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Cooking Books! September 2011

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Death Dines In
By edited by Claudia Bishop and Dean James

Summary: A collection of all-new stories, here is a generous helping of cozy murder mysteries by some of the finest writers out there.

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The Secret of Everything
By Barbara O'Neal

Summary: In this spectacular novel, Barbara O’Neal delivers a generous helping of the best in life–family, food, and love–in the story of a woman’s search for the one thing worth more than anything.

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Butter Safe Than Sorry: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes
By Tamar Myers

Summary: Magdalena Yoder is at the bank with her son when three armed Amish men burst in and start shooting and, more surprisingly, cursing. When Jacob wonders why the bandits had mustaches -unlike all the other Amish men he knows- Magdalena springs into action to catch the thieves.

Also Available in: Large Print, Downloadable eBook

God Save the Sweet Potato Queens
By Jill Conner Browne

Summary: The Sweet Potato Queens still have plenty of stuff to say and valuable wisdom to impart about how they went from being Cute Girls to Fabulous Women. If you haven't met the Sweet Potato Queens yet, this is the introduction you've been waiting for.
Also Available in: Large Print

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
By Laura Esquivel; translated by Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen

Summary: Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
Also Available in:  DVD

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A Catered Halloween: A Mystery with Recipes
By Isis Crawford

Summary: A Little Taste of Heaven agrees to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about the gloomy halls.

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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree
By Susan Wittig Albert

Summary: Darling, Alabama is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree. If anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it's the Darling Dahlias.
Also Available in:  Large Print, Downloadable eBook

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Devil's Food Cake Murder
By Joanne Fluke

Summary: These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need - especially when there's a murder to investigate.
Also Available in: AudioBook, Large Print, Downloadable eBook

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Sweet Delights
By: Terri Blackstock, Elizabeth White, Ranee McCollum 

Summary: Who would have thought that chocolate could be so good for your heart? This delightful anthology by familiar authors will appeal to readers of all ages. Each story is followed by a letter from the author and her favorite chocolate recipe.

Also Available in: Large Print

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
By Barbara Kingsolver

Summary: Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.

Also Available in: Audio Book, Book Club Kit

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Scones & Bones: Tea Shop Mystery
By Laura Childs

Summary: Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society's "Pirates and Plunder" soiree. But it's an antique diamond skull ring that gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process.

Also Available in: Large Print

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Fed Up
By Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant

Summary: Every chef’s worst nightmare is to have a diner drop dead after consuming his cuisine—it’s the ultimate negative review. The authors find inspiration from popular television cooking shows.


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Hark! the Herald Angel Screamed: An Augusta Goodnight Mystery
By Mignon Ballard

Summary: Mysterious events are heating up faster than spiced punch left on the burner, and it will take Augusta’s help, not to mention some celestial Southern cooking, for peace to be restored and Christmas lights to shine once again in the little town of Stone’s Throw.

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Fatally Flaky
By Diane Mott Davidson

Summary: Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla—and murder—but catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her, literally.

Also Available in: Audio Book, Large Print

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You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning
By Celia Rivenbark

Summary: From the bestselling author comes a collection of essays so funny, you'll shoot co'cola out of your nose. Complete with a treasure trove of Celia's genuine southern recipes, this bookis sure to appeal to anyone who lives south of something.

Also Available in: Audio Book

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Belle in the Big Apple: A Novel with Recipes
By Brooke Parkhurst

Summary: An outsider desperate to carve a place for herself in the cutthroat world of New York journalism, Belle marches all over town in her kitten heels and her single Chloé suit to hand-deliver résumés and smiles, and to beg for a job from the indifferent or downright hostile office drones.

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