Front Table Picks
I sure hate to cook, but I love cookbooks and I love reading through them. So here are a few I really like this week and I urge you to take a look!
THE NIMBLE COOK (ISBN 9780544935501, paper over board) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is Ronna Welsh’s latest. For 20 years Welsh has been empowering home cooks and chefs with very simple strategies for cooking creatively. This book teaches optimal prep methods and hundreds of starting point recipes that can change basic dishes to incredibly delicious and even luxurious ones. My mouth is watering again just writing about her onion jam for burgers and a cheese stock for risotto. Learn more at the HMH website.
VEGAN MEAL PREP (ISBN 9780778806301, trade paperback) from Firefly is all about “meal prepping,” preparing whole meals and meal components for the week ahead. It’s got 5 day meal plans with inventive recipes for breakfast, lunch dinner, snacks and desserts–all saving time and money. Learn more at the Firefly website.
Gibbs Smith’s FRENCH TOAST: STACKED STUFFED & BAKED New Edition (ISBN 9781423651352, hardcover) The new edition reminds us that French Toast is not just for breakfast anymore, and it gives readers/users different styles, stuffings and toppings to turn simple breakfast breads into tasty meals. There are tips on picking the right breads, methods on how to cook, and it has a special section about sweet syrups and sauces. Mmmmm. Learn more at the Gibbs Smith website.
Last week Abrams had the cover reveal for the upcoming DIARY OF A WIMPY KID WRECKING BALL (ISBN 9781419739033) and it’s another winner. The 14th title in the series, it will go on sale November 5th. There’s going to be a huge social media influencer campaign beginning this summer starting with BEA and BookCon. Wimpy Kid branded street teams will be giving out Greg Hefley tote bags and decals. There’s going to be a DWK Read-a-Rama program for indie bookstores to encourage summer reading, then a lead-in to the fall marketing and publicity programs. Learn more about Wrecking Ball at the Abrams website .
A book I mentioned in a recent blog post, QUEER HEROES from Quarto Publishing (ISBN 9781786034762) has a publishing error and therefore is not available until the new printing in September. If you have any copies on hand, please destroy them. Quarto will either issue you a credit for the copies, or if you so choose, will send you the same number of copies gratis when they are available in September.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s CLASS ACTION (ISBN 9781328799203) has been named a finalist for the prestigious Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize is given each year by the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal to a novel-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. The prize winner will be announced August 29th at the Library of Congress in conjunction with the National Book Festival. See the publisher’s page for Class Action.
Speaking of HMH, they have joined the growing number of publishers that are working with indie bookstores to soften the blow of the impending Baker & Taylor retail shutdown. The Indies Fast Track program will give first orders from new accounts a 50% discount and 150 days dating. Frontlist and backlist titles are all eligible and there are no minimums. The offer is good from May 15th through December 31st. AND they are rolling out a very generous stock offer for all indies and it can be used multiple times. Your C&H HMH rep has details.
What Else I’m Reading
I have read just about every book about 9/11, but FALL AND RISE: THE STORY OF 9/11 (HarperCollins) is one of the best I’ve read. It has stayed with me ever since I put it down. Mitchell Zuckoff, a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims and their families in the aftermath of the attacks. He has spent the ensuing years meticulously doing research and reporting and the result is this book–filled with the voices of the lost and the saved in a minute-by-minute timeline. Its gripping narrative tells the stories within the planes, the towers, the Pentagon, and finally, Shanksville. We all know the story and how it ends, but it reads like a thriller and some passages left me literally breathless.
Focusing on “the littlest readers” to give them a great first book experience, Cottage Door Press publishes books for 0 months+ to 3 year olds+. Their innovative formats include classic board books; Button Song Books; both Peek and Lift-the-Flap books; Discover and Learn series; Little Bird Greetings (give a book instead of a card, write a note and read a story); box sets and gift sets and several other series. High quality, great prices. Founded in 2014, the publisher has twice been recognized by Publishers Weekly (2017 & 2018) as one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the US. They believe that reading is learning, educating can be entertaining. They are also socially conscious by supporting organizations that foster early literacy and book ownership. Right now they have a promo on their Finger Puppets series and their Chunky Lift-the-Flap series (10% off both). Your Chesapeake & Hudson rep can provide you with a list of titles.
Here in Maryland the Spring weather has finally set in, my Philadelphia Phillies are still in first place, and my canine buddies Benny and Jake are keeping me good company. Hope you all are selling books and your customers are grateful for the book space you provide for them. We are grateful for you, our great bookselling friends!