Looking for a fresh and healthy side to go along with your Fourth of July barbecue this weekend? Try this Grilled Cornucopia of Summer Garden Vegetables from our July Top Pick in Cookbooks—Sarah Leah Chase's New England Open-House Cookbook.
Grilled Cornucopia of Summer Garden Vegetables
At the height of the summer growing season when every night calls for firing up the outdoor grill and you can’t decide which vegetable to cook from the backyard garden or local farmers’ market, this grilled cornucopia of vegetables is your answer. If looking svelte on the beach is a top priority, you may want to skip grilling any accompanying protein and simply feast on this beautiful and bountiful platter of colorful and tasty vegetables. Otherwise, the grilled array of vegetables is perfect to pair with everything from the catch of the day to succulent rib eye steaks. Serves 8 to 10 as a side dish, 4 to 6 as a main dish
1. Combine the eggplants, yellow squash, zucchini, yellow and red onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms in a large mixing bowl and toss with the vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat evenly.
2. Set up a charcoal or gas grill and preheat it to medium-high.
3. Arrange the vegetables, working in batches if necessary, in a hinged wire grill basket or place them on top of a small-mesh grilling rack. Grill the vegetables a few inches above the heat, turning them frequently, until crisp-tender. Some vegetables will take longer to cook than others, so you want to tend them carefully and transfer them to a large and attractive serving platter as they become crisp-tender.
4. Once all of the vegetables have been grilled and placed on the platter, drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over them. Scatter the capers and basil over the top. Serve the vegetables warm or at room temperature.
Reprinted from New England Open-House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase, copyright © 2015. Recipe courtesy of Workman Publishing. Photography credit: Matthew Benson. Photography © Workman Publishing 2015. Read our review of this book.
It's Private Eye July at BookPage, a month-long celebration of the year's best mysteries and thrillers (so far!). Look for the Private Eye July magnifying glass, or join in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #PrivateEyeJuly.
Don't know what to read while celebrating with us this month? We've got you covered with the ultimate 2015 Private Eye July reading guide.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It seems Hawkins' debut is everywhere this year, with its unreliable characters, hidden motives and juicy, deadly suburban drama. Everybody's doing it. C'mon—you know you want to. (Already read it? Stay tuned for our guide for what to read next, coming soon!) Read our interview with Hawkins.
Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich
The Big Brother conspiracy in Reich's new cyber-thriller is wildly entertaining. We'll let you decide just how far-fetched it is. Just don't blame us if you start eyeing your iPhone with suspicion. Read our interview with Reich.
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
Think your Facebook privacy measures are strict enough? Are you sure? Paranoid readers will especially enjoy Coben's latest thriller full of blackmail and unraveling secrets. Read our review of The Stranger.
The Swede by Robert Karjel
Karjel's English-language debut introduces Ernst Grip, a Swedish cop who's been called in to determine whether or not a suspected terrorist is Swedish. (One more for the road: Swedish.) Read our review of The Swede.
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
And now to Denmark, for the latest from the "Queen of Crime" and her returning detective, Louise Rick. This time, Louise is investigating the death of a woman—who had apparently died 30 years before, along with her twin. Read our review of The Forgotten Girls.
The Mask by Taylor Stevens
The thrillers of Vanessa Michael Munroe are wham-bam-thankya-ma'am action, and this is one of the best so far. Read our review of The Mask.
Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman
Former FBI agent Brigid Quinn is trying to build a nice little life after Rage Against the Dying. But then a few mysterious deaths lead to a much bigger problem. Read our review of Fear the Darkness.
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Following her 2013 best-selling debut, Reconstructing Amelia, McCreight dazzles with a literary mystery, after the discovery of the body of a newborn girl is found in an idyllic New Jersey town. Read our review of Where They Found Her.
The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
Debut author Howells explores a quiet English village following the brutal murder of an 18-year-old girl. This one will especially appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones. Read our review of The Bones of You.
White Crocodile by K.T. Medina
Real-life trauma in Cambodian minefields serves as the backdrop for this truly harrowing story of a woman's investigation into her abusive ex-husband's death. Go Behind the Book with Medina, and read our review.
The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler is poised to take on the most formidable task of his career: the infiltration of a pedophile ring in his hometown of Lafferton, England. Hill's latest is very dark and absolutely unforgettable. Read our review of The Soul of Discretion.
The Liar by Nora Roberts
After her husband's death, Shelby returns home to Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee, hoping to rebuild her life—and to get something started with newcomer Griff Lott. But Shelby's husband has left behind a dangerous trail. Read our review of The Liar.
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Things get real hot in this Victorian-era romance as businesswoman Ursula Kern and archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton team up to solve a murder. Read our review of Garden of Lies.
The Whites by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt
Price's take on the classic police procedural crime novel is set in his signature stark, gritty urban landscape, filled with fully imagined characters with pasts and passions that resonate in the present. Moral ambiguities are our favorite ambiguities. Read our review of The Whites.
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
With Spider Woman's Daughter, Hillerman picked up where her father, Tony, left off. With the second in her series, policewoman Bernadette Manuelito and her husband, Chee, investigate two rather unusual cases. Read our review of Rock with Wings.
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Two former lovers (and ex-CIA agents) meet for dinner—a tame start to what becomes an urgent unraveling of secrets. A classic noir spy story for the modern age, this may be Steinhauer's best novel to date. Read our review of All the Old Knives.
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
The second espionage thriller from former CIA agent Mathews is an epic international race against time for Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash. Read our review of Palace of Treason.
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad
It starts as all fun and sun for the Amy’s Travel group as they traipse around Monte Carlo, trying to solve a fictional murder mystery—like Clue on vacation. But it appears their fictional murder is a little bit too real. Read our review of Toured to Death.
Pride v. Prejudice by Joan Hess
The 20th installment in Hess' Claire Malloy series finds the unstoppable semi-retired bookstore owner in the middle of a murder mystery—plus a whole bunch of other (entertaining) chaos. Read our review of Pride v. Prejudice.
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
Authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment team up as A.J. Rich to tell a smart, twisty novel of psychological suspense about a woman who discovers her (former) fiance has quite a secret life. Read our review of The Hand That Feeds You.
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Scottoline takes readers into the mind of a dangerous sociopath, as a deranged patient turns a psychiatrist’s life into the stuff of nightmares. Read our review of Every Fifteen Minutes.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
King's sequel to his 2014 bestseller Mr. Mercedes explores the nature of obsessions—and you'll definitely be obsessed. Read our review of Finders Keepers.
What are you reading during Private Eye July? Check out all of our mystery and thriller coverage for even more great reading.
Ambitous, sprawling and complex, Joshua Cohen's second novel is an epic attempt to tell the story of the digital age, from computing's early days to modern times. But this paen to technology, written by a GenX writer who is of the digital age but not from it, also makes a strong case for the timelessness of the book. His narrator, also named Josh Cohen, is a failed novelist turned ghostwriter, and from page one his voice is unforgettable:
If you're reading this on a screen, fuck off. I'll only talk if I'm gripped with both hands.
Paper of pulp, covers of board and cloth, the thread from threadstuff or—what are bindings made of? hair and plant fibers, glue from boiled horsehooves?
The paperback was compromise enough. And that's what I've become: paper spine, paper limbs, brain of cheapo crumpled paper, the final type that publishers used before surrendering to the touch displays, that bad thin four-times-deinked recycled crap, 100% acidfree postconsumer waste. . . .
I'm writing a memoir, of course—half bio, half autobio, it feels—I'm writing the memoir of a man not me.
What are you reading this week?
It’s Private Eye July at BookPage! All month long, we’re celebrating the sinister side of fiction with the year’s best mysteries and thrillers. Look for the Private Eye July magnifying glass or the hashtag #PrivateEyeJuly for a daily dose of murder, espionage and all those creepy neighbors with even creepier secrets.
Just a few things to look forward to this month:
Be sure to check out all of this year's coverage of mysteries and thrillers, and check back in for new goodies all month long.
Searching for something to read during the holiday weekend ahead? Here are our picks of the best new paperbacks on sale this week:
When the United States Spoke French
By François Furstenberg
Penguin • $20 • ISBN 9780143127451
While you're celebrating the U.S.A.'s 239th birthday, take a look back at the early years of the young republic, when five prominent Frenchmen settled in Philadelphia and became active participants in the life of the city and the new nation. Described by Booklist as "a fine combination of social and political history," Furstenberg's narrative was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.
How to Build a Girl
By Caitlin Moran
Harper Perennial • $15.95 • ISBN 9780062335982
The rowdy first novel from the author of the best-selling feminist memoir/manifesto How to Be a Woman borrows events from Moran's own improbable life story, including her experiences as a teen critic for a British music magazine. The novel was a #1 bestseller in the U.K. and is the first in a planned trilogy.
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky
By Lydia Netzer
St. Martin’s Griffin • $15.99 • ISBN 9781250047465
Is our destiny written in the stars? Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine, creatively explores this question and other conundrums in the touching story of George and Irene, two quirky astronomers in Toledo who were meant to be together.
By David Nicholls
Harper • $15.99 • ISBN 9780062365590
Chosen by BookPage editors as one of the Best Books of 2014, Nicholls' novel captures the plight of a mild-mannered British scientist trying to hold his marriage and his family together with a last-gasp European vacation.
The Book of Strange New Things
By Michel Faber
Hogarth • $17 • ISBN 9780553418866
The author of the best-selling Victorian novel The Crimson Petal and the White explores faith and commitment in this far-future story of a Christian missionary sent to evangelize the residents of a distant planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, his marriage and his planet appear to be falling apart.
The Happiest People in the World
By Brock Clarke
Algonquin • $15.95 • ISBN 9781616204792
Hilarious but urgently topical, Clarke's fourth novel follows the adventures of a bumbling Danish cartoonist forced to assume a new identity as a high school guidance counselor in upstate New York after his drawing of the prophet Muhammad evokes a firestorm.
In Naomi Novik's rich fantasy novel Uprooted, a girl must embark on a dangerous journey into the heart of a dark forest to face an unexpected foe. Our reviewer writes, "With a foothold firmly in the fairy-tale tradition, Novik spins an enthralling story of the classic good-versus-evil variety, where magic, monsters and romance abound." (Read the full review.)
We asked Novik to tell us about three books she's enjoyed reading lately.
This is a fascinating look into the history that doesn’t ordinarily get written—the history of the losers rather than the victors, stories of European nations that don’t exist anymore and how they disappeared. I also like that Davies isn’t afraid to let flavor and humor into his writing: Possibly my favorite example is the immortal quote “His Head Was Not Punched” while describing the press reactions to the succession of an unwilling prince.
The wonderful thing about Maia, the emperor of the title, is that he is genuinely a decent person, and he navigates a sea of court intrigue and deliberate cruelty with enormously satisfying (and growing) competence without losing his warmth and decency. I also love the world-building, which is done so deftly that you don’t even quite feel it happening, and yet you’re never at sea despite the tangle of complicated relationships.
Strange Horizons recently ran a wonderful essay about Kurtz and her formative influence on the fantasy genre: She was one of the core writers who developed the field after Tolkien’s work. I went through the Deryni Chronicles like a tornado as a young reader, maybe 13 or 14, but it’s been years since I re-read them, so I’ve been rediscovering this one with pleasure. Kurtz’s Kelson and Addison’s Emperor Maia have a similar quality, in fact: We’re allowed to like them, to enjoy their victories and mourn their losses without distance.
Thank you, Naomi! See anything you'd like to pick up, readers?
(Author photo by Beth Gwinn)
Remember the Jane Austen Project? (We're still waiting for Curtis Sittenfeld's take on P&P!) Well, Hogarth Books is launching a similar project this fall, and if you thought taking on Austen could be daunting for a writer, imagine how it must feel to try to reimagine Shakespeare.
Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) is the first to take on this challenge in The Gap of Time, publishing on October 6. She's putting a spin on A Winter's Tale, one of the Bard's later and lesser-known plays, which tells the story of a king who banishes his baby daughter and is later reunited with her.
In Winterson's version, set in London after the 2008 financial crisis, the banished baby washes up on American shores before wending her way home. According to Hogarth, "Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other."
Will you read it? Or will your Norton Shakespeare have to be pried out of your cold, dead hands first? (If the latter, definitely do not click here.)
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Trained chef and reality television star Dean McDermott's recipe for Easy Lemon Curry Chicken has just the right balance of spice to spruce up your typical baked chicken while maintaining its kid-friendly appeal. Check out his new cookbook, The Gourmet Dad, for more than 100 recipes that will keep the whole family happy during meal times.
Easy Lemon Curry Chicken in Spicy Cream Sauce
You might be a little surprised, as I sure was, that kids take to this dish with gusto. Despite the name, both the chicken and the sauce are fairly mild, with just a hint of curry. I came up with this recipe for myself, because I wanted to spruce up some boring chicken breasts. They had a lovely yellow glaze, which caught Liam’s and Stella’s attention, and they asked me if they could have a taste. The monsters wolfed them down! The curry gives the dish an exotic flavor that is just pleasantly spicy but not overwhelming by any means. It’s a great weeknight dish because it is simple and quick to whip up. You don’t have to knock yourself out in the kitchen to create a knockout meal.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a small bowl, mix together the curry powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Sprinkle half the seasoning across a large platter. Set the chicken on the seasoning and then sprinkle the remaining seasoning on top. Pat the chicken to make the seasoning stick.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear each chicken breast on both sides until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature measures 165°F. Remove the chicken to a clean plate and loosely tent with foil to keep it warm while you prepare the sauce.
Add the lemon juice to the skillet in which the chicken was seared and cook over medium heat, scraping up any bits left from the chicken. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter, the curry powder, cumin, chili powder and coriander, and stir until the butter has melted.
Slowly whisk in the heavy cream. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking continuously. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and whisk until it melts. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Arrange the chicken on 4 individual plates and top with just enough sauce to cover. Serve at once.
Get ready for some great books next month! LibraryReads has put together a list of the 10 books coming out in July that librarians are most excited about putting on their shelves.
The Paris Wife author Paula McLain returns in late July with a historical novel of expats in Africa, Circling the Sun, and Chevy Stevens continues her string of pitch-perfect suspense novels with Those Girls. Susan Mallery offers up the latest in her Fool's Gold series, Kiss Me, and Jill Shalvis, another romance heavyweight, will publish Second Chance Summer, the first in her Cedar Ridge series, on June 30.
You can see the full July LibraryReads list here. What book are you most looking forward to picking up next month?