1. 
Cooling off
After a long hot, humid summer, I always look forward to getting back in the kitchen when the weather cools down. Late 2014 and early 2015 are going to be good to fans of female chefs working in New York City, with upcoming cookbooks Milk Bar Life (Clarkson Potter, Apr. 2015) by Christina Tosi of the restaurant Momofuku Milk Bar and A Girl and Her Greens (Ecco: HarperCollins, Mar. 2015) by the Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield. Memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef (LJ 7/11) by Gabrielle Hamilton of the eatery Prune garnered generous praise when it came out three years ago, both for the thoughtful way she writes about food and cooking and for her distinctive, no-nonsense voice. Hamilton’s memoir culminates with the opening of her restaurant in New York City and with this November’s release of Prune (Random). Fans of the author, the restaurant, and delicious things in general will be able to re-create at home dishes such as cardamom panna cotta with roasted black plums and fresh English and sugar snap peas with wasabi butter and ­honeycomb.
Sabrina Ghayour’s Persiana (Interlink, Nov.) looks like one of the best of the upcoming bumper crop of Middle Eastern cookbooks. In her gorgeously photographed first cookbook, the London-based chef shares more than 100 recipes for interesting but accessible dishes such as lamb and sour cherry meatballs; tomato salad with pomegranate molasses; and radish, cucumber, and red onion salad with mint and orange blossom dressing.
When I hear that Alice Medrich (Pure Dessert; Seriously Bittersweet) has a new book out, it’s all I can do to keep myself from running to the nearest bookstore and shouting, “Shut up and take my money!” at whoever’s behind the counter. Flavor Flours (Artisan, Nov.) uses such nonwheat flours as rice, oat, corn, buckwheat, chestnut, teff, sorghum, and coconut to play with flavor and texture in recipes for both classic and new baked goods. I’m especially anticipating trying out a date-nut loaf made with buckwheat flour and, if I’m extra ambitious this holiday season, the chestnut-flour buche de noel.
Naturally, I’ll want to have some good audiobooks on deck to keep me entertained while I’m chopping and stirring. I can’t wait to listen to Karen Abbott’s nonfiction work Liar Temptress Soldier Spy (Harper Audio, Sept.; LJ 9/15/14), which follows four female spies over the course of the Civil War, and The Rosie Effect (S. &. S. Audio, Dec.), Graeme Simsion’s sequel to last year’s thoroughly charming The Rosie Project (LJ 9/1/13).—Stephanie Klose

Our cookbooks editor offers a tasty lineup of fall culinary titles plus two audiobooks to listen to while cooking up a storm.

    Cooling off

    After a long hot, humid summer, I always look forward to getting back in the kitchen when the weather cools down. Late 2014 and early 2015 are going to be good to fans of female chefs working in New York City, with upcoming cookbooks Milk Bar Life (Clarkson Potter, Apr. 2015) by Christina Tosi of the restaurant Momofuku Milk Bar and A Girl and Her Greens (Ecco: HarperCollins, Mar. 2015) by the Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield. Memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef (LJ 7/11) by Gabrielle Hamilton of the eatery Prune garnered generous praise when it came out three years ago, both for the thoughtful way she writes about food and cooking and for her distinctive, no-nonsense voice. Hamilton’s memoir culminates with the opening of her restaurant in New York City and with this November’s release of Prune (Random). Fans of the author, the restaurant, and delicious things in general will be able to re-create at home dishes such as cardamom panna cotta with roasted black plums and fresh English and sugar snap peas with wasabi butter and ­honeycomb.

    Sabrina Ghayour’s Persiana (Interlink, Nov.) looks like one of the best of the upcoming bumper crop of Middle Eastern cookbooks. In her gorgeously photographed first cookbook, the London-based chef shares more than 100 recipes for interesting but accessible dishes such as lamb and sour cherry meatballs; tomato salad with pomegranate molasses; and radish, cucumber, and red onion salad with mint and orange blossom dressing.

    When I hear that Alice Medrich (Pure Dessert; Seriously Bittersweet) has a new book out, it’s all I can do to keep myself from running to the nearest bookstore and shouting, “Shut up and take my money!” at whoever’s behind the counter. Flavor Flours (Artisan, Nov.) uses such nonwheat flours as rice, oat, corn, buckwheat, chestnut, teff, sorghum, and coconut to play with flavor and texture in recipes for both classic and new baked goods. I’m especially anticipating trying out a date-nut loaf made with buckwheat flour and, if I’m extra ambitious this holiday season, the chestnut-flour buche de noel.

    Naturally, I’ll want to have some good audiobooks on deck to keep me entertained while I’m chopping and stirring. I can’t wait to listen to Karen Abbott’s nonfiction work Liar Temptress Soldier Spy (Harper Audio, Sept.; LJ 9/15/14), which follows four female spies over the course of the Civil War, and The Rosie Effect (S. &. S. Audio, Dec.), Graeme Simsion’s sequel to last year’s thoroughly charming The Rosie Project (LJ 9/1/13).—Stephanie Klose

    Our cookbooks editor offers a tasty lineup of fall culinary titles plus two audiobooks to listen to while cooking up a storm.

  2. The Audiobookmobile hits the road! →

    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners.

    Keep an ear out for this bookmobile!

  3. Random House Audiobooks | Anne Frank Free Download →

    In honor of what would have been Anne Frank’s birthday, RH is offering a full free audiobook download of The Diary of a Young Girl.

  4. Finalists Announced for 19th Annual Audie Awards →

    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) today announced the finalists for the 19th annual Audie Awards. The winners will be announced on May 29, 2014 at the Audies Gala in New York. The finalists include an eclectic mix such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World, narrated by Rita Moreno (Random House Audio/Books on Tape); Roald Dahl’s beloved Matilda, narrated by Kate Winslet (Penguin Audio); and F. Scott Fitgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, narrated by Jake Gyllenhall (Audible, Inc.). This year also sees a new category being honored: erotica.

    Erotic audiobooks? My ears are burning!

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  5. LJ’s 2013 Best Audiobooks

  6. OverDrive announces move to all MP3 audiobooks →

    OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  7. Discovering Audiobooks | #ljAudio →

    For you Twittering Tumblarians, don’t miss our inaugural Twitter chat about audiobooks and libraries, moderated by Media Editor Stephanie Klose tomorrow, September 18, from 2 to 2:30 PM (EDT).

    We’ll focus on “Discovering Audiobooks,” discussing which titles made you a devoted listener, what you recommend to patrons who have never tried audio, and how you help them discover audio holdings on their own.

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    (Source: addtoany.com)

  8. Audiobook Month Audies Giveaway: Solo Narration—Female
June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, LJ and audiobook publishers are giving away the nominated books in eight Audie Awards categories, beginning with the Audie for distinction in Solo Narration: Female. To enter the giveaway for all of the audiobooks listed below (on CD or as digital files—your choice, though some titles may be available only as one or the other), listen to the clips and leave a comment on LJ’s website telling us if you think the right narrator was awarded the prize or if you would have given it to someone else. The contest will remain open until June 19 at noon EDT, at which point a winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.

    Audiobook Month Audies Giveaway: Solo Narration—Female

    June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, LJ and audiobook publishers are giving away the nominated books in eight Audie Awards categories, beginning with the Audie for distinction in Solo Narration: Female. To enter the giveaway for all of the audiobooks listed below (on CD or as digital files—your choice, though some titles may be available only as one or the other), listen to the clips and leave a comment on LJ’s website telling us if you think the right narrator was awarded the prize or if you would have given it to someone else. The contest will remain open until June 19 at noon EDT, at which point a winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.

  9. Dear Friends

    jennirl:

    We are throwing a party tomorrow night at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and by we i mean Bookrageous, Book Riot, Library Journal Book Review, and Kobo! you should join us.

    Here are the spoils that LJ will present.

  10. Looking for Librarians with Audiobook Experience!

    LJ needs librarians to share their successful audiobook promotion methods great & small for a feature article. Contact MRogers@mediasourceinc.com for more information.

  11. Listening to Books (from n+1) →