I hope everyone found time to get out and vote today (if you didn’t vote early).
The Nook Daily Election Find, Walter Isaacson’s Benjamin Franklin, is now price matched on Kindle ($2.99). That price may or may not last past midnight on the West Coast.
The Subterranean Scalzi Super Bundle ($7.99) is a super-deal, even if you already have one or two of the titles (I have a lot of Scalzi, but only two overlap this bundle). I don’t see Judge Sn Goes Golfing in the free sample, but you might want to grab it and just report it missing (it’ll probably be yanked from the store, once that happens, so the publisher can replace the file).
Subterranean Press bundles together all of their John Scalzi titles into one easy-to-buy special this November:
- How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story
- An Election
- Judge Sn Goes Golfing
- Questions for a Soldier
- The Sagan Diary
- The Tale of the Wicked
- The God Engines
- You’re Not fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to the Coffee Shop
Waterfall ($1.99) is the first title in Lisa T Bergren’s YA/CF River of Time series (David C. Cook).
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Grade Level: 8 and up
The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef ($2.51), by Marco Pierre White, was a Nook/Kindle Deal of the Day last year ($4); this is the lowest price I’ve seen on it.
Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. Anyone with even a passing interest in the food world knows White is a legend. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars – and also the only chef ever to give them all back – is a chain-smoking, pot-throwing multiply- married culinary genius whose fierce devotion to food and restaurants has been the only constant in a life of tabloid-ready turmoil. In The Devil in the Kitchen White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucus and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles. With candid honesty and wicked humor, he gives us insight into what it takes to become a great chef, what it’s like to run a 3-star kitchen, and why sometimes you really do need to throw a cheese plate at the wall.
Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur’s Story of Passion, Pain, and Pasta ($2.99), by Andrew Friedman, Pino Luongo and Anthony Bourdain
Everyone has an opinion about Pino Luongo. To Tony Bourdain, he was the notorious Pino Noir, the shadowy kingpin of a restaurant empire. To Manhattanites, he was either the savior or the scourge of the city’s dining scene. To the many fans of his cookbooks, he was the herald of Tuscan cuisine.
In Dirty Dishes, Luongo emerges to tell his side of the story. And it’s quite a story: After an idyllic (and well-fed) childhood in Tuscany, Luongo came to New York as an actor, and, after quickly washing out, fell into the restaurant business. Within ten years, he had risen from a position as a dishwasher to build a string of the hottest restaurants in the city, including Le Madri, Coco Pazzo, Tuscan Square, and Centolire. For a decade, he was one of the undisputed kings of New York nightlife, building a reputation for brilliance, volatility, and charm – as well as a long list of hilarious and jaw-dropping “Pino stories.” But after a flirtation with a corporate chain went sour, he cashiered his restaurants and returned to his first love, the kitchen.
Pino has had an incredible life, full of amazing twists and famous names- and he’s a born storyteller. Along with his expert coauthor, Andrew Friedman (who helped craft Don’t Try This at Home), he’s created an immensely readable inside look at the New York restaurant world, in all its Byzantine glory.
A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal ($2.51), by Anthony Bourdain
Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook’s Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, ‘What would be the perfect meal?’, Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts out in Japan, where he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish which can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded road to Pailin into autonomous Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh’s Gun Club, where local fare is served up alongside a menu of available firearms. In Saigon, he’s treated to a sustaining meal of live Cobra heart before moving on to savor a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mecong Delta. Further west, Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony’s youth, the first stop on his European itinerary. And from France, it’s on to Portugal, where an entire village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we’re only halfway around the globe. . . A Cook’s Tour recounts, in Bourdain’s inimitable style, the adventures and misadventures of America’s favorite chef.
A Moveable Feast ($4.99), by Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Mark Kurlansky and Don George (Lonely Planet)
From bat on the island of Fais to chicken on a Russian train to barbecue in the American heartland, from mutton in Mongolia to couscous in Morocco to tacos in Tijuana – on the road, food nourishes us not only physically, but intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually too. It can be a gift that enables a traveler to survive, a doorway into the heart of a tribe, or a thread that weaves an indelible tie; it can be awful or ambrosial – and sometimes both at the same time. Celebrate the riches and revelations of food with this 38-course feast of true tales set around the world. Edited by Don George
Naughty & Nice 3-Story Bundle ($1.99) is a brand-new anthology by Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane (Loveswept). All three authors have upcoming releases, so this trio of novellas should whet your appetite, while you wait. In addition, it seems that all of Ruthie Knox’s novels are currently marked down to $2.99 (including her pre-release title). The publisher sent me an eARC on this one and it’s near the top of my holiday TBR pile.
’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.
ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox
Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O’Keefe
Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane
After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his new found feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.