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Fish on Friday Book Review

I started reading Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting and the Discovery of the New World in late November. I thought it would be a good read that would fit in well during Advent. Well, here I am at the end of the day on December 22. Advent is almost over, and I’m finally putting my thoughts to laptop screen. Nowadays, Advent is simply a run up to Christmas. What was once a season of penitence and abstinence(with feasts thrown in to break…Continue readingFish on Friday Book Review

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The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club is the first novel produced by British Television quiz show designer, quiz show host, and panel show regular, Richard Osman. I am a big Osman fan. If he is on a show, I’m tuning in. I first encountered his work on the show Pointless, which he co-hosts with Alexander Armstrong. Then he has hosted and guested on my favourite panel show, Have I Got News For You. More recently he has hosted the celebrity quiz show, Richard Osman’s House of Games. When I…Continue readingThe Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

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Lessons in Fusion – Primrose Madayag Knazan

Lessons In Fusion is the first novel from Winnipeg playwright, food writer, and Winnipeg food promoter, Primrose Madayag Knazan. I’ve met Ms. Knazan at a couple of food events over the years, including sharing a table with her at one of the Raw:Almond brunches. Lessons in Fusion tells the story of Sarah, a teenaged food blogger, who enters into an online cooking contest during the Covid pandemic. Sarah, pronounced SAH-rah, is of Jewish and Filipino descent, but has been raised exclusively Jewish.…Continue readingLessons in Fusion – Primrose Madayag Knazan

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Black Smoke by Adrian Miller – Review

Black Smoke:  African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, is the latest book from Adrian Miller, a former political policy adviser and current food writer and historian. Black Smoke details the role of black cooks and chefs in the development of barbecue, and how as barbecue has become a more global phenomenon, white chefs, businesses, and media have been erasing the role of blacks in the development and preservation of barbecue. Miller is a James Beard award winner, and worked as…Continue readingBlack Smoke by Adrian Miller – Review

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The Coldest Case, Bruno Novel 15

The Coldest Case is the most recent, Bruno, Chief of Police novel, from Martin Walker. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival since I first heard it was coming out. On the holiday Monday I was up at the McNally Robinson store at The Forks. I asked when the book was coming in and was told it would arrive at the Grant Park location the next day. I immediately reserved a copy. They said there were only four copies coming in, and…Continue readingThe Coldest Case, Bruno Novel 15

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Holy Grounds – Tim Schenk

Tim Schenk’s Holy Grounds contains three of my favourite topics. Coffee, History, and Theology. If you are not familiar with the author, he is the creator of Lent Madness, an annual parody of March Madness that offers opportunities to learn about the lives of saints. I know about him, because we are mutuals on Twitter. Holy Grounds or An Unholy Beverage The full title of Schenk’s book is Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection between Coffee and Faith – From Dancing…Continue readingHoly Grounds – Tim Schenk