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  1. 5.8 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    The charismatic radio personality from The Howard Stern Show celebrates what we love about American fast food, covering chains both national and regional and offering an opinionated view on restaurant history, secret menu items, and even drive-through strategy. Jon Hein is a fast-food maniac, with a themed Discovery Channel show under his belt to prove it, and in this book he covers each chain in-depth, rating its burgers, milkshakes, and fries; exploring its history; revealing secret menu items; taking a nostalgic look back at the best giveaways, games, and uniforms; and even providing expert drive-through strategy. With behind-the-counter looks at places like the Dunkin’ Donuts headquarters, Nathan’s original hot dog stand, Carvel, Steak ’n Shake, and In-N-Out Burger, this is the junk food lover’s definitive guide to some of America’s best-loved guilty pleasures.

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    Fast Food Maniac

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    5.8 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.1 hrs • 11/11/2014 • Unabridged

    From the chief historian at HISTORY® comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus’ arrival to today Did you know that the first graham crackers were designed to reduce sexual desire? Or that Americans have tried fad diets for almost two hundred years? Why do we say things like “buck” for a dollar and “living high on the hog”? How have economics, technology, and social movements changed our tastes? Uncover these and other fascinating aspects of American food traditions in The American Plate. Dr. Libby H. O’Connell takes readers on a mouth-watering journey through America’s culinary evolution into the vibrant array of foods we savor today. In a hundred tantalizing bites, ranging from blueberries and bagels to peanut butter, hard cider, and Cracker Jack, O’Connell reveals the astonishing ways that cultures and individuals have shaped our national diet and continue to influence how we cook and eat. Peppered throughout with recipes and tidbits on dozens of foods, from the surprising origins of Hershey Bars to the strange delicacies our ancestors enjoyed, such as roast turtle and grilled beaver tail, The American Plate shows how we can use the tastes of our shared past to transform our future.

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    The American Plate

    9.1 hrs • 11/11/14 • Unabridged
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    8.4 hrs • 8/14/2014 • Unabridged

    A delicious memoir from the author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry In this family history interwoven with recipes, Kathleen Flinn returns readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good explores the very beginnings of her love affair with food and its connection to home. It is the story of her Midwestern childhood, its memorable home cooks, and the delicious recipes she grew up with. Flinn shares tales of her parents’ pizza parlor in San Francisco, where they sold Uncle Clarence’s popular oven-fried chicken, as well as recipes for the chili made by former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn’s many fans, as well as readers of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.

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    Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

    Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

    8.4 hrs • 8/14/14 • Unabridged
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    6.3 hrs • 6/30/2014 • Unabridged

    In this funny, frank, and tender memoir, the author of the New York Times bestseller A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette recounts how opening a restaurant sparked the first crisis of her young marriage. When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a handful of offbeat interests: espresso machines, wooden boats, violin-building, and ice cream–making. So when Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive—not because she wanted him to do it but because the idea was so far-fetched she didn’t think he would. Before she knew it, he’d signed a lease on a space. The restaurant, Delancey, was going to be a reality, and all of Molly’s assumptions about her marriage were about to change. Together they built Delancey: gutting and renovating the space on a cobbled-together budget, developing a menu, hiring staff, and passing inspections. Delancey became a success, and Molly tried to convince herself that she was happy in their new life until—in the heat and pressure of the restaurant kitchen—she realized that she hadn’t been honest with herself or Brandon. With evocative photos by Molly and twenty new recipes for the kind of simple, delicious food that chefs eat at home, Delancey is a moving and honest account of two young people learning to give in and let go in order to grow together.

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    Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

    Delancey

    6.3 hrs • 6/30/14 • Unabridged
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    9.1 hrs • 10/22/2013 • Unabridged

    Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in southern France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture—the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M. F. K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew.  In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.

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    Provence, 1970

    9.1 hrs • 10/22/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.7 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    Bread and Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread and Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and it reminds us of the joy we find in connection and relationship. It’s about the ways that God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. Recipes are included for the dishes you can almost taste as you read about them; from Butternut Squash Risotto to Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce, you will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread and Wine.

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    Bread and Wine

    5.7 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 1.1 hrs • 6/26/2012 • Unabridged

    Join celebrated PBS TV host and New York Times bestselling author, Steven Raichlen, for a personal guided tour of Martha’s Vineyard, including his favorite places to shop for the freshest seafood and best local produce. This original companion audio to Raichlen’s debut novel, Island Apart, takes us right into Steven’s kitchen as he brings the mouthwatering meals from his captivating love story to life. He’ll tell the story behind his unforgettable characters and why he chose each of the distinctive dishes that appear in the novel, such as Katama Kirs, the Hermit’s Wild Green Salad, Chappaquiddick Clams Casino, Bay Scallops with Leeks and Vermouth, and Claire’s Caramelized Pear Tart. Impress your book club, your friends, and your loved ones with this inside take on some of New England’s most soulful cuisine from a heralded food writer in this one-of-a-kind audio cooking show!

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  8. 4.3 hrs • 4/30/2009 • Unabridged

    Southern society is arranged along matriarchal lines, since the Southern matriarch is a far more formidable being than the much nicer Southern male. She has to be this way; she was put on earth with a sacred mission: to drum good manners and the proper religion—ancestor worship—into the next generation. In Some Day You’ll Thank Me for This, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, the bestselling authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse and Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet, deliver up a hilarious treatise—complete with appropriate recipes from those finicky, demanding moms—on the joys, trials, and tribulations of being the daughter of a Southern mother. Including such chapters as “A Crown in Heaven—The Southern Mother’s Ultimate Passive-Aggressive Fashion Accoutrement,” “Grande Dames and Other Mothers,” and “Grandmothers: Why Precious Angel Baby Grandchildren Are So Much More Fun than Granny’s Own Bad Children,” this is the perfect gift for any Southern mother—or the daughter of one.

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  9. 6.0 hrs • 10/7/2004 • Unabridged

    A deliciously evocative story of childhood in 1960s suburban England from one of the United Kingdom's best-loved writers, Nigel SlaterToast is the truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as Nigel Slater takes us on a tour of the contents of his family's pantry—rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits—we are transported. His mother is a chops-and-peas sort of cook, exasperated by the highs and lows of a temperamental stove, a finicky little son, and the asthma that would prove fatal. His father is a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When he is widowed, Nigel's father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen and the following years become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his affections. As he slowly loses, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary gifts and we witness the birth of a lifelong passion for food. Nigel's likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses, form a fascinating backdrop to this exceptionally moving memoir of childhood, adolescence, and sexual awakening. With a new preface and glossary for American readers, this British bestseller and national award winner is sure to delight foodies and memoir enthusiasts on this side of the pond. Possessed of the subtlety and wit of Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone and the disarming frankness of Anthony Bourdain's page-turning Kitchen Confidential, Toast is a treat to be savored.

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    Toast

    6.0 hrs • 10/7/04 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.5 hrs • 1/7/2003 • Unabridged

    They’re wild, beloved, and all-around fabulous, but with the Sweet Potato Queens, there’re just never enough good times—or enough good eats. Well, now all fabulous women everywhere can have their own mountains of royal fun and food, because bestselling author and Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne is revealing her big-ass top secret recipes—and the events that inspired them—in The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner). And, of course, she’s dishing up plenty of hilarious stories, including: • Queenly adventures in mothering •The tiniest bit of plastic surgery • The all-true story of the Cutest Boy in the World And, oh yes, as promised: • Sound financial planning. Tip number one: Hope Daddy lives forever.

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  11. 8.2 hrs • 8/31/1993 • Unabridged

    What makes a wine distinctive is the goût du terroir, or the taste of the land, plus the personality and passion of the wine maker who lovingly adds his own liqueur de dosage or secret ingredient to each bottle. Here is a vintner’s month-by-month account of one vintage at the Iron Horse vineyard located in the hills of Sonoma County in California. Joy Sterling, author and wife of Iron Horse’s winemaker, fascinates with her account of the commitment involved in producing a premium wine.

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    A Cultivated Life

    8.2 hrs • 8/31/93 • Unabridged
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