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My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks—most notably in Paris—incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.
In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there’s dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake…and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.


Recipe: Individual Chocolate Cakes with Dulce de Leche and Fleur de Sel

  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces/115g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for the ramekins
  • 6 generous tablespoons dulce de leche (see note)
  • 1 scant teaspoon flaky sea salt, preferably fleur de sel
  • 8ounces (225g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6tablespoons (90g) packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
  2. Butter six ramekins or custard cups. Dust each with cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Put a heaping tablespoon of dulce de leche in each cup, then divide the flaky salt among them by sprinkling it over the dulce de leche. Put the custard cups on a baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate with the butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and the brown sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Divide the chocolate mixture among the custard cups and bake for 15 minutes, or until the sides are firm but the center is still shiny and quite jiggly. Let the cakes cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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No can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

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50 Books About The Arts:


Building Blocks: Books about Architecture and Architects:

Fern, Tracey E.. Pippo the Fool. Illustrated by Pau Estrada. Charlesbridge, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 8 -12

Greenburg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Frank O. Gehry: Outside In. DK Ink, 2000. 47 pages. Age 9 and older

Macaulay, David. Built to Last. Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 272 pages. Ages 10 and older

Rodriguez, Rachel. Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 6 – 9

Rubin, Susan Goldman. There Goes the Neighborhood: Ten Buildings People Love to Hate. Holiday House, 2001. 96 pages. Ages 9 – 14


Mixed Media: Books about Visual Arts and Artists:

Cha, Dia and Chue and Nhia Thao Cha . Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom. Denver Museum of Natural History/Lee & Low, 1996. 24 pages. Ages 8 – 11

Duffy, editor, Chris and With an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus . Nursery Rhyme Comics. First Second, 2011. 119 pages. Age 7 and older

Ehlert, Lois. Hands. Harcourt, Brace, 1997. 42 pages. Ages 4 – 8

Gonyea, Mark. A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn’t Make It Good. Henry Holt, 2005. 144 pages. Ages 8-18

Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois . Abrams, 2003. 80 pages. Ages 13 and older

Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond. A Neal Porter Book/Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 50 pages. Age 10 and older

Greenberg, Jan. Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008. 88 pages. Age 12 and older

Haas, Robert B.. I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird: My Adventures Photographing Wild Animals from a Helicopter. National Geographic, 2010. 64 pages. Ages 9 and older

Hill, Laban Carrick. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown and Company, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 6 – 10

Novesky, Amy. Me, Frida. Illustrated by David Diaz. Abrams, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 7 – 12

Rodrigue, George and Bruce Goldstone . Why Is Blue Dog Blue?. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2002. 40 pages. Ages 4 – 8

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter. Abrams, 2006. 48 pages. Age 10 and older

Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. Scholastic Press, 2011. 64 pages. Age 10 and older

Sís, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 48 pages. Age 9 and older

Sturm, James and Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost . Adventures in Cartooning. First Second, 2009. 109 pages. Ages 7 -10

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. Abrams, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

Winter, Jeanette. My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait. Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, 1998. 48 pages. Ages 5 – 8


On the Stage: Books about Performing Arts and Artists:

Aliki, . William Shakespeare and the Globe. HarperCollins, 1999. 48 pages. Ages 8 – 12

Ancona, George. ¡Olé! Flamenco. Lee & Low Books, 2010. 48 pages. Ages 7 – 10

Angel, Ann. Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing. Amulet Books, 2010. 120 pages. Age 14 and older

Bruchac, Joseph. Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children. Illustrated by Teresa Flavin. Dial, 2000. 94 pages. Age 9 and older

Cox, Judy. My Family Plays Music. Illustrated by Elbrite Brown. Holiday House, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Ehrhardt, Karen. This Jazz Man. Illustrated by R.G. Roth. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-10

Gladstone, Valerie. A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student. Photographed by Jose Ivey. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2009. 48 pages. Ages 9 – 12

Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring. Illustrated by Brian Floca. A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 48 pages. Ages 7 – 11

Jones, Bill T. and Susan Kuklin . Dance. Photographed by Susan Kuklin. Hyperion, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3-9

Myers, Walter Dean. Jazz. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. Holiday House, 2006. 44 pages. Age 10 and older

Nichols, Travis . Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-to Guide for Punk, Underground, DIY, and Indie Bands. Flash Point / Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 138 pages. Age 14 and older

Raschka, Chris. John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 – 10

Say, Allen. Kamishibai Man. Walter Lorraine Books / Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Schubert, Leda. Ballet of the Elephants. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker . A Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 5-10

Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 6-10


Young at Art: Picture Books and Novels Featuring Young Artists:

Adoff, Jaime. The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth. Illustrated by Martin French. Dutton, 2002. 48 pages. Ages 11-14

Ajmera, Maya and John D. Ivanko . To Be an Artist. SHAKTI for Children / Charlesbridge, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Castellucci, Cecil and Jim Rugg . The Plain Janes. Minx, 2007. 172 pages. Ages 13-16

Creech, Sharon. Replay. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2005. 240 pages. Ages 8-11

McDonnell, Patrick. Art. Little, Brown, 2006. 40 pages. Ages 3-6

McKissack, Patricia C.. Stitchin’ and Pullin': A Gee’s Bend Quilt. Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Random House, 2008. 40 pages. Ages 7-11

Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge, 2007. 91 pages. Ages 8-10

Potter, Giselle. The Year I Didn’t Go to School. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5 – 8

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 5 – 8

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Henry Holt, 2008. 28 pages. Ages 5-8


This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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New In Non-Fiction:


The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by Russell Gold

Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of “fracking.” Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians. He has also sifted through reams of engineering reports, lawsuit transcripts, and financial filings. The result is an essential book—a commanding piece of journalism, an astounding study of human ingenuity, and an epic work of storytelling.

Fracking has vociferous critics and fervent defenders, but the debate between these camps has obscured the actual story: Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy. It has upended the business models of energy companies around the globe, and it has started to change geopolitics and global energy markets in profound ways. Gold tells the story of this once-obscure oilfield technology—a story with an incredible cast of tycoons and geologists, dreamers and drillers, speculators and skeptics, a story that answers a critical question of our time: Where will the energy come from to power our world—and what price will we have to pay for it?


Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E. G. Vallianatos

Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entrée. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, “biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs.” All of these poisons are sanctioned–or in some cases, ignored–by the EPA.

For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public’s watchdog into a “polluter’s protection agency.” Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex.

Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever.

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