Alison

Alison has been at Eagle Harbor Books since 2000.  She is the head buyer for our Children, Young Adult and Gift sections.  In her spare time, Alison likes to read, work on jigsaw puzzles, bake with her daughters - and play in the dirt, sometimes with her grandsons.

 

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The Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook: Coastal Cuisine from the Wilds of Alaska Cover Image
please email (staff@eagleharborbooks.com) or call (206.842.5332) for price
ISBN: 9781941821152
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Alaska Northwest Books - October 2014

I will never be able to afford a night’s stay at the Tutka Bay Lodge near Homer, Alaska, so I will have to be content with drooling over this beautiful cookbook. Written by the mother-daughter team who operate the lodge, it’s organized into sections based on the meals and activities of the day. There are so many amazing recipes I don’t even know where to start, but Salmon Bacon with Rhubarb Lacquer, Halibut Sliders, and Salmon with Miso Butter Pasta caught my eye. ~ Alison


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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670015443
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - August 14th, 2014

“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.” As soon as I read that quote from the author’s grandmother on one of the first pages of this book, I knew I was in for a treat. Flinn, author of another of my favorites, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, has written a warm, wonderful and funny memoir about growing up in the Midwest, surrounded by loving family and good food. And there are recipes at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book, including those love-filled pancakes from Grandma Inez. What a treat! ~ Alison


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The America's Test Kitchen Do-It-Yourself Cookbook: 100+ Foolproof Kitchen Projects for the Adventurous Home Cook Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781936493081
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: America's Test Kitchen - October 12th, 2012

I love making jam and pickled food. My husband thinks I am a little obsessed, but I get such joy from my shelves of full jars. These recipes are presented in wonderful detail, with photos and explanations. I’m going to try bacon jam because it sounds so interesting, and caramelized onion jam because it sounds so delicious, and homemade Sriracha because it would be the perfect holiday gift for my sons-in-law. I already have eight jam and preserving cookbooks, so the question is, do I need another? The answer is yes, if it’s this one! ~ Alison


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The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780547571591
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 17th, 2013

I am not a vegetarian, but there are many recipes that intrigue me in this elegant new cookbook by Mollie Katzen of Moosewood fame. The savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, Gazpacho Salad, or anything from the chapter titled “Cozy Mashes” all sound delicious. The recipes are all vegetarian and many are vegan, so there will be something for everyone! ~ Alison


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Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780762441433
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - May 22nd, 2012

There is nothing more satisfying for me than a shelf full of homemade jam, ready to provide the wonderful taste of summer in the cold, dark winter. And even if you are a canning novice, McClellan’s clear instructions for small batches of jam and pickles will bring you closer to that same feeling of satisfaction. These are not the usual jam recipes—some of our favorites include Mixed Stone Fruit Jam and Spiced Plum Jam. But there are so many more I want to try, I might need another shelf! ~ Alison


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A Wanted Man Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385344333
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 11th, 2012

Lee Child delivers again in his 17th thriller starring Jack Reacher, the mysterious man with no home. Reacher is hitchhiking (again) and is picked up by two men who might turn out to be murderers or perhaps something else entirely. The twists and turns of the plot, from the slow but steady build up to the slam bang-bang finish make this a true thriller! ~ Alison


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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345521095
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 29th, 2012

This is a remarkable story about a man who escapes Nazi-occupied Holland and the horse he saves from the slaughterhouse. Together they beat the odds and rise to the top of the show jumping world. An inspiring book for any horse, animal or people lover. ~ Alison


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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis Devoto Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780547577487
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Published: Mariner Books - April 10th, 2012

Ever since I saw the movie Julie and Julia, I have been fascinated by everything about Julia Child, even hosting some “Julia” dinners where we cook from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am looking forward to some quiet time when I can sit down with a cup of tea and read about the development of both that cookbook and the friendship between Julia and DeVoto in their personal letters. It will be a real treat! ~ Alison


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The Night Circus Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534635
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 13th, 2011

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The Help Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425245132
Availability: Special Order
Published: Berkley Publishing Group - June 28th, 2011

This novel involves three women in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 during the civil rights movement. The story has broad appeal—my 82-year old mom, my 22-year old daughter and I all read it and loved it for the wonderful plot and characters that grab you and don’t let go! ~ Alison


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Baking Cakes in Kigali Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385343442
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Published: Bantam - August 31st, 2010

The central character in this novel is a woman who runs a cake business in Rwanda and gives advice to a wide variety of customers. But the book is about so much more than that. It is a story about her courage to overcome her past and to help others to do the same, and about the healing power of food. ~ Alison


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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 1st, 2010

This book is hard to read in parts because of the violence to women, but the stories of hope and perseverance of these amazing people overshadow that. Most inspiring to me are the stories of individual women—one, for example, who built a hospital in a country in Africa that doesn’t officially exist, and another, in India, who let her past inspire her to work for rehabilitation and counseling for young girls held captive in brothels. The authors provide a lot of information that could be dry and boring, but because of the excellent writing, the stories and facts blend together to make an inspirational work. I am giving this book to my mom, my sisters and my daughters because it is so important and compelling. ~ Alison


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Under Orders Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780425217566
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Published: Berkley Books - August 2007

Francis is back with one of my favorite characters, Sid Halley, who deals with race fixing, internet betting, and . . . murder.


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Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061562334
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 23rd, 2008

The warm and witty writing in this book put me right there in France with the author-planning the menu for Christmas dinner, searching for the perfect oysters, and sharing in his glee at finding just the right wine in the most surprising place. This is a wonderful celebration of the love of food, family and Christmas!


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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143114130
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2008

I love reading books about cooking-not cookbooks, but books about people learning how to cook, experimenting with cooking, and talking about food. Flinn tells her tale of attending the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris with humor and charm, sharing her frustrations and eventual triumphs over the cooking, the chefs and the French language. The culmination is her boning of a 20 lb. turkey for a Thanksgiving celebration because it wouldn't fit into the small European oven. I don't want to know how to bone a turkey but I love reading about it! ~ Alison


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Our Chemical Hearts Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399546563
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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I Let You Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101987506
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Published: Berkley Books - November 29th, 2016

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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

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