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June 14, 2022

Dear Lovely Readers,

I have had a delicious blast sharing all of Abrams Books’ Food and Drink collection this year. Today I am sharing FIVE fantastic cookbooks I’ve been working my way through one scrumptious recipe at a time. I hope you enjoy these yummy treats!

Happy Eating & Drinking,


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Where are all my astrology lovers???? Do I have a book for you! You can officially lean into your “sign” and say CHEERS to extraordinary and meaningful Cocktails designed just for you! 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘦: 𝘊𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘪𝘨𝘯 by Vanessa Li and Bowen Goh is an absolute Gem!⁣

Learn how to get your home bar in gear and your glassware in order while making astrological cocktails. How fun does that sound? You can’t help but be curious about your sign while flipping through this book. Li and Goh lure you in with their tasty cocktails with quirky names….𝐄𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝗪𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐌𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐲, 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐏𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐲 𝐅𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛, 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐌𝐲 𝐀𝐠𝐞 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧, and so many more. ⁣

𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘦 is a tiny treasure to add to your cookbook and drink bookshelf. ⁣

𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 ⁣
“Featuring everything from chili-infused tequila for the adventurous Aquarius to an espresso-based cocktail for the unstoppable Virgo, these recipes will give you the tools you need to pay tribute to the sign of your choice, whether you love that sign, hate that sign, or are that sign. With names such as Sorry I Ghosted You, What’s My Age Again?, and Pillow Talk, and featuring ingredients ranging from gummy bears and CBD drops to star anise and oat milk, these tempting cocktails have been expertly tailored to every sector of the zodiac, with four recipes dedicated to each sun sign plus more for various cosmic events. Witty, wise, and welcoming to cocktail makers of all levels, Margarita in Retrograde is a loving tribute and essential resource for every enlightened mixologist.”⁣

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It’s finally June which means Maine is getting a tiny bit warmer every day. The time has finally come to say goodbye to the cozy soups and stews that have provided us warmth and nourishment during the unbearable winter and to say Hello to everything SALAD. ⁣ I’m kicking off the summer season with a brand new cookbook by Jess Damuck, titled 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘥 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬.

The title pretty much sums up what’s between the covers of this bright and shiny book. However, here are a few dishes I have made so far that have wowed me….𝐈𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐝 ( we all need this NOW), 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚’𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐨𝐳𝐳𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐮𝐜𝐞 ( anything with a mango involved works for me), and 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐞, 𝐂𝐮𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐭 ( ummmmm… perfection).⁣

𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 ⁣
“Delicious and beautiful recipes from Martha Stewart’s personal salad chef and the self-proclaimed “Bob Ross of salads.”⁣
Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads. Salad Freak encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining color, texture, shape, and, of course, flavor, Damuck demonstrates how a little extra effort in the kitchen can be meditative, delicious, and fun. “

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Alton Brown is Back with his latest cookbook, 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘌𝘢𝘵𝘴 𝟺: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴. This book is not only delicious but one to totally geek out on. Brown has updated versions of some of his best recipes with all the fun science and food facts along the way. Perfect your pour-over coffee, nail your fried eggs, and make the best damn pressure cooker chili in the universe. OR… be like me and make the Lasagna again (which by the way, is EPIC). No matter what you are in the mood for, Brown has you covered with his fail-proof recipes and cooking instructions galore!⁣

⁣𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 ⁣
“This long-anticipated fourth and final volume in the bestselling Good Eats series of cookbooks draws on two reboots of the beloved television show by the inimitable Alton Brown—Good Eats Reloaded and Good Eats: The Return. With more than 150 new and improved recipes for everything from chicken parm to bibimbap and cold brew to corn dogs, accompanied by mouthwatering original photography, The Final Years is the most sumptuous and satisfying of the Good Eats books yet.”

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Let’s take a quick peek at my “𝘐’𝘮 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳” supper!!! 𝐆𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐬 (this is what they call it in Spain) 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬 from Colu Henry’s latest cookbook, 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘶 𝘊𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴: 𝘌𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘍𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥. ⁣

Tonic water, good old Bombay Sapphire (that’s what’s in my cupboard), tons of ice, and yes…a lemon in lieu of a lime. Paired with some salty treats, dinner is served…to me!⁣

Lots of fun recipes in this book that are easy, yet look impressive. Perfect when you are so bored with the “same-old-same-old”! 𝐀𝐥𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐩 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐲 𝐑𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐲 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦𝐬, and a 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐧-𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐬 are on deck to be cooked and devoured this weekend.⁣

Be sure to check out this mouth-watering cookbook ASAP!⁣

“With 100 recipes and photographs, New York Times Cooking Contributor Colu Henry offers ideas and solutions to get you out of your weeknight routine, explore new ingredients and techniques, build your confidence, and have sophisticated dishes on the table in around 45 minutes.”

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Sometimes it is a good idea to simply ditch the meat and eat all the vegetables and things from the earth. The Forest Feast Road Trip cookbook by Erin Gleeson is a little slice of heaven for your cookbook shelf. Stunning recipes and photos inspired by the gorgeous state of California are what you will find between the covers of this book. Zucchini Breakfast Sandwiches, Skillet Tofu & Onions, Sunset Stir-fry, and Polenta Lasagna are just a few of the drool-worthy recipes I am obsessed with these days. Gleeson’s book is next-level fabulous and I beg you to grab a copy for your kitchen.


“For years, Forest Feast fans have loved Erin Gleeson’s effortless California-style vegetarian cooking, made in her beautiful cabin in the woods. Now, Gleeson takes an extended road trip around California, staying in unique cabin dwellings along the way and showing readers the beauty and incredible food of the Golden State she knows so well. From the grapes of the wine country where Gleeson grew up to the avocados of San Diego, California is known for its rich agriculture.The Forest Feast Road Trip showcases 100 vegetarian recipes, all inspired by her family’s journey by car through a stunningly geographically diverse setting. Each chapter “focuses on a different region of California, depicted in Gleeson’s signature aesthetic of atmospheric photography, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering recipes drawn from the fresh, local produce found in each location. Gleeson visits the giant redwoods on the coast of Mendocino, the desert of Joshua Tree, the mountains of Lake Tahoe, the tropical beaches of Santa Barbara, the cliffs of Yosemite National Park, and everywhere in between. In each location, Gleeson and her family stay in design-forward cabins, host dinner parties, and explore local attractions, providing tips for readers who may want to take a California road trip of their own.”

***Dear Mr. Hemingway, LLC  has proudly PARTNERED with Abrams Books and will be sharing their Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Food & Beverage books as part of the #ABRAMSDINNERPARTY.

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