The Beekeepers Ball

From Francine Schwarz

Title:  The Beekeepers Ball

Author:  Susan Wiggs

A great continuation of the story in the lives of the people at Bella Vista.  Great summer read.  It was wonderful how Wiggs intertwined past (and some real) and present events to tell a wonderful story.

Medium Raw

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Title: Medium Raw
Anthony Bourdain is not a chef. Surprised, huh? He comes right out and admits this. He is lot of things- ex-junkie, world traveler, gourmand, adventurer, and a cook – but he does not think of himself as a chef. You’ll learn all this and more in the essays that comprise this book. He discusses aspects of his life and issues that affect the world and food. There are times that instead of attending the Culinary Institute of America, he seems to have taken classes at the Keith Richards Kooking Kollege, majoring in sex, drugs and rock and roll, although he now claims to be a devoted family man. You decide.
P.S. Words of Warning- If you’ll be offended by rough language and graphic sexual references, pass this one up.

My Life in France

From Margaret Mezzacapo

My Life in France

Author: Julia Child

Of the many books on Julia Child’s life that have come out in the past year or so, this is one of my favorites, possibly due to the many photographs sprinkled throughout. While not possessing all the minute details presented in Dearie, another Child biography, this gave you the gist of her life plus some viewpoints from Julia’s side of the story.

Cowgirl cuisine

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Disbrowe, Paula
Cowgirl cuisine : rustic recipes and cowgirl adventures from a Texas ranch
Successful NY food writer moves with baker/husband to Texas Hill Country. Think: scorpions, campfires, cowboys, ranch life, chuck wagons, horse riding. Excellent recipes for salsas, desserts, meats, appetizers, potato salad, cocktails. Most recipes have many ingredients (15 or more) which is daunting. One sandwich has 21 ingredients!  Warning about handling chile peppers (use rubber gloves, don’t touch face) should be on p. 1, not p. 78.  Great dulce de leche method.  Cooking terms not explained, nor sources for ingredients. Not for beginner cooks.