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This unusual harvest festival takes place as drought ends in Ghana and the crops begin once again to grow. Because African agriculture is so unpredictable and the heat can be incredibly intense, droughts are often deadly. As a time-honored way of dealing with this sad fact, Homowo allows Ghanians to blow off steam and celebrate the harvest by making fun of their former hunger. Homowo is also an opportunity for people to visit their homes and enjoy festivals that include marching, dancing, and music.

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ISBN: 9780385536264
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 9th, 2013

You may recognize Kate Christensen's name from her literary novels, most recently THE ASTRAL. You may not know, however, that Christensen runs a well-respected food blog! This book is a collection of some of her best posts, many of which have an autobiographical element to them. Fans of her blog will obviously be excited for this book, but even readers outside the loop will enjoy Christensen's pungent descriptions of food and spot-on observations about her unusual life.

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385337007
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Published: Dial Press - July 30th, 2013

A glimpse into the wild world of cheese connoisseurs. Paterniti runs across a cheese that is considered one of the most delicious and valuable in the world, and goes to great lengths to track it down again. Part madcap biography, part food reportage, this one is a terrific glimpse into the madness that overcomes the truly gastronomically obsessed.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374123666
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 4th, 2013

Fiction with a culinary twist. A celebrated chef is captured by a fearsome female pirate captain who threatens to throw him overboard if he doesn't deliver a gourmet spread every week - despite the fact that the ships larder contains only rotting meat, maggot-infested grains, and inedibly hard biscuits. This is a novel of literary merit, but it will appeal especially to cooks and swashbucklers.

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story about Looking at People Looking at Animals in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204425
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Published: Penguin Press - May 16th, 2013

Jon Mooallem began thinking about animals differently when his daughter was born. Everything in her life was covered in cute animals - her sheets, her dishes, her walls, her books - while at the same time animals are going extinct in the wild at a disastrous pace. Mooallem gives us a wild tour of the contemporary environmental and conservation movements, the state of animal life in an increasingly hostile wild, and the place of animals in our imaginations. Perfect for nature lovers, science geeks, and people generally interested in the state of our changing planet.

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