My favorite weekly meme is on tour. For the entire month of October you'll be able to find Mailbox Monday on She reads and reads. If taking a look at the books other people discovered in their mailboxes intrigues you, and if you'd like to participate, this just might be the meme for you. Thanks for hosting, Avis!
I almost had a good week... until I decided to buy a Cuisinart loaf pan from Amazon. One loaf pan led to purchasing an art book and a couple of slow cooker cookbooks, and... eh! You know the drill already! I sent 5 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes and received 4. (Which sounds good unless you remember the book buying I've done the past two weeks.)
Here's the scoop on the books that made their way into my mailbox last week:
- The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla (Amazon). "This unique guide to preparing Indian food using classic slow-cooker techniques features more than 50 recipes, beautifully illustrated with full-color photography throughout. These great recipes take advantage of the slow cooker's ability to keep food moist through its long cooking cycle, letting readers create dishes with far less oil and saturated fat than in traditional recipes. Anupy Singla shows the busy, harried family that cooking healthy is simple and that cooking Indian is just a matter of understanding a few key spices. Her "Indian Spices 101" chapter introduces readers to the mainstay spices of an Indian kitchen, as well as how to store, prepare, and combine them in different ways. Among her 50 recipes are all the classics — specialties like dal, palak paneer, and gobi aloo — and also dishes like butter chicken, keema, and much more. The result is a terrific introduction to making healthful, flavorful Indian food using the simplicity and convenience of the slow cooker."
- The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard (PBS). "When she was just three years old, Jody Linder lost both parents in one night, when her father, Hugh Jay—eldest son of the wealthiest rancher in the small town of Rose, Kansas—was killed and her mother, Laurie, vanished. Raised by grandparents, Hugh Senior and Annabelle Linder, and with loving support from three uncles, Jody spends years collecting human detritus around the area’s towering Testament Rocks, where authorities once searched for clues to Laurie’s disappearance. Jody’s world is rocked 23 years later when Billy Crosby, the vicious drunk convicted of her father’s murder on circumstantial evidence, is released for a new trial; his return to town brings events to a head."
- Quiltscapes II by Rebecca Barker (Amazon). "Full-page photos of Rebecca Barker's remarkable and colorful acrylic paintings capture the images of traditional quilts imaginatively integrated into landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and farm scenes. Instructions are given for making the block or blocks featured in each painting. The more than two dozen full-sized pieced and appliqued blocks include Vermont Maple Leaf, Poppy, Prairie Flower, Dove in the Window, Lady of the Lake, Windblown Star, Waves of the Sea, Flower Basket, and more. Just looking at the exquisite photographs is a delight. And having quilt block patterns to sew is a wonderful bonus. This book would make a great gift for quilters and non-quilters alike."
- The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone (Amazon). "Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual "crockpot" fare into the dimension of fine food. Pasta with Meat and Mushroom Ragu, Osso Buco with Red Wine, Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms: These are dishes that even the most discriminating cook can proudly serve to company, yet all are so carefree that anyone with just five or ten minutes of prep time can make them on a weekday and return to perfection."
Hopefully your interest is piqued on a title or two. Perhaps you've even made a note about possible Christmas gifts for readers on your lists.
Now comes the fun part: checking out all the other participants' goodies in their mailboxes!