July 2020 Prime Picks
cookbooks are recommended picks for their tested recipes and different
approaches that make cooking not just accessible, but virtually
those with little experience.
start the learning process early will find My
First Cookbook (9781948793222, $19.99) excels in dishes kids
will have fun
making, which include rolling, squishing, and mixing activities that
cooking as a shared indoors activity with this book, which approaches
as projects and includes such diverse offerings as kid-friendly snacks,
Noodle Bowls, easy cookies, and more.
equipment and ingredient lists are backed by color photos and appealing
drawings, as well as photo step-by-step instructions that assume no
kid-friendly cookbooks on the market which advocate collaborative
few hold the visual impact and the promised success of each tested
recipe as My First Cookbook,
recommended for young
cooks ages 5-8 and their parents.
The Complete Summer Cookbook
(9781948703147, $32.99) provides some
500 recipes perfect for handling the heat of summertime, and will
cooks interested in trying new ingredients and recipes which often
international flare and influences in dishes such as Korean Sizzling
Lettuce Wraps or Nettle Soup.
attention is given to using equipment which doesn't add to the summer
an oven would (the slow cooker recipes take such classics as Barbecued
Spareribs and adds another dimension to them), and there's an
wide range of cooking techniques, from grilling beef kebabs to making a
Carolina Shrimp Boil or creating an Italian-inspired Florentine Freeze
campari, gin, and frozen orange juice.
heat-beating dishes and tested recipes, paired with lovely color photos
completed dishes throughout, makes The
Complete Summer Cookbook a highly recommended winner.
Gina Rae La Cerva
Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food
comes not from a
culinary chef but a geographer and anthropologist who considers
relationship to wild foods and what happens when these are adapted for
this process. This survey of wild foods, the process of loss that
food is commercialized and mass produced, and how to preserve
future generations is explored in a story that ferrets out the world's
remaining wild foods which have not yet been touched and changed by
Much in the
Anthony Bourdain, Gina Rae La Cerva undertakes a world journey to seek
taste these foods, moving between countries around the world from the
Asia to Europe in search of the truly wild dining experience.
descriptions of these foods, the threats to their survival, and their
beneficial attributes makes a powerful case for supporting not just
and their environments, but the wild foods of the world, and the
Cider Mill Press
Vegetables: The Ultimate Cookbook comes
from a chef and farmer who
provides not just a cookbook, but a culinary history of where
originated, which countries used them in different dishes and ways, and
make the most of vegetables which are presented in an A-Z compendium of
recommended pick not just for cooks, but those who would enjoy
information about culinary and cultivation history, accompanied by
photos and original illustrations throughout.
easy fare any cook can quickly produce, such as Sauteed Swiss Chard or
Cheese & Honey Toast Crisps (for a quick appetizer) to Roasted
Au Gratin. Most take 15-20 minutes to prepare, which makes this
particularly recommended for busy cooks who don't want to spend hours
kitchen. But there are also dishes such as a Lamb & Peas Curry,
take 30 minutes or more to put together.
all-in-one cookbook packed with international flavors and influences,
dishes which are appealing, will find Vegetables:
The Ultimate Cookbook an outstanding survey.
God and Guns
Michael W. Austin
Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
God and Guns in America is a Christian
argument for gun control
that offers a middle ground between gun rights activists and those who
ban them. It uses Biblical perspectives to support the idea that
should become peacemakers in a different way.
in the gun debate and Biblical perspectives will find God
and Guns in America a fine discussion that accepts the
viewpoints of both sides while considering their different arguments
middle, Bible-based ground where both can meet.
just be in Christian book collections, but should prompt discussions
normally divergent groups on best practices and options for staying
Biblical precedent while helping change the world.
Volcanic National Park
Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park: A Guide to
the Park's Greatest
Hiking Adventures pairs color photos and maps with detailed
descriptions and tips for planning a customized hiking experience,
both common and lesser-known hikes throughout the park.
various opportunities take into account different abilities, from
mountain peaks to level, flat walks around lakes, as they outline some
hikes that include miles, directions, tips on locating trailheads, and
Lassen National Park, one of the least-visited parks in the nation's
are in for a treat in a hiking guide packed not just with take-along
information, but accompanying historical and geological details.
My Vanishing Country: A Memoir is not
strictly a memoir, but blends
historical and cultural insights as it moves through the American South
history, from Civil Rights issues and figures to the author's heritage
roots in South Carolina's town of Denmark.
Sellers is a
CNN political analyst who uses his own background and family history to
the evolution of civil rights, Southern heritage, and the rise of
in modern America.
own father's background and lessons and the children he is, in turn,
lessons to, Seller creates an inspirational and eye-opening examination
foundations of freedom and oppression alike, crafting a memoir that is
personal, and political history all under one cover.
recommended as a striking survey of modern social change.
Up All Night
Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of
24-Hour News should
be in any media studies collection and provides a solid history of the
CNN and the idea of 24-hour news shows and dedicated news channels.
state of news broadcasting prior to CNN and the new model for network
television programming that was fostered by a team of thinkers who
different model for delivering news to the American people. It also
social, technological, economic, and political challenges CNN faced as
developed its model for the first all-news channel.
business history alike will relish this in-depth survey of all the
interpersonal interactions on various levels, from reporters and
to other media entities, that came into play during the creation and
spiced with these conversations and special challenges, is hard to put
You're Not Special: A (Sort-of) Memoir
comes from an actress and
YouTube personality who provides a review of her life's ups and downs.
It serves as
autobiography for those who already know Meghan Rienks and as a
series of escapades and realizations which offer wisdom and food for
those who struggle on and through the road to adulthood.
advice such as 'how to talk to your crush' to tricking others into
are not struggling with life and have everything together, this blend
humor, life insights, and practical advice will prove especially
young adults who will find Meghan Rienks and her advice both
picture books are highly recommended new arrivals for libraries seeking
lends for elementary-level readers.
Fleischman's Alpha Maniacs: Builders of 26
Wonders of the
World (9780763690663, $19.99) features art by Melissa Sweet
language, sounds, and words with art, using an adventure focus that
kids to appreciate word obsessives and their connection to the art
solve problems and variations on letters to designers of calligraphy
writing with the goal of writing more books than anyone else, this
biographical profiles, art, wordsmiths, and their lasting impact on
will appeal to advanced elementary to adult readers with its lively,
celebration of the language of adventure.
If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah
(9780763689346, $16.99) receives lovely, large-size drawings by Matthew
as it explores the world of otters and marine life on the Pacific coast
of human interactions with otters, strategies for their protection, and
natural history in a lively, beautifully illustrated blend of pictures
that requires only basic reading skills and an interest in ocean life
Springstubb's Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the
(9781536203066, $16.99) receives appealing drawings by Elaheh Taherian
surveys the very different approaches to life between Khalil, who lives
upstairs apartment with a big, noisy family, and Mr. Hagerty, the
resident who is quiet. A hot summer day brings the two outdoors and
encountering each other as Mr. Hagerty gardens and Khalil looks for
treasure in the backyard.
The roots of
friendship which crosses age barriers and cultures makes for an
picture book choices that young readers will appreciate.
middle grades stand out from the myriad of publications this Spring,
recommended picks for discriminating elementary-grade collections.
Hart's Finder: Coal Mine Dog (9781682631638,
$7.99) tells of Thomas, who is forced to work in the mines with his
dangerous and include the threat of fire as well as cave-ins, and when
and Finder become trapped, they must rely on ingenuity and each other
are in for a treat with this historical piece, which combines a dog
Smith's Mr. Penguin: The Lost Treasure
(9781682631706, $9.99) tells of a penguin adventurer who is excited
first adventure, which falls into his lap when Boudicca Bones, from the
asks for his help in locating a missing treasure.
to early middle grades will appreciate the two-color illustrations
as Mr. Penguin faces hungry alligators and waterfalls, secret passages,
certain death, discovering that adventuring may not be all it's cracked
Both are fun
choices that offer strong writing and fun story lines to draw even
readers into action-packed tales.
You Can Do
You Can Do It, Noisy Nora! presents the
picture book story of a
little mouse who is learning to play the violin. Nora is enthusiastic
newfound ability to play a special song.
tenacity is celebrated, but her newfound fascination with an instrument
only produces awful sounds has her family covering their ears during
initial weeks of scraping, squeaking, screeching sounds.
illustrates the little mouse's persistence and her family's solution to
grating new passion.
Fans of the
Noisy Nora book will find this gentle story a fine addition to what
be a compelling new series.
Vote for Me!
Martin Baltscheit and Marc Boutavant
Vote for Me! is a fine picture book
exploration of the election
process that is particularly suitable to the 2020 year as it explores a
who loves winning elections—until he confronts a mouse who decides to
At first the
isn't worried about such a small candidate, but as each animal offers
alternate in a big election, too many options muddle the process.
How can the
kingdom vote on the best animal for the job?
Marc Boutavant's lovely drawings accompany a fine, fun story that excels in both humor and easy, pointed messages about winning, politics, and representation.