In this week’s issue, we have some new and fabulous reading for you. We hope you are hungry for good books because two writers—Nicki Leone and Lindsay Champion—turned their enthusiasm toward culinaria. Lauren Baratz-Logsted, no cook but a great interviewer, has turned her attention to the second author to be enticed into her space. And Lauren Roberts went shopping—for you!
The holiday shopping season, love it or loathe it, is here. And if it includes readers and book lovers, Lauren has been out shopping for you. Not literally, but for this week and the next two, she will be listing and talking about all kinds of gifts for literary person in your life, or even for you in all price ranges. Think of it as having a personal shopper to come up with the ideas and do the work so you don’t have to in A Shoppin’ We Will Go.
Soup, according to Nicki, soothes, heals, calms, restores, and enlivens the spirit all while making the house smell wonderful. Black Bean soup. Creamy tomato soup. Chicken and noodle or chicken and rice. Even Campbell’s Alphabet Soup. But it’s Hot and Sour Soup that has eluded Nicki’s grasp until now. Fortunately, her search for a good recipe has come to an end with a new cookbook she found that has put her need for take-out versions out of business in Soup Magic.
More food. Lindsay finds that her dream of cooking school may not be all it’s whipped up to be. Or maybe she should say it’s more. When something that she have long dreamed of doing meets a new memoir by a woman who had the same dream and followed it to the end. It didn’t destroy Lindsay’s dream, but it did kick some reality into it in Écoutez Votre Cœur.
Lauren has been out seeking more victims for her “Disrespectful Interviewer” series, and this time she drew into her web the young adult author, A.S. King. Silly Lauren. She thought she was getting A.S. Byatt, so she had to make a quick switch. Fortunately King appears not to have noticed, and she graciously came up with some smart answers in The Disrespectful Interviewer: Dissing A.S. King.