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Rochester Reads 2017: The Enchanted

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.” The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. …

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Rochester Reads Event: Sonja Livingston & Queen of the Fall

I think authors are rock stars – so meeting an author is a terribly exciting thing for me, so I just had to share my recent meeting of author Sonja Livingston. Last year I read Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston, and immediately connected with the book. A memoir of Sonja Livingston’s youth spent in some of …

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Book Review: A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites

I remember when I first learned that salt potatoes are a regional dish. I was shocked that the rest of the country is oblivious to what is clearly the best way ever to prepare potatoes. Salt potatoes are so popular in Upstate New York I can not imagine a family picnic, carnival or fireman’s chicken barbecue …

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The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

I have been patiently waiting for the next “Bible” from Rose Levy Beranbaum, and this week, after a very  long wait it is available ! The Baking Bible has all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more, and I seriously can not wait to get my hands on it. Its …

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The Stone Wife: Fictional short story inspired by the Lady in Granite

You know I love a good story, combine that with local legend and lore and I can’t get my hands on it fast enough! So when  the short story The Stone Wife  by Bethany Snyder popped up on my radar I  had to check it out. I purchased the story from Amazon and flew through it. …

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