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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel

     A dead infant is discovered, after being buried for more than sixty years, on the property of an old house undergoing gentrification. This event demands the attention of Lt. Milo Sturgis and his associate, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware, even though there isn’t enough evidence with which to work. But more discoveries await; a few days later another infant’s body is found in a park, with a woman’s body nearby. The two incidents are not related; but since the resolution of the second crime is more likely, Sturgis and Delaware concentrate their efforts on solving this one.

     Some tenacious detective work leads to the discovery that the woman is not the infant’s mother, but is a nanny to the children of one of Hollywood’s most well-known couples, Prema Moon and Donny Rader. Their family life is not as it appears to the world. Alex is able to gain information and insight into the case by gaining Prema’s trust and taking her on as a patient. Then the action begins and the chips fall into place. As usual, Alex and Milo satisfactorily wrap up this case; they even are able to solve the sixty-year-old mystery death thanks to Alex’s sharp observational skills. This is another superb mystery written by author Jonathan Kellerman; one that will leave the reader wanting more.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Baked Delights: Part Two

            Some more books on baking:

Flour Water Salt Yeast: the Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza, written by Ken Forkish, shows the reader how to bake excellent breads and pizzas. You can adapt the baking time to your personal schedule by choosing from one of three types of dough: straight, pre-ferment, or complex levain.

Bouchon Bakery, written by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel, presents recipes from the chain of five bakeries that are part of the Thomas Keller Group headed by Keller with Rouxel as the executive pastry chef. Their baked goods are jointly inspired by French and American cuisines.

Tart it up!: Sweet and Savory Tarts and Pies, whose author, Eric Lanlard, is a British master pastry chef, presents a combination of recipes, some for more advanced students and some easier ones using pre-made dough. Lanlard is well-known for his TV career and for Cake Boy, his cake emporium and baking school.

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, by Peter Reinhart, is a collection of 80 recipes for the wheat sensitive, diabetics and low-carb/low-sugar dieters. Selections include breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, and more.

Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth presents updated recipes for more than 50 classic cakes, some of which were in their heyday almost 100 years ago. Julie Richardson is the author.

Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes is written by Joy Wilson, a caterer and blogger. Here she presents recipes on everything sweet: pancakes, pies, pudding, cakes, brownies, cookies, snacks, and frosting.