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business with razor-thin margins.” Arrange the
back bar so bartenders can reach everything
“keeping one foot planted,” he says, because
taking steps while making drinks wastes time.
Learn what “leasehold interest” is. Part two
is livelier but more problematic. Boudreau
offers a recipe collection for bar owners
and “at-home cocktail enthusiasts,” but the
latter will likely find it a gathering of Platonic ideals. Will they really stock Becherovka
herbal liqueur and Giffard Menthe-Pastille?
Especially when they see what a bottle costs?
(Up to $35.) There’s almost one such exotic per page. Still, there are nice surprises,
like the recipe for Popcorn Ice Cream. And
Breakfast Milk. It includes Froot Loops.
The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith,
and the Joy of Eating Well.
By Ayesha Curry.
Sept. 2016. 256p. illus. Little, Brown, $27
(9780316316330); e-book (9780316316347). 641.5.
Curry brings a fresh and earnest energy to
her first cookbook, a personal collection of everyday recipes covering major meals, snacks,
drinks, and game-day dishes (the latter no
doubt an important category when you’re
married to NBA star Stephen Curry). This
cookbook is at its best when showcasing the
author’s cultural influences on her cooking—
mainly, her Jamaican heritage and childhood
years spent in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Curry is as apt to make jerk chicken as a plate
of shrimp and grits. Comfort food features
large in this book, such as ham and cheese
waffles and honey-garlic baby back ribs, but
there are new and lighter flavors, too, such
as sweet pea soup with herbed scallops and
many variations on salmon. A mom to two
young girls, Curry includes a few dishes to
cook with the “littles” and keeps recipes relatively quick and easy for busy households.
The Seasoned Life is a lighthearted, accessible
cookbook with attractive photos of Curry
and family. —Alison Neumer Lara
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice +
Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking
By Julia Turshen.
Sept. 2016. 303p. illus. Chronicle, $35 (9781452143095).
Turshen has coauthored cookbooks with
The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret
many big names, including Mario Batali,
Gwyneth Paltrow, and Dana Cowin. This
book, with a foreword by Ina Garten, is full
of a broad mix of classic recipes and those
Turshen has adapted with her own unique
twists, such as her recipes for Old Bay Shrimp
Cocktail and the Happy Wife, Happy Life
Chocolate Cake. Beautiful photos are includ-
ed with each recipe, and Turshen provides
several variations on the recipes to give cooks
more flexibility. In addition to the main chap-
ters (Breakfast, Vegetables, and Meat and
Poultry), there is also a chapter with various
recipes for beverages and sauces to keep on
hand (e.g., homemade barbecue sauce for
chicken). There are seven lists of suggestions
of seven things to do with seven different in-
gredients, such as leftover roast chicken and
pizza dough, and recipes for seven easy but
memorable desserts, such as vanilla ice cream
with jam. Menu suggestions for different oc-
casions include a date night menu, a winter
lunch, a holiday cocktail party, and breakfast
in bed. —Holly Skir
Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen.
By Candace Nelson.
Oct. 2016. 240p. illus. Grand Central/Life & Style, $26
(9781455592579); e-book (9781455592593). 641.8.
Warning! Do not crack open this gorgeous baking book on an empty stomach.
It’s simply too tempting. The first book
from the owner of Sprinkles Bakery, touted
as the world’s first cupcake-only bakery, is
a beautiful ode to those portable treats. She
includes 50 richly photographed recipes of
Sprinkles cupcakes as well as an equal number of other favorite meal-enders. Nelson
takes care to explain the process to home
cooks and begins the book with a list of important equipment and ingredients as well as
decorating tips and detailed baking instructions. Readers will be tempted by everything
from Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream
Cheese Frosting to Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes to Crème Brûlée Cupcakes.
Other desserts include ice cream sandwich-es, meringue cookies, caramels, cheesecake,
and more. This is a must-have book for any
baker or lover of sweet treats, and there are
plenty of fans of the popular bakery chain
who will be interested in these recipes, as
well. —Heather Lalley
Sweetness: Southern Recipes to
Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the
Blessings of a Full Life.
By Christy Jordan.
Oct. 2016. 304p. Workman, paper, $16.95
“The difference between an ordinary life
and an extraordinary life is finding extraordinary things in an ordinary life.” This is just
one of the many gems sprinkled throughout the latest collection of recipes from the
creator of SouthernPlate.com. Jordan, also
a contributing editor to Taste of the South,
delivers the sweetness in both recipes and
life musings. From the dedication page on,
Jordan pays sweet homage to those who
came before her. With recipes ranging from
cookies to brownies, pies, and candies (and
much more), any baker would be hard
pressed to find a recipe that doesn’t satisfy
the sweet tooth. Recipes include classics,
such as Old-Fashioned Butter Cookies and
Classic Cheesecake Made Easy, but there are
also fun new recipes, such as Katy’s Birthday Cookie Bars and Cappuccino Cake.
There are also recipes to wash everything
down with, such as fresh strawberry-ade
and that southern staple, sweet tea. Like a
warm hug from Grandma, the recipes here
will bring comfort and joy, making it the
perfect addition to any baker’s bookshelf.
Hank: The Short Life and Long Country
Road of Hank Williams.
By Mark Ribowsky.
Nov. 2016. 496p. illus. Norton/Liveright, $29.95
Ribowsky has written several biographies
of a wide variety of musical performers,
athletes, and others. Here he does a creditable job with one of country music’s giants,
Hank Williams, whose meteoric career and
booze-fueled death at 29 became a kind of
template for the dissipated lives and early
deaths of so many subsequent pop-music
superstars. Although there have been several
previous biographies (and at least two movies) about Williams’ life, Ribowsky’s may
be the most revealing since Paul Hemphill’s
Lovesick Blues (2005). Ribowsky is particularly strong on Williams’ early life, especially
his relationships with his very influential and
extremely problematic mother and with his
first wife, Audrey, who was the inspiration
for some of Williams’ songs and also contributed significantly to the loneliness and
heartbreak that came to define the singer’s
life and work. In the end, Williams lived a
mostly horrible life and, by the time of his
death in the backseat of a baby-blue Cadillac, had become a largely unlikable, if very
talented, hero. —Mark Levine
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon.
By Peter Ames Carlin.
Oct. 2016. 432p. illus. Holt, $32 (9781627790345).
While attending Forest Hill High School,
under the moniker Tom and Jerry, they got
a brief taste of fame with a minor Everly
Brothers–inspired hit, “Hey, Schoolgirl,” in
1957. However, it wasn’t until seven years
later, when producer Tom Wilson, unbeknownst to Simon and Garfunkel, added
folk-rock instrumentation to the acoustic
version of “The Sound of Silence,” that the
duo had a hit record, forever changing the
trajectory of their careers and the history
of pop music. Carlin (Bruce, 2012) covers
in detail Simon’s life story: growing up in
Queens, the challenging relationship with
Garfunkel, breakups, reunions, breakups,
reunions, hit records, Simon’s family life, as
well as Simon’s solo recordings, including his
tremendous breakthrough with Graceland
(along with the political backlash for ignoring the cultural boycott of South Africa), his
stab at filmmaking (One Trick Pony), and
theater (The Capeman), and his ongoing
sonic adventures with his more recent recordings. Although Simon sometimes comes
off as argumentative, self-important, and
self-serving, throughout this highly readable
biography Carlin depicts an artist who is