The Week's Entrée #19

Hello and welcome once again to another post of The Week's Entrée! 

I really don't have much to share this week about the blog so this post will be pretty simple. The Chef and I (yes, you heard me) will be talking about the new books we got this week and what we're going to read. Hope something catches your eye!

Books We Bought, Won or Received:

{For Review} 

*The Reader*

Tesla by Mark Lingane
Published: December 30th, 2013/Insync Holdings Pty Ltd 
Genre: Sci-Fi/Steampunk
Cyberpunk vs Steampunk: the battle is on.

It is one thousand years since nuclear war wiped out civilization in the northern hemisphere. The planet slowly heats, and water becomes a rare resource. Out of the ruins of a devastated civilization arises a new breed of people - those who control magnetism, Teslas.

Sebastian, a young orphan boy from a quiet rural town, is hunted by strange part-machine, part-human people. His only hope is Melanie, an angry, dying teenage girl who is dragged into the adventure and sets out to deliver him to the Steam Academy, even if it’s just to stop him talking. Seb must confront an unknown past and fight against everything he believed in. And occasionally wash his hair.
Mark Lingane sent me a review copy of Tesla a few days ago and I'm pretty hyped to check it out. I've never read a steampunk book before so this will be the book that'll tell me if it's a yay or nay genre for me.

Render by Heidi C. Vlach
Published: May 7th, 2013
Genre: Fantasy
They built new homes under mountain maples, hoping for luck. But for the aemets — the insect-like folk of Aloftway village — there has been much work and meagre reward. After poor harvests and a brush with forest fire, now wolves are striking down folk who venture into the forest. Without a precedent in their legends to guide them, all aemetkind knows to do is hope and pray.

Rue is a young aemet coming of age in this troubled community. Named after a lucky plant, she has never cared much for luck. She believed from the start that it was folly to move here, and when fellow aemets start turning up dead, Rue is through waiting. With her chemistry skills, her keen mind and a guard dog at her side, Rue promises herself that she’ll solve Aloftway’s problems. But she’ll need help from Felixi, a game hunter of the dragon-like korvi race — who knows more about the wolf attacks than he’s willing to share.
Many thanks to Heidi for providing an e-copy of her book to review! The Chef will be reading this book first since she called dibs on it (the author won her over with the mention of food) and since I have tons of other books to read, I'll let her have it just this once. I can't wait to hear what she thinks of it!

*The Chef *

I'm taking over for a bit!!! Ahem, these are the books I was approved to review on Netgalley.

Writing In The Kitchen by David A. Davis
Publication Date: August 1st, 2014/University Press of Mississippi 
Genre: Non-fiction/Essays

Scarlett O'Hara munched on a radish and vowed never to go hungry again. Vardaman Bundren ate bananas in Faulkner's Jefferson, and the Invisible Man dined on a sweet potato in Harlem. Although food and stories may be two of the most prominent cultural products associated with the South, the connections between them have not been thoroughly explored until now.

Southern food has become the subject of increasingly self-conscious intellectual consideration. The Southern Foodways Alliance, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, food-themed issues of "Oxford American" and "Southern Cultures," and a spate of new scholarly and popular books demonstrate this interest. "Writing in the Kitchen" explores the relationship between food and literature and makes a major contribution to the study of both southern literature and of southern foodways and culture more widely.

This collection examines food writing in a range of literary expressions, including cookbooks, agricultural journals, novels, stories, and poems. Contributors interpret how authors use food to explore the changing South, considering the ways race, ethnicity, class, gender, and region affect how and what people eat. They describe foods from specific southern places such as New Orleans and Appalachia, engage both the historical and contemporary South, and study the food traditions of ethnicities as they manifest through the written word.

This was my first Netgalley approval!!!! I know this is not the typical book you see here on the blog, but I hope you won't mind (and Melissa either) to hear about this type once in a while. I love cookbooks and food related books, they really help me out in my career and they are so interesting. I will read it soon. 

Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear
Publication Date: July 8th, 2013/Tundra Books (Random House Canada Limited)
Genre: Childrens / Food

Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter -- and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up, and mastering the art of having a good time, "Julia, Child" is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child - a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

Yeees! A book inspired by Julia Child! Oh I know it's just a children's book but I love everything that's related to Julia Child. So happy I was accepted by the publisher to view this title! I can forsee cuteness overload in my future when reading this book.

*Ends my takeover!*

Okay, now that I have the blog back in my command, read about what's on our tbr pile this week!

To Read This Week:

Love Unfeigned by Nadine Keels keeps being on the tbr list since I couldn't read it last week like I planned to, but I promise, this week is THE week. Then up next is The Last Island by David Hogan. Must read all the review books!

The Chef says she'll be reading Render by Heidi C. Vlach this week (yay!).


And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée. What book(s) are you planning to read this week? :)


  1. Ok, I want/have to read Julia, Child now!
    Sounds like you're going to have a fantastic reading time, YAY! :D

    1. It looks cute, doesn't it? I might read it too soon :)