomes obvious that Max’s explanation for why he is there—that he’s working for a magazine that’s covering the festivities—is a ruse. Max is there for one reason and one reason only: To win Merry back. But that plan is derailed when he’s found dead, strangled in her store, and Merry’s busy to-do list includes catching a murderer.

    Murder for Christmas, by Francis Duncan
    Fans of good old fashioned murder mysteries in the style of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series will want to settle in for a long winter’s read with this sharp Christmas-themed tale. A number of guests have gathered at Benedict Grame’s country house for some holiday revels, including amateur investigator Mordecai Tremaine. As tends to happen when may different visitors gather together under one roof, tensions are high among the partygoers—and things take a grisly turn when the a body dressed as Santa Claus is found under the tree. Can Mordecai unmask the killer before anyone else gets a deadly, unwanted gift for Christmas?

    Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce Series #8), by Alan Bradley
    In the eighth novel in Bradley’s wickedly charming Flavia de Luce series, the young prodigy has been thrown out of Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, and she’s delighted to be sailing back to England. Unfortunately she is greeted upon her return with the terrible news that her father is ill. Flavia’s irritating sisters and cousin are ruining her homecoming—until she stumbles upon the body of a lonely woodcarver in his cottage in the woods. The man is hanging upside down on the back of a door, the only living witness on the scene is an unperturbed cat. Things pick up quickly for Flavia after that, and fans of this precocious young detective will thoroughly enjoy her vigorous investigation into this shocking murder.

    Christmas Caramel Murder (Hannah Swensen Series), by Joanna Fluke
    Trouble is brewing this holiday season in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Hannah and her buddy Lisa are providing the refreshments for this year’s production of A Christmas Carol, but Lisa is not thrilled that her husband has been cast as Santa…and his ex-girlfriend as Mrs. Claus. Before the show can get off the ground, though, Mrs. Clause is found dead in the snow…in a costume that is definitely not g-rated. Everyone’s a suspect in this madcap mystery which comes with 12 bonus holiday recipes from The Cookie Jar!

    A Christmas Return: A Novel, by Anne Perry
    When her investigation into a long-ago murder that sundered a friendship prompts the arrival of a mysterious and disturbing Christmas package on her doorstep, grandmother Mariah Ellison, the winning star of Perry’s newest Christmas-themed mystery, finds herself traveling to Surrey to pay a visit to her estranged friend, the murdered man’s widow, in an effort to make amends. There, she teams up with the victim’s grandson, who is hot on the killer’s (cold) trail. But now that they’re stirring up old crimes, every new lead puts this unlikely pair deeper into danger.

    Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women, by Emily Brightwell
    Christopher Gilhaney seems to have made enemies at a recent Guy Fawkes Night dinner party—judging by the fact that he was shot dead later that night. Granted, he did spend the evening insulting every guest in attendance, to the mortification of hostess Abigail Chase. The mystery of Christopher’s murder, which is suspected to be related to a botched robbery, remains unsolved six weeks later, and Inspector Witherspoon’s expertise is called upon. But the holidays are approaching, and Witherspoon and his household at large are concerned that their holiday plans are at risk of being interrupted. Can they put this one to bed, or will the truth forever elude them?

    The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers, by Peter Lovesy
    What do you get for the crime reader who has everything? How do you get your favorite armchair gumshoe into the holiday spirit? And where can you find 18 hilarious, chilling, and bizarre stories centering around suspicious mall Santas, mysterious dinner parties, and stolen diamonds? The answer to all of these questions (and so many more) is The Usual Santas, A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers, an anthology featuring stories by some of your favorite Soho Press authors and their most unexpectedly twisted Christmas-themed tales.

    How the Finch Stole Christmas, by Donna Andrews
    Eschewing his typical one man show, Meg’s husband has decided to launch a full-cast production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—starring their sons Josh and Jamie as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge of course, with Meg as stage manager. But the faded-star celebrity he brought into town to play Scrooge has brought a whole lot of trouble with him, in the form of a veritable zoo of animals, including a collection of finches. Fans of Andrews’ lively and charming Meg Langslow series will be crowing about the twisty 22nd installment.

    What mysteries are you digging into this December?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2017/11/28 Permalink
    Tags: amanda schuster, and be merry, christmas confessions and cocktails, cocktails for a crowd, cocktails for hte holidays, , kara newman, lara ferroni, maria del mar sacasa, new york cocktails, vicki lesage, winter cocktails   

    5 Holiday Cocktail Books to Make You the Host or Hostess with the Mostest 

    One of the best parts of winter is attending allll the holiday parties. One of the more stressful parts: having to throw them. The host feels pressure to please the crowd, but greeting guests with a drink in hand generally is a smooth way to welcome them. Here are 5 intoxicating cocktail recipe books ideal for hosting a fun and memorable (or not memorable, depending on the cocktails) winter gathering.

    Cocktails for a Crowd: More than 40 Recipes for Making Popular Drinks in Party-Pleasing Batches, by Kara Newman and Teri Lyn Fisher
    Written by Wine Enthusiast’s spirits editor, Kara Newman, Cocktails for a Crowd instructs eager readers on how to mix large-batch cocktails. Creating a punch bowl with craft cocktail refinement is a sure crowd pleaser at any holiday party, allowing the host to thoughtfully cater to guests en masse. Cocktail favorites reimagined as punches and pitchers include French 75 Punch, Raspberry Bellini, Classic Caipirinhas, and Piña Coladas. Add a literal cherry on the top by taking Newman’s tips for garnishes.

    Cocktails for the Holidays: Festive Drinks to Celebrate the Season, by Editors of Imbibe Magazine and Lara Ferroni
    When it comes to fantastic cocktails, readers can rely on the editors of Imbibe Magazine to carry the torch…particularly if that torch is filled with booze. Their book, Cocktails for the Holidays: Festive Drinks to Celebrate the Season, is perfect for those who love to host theme parties. In the “Classics, New & Old” section, readers will find delightful drinks like Spice Nog Flip and Fairytale of New York, then cozy up to some “Winter Warmers” such as Fernet Apple Toddy and the Cinnamon-Campari Sidecar.

    Christmas Confessions and Cocktails: A Humorous Holiday Memoir with Sassy Drink Recipes, by Vicki Lesage
    One of the best cocktail pairings is great conversation, and reading through Vicki Lesage’s Christmas Confessions and Cocktails: A Humorous Holiday Memoir feels like catching up with a hilarious friend. This piece of nonfiction is full of entertaining anecdotes as well as simple, seasonal recipes like Christmas Cosmo (and tongue-in-cheek ones like Hair of the Dog).

    New York Cocktails, by Amanda Schuster
    New York is one of the hottest (figuratively, not literally!) tourist destinations to visit over the winter break. Its over-the-top holiday decorations, the added lights to the already bright city, the food, the shopping, and of course, the artisan cocktails draw visitors far and wide. Bring a little bite of the Big Apple into any town with New York Cocktails, written by Senior Editor-in-Chief of the Alcohol Professor, Amanda Schuster. Stroll and sip through NYC as Schuster takes readers on a libatious guide of the city’s most coveted cocktail lounges.

    Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks, by Maria del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano 
    Maria del Mar Sacasa wears many hats as recipe developer, food stylist, and writer. She also knows how to throw a great party, as evidenced by her book, Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks. These cocktails evoke a cozy fireplace, with treats like Hot Buttered Rum, English Christmas Punch, and Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog. But wait, there’s more! No fete is complete without some appetizers, and fortunately there is a portion of the book dedicated to edibles.

    What books have helped you throw lavish and boozy winter parties?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 3:00 pm on 2017/10/31 Permalink
    Tags: , alexander mccann smith, anne canadeo, , city of lies, death in the stacks, , , hardcore twenty four, harry dolan, , , , knit to kill, , , , , sleep no more: 6 murderous tales, the house of unexpected sisters, the man in the crooked hat, , the trouble with twelfth grave darynda jones, , victoria thompson   

    The Best New Mysteries of November 2017 

    Happy November, gumshoes! This month, take advantage of a long, relaxing holiday weekend (or, hours of traveling to see family and friends) to get in some uninterrupted reading time! Stock your nightstand or suitcase with a few of these page-turners and keep fall mysterious.

    Hardcore Twenty Four, by Janet Evanovich
    As her many fans are aware, to know Stephanie Plum is to love her. Evanovich’s long-running series following the madcap exploits of Jersey’s most illustrious bounty hunter takes a spooky turn when headless bodies begin turning up left and right. Although initially they’re corpses from the morgue, when a homeless man is found murdered and decapitated, someone has clearly upped their creepy game, Stephanie is compelled to take the case. In the meantime, she’s bunking with professional grave robber Simon Diggery and his pet python, and concerned about Grandma Mazur’s online dating escapades. Tall blonde and handsome Diesel is also back in town, which is stirring things up for Stephanie and her perennial paramours, sexy cop Joe Morelli and the enigmatic Ranger. Treat yourself to the latest mystery in the Plum series!

    City of Lies, by Victoria Thompson
    This exciting new series by the author of the Gaslight Mystery Series introduces readers to Elizabeth Miles, a savvy con artist in the Robin Hood vein who makes a brazen living divesting wealthy men of their fortunes…until the day she and her brother cross the wrong wealthy man and end up fleeing for their lives. Elizabeth stays safe by hiding among a group of privileged women whose activism she comes to admire…and in time her admiration extends to Gideon, the son of the group’s matriarch. But Elizabeth has been playing a deadly game, and her past is on the verge of catching up with her.

    The Man in the Crooked Hat, by Harry Dolan
    For two years, former Cop Jack Pellum has been searching for his wife’s murderer—whom he is convinced is a suspicious, fedora-wearing stranger he observed in her vicinity a few days before her death. But his obsessive quest, which has so far been fruitless, is jumpstarted when a message relating to the suicide of a local writer cracks the case wide open. And when Pellum crosses paths with Michael Underhill, a man with a dark hidden past who has everything to lose now that he’s found the perfect girlfriend, he finds himself closer than ever to finding out the truth, which is might be more than he can handle. A relentless plotter who sketches out unforgettable characters, if you’re a mystery fan and you haven’t read Dolan yet, put him on your list.

    How the Finch Stole Christmas, by Donna Andrews
    Eschewing his typical one man show, Meg’s husband has decided to launch a full-cast production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—starring their sons Josh and Jamie as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge of course, with Meg as stage manager. But the faded-star celebrity he brought into town to play Scrooge has brought a whole lot of trouble with him, in the form of a veritable zoo of animals, including a collection of finches. Fans of Andrews’ lively and charming Meg Langslow series will be crowing about the twisty 22nd installment.

    Knit to Kill, by Anne Canadeo
    Lucy Bing, a member of the storied Black Sheep knitting group, is getting married! To relax before the nuptials, the group accepts an invitation from Suzanne Cavanaugh’s friend Amy to spend the weekend on Osprey Island. But their relaxing getaway is ruined when an unpleasant local resident falls from a cliff to his death—and investigators believe he was murdered. When suspicion falls on Amy’s husband, it’s up to the Black Sheep knitters to untangle this unsettling mystery—which features a diabolical killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

    The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, by Darynda Jones
    Jones’ 12th Charley Davidson novel continues to blend mystery, romance, and the paranormal into a delightfully offbeat series. Son of Satan (and Charley’s husband) Reyes Farrow has been a bit peeved ever since she accidentally trapped him in Hell, which is understandable. But he’s not the only one making her life difficult these days—her startup PI venture is also keeping things very lively, and someone’s begun going after humans with an awareness of the supernatural. Can Charley protect them, despite her suspicion that she’s protecting them from someone she cares deeply about? If you haven’t yet met Charley Davidson, start at the beginning with the uproarious, award-winning First Grave on the Right.

    The House of Unexpected Sisters, by Alexander McCall Smith
    In this nuanced, slow burn mystery, the 18th in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe is approached by a woman fighting against what she calls an unfair dismissal from her job—for being rude to a customer. Although Mma Ramotswe initially takes her side, as more information comes to light, she begins to come to a troubling conclusion. Not only that, she discovers the existence of a local woman, a nurse, with the same last name of Ramotswe—which comes as something of a shock. When Mma Potokwani informs her that an unsavory man from her past has returned to Botswana, very likely in an effort to deliberately seek her out, Mma Ramotswe realizes she has her work cut out for her when it comes to unraveling the mysteries of her past and present, which have become entangled together.

    Sleep No More: 6 Murderous Tales, by P. D. James
    This cunning assortment of previously uncollected stories from the indomitable author of Death Comes to Pemberley is filled with tales of crimes committed long ago, complete with the chilling rationalizations that so often accompany them. Take a deep dive into the heart of a killer, and explore the push-pull in the minds of murderers, witnesses, orchestrators of the perfect crime, and unwitting victims. James’s formidable talent shines just even more brightly in her shorter works.

    A Christmas Return: A Novel, by Anne Perry
    When her investigation into a long-ago murder that sundered a friendship prompts the arrival of a mysterious and disturbing Christmas package on her doorstep, grandmother Mariah Ellison, the winning star of Perry’s newest Christmas-themed mystery, finds herself traveling to Surrey to pay a visit to her estranged friend, the murdered man’s widow, in an effort to make amends. There, she teams up with the victim’s grandson, who is hot on the killer’s (cold) trail. But now that they’re stirring up old crimes, every new lead puts this unlikely pair deeper into danger.

    Death in the Stacks, by Jenn McKinlay
    Brier Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks is a delightful fundraising event that should be lifting the spirits of the library’s staff—who instead find themselves under the thumb of miserable new library board president Olive Boyle, who is ruining everything. When Olive threatens bright new hire Paula, Lindsey Norris berates her—and she fears repercussions on the night of the big event. However, Olive is found dead in the middle of Dinner in the Stacks, with nonother than Paula crouching over her. Can Lindsey clear her name, or will Paula get the book thrown at her? Don’t miss the eighth book in this charming series for mystery-minded bibliophiles.

    Parting Shot, by Linwood Barclay
    A young man swears he has no memory of stealing a Porsche and murdering a girl while inebriated—an act which devastated the small community of Promise Falls and unleashed a barrage of threats against his family. Against his better judgment, Cal Weaver reluctantly agrees to investigate the threats, but before long he finds himself sucked into a brutal quest for revenge.

    The Secret, Book & Scone Society, by Ellery Adams
    The first book in a new series that combines a few of everyone’s favorite things—books, baked goods, and deep, dark secrets. Nora Pennington resides in beautiful Miracle Springs, North Carolina, a place renowned for the healing properties of its hot springs. Nora owns Miracle books, and she has a talent for drawing out people’s stories about their lives—in exchange for her uncannily perfect book recommendations. When a businessman is found dead before he can keep his appointment with Nora, she forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, which gives members a place to turn for support and a feeling of camaraderie—as long as they first reveal their darkest secrets first. As the members of Nora’s club begin to investigate the businessman’s mysterious death, they discover a sense of community—along with some hidden dangers.

    What mysteries are you excited about this month?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2017/10/26 Permalink
    Tags: afro-vegan: farm-fresh african caribbean and southern flavors remixed, bryant terry, , chloe's kitchen: 125 easy delicious recipes for making the food you love the vegan way, , isa chandra moskowitz, isa does it: amazingly easy wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week, matt frazier, miki duisterhof, neal d. barnard, stepfanie romine, the no meat athlete cookbook   

    7 Vegan Cookbooks To Enjoy on National Vegan Day (Nov. 1) 

    There are a lot of national food holidays happening lately, and a particularly delicious one is National Vegan Day, on November 1. Omnivorous cooks and eaters alike have realized how delicious vegan cuisine can be, and it is beautifully showcased in these cookbooks. The versatility of recipes will please the seasoned vegan, as well as the newbie who wants to start making one vegan meal a week. Enjoy! 

    Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Weekby Isa Chandra Moskowitz
    This one’s an easy (and delicious!) gateway cookbook into the world of vegan cuisine. The author and columnist, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, charms readers with her engaging tone and draws them further in with a cartoonish font. She starts off simple with introductions on gadgets, pantry necessities, and simple swaps. From their, the book dives into recipes, like Puréed Split Pea and Rutabaga Soup and Cucumber Avocado Tea Sandwiches.

    Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed, by Bryant Terry
    Environmentally-conscious chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry brings people into the fold by inviting them to the kitchen table and cooking them a meal they can’t get enough of. With recipes pulling from the African diaspora, Terry presents a book of enticing recipes like Stewed Tomatoes & Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread Croutons, Chermoula Tempeh Bites, and Sweet Potato Granola with Molasses-Glazed Walnuts.

    The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts-and the Rest of Your Life, by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine
    Often athletes are concerned about giving up meat and not meeting their protein needs. Yet there are many famous athletes who have gone vegan—both Williams sisters and Mike Tyson, to name a few. For those considering doing so, check out the mouthwatering recipes from The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, written by marathon runner Matt Frazier, and yoga instructor Stepfanie Romine. Warm up with Slow Cooker Matcha Brown Rice, get hot with Pasta Marinara & Spicy Italian Bean Balls, and cool down with Banana Cream Chia Pudding Parfaits.

    Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way, by Chloe Coscarelli, Neal D. Barnard, and Miki Duisterhof
    Chloe Coscarelli rose to prominence after winning first prize on Food Network’s popular tv show, Cupcake Wars, also making her the first vegan chef to ever win a TV cooking contest. Coscarelli helped make vegan food trendy with her fast casual eatery, by CHLOE. Choose from 125 delightful vegan dishes, like Tomato-Basil Bisque, Moo Shu Vegetables with Homemade Chinese Pancakes, and of course, her winning cupcakes.

    Farm to Table Asian Secrets: Vegan & Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season, by Patricia Tanumihardja
    As food journalist and author Patricia Tanumihardja points out in her book, “much of asian cooking is authentically vegetarian—and very often vegan.” She couples her knowledge of her Asian heritage with her commitment to eat seasonally and locally, and from there sprouted this beautiful cookbook that covers many facets of the vegan lifestyle. Enjoy colorful and flavorful dishes like Blanched Baby Spinach with Sesame Sauce and Broiled Shiitake Mushrooms.

    Big Vegan: More than 350 Recipes No Meat/No Dairy All Delicious, by Robin Asbell and Kate Sears 
    Leave it to prolific cookbook author Robin Asbell to write a cookbook that covers not one hundred, not two hundred, but THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY vegan recipes. Just like the title states, this book is big, and is perfect for the cook who loves to try new meals all the time. Asbell’s writing style is welcoming, as are her recipes. Best of all for those who miss meat, she explains how to make Mock Beef, Mock Duck, or Mock Seitan.

    Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans, by Natalie Slater
    Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it can’t be decadent. In fact, there are numerous plant-based desserts that could have even the most die-hard milk-lover’s head turning, like Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes and Bike Messenger Brownies. The book is tons of fun, as author and food blogger Natalie Slater brings her love of pro-wrestling and punk rock to every page.

    How are you celebrating National Vegan Day?

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