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Fall 2019 Cookbook Releases I'm Excited For (Regional & Ethnic)

The only thing I love doing more than reading is cooking. Unfortunately, it is so darn hot that I haven't wanted to spend any time getting hotter in the kitchen! I am eagerly anticipating cooler weather so I can get back to cooking and I am especially looking forward to these October 2019 (regional & ethnic) cookbook releases:⁠

Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond by Audrey Le Goff 

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Limited Edition by Nathalie Dupree, Cynthia Stevens Graubart 

Tuscany Favourite Recipes: Traditional Cooking by Vinci Bellomo , Paola Baccetti, Laura Giusti, Franco Palandra 

Rome Favourite Recipes: Traditional Cooking by Carla Magrelli, Barbara Santoro 

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Bricia Lopez, Javier Cabral 

Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison 

South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations by Sean Brock 

Seeking the South: Finding Inspired Regional Cuisines by Rob Newton 

Wok On: Deliciously balanced meals in 30 minutes or less by Ching-He Huang 

Asian Noodles: 86 Classic Recipes from Vietnam, Thailand, China, Korea and Japan by Maki Watanabe 

I've got a long list of fall cookbooks I'm excited about so I decided to break them up into sections. Stay tuned for my other selections!

Hot New Releases for Your Summer Reading List (Leawood Lifestyle July 2019 issue)

One of my latest articles in Leawood Lifestyle magazine's July issue, check out the issue HERE or read the article below 

Hot New Releases for Your Summer Reading List
by Rhiannon Johnson
Photography provided by publishers 

The kids are out of school and your summer schedule is likely filled with travel plans, pool parties, and fun summer activities. If you are looking for the perfect books to add to your suitcase or beach bag, we have some suggestions for everyone in your family. 

Middle Grade
  • All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker, illus. by Kelly Murphy Twelve-year-old Olympia is from a family of creative New York City artists: her father restores paintings, her mother sculpts, and she loves to draw. After her father leaves a cryptic note and disappears in the middle of the night, her mother won’t get out of bed, and someone keeps calling about a missing piece of art, Olympia know she has to do something and courageously sets off to find her father.

Young Adult
  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy’s Class of 2380 are being assigned their first missions and while star pupil Tyler Jones had visions of recruiting his own dream squad, his fall from favor leaves him in charge of a leftover group of misfits. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse, he rescues Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley (who’s been trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries), starting a war millions of years in the making—leaving Tyler’s squad as the last hope for the entire galaxy!
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are finally enjoying a much needed vacation after the Mortal War when an old friend delivers news about a cult called the Crimson Hand, which has strange, close ties to Magnus. The pair set off on another adventure, this time across Europe to track down the demon-worshipping cult and its leader before chaos erupts worldwide.

  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager Jules Larsen happily accepts her new job as an apartment sitter at Manhattan’s glamorous Bartholomew hotel despite the strange rules of no visitors, no nights spent away from the apartment, and no disturbing the other residents. After a fellow apartment sitter goes missing, Jules begins digging deeper into the hotel’s dark past and discovers this is not the first occurrence of an apartment sitter going missing at the Bartholomew.
  • Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang Xuan Juliana Wang layers bizarre fixations, family expectations, cultural heritage, and the tech-driven modern world to showcase the unique pressures of her characters and their quests in her stunning debut collection featuring twelve stories of complex, ambitious, and achingly self-conscious Chinese millennials.
  • It’s Hot in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson In the Hamptons, rules don’t apply, especially in matters of money and the heart. Surrounded by wealthy Hamptons men and husbands having numerous affairs, friends Caroline and Annabelle undertake an experiment of their own. Caroline resists at first, but after reconsidering, the two friends make a pact. Over the course of the steamy summer filled with old lovers and affairs, Caroline considers risking it all for happiness and love. 

Midlothian Lifestyle (Virginia) July 2019 issue

Title: Summer Reading: Grab Up These Hot, Newly Released Novels from Virginia Authors 
Sidebar: This summer, dive into a smart legal thriller and a high-stakes story of school admissions
Written by: Rhiannon Johnson 
Photography: provided by publishers

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (releasing July 2, 2019)
Charlottesville resident and University of Virginia professor, Bruce Holsinger, delivers an addictively voyeuristic look at the lengths ambitious parents will go for their children when a new gifted school opens in their community. Four young couples who have happily raised their families together for over a decade while striving to balance careers, parenthood, and marriage find that trying to secure a coveted spot for their children in the new school becomes one pressure too many. Cracks begin to form, relationships become strained, and past problems resurface between friends, spouses, and siblings. As parents pit their children against each other in their aggressive pursuit of prestige, the previously close-knit community begins to unravel, with simmering resentments finally boiling over and long-held secrets destroying families and freindships. Told from multiple (child and adult) perspectives and peppered with vlog entries, texts, and standardized testing questions, this addictive and darkly entertaining novel captures a fictional community’s obsession with achievement. However, in the age of debates around public, private, and charter schools, and in light of the recent college bribery scandals, The Gifted School also stands as a timely social commentary on privilege, meritocracy, race, class, elitism, and ethical standards in modern America.

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark (releasing July 9, 2019)

Author Martin Clark draws on his nearly thirty years of experience as a (now retired) Virginia circuit court judge to create a meticulously plotted novel full of legal traps and tricks that will have you rooting for its underdog main character while wondering how he will outsmart everyone conspiring against him. After being disbarred and separating from his wife, Kevin Moore trades in his suits and legal pads for an apron and a hairnet—to work at SUBstitution sandwich shop. His days are mind-numbingly full of preparing complicated phone orders for nearby factory staff and dealing with problematic locals. Determined to set his life right by quietly passing his days working at SUBstitution, Kevin initially refuses a mysterious man’s proposition to profit off a multimillion-dollar scam built around Kevin’s own disbarment. Days later Kevin realizes the proposition wasn’t actually an option but a threat. Armed with his legal savvy, a twenty-year-old computer-whiz coworker, and a rambunctious rescue puppy, Kevin fights to clear his name, retaliate against an onslaught of blackmail, and stay out of prison while attempting to expose a crew of high-powered con artists. Cleverly written and packed with frustrating legal loopholes and court system roadblocks, The Substitution Order is a whip-smart page turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.