Saturday, August 17, 2013

Julia's Birthday Part 2: More Yummy Reads

Today we continue our coverage of Julia Child's 101st birthday, which was on Thursday with some more great books about food and cooking.


Dead Is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez. Psychic investigator Daisy is excited to have won cooking lessons with the famous chef, Circe Silvertongue. But Circe is horrible to work with and someone's blackmailing Nightshade's paranormal community-- everyone except Daisy's family. The 4th book in the Dead Is... series, start with Dead Is the New Black.

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis. Olivia lives in LA with her family, helping create the specials at one of her dad's struggling restaurant. She finds a vintage cookbook and as she cooks from it, decides to see if she can find her birth mother.

Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser. Elaine has been cooking her way through Julia Child's cookbooks every since she was 8. She wants to be a chef, but her congresswoman mother thinks that the her daughter should strive for something a little less traditional. When Elaine makes a larger-than-life new best friend (named Lucida Sans, after the font) everything changes.


The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises. Stella's parents may or may not be separated and they are professional foodies but she loves junk food. Her parents got her an internship at the local paper-- but she's supposed to write about food. The hot new guy in the kitchen at her mother's restaurant is willing to help, and Stella's willing to let him, but where does that leave things with her boyfriend who likes Stella a lot more than she likes him?

A la Carte by Tanita S. Davis. Lainey wants to be the first African-American vegetarian celebrity chef, and her cooking show real promise. But her best friend (who she wishes were more) has disappeared to escape a bad home situation, leaving Lainey alone and confused.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. When Rose eats, she can taste the emotions of the person who made it, which allows her to discover many family secrets that she wishes she hadn't discovered.


Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold and Phil Masfield. This cookbook is full of healthy food that's aimed at teen cooking skills and teen tastebuds.

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Meghan Carle, Jill Carle, and Judi Carle. Meghan and Jill Carle are teen sisters who both love to cook, even though how they cook and what they cook are very different. They teamed up to write this book to give other teens the skills they need to get by in the kitchen. Also check out their Teens Cook Dessert.

Pizza: How to Make and Bake More Than 50 Delicious Homemade Pizzas by Carla Bardi. We think of pizza as junk comfort food, but it can easily be healthy, and it's a pretty easy dish to make with a million variations.

For some more food books, check out our list for yesterday's Julia Child list and our list for National Nutrition Month. What other ones would you add?

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