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"Cooking for Gracie," Keith Dixon

Pros: Lovely, engrossing memoir-with-recipes Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2011) provided by Random House.   I’m not a parent. Yet after reading Keith Dixon’s Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch, I

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"Chicken and Egg," Janice Cole

Pros: Fun, intriguing, and educational memoir material; delicious recipes Cons: Some recipes could have been a little better Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (published 20011) provided by Chronicle Books.   Janice Cole, a food writer and recipe developer,

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"Slices: A Memoir-in-progress", Violet Wilson

Pros: Incredibly moving and visceral account of what it can be like to deal with a serious mental illness Cons: Not for people who will never comprehend how difficult it can be to have a mental illness Rating: 5 out

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"Between Me and the River," Carrie Host

Pros: Absolutely gorgeous, if heartbreaking, memoir of a woman with cancer; unflinchingly honest Cons: Tough to read! Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Lisa Roe, Online Publicist. Visit Carrie Host online.   Carrie Host’s Between Me and

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"Eat Me," Kenny Shopsin

Pros: Delicious, easy recipes! Full of character, humor, & history Cons: Strong personality that won’t appeal to everyone! Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Waiter Rant

Pros: Hysterically funny; surprisingly insightful; beautifully balanced; intelligent yet blunt Cons: Frank language will be a bit much for some Rating: 5 out of 5

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"Admit One," Emmett James

Pros: Original, darkly humorous, straightforward, mischievous, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny Cons: Didn’t notice a one! Rating: 5 out of 5

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"Kitchen Confidential," Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain has quite the personality. I’m perfectly happy with the idea that I’ll never meet him. I wouldn’t want to work for or with him, and I’d probably hate him if I met him. He’s obnoxious, arrogant, and egotistical. Which are job skills where he comes from.

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