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Caitlin PenzeyMoog

On Spice: Advice, Wisdom and History with a Grain of Saltiness

Skyhorse Publishing

Spice-lovers know the name “Penzey.” The family has built a well-recognized spice business, with online service and storefront outlets nationwide. Caitlin PenzeyMoog’s On Spice is part family memoir, part history, and part reference. There are even recipes. Spices are presented by group, and PenzeyMoog gives a rundown of background, origin and characteristics. There’s trivia (what’s the second most expensive spice in the world?) and a pinch of social commentary—the history of spice is as full of blood and exploitation as the diamond trade. She also explodes some cherished food-snob myths. Remember: all salt is salt, just different colors.

– Bruce Collier


James Lee Burke

The New Iberia Blues

Simon & Schuster

The latest in the Dave Robicheaux series finds the Louisiana detective (and Vietnam veteran) (and recovering alcoholic) investigating a series of gruesome homicides with an attractive young female partner. Also figuring in are an escaped convict, a movie crew, and a blues singer who captures Robicheaux’s fancy. At 400-plus pages, it’ll take you a while to finish…Mr. Burke’s prose is so colorful you’ll want to double back and reread every sentence.

Michael Harvey



A high school student finds himself at the center of a murder investigation, and he’s got a lot floating around inside his troubled mind. The 1970s, Massachusetts-set thriller is a little draggy at times, but stick around for the mind-blowing climax.

– Chris Manson
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