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New Releases: October 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Fiction + Food & Drink + Spirituality + Travel / October 01, 2014

Here are just a few of the new books available from Raincoast Books in October! 


An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War 

An Irish Country Novel

Patrick Taylor

Doctor O'Reilly heeds the call to serve his country the new novel in Patrick Taylor's beloved Irish Country series. Shifting deftly between two very different eras, An Irish Doctor in Peace and At War reveals more about O'Reilly's tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion. 


Available October 14


Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

Jay Bonansinga

Written by Jay Bonansinga, based on the original series created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: Descent follows the events of The Fall of the Governor (book one and two), and Lilly Caul's struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor's shocking demise.

The Governor's legacy of madness haunts every nook and cranny of this little walled community, but Lilly and a small ragtag band of survivors are determined to overcome their traumatic past… despite the fact that a super-herd is closing in on them.

Available October 14



Seven Letters from Paris

A Memoir

Samantha Verant

At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart—she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy—but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life...

Available October 15


The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia

Emmanuel Carrère

Eduard Limonov isn't fictional—but he might as well be. This pseudobiography isn't a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov's grim childhood to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia's literary intellectual elite; to his immigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counternarrative of the second half of the twentieth century, one that reveals a violence, an anarchy, a brutality, that the stories we tell ourselves about progress tend to conceal.

Available October 21



Notes From an Accidental Professor

Lynda Barry

The award-winning author Lynda Barry is the creative force behind the genre-defying and bestselling work What It Is. For the past decade, Barry has run a highly popular writing workshop for nonwriters called Writing the Unthinkable. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor is the first book to make her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises available to the public for home or classroom use. Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus's yellow lined pages, offering advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process.

Available October 21


The Bread Exchange

Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering

Malin Elmlid

A busy fashion-industry professional with a bread-baking obsession, Malin Elmlid started offering her loaves to others in return for recipes, handmade goods, and, above all, special experiences that come from giving generously of yourself. The Bread Exchange is a book of tales and reflections, of wanderlust connections, and more than 50 recipes for Malin's naturally leavened breads and other delicious things. 

Available October 7

My Little Paris Kitchen

More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France

Rachel Khoo

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes.

Available October 14

Calgary Cooks 

Recipes from the City's Top Chefs

edited by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph

Designed with the home cook in mind, Calgary Cooks offers recipes for every occasion. Enhanced with an insightful introduction to Calgary's food scene, full-colour images by celebrated food photographer John Sherlock and short profiles of the featured chefs, Calgary Cooks is the definitive guide to the best recipes from the city's most acclaimed restaurants.

Available October 14

The Dirty Apron Cookbook 

Recipes, Tips and Tricks for Creating Delicious, Foolproof Dishes

David Robertson

Want to impress your dinner guests? Need to diversify your regular menu? Nervous about trying a new cooking technique? Tired of eating alone? The Dirty Apron Cooking School caters to a range of students—both beginners and more experienced cooks—looking to come away with delicious menus and more confidence in the kitchen. The Dirty Apron Cookbook brings together the best of these recipes along with many of the tips and tricks shared in the school’'s classes.

Available October 14


Older, Faster, Stronger 

What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer

Margaret Webb

One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows how endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the world masters games in Torino, Italy.


Available October 7


Walking Home 

A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed

Sonia Choquette

Within the space of three years, New York Times best-selling author Sonia Choquette suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues.

In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. 

In this riveting book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her gruelling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humour, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours. While her journey is unique, the lessons she shares are universal. 

Available October 15


Homeland Revealed

Matt Hurwitz

Known for its heart-pumping plot and phenomenal acting, Homeland has garnered fabulous reviews and legions of devoted fans. This richly visual book unpacks the complex show, delving into favorite characters, plot lines, and behind-the-scenes detail, while also examining how real-world technology and techniques inspire and inform Homeland. Hundreds of photos capturing the intense onscreen action complement veteran writer Matt Hurwitz's narrative as he weaves in and out of the past three seasons using interviews with the creators, cast, and crew. 

Available October 14

The Art of Big Hero 6

Jessica Julius

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy San Fransokyo. This new title in the popular 'The Art of...' series, published to coincide with the movie's North American release, features concept art from the film's creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film's creators.


Available October 21

Star Wars Costumes

Brandon Alinger

Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia's ship, in his black cape and mask? Or the white hard-body suit of the stormtroopers? Or Leia's outfit as Jabba's slave? These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of that galaxy far, far away—have become iconic. For the first time, the Lucasfilm Archives is granting full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life.
Available October 28


Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015

Lonely Planet

The best places to go and things to do all around the world in 2015! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet's staff, authors and online community, we present a year's worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.

Whether it's thanks to a sporting event, a revitalised infrastructure, a special anniversary or just that aura of 'right now', each destination featured has passed through our agonising selection process to win a place on Lonely Planet's hallowed Best in Travel list ­­—now in its 10th edition.

Available October 21

Raincoast Books’ Cookbook Bookclub every Wednesday!

by Danielle
Excerpts + Food & Drink / March 20, 2013

That's right!

Starting today and each Wednesday from now on, I'll be posting recipes from one of our awesome cookbooks. I plan on cooking up this recipe and posting here, on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page.

If you're interested in winning a copy, follow the recipe below, (printable page here) and post a picture of your finished dish on our page. I'll make a random draw and announce the winner the following Wednesday. Good luck and happy cooking! ~ Danielle

This week I made Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Caramelized Cauliflower "Risotto" from Chronicle Books' ONE PAN, TWO PLATES I realized after all the cauliflower was in the pan I should have chopped them into smaller bits but the end result was super yummy anyways which resulted in no leftovers for todays lunch! The recipe was easy to follow and quick to make.

25 minutes
20 minutes
serves 2

Two 6-oz/170-g salmon fillets, skin removed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (see “It’s that easy”),
plus a few small sprigs for garnish
3 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, minced
1/2 head cauliflower, finely chopped
1/2 cup/120 ml heavy cream

1. Pat the fillets dry and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the minced thyme over the fish and pat it lightly with your fingers so that it

2. Heat a 12-in/30.5-cm skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of the olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the salmon to the pan and cook until browned on the first side, about
2 minutes. Flip the fish with a thin-edged spatula and cook the other side until browned, another minute or so. Transfer the fish to a plate. (It will not be fully cooked at this point.)

3. Add the shallots to the hot pan and sauté until they begin to soften, about 30 seconds. Add the cauliflower, 1/4 tsp salt, a few grinds of pepper, and
the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and toss to coat the cauliflower with the oil. Allow the cauliflower to cook undisturbed until it begins to brown, about
3 minutes. Flip the cauliflower over, scraping the bottom of the pan with the spatula, and cook, undisturbed, until the other side browns, another 3 minutes or so. Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the cauliflower is still a little too crunchy for your taste, don’t worry. Pour in the cream and give it a stir. It will boil almost immediately.  Top the vegetables with the fish. Cover and cook over low heat until the fish flakes easily, about 2 minutes longer.

4. Mound the cauliflower “risotto” into two warmed shallow bowls and top it with the fish. (If you’re wondering where the cream went, the cauliflower
absorbed most of it up deliciously.) Garnish the plate with the thyme sprigs and serve hot.

extra hungry? How about a salad of red leaf lettuce and halved grape tomatoes with a splash of balsamic and a glug of olive oil?

it’s that easy: Thyme has woody stems, so it’s best to strip the leaves from the stems before chopping them up into a fine mince. To do this, hold the thyme sprig on the tender end and strip the leaves against the grain (that is, in the opposite direction they are pointing) with your other hand. No worries if the tender tip pulls off; those can be minced up with the str ipped leaves.

Announcing the winner of our “Cook Bake, Blog!” contest…

by Siobhan
Contests + Food & Drink / January 14, 2011

Finally -- after siome delays trying to catch up after our move -- I'm able to announce the winner of our "Cook Bake, Blog!" contest ... drumroll please ...

Congratulations, Suzie Ridle from Nova Scotia!

Suzie, aka Susie the Foodie, will win $500 (CDN retail) worth of cookbooks of her choice, published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith.

Check out Suzie's test-kitchen reports from trying out recipes from The Geometry of Pasta here and here (her delicious results are pictured below) -- and also watch this video of Suzie's brave husband concocting a brew of Mad Scientist Mix-Up from Little Monsters Cookbook!

ALSO ... congrats to the fabulous Cadboro Bay Book Company in Victoria, BC, who is the winner of our bookstore cookbook display contest!


Mad for Madeleines! A Call for Recipes…

by Siobhan
November 12, 2010

Mmmm.... madeleines. Comme je vous aime...

If you love madeleines too, get out your recipe books and warm your ovens. Chronicle Books is creating their first ever crowd-sourced book (!), and yes, it's all about  madeleines (!!). If you have a killer recipe, send it over to the fabulous food team at Chronicle and your recipe might be included within a gorgeous Chronicle cookbook.

Get all the details on how to submit over on the Chronicle blog.

P.S. Speaking of gorgeous cookbooks, check out this post on the Raincoast and enter to win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle and Gibbs Smith!

Cook, Bake, Blog ... You could win $500 worth of cookbooks!

by Siobhan
Food & Drink / October 15, 2010

Cook Bake Blog

You could win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle Books, Quirk Books and Gibbs Smith!

It's easy ... and delicious!

There are two ways for Canadian foodies to enter:

1) Cook, Bake ... Blog!
Make a recipe from any cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, then blog about it. Photos are encouraged! To enter, comment below and leave us a link to your blogpost about your culinary adventures with the recipe or cookbook. (This option counts as two entries!)

2) Share your faves.
To enter, comment below and leave a comment about your favourite cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith. Which cookbook is your favourite and why? What's the one recipe that everyone definitely needs to try out? (This option counts as one entry.)

You have until January 1, 2011 to enter!
The contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Contest Details: Winners will be drawn at random on January 5, 2011. Winners must live in Canada. Multiple entries (with different recipes!) are accepted. Prize will be $500 CDN retail worth of cookbooks published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, as selected by the Winner from a list provided by Raincoast.

Be inspired ... at the market, in the kitchen, and at the table!

Here are a few new cookbooks — with some videos and sample recipes! — to get your tastebuds fired up. Click on the covers to learn more about each book.


FlourBlackbird Bakery Gluten-Free BakingEveryday Raw Desserts

Recipe for Leo's Classic Sugar Cookies from Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Baking


Cake PopsCake Pops

Recipe for Cupcake Bites from Cake Pops


Tartine BreadTartine


Michael Chiarello's Bottega The Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to TableThe Commonsense Kitchen: 600 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life

Recipe for Baked Beets with Fresh Citrus and Herbs from The Homesteader's Kitchen
Recipe for Pear Sherbet and Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Shortbread Bars from The Commonsense Kitchen


The Winemaker CooksThe Winemaker Cooks

Recipe for Kadota Fig Tart with Mascarpone Cream  from The Winemaker Cooks


Fast Breads: 50 Recipes for Easy, Delicious BreadSkinny DipsSouthern Pies


From Seed to SkilletFrom Seed to Skillet


DIY Delicious DIY Delicious

Recipe for Ajvar from D.I.Y. Delicious


Time for Dinner200 Slow Cooker Creations200 Cake Mix Creations

Recipe for Wagon-Wheel Pasta and Goat Cheese from Time for Dinner
Recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken with Plums from Time for Dinner
Recipe for One-Pot Coconut Chicken Curry from Time for Dinner


The Geometry of PastaThe Geometry of Pasta

Listen to an interview with the creators of The Geometry of Pasta on  NPR.
Recipe for Penne All'arrabbiata (Spicy Tomato Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gnudi Al Ragu D'Agnello (Lamb Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gemelli Al Fagiolini (Green Beans) from The Geometry of Pasta


Little Monsters CookbookVery Merry Cookie PartyNo Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids

Recipes for Bloody Sundae and Mummy Pops from Little Monsters Cookbook

Cook Bake Blog

Baking Bread and Surfing

by Dan
Food & Drink / September 10, 2010

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson

Surfer Chad Robertson is the co-owner of Tartine Bakery & Café in San Francisco and is widely regarded as the best bread baker in the United States. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens.
In this beautiful mini-documentary, Chad talks about his relationship with bread, teaching friends to bake their own loaves, and how bread relates to surfing:
With beautiful photographs by fellow surfer Eric Wolfinger, Chad's new book Tartine Bread provides clear, step-by-step instructions for making exceptional bread with your own hands using just flour, water, and salt.
Chad not only explains how it all works, but he demonstrates how variations from his master recipe can lead to wonderfully diverse breads so you can create your own unique and personal loaf.
The book also includes 30 sweet and savoury recipes using the day-old bread to make sandwiches, classic soups, puddings, delicious baked French toast, and an addictive Kale Caesar... 
Tartine Bread Page

D.I.Y Delicious Book Trailer

by Dan
Food & Drink / August 17, 2010

Check out this jaunty, oh-so-D.I.Y., book trailer for Vanessa Barrington’s D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food From Scratch:

D.I.Y. Delicious is perfect for crafty green types who have graduated from simple weekend jam and baking activities. The book goes beyond pickling and preserving into fermenting, culturing cheese, and brewing sodas and tonics. A total of 75 recipes and more than 50 step-by-step, colour photographs lead the way to stocking a pantry that uses fewer ingredients to make delicious staples at a much lower cost. 

The Geometry of Pasta

by Danielle
Design & Typography + Food & Drink / July 23, 2010

Stylish, greed-inducing, knowledgeable, and witty; an instant classic.”—Nigella Lawson

The Italians have a secret. Over the centuries, they have pioneered more than 300 shapes of pasta, each with a history, a story to tell, and an affinity for particular foods.These shapes have evolved alongside the flavors of local ingredients, and the perfect combination can turn an ordinary dish of pasta into something sublime.

In The Geometry Of Pasta (available in September), critically acclaimed chef Jacob Kenedy presents authentic recipes featuring a delectable selection of pasta types, while award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand illustrates each pasta form with stunning black-and-white designs.

Booze Cakes

by Siobhan
Food & Drink / July 02, 2010

Happy Holiday Weekend!

What better way to celebrate than with a booze cake?

From Piña Colada Cake to Rum and Coke Whoopie Pies, there's a dessert in this book that will satisfy every lush's sweet tooth. ~ Lemondrop.com

Lemondrop.com has posted a few sample recipes from Booze Cakes:

Are you more of a beer drinker? Not to fear, A Touch of Rosemary also shares a recipe for Honey Spice Beer Cake.

Passionate about food? Win a Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal from Foodista.com!

by Siobhan
Contests + Food & Drink + Gift & Stationery / March 11, 2010

What was your favourite thing your grandma baked for you as a child? Does your dad make brilliant BBQ? Does your best friend make a mean guacamole?

Moleskine and Foodista.com want you to share your favourite recipes passed down from friends and family. In the spirit of sharing, they're giving away a set of Moleskine notebooks, including the new Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal.

For all the details and to enter the contest, visit Foodista.com


P.S. Also be sure to check out the other titles in the Moleskine Passions series - and watch the fun video trailers for each book!

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