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Cookbook Benefits Library, Community

Books: ‘Sharon Cooks’

‘Sharon Cooks” — the community cookbook put together by friends of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to raise money for materials, programs and services — starts with appetizers and beverages. 

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Combining Jane Austen And Time Travel

Go back in time, step on a butterfly, and when you return to the present day there’s a different president — your tiny act reverberates through time and changes history. That’s part of the fun of time travel stories — imagining what would happen to your life in the present day if you killed Hitler or a dinosaur. Or met your idol from 200 years ago.

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Canine Quotes For All Topics

Books: ‘Speaking of Dogs’

Every childless couple I know has a dog. Exception: my son Jeremy, who lived with his wife and a ferret (a domesticated —sort of— weasel). The creature used to hide in the house and had to be extracted once by a blow to the plaster walls in the living room.
 In the main, however, dogs seem to be favored as pets, wondrous creatures that they are. I had a greyhound once who would come tell me when my other greyhound was eating soap. And another who chose her own burial site. 

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True Crime Tales From The Hudson Valley

Books: ‘Hudson Valley Murder & Mayhem’

In November 1930, the entire Germond family was murdered on their family farm in Stanfordville. 
The details of that night and the subsequent investigation are outlined in “Hudson Valley Murder & Mayhem,” a new book by Andrew K. Amelinckx that features 11 true crime stories that span 300 years in 11 Hudson Valley counties — including the Stanfordville tale in Dutchess County and an outline of the Austerlitz Cannibal in Columbia County.
 Amelinckx, who lives in Catskill, N.Y., moved to the area with his wife in 2006.

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Learn The Jargon, Then Meet The Author At Sharon Signing

Books: ‘How To Speak Soccer’

Sally Cook likens writing a book to marriage. “You have to have a passion for it,” she tells me. “And you have to be persistent.” 

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From Sci-Fi To Thrillers, Riva Loves Sharing Facts

If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi tale or thriller series to add to your summer reading pile, Peter Riva has got you covered.

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If You Love To Eat, You Can Learn To Cook

Books: ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’

If you ate in the downstairs dining room at Chez Panisse on a recent Saturday, you would have been served seared sea scallops with wild fennel, prosciutto and preserved lemon; morel mushroom ravioli in broth with sweet peas and sage; Elliot Ranch lamb roasted in the fireplace with artichokes and potatoes; spinach with béarnaise sauce; and for dessert, a strawberry and rhubarb tartlet. 

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This Cookbook Is A Joy To Read

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Raymond Sokolov — classics scholar, writer and, as he describes himself, “a man of letters” — has written about theater, art, literature and something everyone cares about: food. 
His book, “The Cook’s Canon, 101 Classic Recipes Everyone Should Know,” opens with apple pie and ends 230 pages later with zabaglione, a foamy sauce of egg yolks, sugar and Marsala that waiters used to beat in a heated copper bowl before admiring diners. (They may still do that, for all I know.) 

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“entertaining in the country” photo by John Gruen a guide to entertaining

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A Tribute To A Millerton Photographer

Books: ‘Chester Eisenhuth, Photographer’

This book has been a labor of love for Mark Goodman. A love of photography. A love of Millerton. And a love of the works of Chester Eisenhuth.
Goodman began his extensive photography career in 1970, when he studied the medium with Minor White at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. A year later, he arrived in Millerton to continue honing his craft at Apeiron’s inaugural photography workshop. His assignment: Walk around Millerton to see what he could see. He spent his time photographing people and ultimately met Eisenhuth, who was the town and village historian. 

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