November 2008
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"Random reads your library's needs."

In This Issue:

- The Oxford Project: Could it be your next project?

- Cooking with Random: New books on food and its preparation.

- Big hits in Mass Market original: Monica McCarty is back in the Highlands!

- Contest: Win a free advance readers copy of An Apple a Day!

Calling all events departments!

In 1986, Peter Feldstein set about photographing nearly everyone in his small town of Oxford, IA (pop.676). Then, 20 years later, he went back and did it again, taking writer Stephen Bloom along to interview the townspeople. What resulted was The Oxford Project, the profoundly affecting new book from Welcome Books and the #8 Photography/Art Book of 2008 on

The townspeople of Oxford all feel a little closer-knit now that the Project has been done. So why not try something in your community? In most towns, the closest thing to a community center is the library, so get your copy of The Oxford Project and get inspired! Here is some more press the book has received. #1, #2, #3
Very Short List
Artworks Magazine
Associated Press
Washington Post

Foodborne Happiness!: Some of Random House LLC's most exciting books this season are food- and cooking-related! Here are several you shouldn't miss (and a couple you probably couldn't miss if you tried).

Sarah Raven
In Season:
Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits

978-0-7893-1811-4 | $40.00 |
Rizzoli | HC

Sarah Raven, a leading proponent of the local foods movement, shows how to make the most of fresh produce, whether from your own garden, your local farmers’ market or the grocery. Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, she highlights the best vegetables, fruits, and herbs from each period, throwing in tidbits she’s learned firsthand from her own garden.

Kentaro Kobayashi
Easy Japanese Cooking: Donburi Mania

978-1-934287-49-1 | $14.95 |
Vertical | TR

More and more Americans are dedicating themselves to eating more healthily, eschewing fast food and cooking nutritious meals at home. Easy Japanese Cooking: Donburi Mania is the first in a planned five-volume series, presenting recipes of popular Japanese-cooking methods, which are perfect for the health-minded individuals of today.

David Wolfe
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future

978-1-55643-776-2 | $14.95 |
North Atlantic | TR

Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans, maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others.

Jan Chozen Bays
Mindful Eating

978-1-59030-531-7 | $16.95 |
Shambhala | TR

Here is an accessible and encouraging exploration of how and why to apply the Zen art of mindfulness to transform our “issues” with food. Whether we are overweight (as are two-thirds of American adults today) or suffer from an eating disorder, learning to eat mindfully can liberate us from the suffering we experience with food.


Nancy Harmon Jenkins
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

978-0-553-38509-0 | $35.00 |
Bantam | HC

Spanning the Mediterranean from Spain to Greece, with side trips to Lebanon, Cyprus, and North Africa, this revised and updated edition of Nancy Harmon Jenkins’s acclaimed cookbook offers ninety-two mouthwatering new dishes plus the latest information about the nutritional benefits of one of the world’s healthiest cuisines. But best of all are the recipes—bursting with flavor, easy to prepare, and sure to please everyone at your table.

978-1-4000-5435-0 | $35.00 |
Clarkson Potter | HC

Here, Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking, and entertaining a breeze. The crowd-pleasing recipes demonstrate Ina’s talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress.

Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book

978-0-307-38319-8 | $24.95 |
Clarkson Potter | HC

Just one for dinner tonight? Forget the cold cereal. Rach has a chapter of recipes that make dining on your own a thoroughly civilized occasion, with great meals that won’t leave you with a fridge full of leftovers. Vegetarians on the guest list? No problem! Choose from dozens of meat-free meals that are every bit as satisfying as your tried-and-true standards.

Frances Case
1,001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die

978-0-7893-1592-2 | $36.95 |
Rizzoli | HC

From single press extra-virgin olive oils and artisanal cheeses to more exotic fare such as zebra jerky, this compilation is a cornucopia of culinary delicacies from every cuisine around the globe. Featuring luscious photographs and descriptions of must-eat foods from sweet to savory, this culinary gazetteer of the world offers expert guidance on how to really eat like a local when in Rome or how to find the most authentic Peking duck when visiting Beijing.

Monica McCarty's Campbell Trilogy

Bestselling author Monica McCarty has a new trilogy soon to make its debut, chronicling the dark secrets and fierce desires of a proud Scottish clan, and starring Jamie Campbell, the most feared man in the Highlands.

Visit Monica's Website to read an excerpt from the first installment and enter her contest!

Win a free copy of An Apple a Day!

Should we or shouldn't we eat eggs? What about salmon? Vegetables? There's a ton of conflicting advice out there. In An Apple a Day, Dr. Joe Schwarcz has taken his thorough knowledge of food chemistry, applied it to today’s top food fears, trends, and questions, and leavened it with his trademark lighthearted approach. The result is both an entertaining revelation of the miracles of science happening in our bodies every time we bite into a morsel of food, and a telling exploration of the myths, claims, and misconceptions surrounding our obsession with diets, nutrition, and weight.

Be entered to win a free Advance Readers Copy of An Apple a Day when you answer the following: What kind of good fats does salmon contain? (hint)

Please email your answer along with your address to with the subject line, "Apple."

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