The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect children's book for March. This time of year, we're all preparing to come out of our cocoons and spread our wings. My favorite page from Carle's classic is the one with the laundry list of food. Salami, an ice cream cone, a cupcake, a slice of swiss cheese ... I think we can all relate.
There are few things we love as much as we do books, but food is one of them. That's why we're excited to kickoff our first cookbook book club at 7pm Tuesday night, March 22nd. Each month we'll feature a different cookbook and then, near the end of the month, get together to taste the dishes we've made from it. A festive potluck meal, in other words, and we'll supply the drinks. This month we're featuring the Short Stack editions, a series of small-format cookbooks authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients. Every title is printed on high-quality art paper with hand-stitched binding, and every booklet is a true pleasure just to look at. But they're also practical, covering ingredients that include eggs, honey, chocolate, fruits, vegetables, and more. I'm particularly hoping someone will turn up with a dessert made from Susie Heller's Chocolate.
Beside the in-store food fest, our staff will be out around town this month. We're excited to be a book club sponsor at the Literary Lions Gala on March 5th. The gala supports the King County Library System by raising funds for learning programs and this year's honoree is foodie legend Ruth Reichl (more food appreciation for us!). We'll also be at Nancy Pearl's Women's Club luncheon on March 7th, selling her favorite 2015 book picks.
Back in the store, we'll have our usual weekly Storybook Corners, PJ Story Time, author events with Justine Chen, David B. Williams, and Alison Case, a jumpstart your job search evening, and our lively book club. There are new books coming from authors like Tracy Chevalier, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Harlan Coben, James Patterson, and more. We hope you'll find time to stop in for something.
So while that caterpillar is busy eating his way towards a stomachache, let's spend March devouring good books and delicious food together. Happy spring reading and eating!
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