Jervey Tervalon - Monster's Chef

From award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestselling author Jervey Tervalon comes Monster’s Chef ($24.99), a highly clever, twisting tale of suspense involving drugs, perverse sex, and poisonous celebrity worship, in which a man trying to rebuild his life becomes entangled in dangerous and deadly circumstances

Once upon a time, Gibson was a successful chef with a popular restaurant and a beautiful loving wife. He was also a drug addict with a habit that nearly destroyed him. Fresh out of rehab, he’s now using his skills to feed his fellow halfway house residents budget gourmet meals—a talent that attracts two shady women who offer him a job cooking for a music superstar named Monster. Though Gibson doesn’t have a good feeling about his seeming good fortune, he needs a job.

Arriving on Monster’s compound, Gibson senses that trouble is still on his tail. First, he’s asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. Then he meets the compound’s gardener, who warns him not to go outside at night—and tells him that to stay alive he must see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing. 

It is advice that proves all too true when Gibson discovers a dead body near his bungalow a few nights later. Suddenly, all hell is breaking loose . . . and Gibson is at the center. Now he has to figure out how to escape this terrifying nightmare . . . and whether he can.

Jervey Tervalon is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dead Above Ground and Understanding This, for which he won the New Voices Award from Quality Paper Books, and the anthology, The Cocaine Chronicles. He was the Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental College and a Disney Screen Writing Fellow. He is the director of the Literature for Life Project, a literary/salon magazine, and the literary director of LitFest Pasadena. Born in New Orleans, he now lives in California and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
 
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Monster's Chef (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780062316202
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Published: Amistad Press, 6/2014

Celeste Ng - Everything I Never Told You

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.
 
Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You ($26.95) is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
 
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. 
 
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$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205712
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 6/2014

Kim Sunée - A Mouthful of Stars

Bestselling author of Trail of Crumbs and former food editor Kim Sunée offers up her first cookbook A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from My World Travels ($27.99), a collection of Kim's interpretation of cherished recipes and cooking discoveries from across the globe. From Tuscan crostini di fegatini and Louisiana dirty rice to the flavors of her birth country, South Korea, to her favorites from the ten years she spent eating and cooking in Provence and Paris. The author's time in many lands and cooking in many kitchens has inspired this beautiful, unique, exotic, and delicious culinary journey.
 
Kim Sunée is the author of the national bestseller, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home. Trail of Crumbs was both a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a Book Sense Pick, and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Hebrew. She has been featured in the New York Times, Ladies' Homes Journal, People, ELLE, and Glamour.

She ate and lived in Europe for ten years before working as a food editor for Southern Living magazine and Cottage Living magazine. Her writing has appeared in Food & Wine, The Oxford American, and Asian American Poetry and Writing. Sunée has appeared several times as a guest judge on the Food Network's Iron Chef America and has collaborated on several cookbooks, including The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances and Ed Mayes, and the Tupelo Honey Cafe by Elizabeth Sims and Chef Brian Sonoskus.
 
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$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781449430085
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 5/2014

Joshua Weissman - The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

Teenage foodie Joshua Weissman lost over 100 pounds just by turning from trendy diets to real food. Now he shares how he developed a sensible, yet still indulgent, philosophy of eating for health and happiness, along with some of his favorite recipes.
 
For decades, the food industry has misconstrued valid viewpoints about healthful ways of eating, sometimes leading the public even further from good health. For this and many other reasons, we have become increasingly disconnected from the food we eat. In The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook ($29.95), teenage food blogger Joshua Weissman, who lost more than 100 pounds by eating real food, shares some of his favorite recipes, along with his philosophy on food. This book focuses on the use of whole foods and on eating for happiness and health. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, you want to be healthier, or you just love food, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook brings it all to the table with more than 100 recipes that will appeal to inexperienced and advanced home cooks alike. It includes recipes that everyone can enjoy making and eating that are free of grain, gluten, and refined sugar—ingredients that are all too common in our Western diet but can be real roadblocks on the path to wellness. Healthful food does not inherently taste bland or bad; Joshua proves just that with recipes such as an irresistible Rolled Pork Loin lined with fresh and fragrant herbs, a hearty Shepherd’s Pie topped with a creamy cauliflower mash, and a flavorful Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry. Vegetable dishes such as Braised Leeks and Artichoke Hearts and Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks will show you new ways to cook and enjoy your favorite veggies, and maybe even find a new favorite.

Teenager Joshua Weissman is an accomplished real-food advocate and food blogger who writes and photographs for the increasingly popular blog Slim Palate. At a young age he began to struggle with weight problems, and his health began to decline. Even simple tasks such as walking up stairs grew difficult for him. He was physically and verbally harassed at school, causing frequent bouts of depression. Wanting to change his life and his eating habits, Joshua did extensive research and found a way to use whole, natural foods to create elegant, palate-pleasing recipes that helped him lose weight without sacrificing flavor. He lost more than 100 pounds and is now fit and happy. His affinity for food and cooking compels him to share his kitchen tips and tempting, nourishing recipes with the world. Joshua focuses on the use of whole foods and grass-fed/pastured meats in his cooking and makes note of the empowering benefits of buying locally. He feels that food is a powerful expression of love and relationship that is enriched by knowing where your food comes from and knowing that it’s properly raised.
 
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$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781628600117
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Published: Victory Belt Publishing, 3/2014

Susan Coll - The Stager

A comedy of rabbits and real estate in the D.C. suburbs from the author of Acceptance and Beach Week.
 
Dominique is one very bitter rabbit. His owner, Lars Jorgenson, is a former tennis pro who has blown out both knees, become obese, and is now addicted to a cocktail of prescription drugs containing the letters X and Z, one weird side-effect of which is that he has developed an omniscient point of view. Both Dominique and Lars are going crazy in the affluent Maryland suburbs where their faux Tudor home is up for sale. Idle on the market for months, the home is now being staged: A professional has come in to redecorate and depersonalize the house so that others can imagine themselves living there. Into the messy personal life of Lars and his beautiful wife Bella comes Eve, an unemployed journalist-turned stager who immediately realizes, as she steps into the foyer, that she is in the home of her former best friend. Eve knows way too much about Bella, including the questionable paternity of the meddling young child who lives in this house. Questions of friendship, loyalty, fidelity, sobriety, and sanity are raised to hilarious effect in The Stager ($26.00), a dark comedy that explores how we live in the age of planned communities, cookie-cutter mansions, and cutthroat careerism.
 
Susan Coll is the Events and Programs Director at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the novels Beach Week, Acceptance, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com. Acceptance was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack in 2009. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Stager (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374268817
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 7/2014

Ellen Gustafson - We the Eaters

Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor of the Ferry Building (Embarcadero at Market St., San Francisco)

The talk will be followed by a reception with book signing and farmers market refreshments. The event is open to the public and space is first-come-first-served. A $5 donation will be requested at the door. 

The implausible truth: roughly a billion people in the world are hungry and more than a billion are overweight. Far from complete opposites, hunger and obesity are different manifestations of the same problem: it’s increasingly difficult to find and eat nutritious food. Solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges—from hunger to healthcare costs, from corruption to cancer, from terrorism to type 2 diabetes—are right under our noses, literally embedded in the food we put on our plates.

In her new book, We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World, author Ellen Gustafson—a young social entrepreneur, foreign policy maven, and food policy advocate—outlines the root causes of this dichotomy. She provides a blueprint of actionable solutions—solutions that could start with changing out just a single item on your plate.

Join CUESA for a talk with this impassioned and articulate author, and hear about how we can love our food and our country while being better stewards of our food system and our health.

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food systems activist and social entrepreneur. She lectures around the world on global food issues and is the cofounder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and founder of the Apron Project. The cofounder of FEED Projects and the FEED Foundation, which have provided more than 60 million school meals to children in need, Gustafson has also worked at the U.N. World Food Program, ABC News, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 

 

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$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781623360535
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Published: Rodale Books, 5/2014



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