Saturday, July 17, 2010

Good Summer Reads & a Giveaway

Most people take a good novel or best seller to the beach. I take a cookbook.

So what am I reading these hot summer days, you ask?

I am reading these 3 new books & one more is on my list.
They are not only enjoyable to read, but have some great looking recipes, which I plan on trying out soon. Stay tuned.

The first book is from the fantastic Brooklyn restaurant called Frankies Spuntino.
Spuntino means "little snacks" in Italian, or a place you can get a little snack.

I should have named my blog "Stacey's Spuntino".

It's called The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual.



There are pretty drawings inside and some very simple homey Italian recipes from the restaurants.

These 2 boyhood pals from Queens, NY (Frank & Frank) have turned a little idea into a big business. They have 3 popular NY restaurants now.

I can't wait to try the cavatelli w/ sausage and brown butter sage.

Book #2 I am enjoying is called Poor Girl Gourmet, written by Rhode Island food blogger Amy McCoy.



Just because you are on a budget, doesn't mean you have to skimp on good food.
I highly recommend this nice book with good photos and recipes.

Book #3 was recommended by Lisa from Delaware (a reader of this blog), and is called Mediterranean Summer, and I am thoroughly enjoying it!



A true story of an American chef hired by a wealthy Italian couple to cook for them on their private yacht.

I love reading it, all the while imagining the beautiful markets of fresh & wonderful produce in Provence and Italy, cruising along the Costa Bella & the Cote d'Azur.

There are great recipes along with a dream trip along the French & Italian Riviera.

Book #4 is due out on August 3.

It is called Georgia's Kitchen, by author Jenny Nelson.

It is a new food fiction novel about a NYC chef who receives a bad restaurant review. Devastated, she goes to Tuscany to sharpen her skills as a restaurateur & cook and leaves her career, fiance and life back home for a new life in Italy. It sounds exciting and anything that involves food, Italy and romance is for me. I can't wait to read it.



The publisher of Georgia's Kitchen is giving two of my readers a copy of this new book, so just leave a comment and tell us what you are reading this summer and on Wednesday the winners will be randomly chosen.....and it doesn't have to be a cookbook!

What are you reading this summer? Inquiring minds want to know.

53 comments:

auntiej said...

The Girl who kicked the hornet's nest--great read, as were the previuos two books. And any number of food blogs :)

Jillian said...

I read food blogs all day at work when I should be working! SHHH!
I am an addict!
Thanks for your great blog!
Jillian

Lisa said...

I'm reading Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich. I love the series!

Amy B said...

I borrowed "Victorian Food and Cooking by Andrea Broomfiled" from the library and I liked it so much I bought my own copy. This is an absolutely fascinating
study of how food production and mores changed during the industrial revolution. So much of which impacts us today. A whole chapter on the history of breakfast toast!

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Cooking-Victorian-England-History/dp/0275987086/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279368928&sr=1-1

Lionmb said...

I am reading alot of Greg Iles...and the series of books starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

Kim said...

Georgia's Kitchen sounds like a great book! I've been reading Steve Raichlan's Planet BBQ, Michael Symon's Live to Cook, Mario Batali's Molto Gusto, and Emeril's Farm to Fork.

Diane said...

Just finished, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and also just finished The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. About to start Dracula by Bram Stoker. Looking forward to reading Georgia's Kitchen.

Kirsten Lindquist said...

I love your style! I should be reading more cookbooks too. Currently I'm reading the Codex by Lev Grossman.

Jan Beaty said...

Love your blog, Stacy! I am reading Twilight (1st book of series), just finished Caught by Harlan Coben. Before that read The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand. It was interesting before of all the food!! Would love to read Georgia's Kitchen. Also, I have made quite a few of your recipes - all with great success....

Linda said...

I love reading cookbooks and books about cooking and travel. I really enjoyed Mediterranean Summer and want to try some of his recipes. I just finished Blind Submission fiction set in a book agent's office, A Homemade Life, This Body of Death-a mystery, and a book on Sissinghurst Castle which I just visited. I love your blog-find so many great recipes to try.

Claudia said...

Summer is for reading - taking note of all your books! (keep a running list). Non-foodie: Let the Great World Spin; Foodie: La Cucina. Every recipe, every story.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I have never seen anyone besides myself reading a cookbook at the beach! Thank you for the reading suggestions!

Recipe for Delicious said...

I'm reading "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" by Wayne Johnston and "Fugitive Pieces" by Anne Michaels. I'll also be reading "Ad Hoc At Home" if anyone buys it for me.

Janiceb said...

It's been so ridiculously hot here in the northeast that my reading "Snow" by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is both absurd and perfectly appropriate.

melrose said...

Same here:) I am reading 'Eating for England' i 'The Food and Cooking of Eastern Europe'!

margaret vv said...

the lion!

Vicki said...

I love reading cookbooks, but right now I'm re-reading Anna Karenina. Not exactly light summervreading, I know...

Karen said...

I have read 3 of Jen Lancaster's books this summer. They are all easy reads which I love for the beach. This afternoon I just started Sense & Sensibility. I needed some real reading after so much light reading.

Dana said...

I read cookbooks too but if I really want to escape, I read quality fiction. I read "Tinkers" just before leaving for France and I still can't get it out of my mind. Slim volume, very dense, exquisitely written and profound.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I just finished reading Medium Raw, Bourdain,couldn't put it down! and I'm still working on Recipes from an Italian Summer, simple dishes for informal summer entertaining, makes me want to sell my house and move to Italy!

A Melbourne Girl said...

I'm reading a bunch of stuff.

Donna Hay Magazine, over and over to try to absorb it all.
Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl...nice food and pics by the season

Australian Delicious Magazine...best monthly food magazine EVER!

and for some light reading (lol) Race of a Lifetime, the story of the 2008 Presidential election campaign. Gripping, even though you know the ending
The thing is, this has been my Winter reading list as we're feeling the cold here in Australia.

Love your blog Stacey
Lesley

Niveditha said...

Thanks for this giveaway...I love reading and I have just started Danielle Steel's 'One day at a time' and is going pretty good so far!!

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

browniesprinkles said...

I do have to admit Stacey, your blog is on my google dashboard and I do look forward to what you post every day. Though I am a sucker for foodie pics so I usually like to look at your pictures first and then go back to read the recipes. This summer I've read some solid books that I'd recommend: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. My favorite: The Guernsey LIterary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer--this book made me fall back in love with reading and writing.

wanda said...

Reading food blogs! Love reading yours Stacey!

charlene020 said...

I am reading "Medium Raw" by Anthony Bourdain right now. I love to read and plan to start "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" by Aimee Bender this afternoon. Thanks for the chance to enter. Hope the rest of your week-end is a wonderful one!

Jamie said...

I'm a college student, so i mainly only get to read my text books but in between classes right now i'm re-reading Edgar Rice Burroughs, "The Land the Time Forgot". Love your blog Stacy!!!

Jamie

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I too love to read Stacey. I'm currently reading an old book, now reprinted with a introduction by Mark Bittman - Beard on Food.

It's James Beard's food columns. No pictures and no need for them either. Just short stores and still appropriate for today, even thought it was originally published way back when.

I've had Mediterranean Summer on my wish list at Amazon for ages. Somehow it's never gotten purchased. Guess I better do something about that!

Great give-away. I would love to read Georgia's Kitchen. Food, Italy and romance what more do you need to make a book exciting? Count me in.
Sam

Donna-FFW said...

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, along with 1001 ways to pleasure your spouse, hahahaha gotcha.

Erin said...

I just finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and I currently have The Postmistress and the cookbook Good to the Grain on my night table. Your books sound lovely and I will have to check them out!

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Randi Lynne said...

I hope to read Ad Hoc this summer.

Molly said...

My husband can't quite figure out why I read cookbooks when I'm not in the kitchen! Right now, I'm reading Mark Bittman's Food Matters (again). It's an incredible book - full of mind-numbing facts about how and what Americans eat. It's changed my whole outlook on food and consumption. I highly recommend it.

Keep up the great blog, Stacey. I look forward to it daily!

pdimaio said...

Hi Stacy-thanks-love your blog. I just finished Some Girls by Jillian Lauren and now reading Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott. I am a rabid reader, especially in summer. I have read so many of the books mentioned here. I, like many other foodies devour cookbooks. Currently reading a gift given to me, In Nonnas Kitchen with a story for each recipe and Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts, all while trying all the recipes.Can't wait for Ina's new book out in Oct! Georgia's Kitchen looks great and totally my kind of book.

lisa is cooking said...

Poor Girl Gourmet is in my to-read stack right now! I need to get to that already. I'm also reading and enjoying Let the Great World Spin--a great novel about New York. The cookbook I'm reading right now is Cradle of Flavor.

Marika said...

On my night table I have cookbooks to lull me to sleep, amd produce happy dreams.



Right now, when I'm not in bed, I'm reading "Goat Song", a delightful story of an author and hi artist wife, who get fed up with New York and move to Vermont and start raising goats. It is a witty account how they learned everything from breeding, milking and making cheese. There is even a little bit of “goat porn” to make you laugh out loud

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - Loved your book suggestions and am looking forward to finding and reading them. Right now, I am reading another of Paul Theroux's travel memoir books - The Old Patagonia Express. He is such a good writer - any of his books are really worth the time.

All Things Yummy said...

Awesome giveaway. I love having a good book to read.
I just finished Kitchen Chinese and now I'm reading Why Italians Love to Talk About Food.

JackieHNguyen said...

I just finished Little Bee and can't stop thinking about it. It's a wonderful book.

Ling said...

David Lebowitz's The Sweet Life in Paris

Fay said...

“Slow Love – How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas, and Found Happiness” by Dominique Browning
(2010 Atlas& Company)Non-fiction.

For 10 years, Dominique was the Editor-In-Chief of “House and Garden” until CondĂ© Nast ceased publishing the magazine. Dominique was laid off. The book describes her year-long journey of finding herself (and work) again. Message: There is more to life than work becoming your identity. Wonderful read, especially for those who are unemployed.

Also, I love any fiction or mystery books which include recipes (what a surprise!) I love the series by Joanne Fluke (Kensington Publishing Inc) with titles like, “Cherry Cheesecake Murder,” “Key Lime Pie Murder,” “Peach Cobbler Murder” each with a dozen or so recipes tied to the story plot. Is that fun or what???

SarahB said...

I'm reading The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo along with the rest of the world. So far I don't know what all the buzz is about. Just got the new Sedaris book and Chelsea Handler "are you there Vodka? It's me Chelsea" and am looking forward to both!

SarahB said...

I'm reading The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo along with the rest of the world. So far I don't know what all the buzz is about. Just got the new Sedaris book and Chelsea Handler "are you there Vodka? It's me Chelsea" and am looking forward to both!

Miss M.J. Ma'am said...

I'm reading Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank......excellent summer read!

brannyboilsover.com said...

I'm reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy.

fcarrie2 said...

I am reading food blogs at work b/c it is summer and there is nothing to do! At home I have been on a Nora Roberts kick.

Claire said...

I am going to purchase the Frankies book. I have their restaurant on my list of "must go to"! I am reading Real Food What To Eat and Why by Nina Planck. So informative and really makes one think about the choices we make at the grocery store!

kat said...

I just finished reading "You Can't See Paris From Here" about an American who lives in a very small town in France & works in the restaurant which is the only business in the town. A really great story about the changes in small towns & farm life in France.

Libby said...

How funny...I just finished Mediterranean Summer myself. One of the best books I have ever read, truly! It was a library copy, but now I want my own so I can try the recipes he includes in the back. Would love to win Georgia's Kitchen...thanks for a great giveaway! Libby

Kathy said...

I am reading Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl. Great book, looking forward to the next book by Lis.

Margaret said...

Hi Stacey I also just love reading cookbooks and about food! Thank-you for the cookbook recs :) Right now I am almost finished reading "The Book Of Negros" by Lawrence Hill ( published under the title "Someone Knows My Name" in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.) About a month ago I picked up a second hand copy of "A Year in Provence" by Peter Mayle, which I want to read soon. Have You ever read "The Food of Love" by Anthony Capella? It takes place in Italy! I enjoyed it.
Thanks Stacey, I'm going to make a book list from all your comments!
Margaret from B.C.

Natalie said...

I love reading books about food--A Homemade Life was the most recent that I read and absolutely couldn't put down! I would love to win your giveaway!

Carole said...

I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love in anticipation of the movie release.

I'm also having fun with two cookbooks--Phila Inquirer In a Hurry Cookbook by Elaine Tait, a revered (and retired) restaurant critic and foodie, and Talk with your Mouth Full by the Hearty Boys (1st Food Network Stars).

Thanks for the fun giveaway.

tasteofbeirut said...

I just received 3 books from my English cousin and they are all about food and romance and two are about Italian food and one is about 3 sisters who open in Persian café in Ireland; can't remember the title.