Posts Categorized: food in books

Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

The Grisha series is beloved by every single reviewer at The Midnight Garden, so we’re tremendously excited for the release of Ruin and Rising on June 17th, 2014.  Can you believe it’s almost here? As part of the official blog tour for the book, I sat down with author Leigh Bardugo for lunch at Mari Vanna, a beautiful, relaxed restaurant in West Hollywood named after a Slavic fairytale grandmother who welcomed hungry travelers for a home-cooked meal. Since the trilogy is set in Ravka, a world inspired by Russia, the setting could not have been more perfect for this interview. We were seated outside in the lovely garden patio, with birdhouses hanging from the trees and a samovar fountain right next to our table! At one point, a bird flew in and drank from it, and we were thoroughly charmed. Originally we’d talked about meeting up after the book was… Read more »

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All Four Stars: Blog Tour Sign-Up!

All Four Stars: Blog Tour Sign-Up!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting the official blog tour for All Four Stars by Tara Dairman! As you know, we only host tours for books we really love, and this particular middle grade book is right up my alley: it’s about a girl who becomes the youngest food critic for a New York Times-type paper, and when I finished it I was totally charmed and totally HUNGRY. Seriously, if you have a love for food at all, you will appreciate this book so much. It’s also funny, sweet, full of diverse characters and food, and enjoyable for both kids and adults who love kid lit. Tour Dates: July 1st – July 10th, 2014 Blog stops will be provided with egalleys, a shared Rafflecopter for giveaways of finished copies, and exclusive content for their tour dates. Author-generated content is limited, but we will also have additional review stops… Read more »

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Classic YA Discussion: Anne of Green Gables + giveaway

Classic YA Discussion: Anne of Green Gables + giveaway

Hello, kindred spirits! Welcome to this month’s classic YA readalong discussion. Today we’re chatting about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, a personal favorite of Wendy’s and Kim’s, and a new read for Kate. Beware spoilers, and please tell us what you think of the book in the comments below! Stick around at the end for 1. An exciting book giveaway–two sets of six books! 2. The May book announcement 3. Voting on June’s book Without further ado, let’s begin! Kim: I am super interested to see the fresh adult perspective coming into this one. I can barely remember a time when I didn’t love this book. It is just such a part of my childhood and my life as a whole, really. Do the words and sentiments thrill me, do I identify with Anne so strongly naturally, or did she make me this way? Am I a person… Read more »

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Discussion: The Luckiest Girl + April book announcement

Discussion: The Luckiest Girl + April book announcement

  Welcome to our second Classic MG/YA Discussion! While most readers know Beverly Cleary for her middle grade stories, she also wrote charmingly retro YA books, including the one we’re discussing this month: The Luckiest Girl. (Spoilers below, obviously.) Let us know what you thought of the book in the comments–we really do chat back with you!–and stick around towards the end for info on the books we’re reading in April/May, too.     Wendy: I love this book! I first read this as a pretty impressionable tween, so I’m curious what both contemporary adult readers and teenagers will think of it. People read historical fiction, of course, but the 50s isn’t a period that gets featured too often. It’s unusual that Shelly gets shipped off to live with her mother’s college roommate for the school year. I spent several summers away from home when I was in high school,… Read more »

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Rebel Belle: hummingbird cake recipe + giveaway

Rebel Belle: hummingbird cake recipe + giveaway

  Rebel Belle goes down like a glass of cool, sweet tea on a hot summer’s day. As a big fan of both Hex Hall and School Spirits, I’m always excited when I hear there’s a new Rachel Hawkins book on the horizon, and this freaking cover had me panting with excitement. SO pretty! And full of potential kickassery! When Tonya sent me her copy from YAllFest, I was giddy with joy. You’ll be happy to know that the contents are just as fun as the packaging. The book starts out with Harper Price, southern belle, all gussied up at a school dance–only to find that some guy has passed on his not-of-this-earth abilities to her after she witnesses his death in the girls’ bathroom. Eventually she finds out that she’s charged with protecting David Stark, a former childhood friend, but the problem is, David’s mission in life seems to… Read more »

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Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

There’s something so exciting about seeing a friend realize a lifelong dream. I’ve known my friend Elissa for five years, and she has always been passionate about smart entertainment for young people (she worked on Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, you guys!), so when I heard that her first YA novel, Stray, was going to be published by HarperCollins (it hits stores October 7), I lost my freaking mind. As one does. I’ve been able to see the fascinating process of what a first-time novelist goes through unfold in front of me at our weekly coffee dates, and one of the things Elissa was most excited about was the cover, because that’s the part that’s completely out of the writer’s hands. Every week I’d ask her if she’d seen the design, and every week the answer was no. Until last week. And you guys, it was worth the… Read more »

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Cameron Post’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Cameron Post’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

One of my favorite books last year was Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post. It’s a coming of age story that’s great to read in the summer because the beginning so perfectly captures the lazy mood of the season.   If you’ve read the book, you know there’s plenty of ice cream and pop, along with an incredible-sounding dessert I’d never heard of before: strawberry pretzel salad! Apparently this was a big thing back in the day, and I couldn’t wait to try it, especially after reading Epic Reads’ post. I decided to make mine in a combination of mini jars and a smaller baking dish, so we had big slices as well as little portable desserts. Download the recipe card for Strawberry Pretzel Salad if you’d like to try it! It’s modified slightly from Epic Reads’, though you can find a lot of other recipes and methods out… Read more »

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