Mailbox Monday – February 1, 2010

It is Monday again – and time for the next installment of Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Readers are invited to share the books that came into their home during the week. To play along, visit Marcia’s post today.

Here is what was delivered to my doorstep:

Chocolate: A Love Story by Max Brenner (with artwork by Yonatan Factor) was a win from a giveaway at Bethany’s blog Dreadlock Girl. This large, hardcover cookbook is full of all things chocolate (are you drooling yet), but that’s not the only thing great about this book. It is also filled with amazing illustrations by Yonatan Factor. So this is not just a cookbook but a book of art as well. Readers can shop Brenner’s online store (just in time for Valentine’s Day), or learn more about his work by visiting his website. Thanks to Bethany and Hachette Book Book Group for offering this book for give-away!

How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis was also a win from the same giveaway at Bethany’s blog Dreadlock Girl. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in this book (like Beef Stew with Leeks, and Pan Roast Chicken with Lemon Potatoes). Psilakis also includes a personal narrative to accompany his 150 recipes. Learn more about Psilakis by reading this article on the Restaurant Insider, or better yet, visit his famous restaurant Anthos in New York City. Thanks again to Bethany and  Hachette Book Book Group for offering this book for give-away!

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt arrived from Ecco (an imprint of Harper Collins) through a Shelf Awareness offer. Making Toast is due for release later this month. This memoir is marketed as a “testament to familial love.” When Rosenblatt’s daughter (a doctor, wife and mother) suddenly collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Rosenblatt (along with his wife Ginny) packed up their home in Long Island and went to live with their son-in-law and three very young grandchildren. Making Toast is the story of the years which followed. Rosenblatt is a nationally acclaimed author of 13 books, 2 satirical novels, 6 off-Broadway plays, and numerous essays for Time Magazine. To learn more about Rosenblatt and his work, visit the Wikipedia entry for him or drop by Harper Collins’ page for him and read an excerpt from Making Toast.

What arrived at your house this week?

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  1. I received Making Toast also. I read Chocolate too. The recipes itimidated me. Maybe someday I’ll be brave and tackle one! The artwork is great!

    • Kim on February 1, 2010 at 10:17

    The Max Brenner book is also a wonderful coffee table book thanks to the great art deco pics.

    Enjoy reading and cooking with your new books!

    • Kathy on February 1, 2010 at 13:46

    Wow, you had a couple of great wins! I got Making Toast too.

  2. Looks like everyone in the blogosphere got a copy of Making Toast! I have a personal interest in the book, as our granddaughter is being raised by her maternal grandmother and has been since the tragic death of her mother. However, I may hold off on reading and reviewing the book so it doesn’t get lost in all the other reviews.

  3. There’s a lot of food there! Happy reading.

    • Wendy on February 6, 2010 at 12:14

    Beth: I think everyone and their brother got Making Toast!! I’ not sure how many recipes I’ll make out of the chocolate cookbook … but I like envisioning them 🙂

    Kim: I agree – the art work is great.

    Kathy: I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on Making Toast.

    Les: LOL – I know! I won’t read Making Toast for a couple of months…too many other books on my shelf. SO I imagine you and I will be reviewing it around the same time 🙂

    Serena: LOL – there certainly is 🙂 Thanks.

  4. I bought HOW TO ROAST A LAMB back in December, but I haven’t made anything from it yet. I love the stories he tells along with the recipes, and the family photos.

    Enjoy your new books!

    • Wendy on February 15, 2010 at 11:03

    Dawn: I am looking forward to reading the food stories and looking at the photos more closely. The recipes look good too!

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