Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cookbooks Make Great Gifts

The holidays are a wonderful time to share good food with family and loved ones, and what better gift for the cook in your life, than a new cookbook?

Here are some of our favorites!

A World of Cake
150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far
by Krystina Castella (Storey, 2010, $24.95)

Take a trip around the world with this lavishly illustrated and wide ranging book about one of my greatest weaknesses – cakes. You’ll find everything from Red Velvet Cake from the Southern US, to Israeli Seed Cake, Japanese Friendship Cherry Blossom Cake, and Tunisian Zucchini-Almond Cake with Peach Sauce. There are sections for Street Cakes, and several ‘Cake Family Trees’ that show the international variations of cake types such as Sponge Cake. For the armchair travelers, cooks, and gourmands! Read More.

The Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook
More than 300 updated recipes from DK’s classic Look & Cook Series
by Lucy Bannell, editor (Dorling Kindersley, 2010, $35.00)

For beginning cooks and experienced foodies, alike, this cookbook features photos of each dish, along with many step-by-step photos and illustrations. With sections titled “Home from Work”, “Comfort Food”, and “Food to Share” – along with the more traditional sections on Starters, Meat-Free, and Fabulous Desserts – this will inspire cooks to get to work! Read More

Nigella Kitchen
Recipes from the Heart of the Home
by Nigella Lawson (Hyperion, 2010, $35.00)

This cookbook is as homey and beautiful as the author herself, and includes sections like “Hurry up! I’m Hungry! : Dinner on the double for those days when it feels there’s scarcely time to cook”; and “Off the Cuff : Pantry suppers and feasts from the fruits of the fridge-freezer”; and “The Cook’s Cure for Sunday-night-it is: Cosily substantial suppers that provide support and succor, or how the foods of yesterday can make tomorrow feel more manageable”. When Nigella talks about cooking, she makes me believe in the magic of feeding my family well. Read more.

Teen Cuisine
by Matthew Locricchio (Marshall Cavendish, 2010, $22.95)

This bold, full color cook book starts with a call to action: “Teens: Take over the vast empty space called the kitchen!” and continues with advice on buying organic and local food when possible, avoiding ‘mystery ingredients’ and chemicals, and staying safe with hand washing and smart tool use, before launching in to the adventure of cooking, with dishes aimed especially at voracious teen appetites.  Each recipe is clearly laid out, with simple instructions, and a photo of the finished product.  Many are simple and quick, others are a bit more elaborate.  There are entire sections devoted to sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas, in addition to the more standard sections with breakfasts, side dishes, entrees, and desserts.  What a great volume to introduce your favorite teen to the joys of the kitchen!  Read More.

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-your-Mouth Cookies
by Alice Medrich (Artisan, 2010, 25.95)

For the cookie afficionado on your list, this hefty tome treats cookies like works of art — down to the portrait-like photos and the meticulous recipes.  The recipes are organized by texture, as the title hints, and the possibilities are nearly endless.  How about some Apricot Lemon Bars with Hazelnut Crust, anyone?  Or Coconut Macaroons or  any one of the six different ‘Upgrades’ to the classic, such as Coconut Pineapple,  or Chocolate?  As the book flap says, “choosing what to bake from Chewy Gooey… is like taking a transcendentally delicious cookie personality test.  Read more about this book, or read Alice Medrich’s blog

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Book News, Books, Reviews


November at The Next Chapter Means Books for the Troops!

Last year’s book drive for the Troops was such a success, that we’ve decided to do it again!

In 2009, we had several customers come in to buy paperback books for friends and family deployed overseas with the US military. We learned that paperbacks, particularly used ones, are a great form of entertainment, relaxation, and even escape for many of our soldiers — they are portable, don’t need to be plugged in, can be shared, and can even be left behind if need be.

This gave us an idea, and in November of 2009, with the help of our wonderful customers, we shipped over 300 books to a Knoxville soldier serving in Iraq! He in turn set up a unit library that was then made available for all of the soldiers there.

This year, we want to do it again, and we’re asking for your help: Buy any used or new paperback here at The Next Chapter, and we will pack them up and to ship them overseas to the Troops. Most used paperbacks here cost $2 – $3, most new paperbacks are between $6 and $15.

We will be accepting donations through the end of November, which will give us time to package them and get them sent in time to arrive for the Holidays.  We will be sending our packages to a large group of Iowa National Guard soldiers stationed in Iraq, who are requesting books that will then be distributed to the many units working out in rural areas. As of this writing, we have not identified a local contact, but they’re all our soldiers anyhow, right?

So let’s let our fine men and women in uniform know how much we support them with a nice big shipment of books from the good people of Marion County — with a little help from the Next Chapter.



It’s Our Second Anniversary!

We’re celebrating with a party on Thursday, November 4th, 9 am to 6 pm. Stop in any time during the day for coffee and treats and to register for drawings for a boxed set of Harry Potter books, $25 gift certificates, and much more!

Can you believe it?  Maybe the past two years haven’t flown by for you in a flurry of books and jewelry and stuffed animals and learning curves and wonderful customers; but they have for us! We find ourselves at this point, a little out of breath, and very thankful for what we have been given!


Looking to the Future

As we approached this anniversary, we spent a good deal of time talking about what our goals had been before we opened our doors, and what we want to achieve over the next year.  The most important thing we hope to do is continue to serve our customers and our community with even better service and selection than before.  We hope to reach out to more of the families of Marion County, and even to the people in surrounding communities.  We want to bring more great authors to Knoxville. We want to become your go-to shop for books and gifts.

And we want to continue to do our part in bringing a new chapter to downtown Knoxville.  The past years have seen some remarkable positive changes here; since we opened our doors, Knoxville has gained some great restaurants, a micro-brewery, an arts center, and a women’s clothing boutique.  We’re excited about what this year will bring to our town!


On the Shelves

A Jewelry Tree hung with hand beaded jewelry!

Toward that end, we have really stocked up on books and gifts to make your holiday season more convenient and fulfilling. We have an array of beautiful new holiday decorations, Christmas books for children and adults, jewelry and accessories for both ladies and gentlemen; games, puzzles, coffees, teas, and hot cocoa mixes; and fun and educational games, craft kits, and loveable stuffed animals for the kids.  We’ve even updated our baby gift section!

The Baby Department

In response to your feedback, we’ve placed special emphasis on the small gift items you might give to a friend or co-worker, and we think you’ll be able to find that special little something that says you care without breaking the bank.


New Books

This season’s crop of books has been inspiring, with new releases from reliable favorites like Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Sarah Gruen, and Nicholas Sparks — as well as some gems from less familiar authors like Tom Franklin, Eliot Pattison, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, and many more.  We even have the best of regional releases like What Cheer by Zachary Michael Jack and Possum Trot by J. Harley McIlrath.

If you are more comfortable solving puzzles, we’ve got Sudoku, Kenken, crosswords, word searches, and quiz books.  If you love life in the kitchen, we’ve got more cookbooks than we’ve got the shelves for!  And if you are young, or young at heart, we’ve got a beautiful selection of board books, picture books, and chapter books to keep you reading through the years.

The Early Reader's Hallway

We’ve also expanded our transitional readers section with an entire hallway of books especially for those new young readers with favorite series like Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, and the Boxcar Children – but we’ve also stocked some lesser known series like the Sisters 8, Hank Zipzer, and Amber Brown.

And keep in mind that to make your life easier, we offer “Direct to Home” shipping on any book, anywhere, for very reasonable shipping rates that beat the competition!


Used Books

Once again this November, we will be collecting Books for the Troops.  We invite you to purchase a new or used book and we will ship it to Iowa troops serving overseas.  Stay tuned for more information on this fun project.

So, as we follow the season into late fall, and as we begin our third year in business, please be sure to stop in to help us celebrate, and check out all the treasures we’ve brought back for you here at the Next Chapter!

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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in Next Chapter Events

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