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Join The Book Cellar and PAWS Chicago on March 5 as they team up to host the Tuna Melts my Heart book signing tour! All tickets include admission to the event, a donation to PAWS, and a copy of Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite.
FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CASTAWAY TO HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKER, TUNA THE CHIWEENIE HAS WON THE ADORATION OF MILLIONS. Now, this charming and unconventional pooch has his own book, filled with more than a hundred all-new photographs and witty commentary to give fans an intimate and hilarious look at the Internet’s most prized pup. Tuna’s cartoonish looks—with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck—are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavored) prize. Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing bow ties, playing with toys, and melting hearts.
Tuna is a 4 year-old Chiweenie with an exaggerated overbite, recessed jawline and a magnificent wrinkly neck (a.k.a shrivelneck). He was rescued by Courtney Dasher in December of 2010 at a Farmers Market in LA when he was a four-month old puppy. A year into their friendship, Courtney created an Instagram account dedicated to Tuna’s photos. At the end of 2012, Tuna’s notoriety grew on Instagram when they featured a picture of him on their personal page, unbeknownst to her. He now has over a million followers on Instagram.
Courtney never anticipated the kind of response that she has received from people’s adoration for Tuna. In fact, when she created his account, she had no agenda to garner a large following, but she did recognize that Instagram could be a catalyst to bring people joy through Tuna’s pictures that showcased his cartoonish looks and his charming personality. That has proven to be true because Courtney receives countless comments and emails daily about the impact that Tuna is making on their lives. Since Tuna is the epitome of the underdog, most people advocate for him and adore him for his endearing qualities. His loyal followers embrace his physical differences, have fallen in love with his charm and connect to his message; that true beauty comes in all forms and radiates from within. Furthermore, he is an ambassador for animal rescue, since he too was once rescued, and it has become a part of Courtney’s mission to raise awareness for rescue groups through this platform.
Food writer Eugenia Bone comes to the Book Cellar to talk about her new cookbook The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals!
Rarely does a book change the way we think about food and cooking, but in The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals Eugenia Bone sets out to do just that with a new way of looking at the food you buy, prepare, and discard, and understanding why it tastes the way it does. In this book you will find 400 interconnected recipes that create a perpetual pantry: each dish draws on elements from a previous one and provides the building blocks for another. For example, with this week’s apple bounty, make Baked Apples with Bread Pudding. And while you’re coring apples and have your pots out, put up some applesauce to have with potato pancakes in a few months. And—here’s the rub—save the apple juice from cooking all those apples to have apple granita next week. This synchronicity is a Kitchen Ecosystem. The more homemade components you use in your cooking—the better tasting your food will be, regardless of the recipe. This is the secret to delicious food.
The Kitchen Ecosystem is a new approach to shopping and cooking. Eugenia Bone’s 400 recipes derived from 40 common ingredients—from apples and asparagus to fish and zucchini—maximize each stage of their life cycle: fresh, preserved, leftovers, and the parts we usually throw away.
Just about everything, it turns out, can be transformed into a preserve, stock, marinade, syrup, zest, jam, jelly, pickle, or condiment that can be used in or with other recipes. The yield? Food that is more delicious and prepared with less effort—and a pantry and refrigerator that are always stocked with fresh flavor boosters.
Eugenia Bone is a long time food writer, author of four books (the fifth comes out in September), an Italian cook, mushroom hunter , master canner, and all-around bloated pleasure seeker. Eugenia is the author of the critically acclaimed Mycophilia and the category staple and James Beard–nominated Well-Preserved. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, New York, and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other publications. She is married to architect Kevin Bone with whom she has two grown children, and live and write and cook in a loft in SoHo that Kevin moved into in 1978, when it had nothing but six urinals. She grew up in a food environment as her dad, Ed Giobbi, is an accomplished Italian cook and cookbook author. He and her mom hung out with a gang of chefs who were influential in their day, and Eugenia learned a lot from observing them. "Indeed, those chefs shaped my attitude about food: to use everything, to taste constantly, and to be grateful for every mouthful."- Eugenia Bone
Chicago author Emily Gray Tedrowe comes to The Book Cellar to talk about her new novel Blue Stars!
BLUE STARS brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.
When Michael and Eddie are injured, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier. They form an alliance and an unlikely friendship, while helping each other survive the dislocated world of the army hospital. Whether that means fighting for proper care for their men, sharing a six-pack, or coping with irrevocable loss, Ellen and Lacey pool their strengths to make it through. In the end, both women are changed, not only by the war and its fallout, but by each other.
An exploration of the bonds of family and the limits of fidelity, BLUE STARS tells the story of life on the home front in the twenty-first century.
“As vivid as a news flash, Tedrowe’s riveting new novel explores the shatteringly personal cost of politics...Blue Stars is as dazzling as it is important.”
--Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
“A strikingly nuanced portrait of military family life...If you’ve ever wondered what happens when wounded service members return, read this book.”
--Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
Emily Gray Tedrowe is a Chicago-based writer whose second novel, Blue Stars, will be available from St. Martin’s Press in February 2015. Her first novel Commuters was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, an IndieNext Notable pick, and a Target Breakout Book. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, she has also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.