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Posted: 2018/10/19

René Redzepi and David Zilber's THE NOMA GUIDE TO FERMENTATION (Artisan Books) was officially released this past Tuesday, October 16, and the media is already abuzz about the book. CBS This Morning travelled to Noma in Copenhagen—four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants—to chat with René and David about their fermentation lab and the use of fermentation in the restaurant's menu.

The New York Times included The Noma Guide to Fermentation in their Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018, calling it "[a] significant marker of an ever-advancing culinary culture" and "[a] fresh set of transformative cooking fundamentals [that]... make ferments something cooks reach for as readily as salt."

Forbes also published an article this weeked titled "Why Noma's René Redzepi believes fermentation is the future of food."

The Noma Guide to Fermentation is featured in the cookbook gift guide in the November issue of Canadian House & Home, with features and interviews to come from Postmedia, CBC Radio All in a Weekend, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, La Presse, SHARP Magazine, and more!

René and David were in Toronto last Sunday, October 14 to kick off their North American book tour, where they presented their new book to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at Isabel Bader Theatre. Up next will be a solo trip for David Zilber to Montreal, where Appetite for Books will host a one-on-one Q&A and book signing with David on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Details and RSVP for the event can be found here.


In The Noma Guide to Fermentation, Redzepi and Zilber share for the first time the techniques behind Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. The book translates what they do in the restaurant into approachable and meticulously tested recipes for a home kitchen, with 500 step-by-step time-lapse photographs and illustrations illuminating the process. Its nine chapters—a Primer on fermentation; Lacto-Fermented Fruits and Vegetables; Kombucha; Vinegar; Koji; Misos & Peaso; Shoyu; Garum; and Black Fruits and Vegetables—are ordered from simple to more complicated, so those who have some experience can dive right into the later sections.


RENÉ REDZEPI is the chef and co-owner of Noma, four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Redzepi has twice appeared on the cover of TIME (and been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World); been featured in publications from the New York Times to Wired; and been profiled in two feature-length documentaries and countless national and international media outlets. His first book, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, was an IACP and James Beard Award winner. He is also the author of A Work in Progress. Find him on Instagram @reneredzepinoma and @nomacph.

DAVID ZILBER is a chef and photographer who hails from Toronto, Ontario. He has cooked from coast to coast across North America, most notably as a sous-chef at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. He has worked at Noma since 2014 and has served as director of its fermentation lab since 2016. He enjoys Jamaican patties and quantum physics. Find him on Instagram @david_zilber.

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2019 Blue Spruce Award Nomination

Posted: 2018/10/15

We are thrilled to announce that I Love Sharks, Too! by Leanne Shirtliffe and illustrated by Lorenzo Montatore (Sky Pony Press) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Blue Spruce Award!

The Blue Spruce Award is part of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading—Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This award helps to bring recently published picture books to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2. It also aims to promote reading at a critical time when children are developing their skills in evaluating picture-based stories and text. 

The winner of the Blue Spruce Award will be announced on May 19, 2019, during the Festival of Trees in Toronto.


Here’s more about the book and author:

Stevie likes sharks. Like a LOT. In response to everything his mom asks him, Stevie has an excellent shark fact in response.
“Brush your teeth, Stevie.”
“Mom, Mako sharks don’t have to brush their teeth because they are covered in fluoride.” 
From morning to bedtime—you would think this might totally wear his mom down. But guess who likes sharks, too? 
The book is filled with tons of fun facts, and also information about different shark breeds.

Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor writer. She writes for the Huffington PostNickelodeon's humor site, and authored the book Don't Lick the Mini Van (Skyhorse 2013). When she's not stopping her children from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers. You can read more about her misadventures at She currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.


About the Illustrator:

Lorenzo Montatore has been passionate about drawing from an early age. Heavily influenced by old cartoons and comics, he developed his career working on books, zines, comics and magazines, always bringing a spark of humor and quirkiness to every story he worked on. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

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2018 Anthony Award Winner

Posted: 2018/09/20

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Anthony Award for crime fiction—Best First Novel—has been awarded to Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink) by Kellye Garrett!


The award was announced on Saturday, September 8 at Bouchercon 2018—the World Mystery Convention held in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Anthony Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the crime fiction genre. In addition to the Anthony Award, Garrett previously won the Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY awards for Best First Novel.


In Hollywood Homicide, actress Dayna Anderson has a deadly new role: Homicide Detective. Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.


About the author:

Kellye Garrett (East Orange, NJ) spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

You can find Kellye online at and follow her on Twitter (@kellyekell) and Facebook (@kellyegarrettauthor).


Congratulations, Kellye!

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2017 Shirley Jackson Award Winner

Posted: 2018/07/18

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel has been awarded to The Hole by Hye-young Pyun (Arcade Publishing)!

The Shirley Jackson Literary Awards celebrate the life of the author Shirley Jackson (1916–1965). Announced at Readercon each year, the Shirley Jackson Awards were established for recognizing “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” Jackson is remembered for her classic novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as her famous short story “The Lottery.” 

In Hye-young Pyun’s novel (translated by Sora Kim-Russell), Oghi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife's life and left him paralyzed and badly disfigured. His caretaker is his mother-in-law, a widow grieving the loss of her only child. Oghi is neglected and left alone in his bed. His world shrinks to the room he lies in and his memories of his troubled relationship with his wife, a sensitive, intelligent woman who found all of her life goals thwarted except for one: cultivating the garden in front of their house. But soon Oghi notices his mother-in-law in the abandoned garden, uprooting what his wife had worked so hard to plant and obsessively digging larger and larger holes. When asked, she answers only that she is finishing what her daughter started.

A bestseller in Korea, The Hole is a superbly crafted and deeply unnerving novel about the horrors of isolation and neglect in all of its banal and brutal forms. As Oghi desperately searches for a way to escape, he discovers the difficult truth about his wife and the toll their life together took on her.


About the author:

Hye-young Pyun was born in 1972. Now known as a star of Korean literature, she made her literary debut in Korean in 2000 when she won Seoul Shinmun's annual New Writer's Contest with her short story "Shaking Off Dew." She has gone on to publish four short story collections and five novels. She has received several of Korea's most prestigious literary awards, including the Dong-in Literary Award in 2011, the Yi-sang Literary Award in 2014, and the Hyundae Munhak Award in 2015. She has published short stories in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Words Without Borders. City of Ash and Red was named Book of the Year when it was published in Poland, and it has been licensed to France, Turkey, China, and Vietnam as well. She lives in Seoul, Korea.


For the full list of winners, visit this link.

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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

Posted: 2018/07/06

The ultimate book for book lovers: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (Workman) is one of our most anticipated books of the Fall 2018 season!

Fourteen years in the making, author James Mustich has compiled a list that includes books across all genres and eras, each accompanied by a short essay explaining its inclusion. We are thrilled to find that this list contains 14 books and series by 15 Canadian authors, including:

  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  • The Pound Era by Hugh Kenner
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  • Forms of Devotion by Diane Schoemperlen
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • This One Summer by Julian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • The Zoom Trilogy (Zoom at Sea, Zoom Away, Zoom Upstream) by Tim Wynne-Jones


Readers will also be pleased to find these international favourites:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith


About the author:

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.


 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die is published on October 2, 2018. Pre-order now!

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