Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain brings his wit, snark, and love of cooking to bear on the current culinary landscape in Medium Raw (Ecco, $15.99). What separates Bourdain from other food writers is his obvious love for the craft and his inability to spare feelings, including his own. Hilarious and puncturing takes on his work with The Food Network, the pomposity (and talent) of Alice Waters, and the surreal set of Top Chef are balanced by confessional passages about his own failings as a cook and a person. Bourdain venerates the passion and commitment to cooking while deflating those he believes are doing it a disservice. Whether you end up agreeing with him or not, you will laugh
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ISBN: 9780061718953
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2011

Brilliant - Jane Brox

Jane Brox’s Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light (Mariner, $15.95) is fascinating and compulsively readable. Brilliant is saturated with research and amazing facts about the subject, but, even more, it explains the reciprocal relationship between science and society. From the stone lamps that facilitated our first cave paintings to an overabundance of modern light that impedes our observation of the stars, Brox takes us step by step through our own history, and how our mastery of light has shaped who we are.

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ISBN: 9780547520346
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Published: Mariner Books - July 7th, 2011

Spies of the Balkans - Alan Furst

In 1940, Greece is on edge as countries around it fall to the Axis powers. Special Officer Costa Zannis, stationed in the port city of Salonika, becomes tangled in the affairs of diplomats, spies, soldiers, and dissidents as he realizes what will happen if the Nazis achieve their plans. In Spies Of The Balkans (Random House, $15) Alan Furst creates moving characters caught in a moment where inaction is surrender and moral decisions have deadly outcomes.

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ISBN: 9780812977387
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 14th, 2011