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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2017/11/22 Permalink
    Tags: , enemy of the state, , gift guide, , , owen king, ruth wareorigin, , , the lying game, the rooster bar,   

    Gift Guide: Up All Night Reads for the Thriller Obsessed 

    Diving into a gritty thriller and losing yourself in a page-turning story is an inordinately satisfying experience. This holiday season, why not give the gift of sleepless nights—the kind the receiver will actually thank you for? Some of our favorite big name authors (from Dan Brown to John Grisham!) have long-awaited brand new books out, and there’s something for every thriller fan. See the complete list in our Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas for your thrill-seeking friends and family.

    The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham
    Grisham proves he’s still got his finger on the pulse in his newest, telling the story of idealistic but broke law students Mark, Todd, and Zola, who mortgage their future in the form of student loans to attend a third-tier law school. In their third year, the trio realizes they’ve been victims of the Great Law School Scam: the graduates of their school rarely pass the bar and almost never get jobs—and the school’s owner also owns the bank that wrote the paper on their loans. Naturally, smart nearly-lawyers go for the only option they have available: revenge. It’s going to take planning and risks (like dropping out before earning your degree) but it’s the only option if you want a little justice—and the result is an Ocean’s 11 for the LSAT crowd.

    Origin, by Dan Brown
    Brown returns to his most successful character with an all-new Robert Langdon adventure, this time centered in Spain and focusing on more modern art. Langdon starts off the book as the guest of former student-turned-billionaire Edmond Kirsch, who is staging a provocative presentation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and hinting at the answers to two of the fundamental questions of human existence. Naturally, things go very, very wrong, and Langdon soon finds himself fleeing to Barcelona with museum director Ambra Vidal and working desperately to discover a password Kirsch left behind that will unlock all of the billionaire’s secrets. Their opponent, however, seems to be all-knowing, and firmly rooted in the Spanish royal palace—but there’s no one on Earth more equipped to deal with codes and symbols than Robert Langdon.

    Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King
    King and his son Owen team up for a book with a timely, terrifying premise: what if, in the very near future, most of the women in the world simply went to sleep and didn’t wake up? Covered in cocoon-like white membranes, the women become feral attackers if disturbed. the Kings being Kings, they set the action in a depressed Appalachian town whose main employer is a women’s prison. Men, left to their own devices, don’t react well, and society begins to unravel even as the question of what’s happening with the female half of the population lingers. One woman named Evie who appears immune, and might be a savior—or some sort of demon come to supervise the downfall of man. Filled with smart social commentary and larger-than-life characters, this is a top-notch collaboration from the biggest family name in the business..

    The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware
    Four women—Isa, Kate, Thea, and Fatima—spent their boarding school years at Salten House, sneaking away to hang with Kate’s art teacher father and her dreamy brother and play the Lying Game, a challenge to get people to believe the most outlandish stories they could dream up. It all ends in tragedy, and 20 years later, new mum Isa receives a note from Kate that sends her off on a train and back to the village of Salten, where she meets the rest of the old gang. It seems a bone has been found in the marshes nearby, and the women know all about its origins—and the discovery of a body means all of their lives, and the lies they’re built on, could come apart.

    Enemy of the State, by Kyle Mills
    The 16th Mitch Rapp novel (and third by Mills since Vince Flynn’s passing) finds Rapp enlisted by the president to clean up a growing mess in Saudi Arabia, as rival factions of the royal family and the government fund terrorists and plot against one anther, sowing chaos and supporting ISIS. Rapp employs his usual steady professionalism, assembling the sort of team you can rely on to carry out the high-level maneuvers required—including his lover, Claudia Gould, his former enemy Grisha Azarov, and former army sniper turned drug runner Kent Black. The seemingly impossible mission requires a clever plan, but as usual, readers can rest assured Rapp has one.

    Shop our Holiday Gift Guide, with prefect gifts for everyone on your list!

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 2:00 pm on 2017/06/16 Permalink
    Tags: cake boss: stories and recipes from mia famiglia, , , dad's own cook-book, , gift guide, john besh, meathead: the science of great barbecue and grilling, my family table: a passionate plea for homecooking, omg dad's cooking, simply ming one-pot meals   

    6 Father’s Day Cookbooks for BBQ and Beyond 

    Father’s Day is one of the toughest holidays to shop for. Dads seem to have everything, or not want anything. But what’s a better present to give anyone than the gift of a book? And gifting someone a cookbook, well that’s a gift that keeps on giving to the whole family! With cookbooks authored by top-notch chefs as well as dads who just love to cook at home, this list has every dad covered.

    My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking, by John Besh
    Nominated for a James Beard Award, this emotive book is by acclaimed chef John Besh. Besh’s upbringing in Southern Louisiana influenced not only his cooking style, but his culinary traditions as well. As the title states, the book beckons families to return to the ritual of gathering around the table. And with his delectable gumbo on that table, it makes it easy to convince even the most stubborn of family members to come together.

    Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy & Affordable Recipes, by Ming Tsai, Arthur Boehm, and Antonis Achilleos
    James Beard Award–winning chef Ming Tsai knows how to cook a complicated and fancy meal. But he also knows how to keep it simple and in budget, without sacrificing health or flavor. This cookbook offers over 80 recipes, but home cooks will only need one pot. Which means easy cooking, and best of all—quick clean up.

    OMG Dad’s Cooking: Your Everyday Healthy and Easy Recipes Cookbook, by Eran Iohan
    Some dads—like Chef Pépin, Chef Besh, and Chef Tsai—are masters in the kitchen, while some fathers are great home cooks, preparing fantastic dinners for their families. But for some kids, the idea of their dads in the kitchen is a terrifying thought. For those dads who look at the kitchen like unchartered territory, start them off easy with this basic (and humorous) cookbook. In between the pages of the cute composition notebook cover are simple and healthy recipes like roasted veggies and couscous salad.

    Dad’s Own Cook-Book: Everything Your Mom Never Taught You, by Bob Sloan
    Written by Bob Sloan, a teacher, chef, parent, and owner of a catering company, this cookbook serves up easy-peasy recipes. But perhaps the best part is that, as a teacher and someone who is used to cooking big amounts for catered events, Sloan gives great party ideas for both kids birthdays and fancy soirées alike.

    Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, by Meathead Goldwyn
    Another dad-is-cooking stereotype is the idea that he’s most comfortable behind the grill. For those fathers who do love their outdoor BBQ, check out Meathead by BBQ Whisperer and Hedonism Evangelist of AmazingRibs.com, Meathead Goldwyn. (The author was nicknamed ‘Meathead’ by his dad, and his career now perfectly suits his childhood nickname.) The book offers up various smokey recipes, as well as tips on making the most out of your grill.

    Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia, by Buddy Valastro
    For dessert, Cake Boss’s Buddy Valastro has you covered. This appetizing book includes great Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Pignoli, as well as warm family anecdotes of a cooking family.

    What cookbooks does your dad love?

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