Recipe | Lime and Coconut Energy Balls

Lime and Coconut Energy Balls
 2017 Christal Sczebel

High energy, high flavour, low calorie – it is time to try ENERGY BALLS!

The following recipe was extracted from Energy Balls by Christal Sczebel


Lime and Coconut

Craving some refreshing tropical flavours? These delicious balls contain vitamin C from the lime, which enhances immune function and serotonin production. Enjoying some vitamin C at bedtime is especially helpful, as it may improve the brain chemistry that is essential for restful sleep. Along with the benefits of the lime, these balls are loaded with coconut which is high in fibre, selenium, and vitamin B₆, also known as pyridoxine, which helps the body produce more serotonin for a sound night’s sleep.

Serving size: 1 ball

  • Calories 101 kcal
  • Protein 2g
  • Fat 5g
  • Carbohydrate 12g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Dietary fiber 3g
  • Vitamins B₂, B₆, C, E
  • Minerals magnesium, manganese phosphorus, selenium

Makes 12 balls

  • ½ cup [60 g] almond meal or ground almonds
  • ½ cup [50 g] coconut flour
  • ½ cup [40 g] unsweetened shredded coconut, plus 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice, plus 2 tsp finely grated zest
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk 10 pitted dates

1 In a food processor, combine the almond meal, coconut flour, ½ cup [40 g] shredded coconut, maple syrup, lime juice, almond milk, and 1 tsp of the lime zest, and process for 1 to 2 minutes until a crumbly mass forms. Add the dates and process for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until a sticky but slightly crumbly mass forms.

2 In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 Tbsp shredded coconut with the remaining 1 tsp lime zest then spread on a large plate.

3 Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and, with clean slightly wet hands, shape the mixture into a ball between your palms. Roll the ball in the coconut and zest mixture to lightly coat, and set on a plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have 12 balls slightly smaller than a golf ball.

4 Place the balls in the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until required.

Try this! Chocolate-Coated Lime Add the desire-enhancing benefits of dark chocolate to these balls. While the shaped balls set in the freezer, combine [50 g] chopped dark chocolate and ½ Tbsp coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. Place one of the frozen balls on the end of a skewer or toothpick. Holding the skewer, roll the ball in the melted chocolate mixture until it is coated. Repeat with the remaining balls. Return the balls to the freezer for another 30 minutes to set.

Energy Balls


Why I March



New York, New York – February 2, 2017Today,ABRAMS announced the publication of WHY I MARCH: Images from The Women’s March Around the World (Abrams Image; 21st February 2017; £11.99; Paperback), the first photographic tribute to the largest peaceful demonstration in history. The book will come out exactly one month after five million people in more than 80 countries on all seven continents stood up to challenge the dangerous rhetoric of an administration on inauguration weekend. The book takes readers on a global tour of the marches and features colourful, inspiring photographs that were provided in great part by Getty Images, which has partnered with ABRAMS.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this book and these images so quickly to the market in order to commemorate and confirm the energy, hope, solidarity, and strength that millions of people displayed that day. Their energy and commitment has helped motivate and mobilize our own here at ABRAMS. We’re also proud to donate all of the royalties from the sale of the book to nonprofits associated with the March in support of ongoing work and resistance,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS.

Featuring images of people in snow gear in Antarctica, women holding “Love Trumps Hate” signs in Durban, South Africa, and little girls in the streets of New York City, WHY I MARCH is organised by continent and showcases the recurring themes of inclusion and intersectionality that the March so embodied. The book also includes an in-depth Resources Guide for activists, old and new, who are looking for next steps to keep the momentum going. This includes information on existing grassroots organisations all over the United States.WHY I MARCH will honour the movement, help raise funds and awareness, and promote future activism.

About the Book:

WHY I MARCH: Images from The Women’s March Around the World

Abrams Image | 21st February 2017 | £11.99 |Paperback | 176 pages

203 x 178mm / 150 colour photographs

ISBN: 9781419728853

Books, and others.



Bookstore of the Month | Livraria Lello

Bookstore of the Month

Introducing our Bookstore of the Month; Livraria Lello. This bookstore, housed in an incredible neo-Gothic building, is an extraordinary literary mecca: a must if you find yourself in Porto. 

Livraria Lello

Describe Livraria Lello in three words.

Sumptuous, majestic and longing.

Where is your favourite spot in the store?

That must be the stairway. It’s a really beautiful and imposing red stairway: a stairway to heaven.

Livraria Lello

Give us a brief history of Livraria Lello

The history of Livraria Lello is also the story of the brothers Lello who open the bookshop in 1906. José and António Lello came from the Douro Valley, where the port wine vineyards are located. José Lello, the eldest brother, was the first to move to Porto. A man of letters and a lover of literature, books and music, José had the ambition of becoming a bookseller. With his brother-in-law as business partner, José opened his first bookshop and publishing house in 1881. Upon the passing of José’s brother-in-law, José and his younger brother António joined to create their company, José Pinto de Sousa Lello & Irmão.

Around this time, the Lello brothers establish themselves on Rua do Almada, still not knowing that the building which would carry their name into the next millennium was just a few blocks away. Lello e Irmão’s (i.e., Lello and brother) publishing activity was characterized by a strong passion for books and culture. This enthusiasm for art originated special and limited editions, with important artists, such as illustrators and painters.

In 1894, José Lello buys Livraria Chardron and all its contents. Although, by that time, it was no longer owned by the French Ernesto Chardron, it was him who had made the bookshop’s name. One of the most influent men in publishing, Chardron had printed the first editions of several very important Portuguese writers at the tome, such as Eça de Queirós and Camilo Castelo Branco. The Lello brothers ambitious new venture needed headquarters to match its strengthened position and importance in the business. The building, located on Rua das Carmelitas, was then shaped by the sumptuous imagination of the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves. In 1906, it was opened to the city, just as we know it today – and the sensation it caused at the time continues to be felt nowadays, for it remains a symbol of Porto for all those who visit it.

Open since 1906, Livraria Lello has housed men of arts and letters, has been the inspiration for acclaimed authors, a place for social gatherings, performances and a serene library for many of Porto’s avid readers.

Livraria Lello

Do you have a store pet?

For a long time, we’ve been considering the owl. The owl is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and knowledge, as we see the art of literature. Also, the owl is an important character in Harry Potter books and, as many people say, Livraria Lello was a great influence in the work of the author J.K. Rowling when writing the famous saga.

Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?

As one of the booksellers of the Livraria Lello that’s a difficult question. To all of us who love books, it’s awkward to elect a favourite one, books are emotions, and like emotions some days one fit’s other days the same one doesn’t, but in the end, it tells us who we are.

One of my favourite author is António Lobo Antunes. He is a Portuguese writer and psychiatric. His first book to be published was Memória de Elefante (Elephant’s Memory) in 1979, it became a huge success. Since then he published approximately thirty books. However, we can never forget Fernando Pessoa and his stately work, where you can be sure to find unforgettable thoughts, words, emotions and stories. Nonetheless, I must mention José Saramago, a tremendous work, where the art of literature finds itself. As you can see, it is very difficult to elect one, and I stop now, because I could go on and on…

What is your favourite opening line from a book?

As one of the booksellers of the Livraria Lello one of my favourite opening line from a book is No dia seguinte ninguém morreu. (In the following day, nobody died) in Intermitências da Morte (Death with Interruptions), José Saramago, 2005.

Livraria Lello

What was the last book you read?

As one of the booksellers of the Livraria Lello I never read one book at time, I’m always reading three or more… The last three I was reading were, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Rebuçados Venezianos by Maria Filomena Molder and Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon.

What is your favourite A&CB book?

As one of the booksellers of the Livraria Lello I’m going to choose  Flashlight by Lizi Boyd and Danny Clinch: Still Moving by Danny Clinch.

What is your favourite book?

As Frank Zappa said “So many books, so little time”… There are so many great books that I’ve read, and there are a lot more that I want to read. As one of the booksellers of the Livraria Lello, I would choose: Sound and Fury by William FaulknerThe Book of Disquiet by Fernando PessoaSeeing by José Saramago; The Land at the End of the World by António Lobo AntunesThe Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and so on.

I don’t have a “favourite book”, like there isn’t a favourite love, what we have is different types of love… The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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Livararia Lello #Shelfie


R. das Carmelitas 144
4050-161 Porto

Phone: (+351) 22 200 2037

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 10am – 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 7pm


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Kindred, a graphic novel adaption

Kindred cover


Kindred, Octavia Butler‘s literary science-fiction masterpiece first published in 1979, tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and mysteriously transported from her home in 1970s California to the antebellum South. Dana moves between worlds: one in which she is a free woman and another where she is part of a complicated familial history on a southern plantation, forced to interact with and save the life of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of her ancestors. Frightening, compelling and richly detailed, Kindred takes an imagined yet unstinting look at our complicated social history.

Adapted as a graphic novel by celebrated academics Damian Duffy and John Jennings with the full co-operation of the Butler estate, Kindred explores the violence, sexuality, loss of humanity and twisted relationships engendered by slavery, in a bold new format.

Take a peek at the magnificent artwork that fills the pages of this unique graphic novel adaption:

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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation is out now. Get yours from any good bookstore or order it online here.


RoseBlood Ball | Q&A with A.G Howard

RoseBloodBall Event

On 12th January we hosted a #RoseBloodBall with A.G Howard (in digital form) and an audience of magnificent bloggers. The highlight of the evening was (google) hanging out with A.G Howard. We were able to ask all the questions we’ve been dying to pose; questions about RoseBlood, her writing style and even which character she would take to prom!

The questions were so good we couldn’t keep the answers to ourselves, so here, friends, are all the questions and answers from our gothic evening of frivolity. Plus some of our favourite snaps!

Q: As I am a huge musical fan I’d love to know if there are any other theatre shows (whether based on a book or not), she would like to adapt or take as inspiration for a future book/series?

A: I’ve considered all of these: Les Miserables, Moulin Rouge and Sweeney Todd

Did you get any Phantom of the Opera songs stuck in your head while you were writing RoseBlood?

No. But I do use music to get in the mind-set of a book. I create Spotify playlists for my books, even ones I’ve not started writing yet. You can listen to them here.

Q: What inspired you to write a Phantom of the Opera retelling?

A: I’ve always been intrigued by the anti-hero, and contemplated a Phantom retelling even before I wrote Splintered. I’d seen other adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera — a lot of them actually — and one prequel that I adored (Phantom by Susan Kay) but not many spinoffs or continuations. Like Splintered, I knew I wanted to make it modern and contemporary to set it apart, while still retaining the elements of the original (gothic in this case). All I needed was a way to explain the Phantom’s longevity…how he had survived so many years. Once I figured that out, I was ready to give Erik a modern stage on which to perform to see what horrors he might stir up.

Q: You’ve created a marvellous adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and now Phantom of the Opera, what’s next on the agenda?

A: A gothic retelling / adaptation of a fairy tale which will take me back to my fantasy roots, with strange creatures and magic in an alternate fairy tale universe. But that’s all I can say about it for now.

RoseBlood Ball

Q: What is your favourite opera?

A: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Q: What is your favourite song from Phantom of the Opera?

A: My favourite song is The Music of the Night

Q: Have you watched the Phantom of the Opera in theatre?

A: In Las Vegas.

Q: Do you like to sing, and do you have any particular favourite songs you sing in the shower/kitchen/etc.?

A: I have a terrible voice! Haha. But I do like to make playlists for all my books and sometimes those songs make it into my shower performances.

Q: How do you create your characters? Do you fully plan them out at the start or let them emerge as you’re writing?

A: They’re fully planned out. For each book I write, that’s the most important preparation. It’s crucial that I intimately know the stars of the story before starting the journey, because I write organically and they’re going to be my guides.

Q: What do you love about Rune and Thorn?

A: The fact that they are both very loyal.

Q: What annoys you about them?

A: That it takes them so long to kiss the first time.

Q: What was your favourite scene to write between them and why?

A: The rooftop scene. It’s romantic, and also because it’s when they first see one another face to face and start working together to figure things out. I knew I would have this scene in the book before I started writing because this was always my favourite scene in the movie.

RoseBloodBall games

Q: Are there any other fairytales you’d be interested in reimagining?

A: Yes, many. Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel (although it would be hard to top Disney’s Tangled), just to name a few. I’m also interested in more Classical retellings, like Jekyll and Hyde, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and more. 

Q: Did you go to boarding school?

A: No, but I did go to a Christian private school where we had to wear uniforms like Rune in RoseBlood. My parents worked at the school and at weekends we had to pitch-in to help clean! My brother convinced me that there was a monster living under the stage in the cafeteria – something that has definitely impacted my writing!

Q: Will you ever come to tour the UK?

A: I would love to! If I can ever save up enough money. I have two kids in college, so it might be a while! Haha.

Pin the mask on Rune

Q: What was it like writing a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland then jumping into a reimagining of Phantom of the Opera? These are two very different stories with very different vibes to them (Alice is very surreal while Phantom is quite gothic).

A: As you pointed out, I had to adjust my mood for this book. Where my Wonderland series is based on what has often been considered a children’s story, RoseBlood is based on The Phantom of the Opera — a romantic horror/ drama about the obsession to be accepted and loved, and unrequited passion turned to madness. RoseBlood is also very character-driven, as opposed to plot-driven, which makes it a slower, more mysterious unwinding of twists and turns than the Splintered books. There aren’t any *whimsical* underpinnings in this one. Instead, it’s darkly romantic and gothic with subtle elements of horror, and the relationships involve more tortured/complex depths.

Q: Why do you think reimagines of fairy tales and well-known/loved stories are so popular now?

A: I think, for one, because dark fairy tales provide a perfect archetype for coming-of-age elements. First, there’s a young heroine (in some cases, hero, but for my answer, we’ll stick with the female lead character) – either troubled, or spoiled like a princess – who needs a quest so she can find her place in the world, become strong enough to face her troubles, and leave the diva days behind. Then there’s the hero (prince), or in some cases, anti-heroes, who will accompany/guide/confuse our heroine on her journey to self-realisation. Fairy tales often teach life lessons in subtle ways, and when drenched in darkness, the lessons become even less obvious, but leave more of a visceral imprint. And let’s not discount the adventure aspect. Fairy tales take place either in a far off land or an alternate earth – and offer an eccentric bevy of secondary characters who help or hinder along the way – which provides the temporary escapism we all need from the very real monsters of everyday life. Our generation is hyper-aware of violence and tragedy due to disturbing images of terrorism, war scenes, and random shootings, etc… touted by the media day in and day out. So it stands to reason that we’d be drawn to The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Anderson versions, which both cater to the idea that “real life isn’t always pretty, so why should fairy tales be?

RoseBloodBall attendees

Our favourite questions from Twitter:

Q: With which of your characters would you have gone to prom when you where young?

A: Morpheus, because how fun would it be to dance with someone who could fly you to the stars? (Who doesn’t love a bad boy!)

Q: What type of mask would you wear for the #RoseBloodBall? And what colour?

A.G Howard Mask

A: One like this, but in purple and red.

Q: There are some beautifully dark scenes in RoseBlood. Is it hard to get in the mindset to write those?

A: It wasn’t hard for me because I use my playlists to help me and I already have a dark imagination!


Thank you ‏@zarinatweets@dani_reviews@powisamy@book_throne@PewterWolf13@TinaMories,  @HellYes82@bethanycrandell and @agustinazanelli for your brilliant questions!

5 Reasons Thorn Should Be Your New Book Boyfriend


1. He is swoon worthy; dark hair, golden eyes, speaks French, need we say more?


2. He is a musician (and he likes to play with his shirt off…); you, Thorn, his violin under the stars? ‘Nuff said.


3. He is kind and selfless; how gently he treats the animals, how softly he holds Rune. ❤️


4. He has a broken soul that needs caring for; that husky voice and those tortured memories, we would knit him 365 pairs of socks.

Knitted socks

5. He will always be there for you, even if it is just in your dreams.


Has Thorn made it to your Book Boyfriend list? Let us know why at @ACBYA

Bookstore of the Month | The Alligator’s Mouth

Bookstore of the Month

Happy New Year friends! Here to launch our Bookstore of the Month feature for 2017 is a bookstore with a BITE, the incomparable children’s bookshop: The Alligator’s Mouth.

The Alligator's Mouth

  1. Describe The Alligator’s Mouth in three words.

Friendly, toothsome & biblioquirky.

  1. Where is your favourite spot in the store?

We generally discourage customers from obstructing the steps in the centre of the shop, between picture books and books for older readers, but it can be a nice place to sit with a cup of tea when the shop goes quiet.

  1. Give us a brief history of The Alligator’s Mouth

Margaret and Tony worked together at the Lion and Unicorn children’s bookshop, which had a great reputation in Richmond built up over more than 30 years. When it closed, they decided look for a new premises where they could carry on doing what they love doing. Mark joined the team as the third full time member of staff and the shop opened in March 2015. Our launch event featured Chris Riddell, Jacqueline Wilson, Axel Scheffler, Jim Smith and a host of other wonderful authors and illustrators who were there to get us off to a good start. We stock books from baby to young adult and host storytimes, a comics club, a 9-11 bookclub and frequent author events. In the nearly two years since opening we’ve had lots of lovely community support, getting involved with local schools, community centres and theatres. In November 2015 we were voted best Richmond shop in the Time Out Love London Awards. The name comes from a Lemony Snicket quote: ‘A book is like an alligator’s mouth — If you see one open you often end up disappearing inside.’

  1. Do you have a store pet?

No, we don’t have a pet. An argument has just broken out over whether our ideal bookstore pet would be a griffin or a moomin…

(The A&CB team voted; we think a griffin would be impressive, but a moomin would be less likely to damage the books and readers…)

Chris Ridell at The Alligator's Mouth

  1. Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?

We all love Chris Riddell’s work. There are favourite books here for all ages that he has either written or illustrated or both (‘Ottoline’, ‘When I Met Dudley’ and ‘Alienography’ to name but a few). We were very lucky to have him draw our alligator logo, and it had to be Chris to cut the ribbon on the shop at our launch event.

  1. What is your favourite opening line from a book?

    Margaret has picked Where’s Papa going with that ax?[sic], the unexpectedly sinister opening from E. B. White’sCharlotte’s Web’.

    The Alligator's Mouth

  1. What was the last book you read?

Tony: ‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie’ by Alan Bradley
Margaret: ‘The Road to Ever After’ by Moira Young
Mark: ‘Podkin One Ear’ by Kieren Larwood

  1. What is your favourite A&CB books?

We all love ‘Ada Twist: Scientist’ by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts. We’d also like to mention ‘Flora and the Flamingo’ by Molly Idle and anything by Benjamin Chaud (‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School’, etc.) We find we can rely on A&CB for beautifully illustrated and designed books, often with thoughtful and original content.

  1. What is your favourite book?

One book that we all continue to enjoy as we recommend it to parents, teachers and cheeky children is ‘Battle Bunny’ by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett & Matthew Myers. A little boy has received a twee book called Birthday Bunny, but with the power of a marker pen he has transformed it into the awesome, action-packed tale of Battle Bunny! We’ve had at least two teachers take it away and base lesson plans around it. For booksellers it’s satisfying to help others unlock the potential in an unusual book like this.


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A&CB Titles at The Alligator's Mouth

Here’s a table filled with some of our favourite A&CB books, new and old.


You can find The Alligator’s Mouth at 2a Church Court, Richmond, TW9 1JL. If you  find yourself in Richmond make sure you pop-in and say hello.

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Five Cookbooks for Foodies by Jenny Linford

The Chefs Library

Jenny Linford, author of The Chef’s Library knows a thing or two about cookbooks; having interviewed more than 70 renowned chefs around the world about their favourite cookbooks. She is here today to share the cookbooks she cherishes.


Having blithely asked famous chefs around the world to choose their favourite cookbook, now that I’ve been asked to choose my own five favourites I realise what a tricky task that was! I am sitting at my desk in my study in London, surrounded by bookshelves filled with cookbooks.  Some of them are battered old paperbacks I’ve had for years, others recently published, handsome tomes by chefs and writers whom I admire and find interesting. Researching The Chef’s Library saw me adding considerably to my own library, as I encountered wonderful cookbooks new to me and succumbed to the urge to own them for myself. In short, I’m spoilt for choice! For my favourites, I’ve chosen books that are old friends. This is one of the charms of cookbooks – that they become our companions.


Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book

Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book

I mentally applauded when three of the great chefs featured in The Chef’s Library chose cookbooks by Jane Grigson. While pleased, though, I was not surprised. Their choice of her work is a tribute to enduring appeal of Grigson’s depth of knowledge and her special voice that speaks out from the pages of her books. My much-thumbed, Penguin paperback edition of Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book remains one of my favourites. Alphabetically arranged by vegetable, each chapter offers her characteristic blend of down-to-earth, practical culinary advice, evocative anecdotes, cultural references and clearly written recipes. An enduring delight.


The Classic Italian Cookbook
Marcella Hazan

A great food writer’s ability to promote a deeper understanding of a cuisine outside its native shores is  a very special thing.  Through her bestselling cookbooks, Marcella Hazan was a champion of Italian cuisine, noted as an authority on the subject. Unsurprisingly, works by her were chosen by a number of chefs for The Chef’s Library. Having lived in Tuscany as a teenager, I have a deep affection for Italian food. Hazan’s intelligent, lucid writing – laying down the rules as she saw them with absolute conviction – makes for a wonderful read. The clearly written recipes, offering readers salient, pithy insights, are a pleasure to cook from.


Roast Chicken and Other Stories Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham

Roast Chicken and Other Stories
Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham

As all the best cookbooks do, this makes me hungry whenever I look through its pages. Chocolate Pithiviers, Poached Cod with Lentils and Salsa Verde, Anchovy and Onion Tarts . . . I first came across this book during my early years as a food writer and was charmed by its character and sense of personality. The chapters are focussed on Hopkinson’s favourite foods, clustering together diverse recipes around ingredients as various as Tripe, Endive and Cream. What struck me when I first read I was the care with which the recipes were written. Hopkinson evokes the dish in its Platonic ideal form – specifying the desired texture and flavour he wants – then carefully takes the reader through the steps and work needed to achieve it. It is a book that makes me want to cook.


The Carved Angel Cookbook
Joyce Molyneux

There is a lovely, quiet conviction to this cookbook by British chef Joyce Molyneux.  The recipes are delightfully eclectic, reflecting Molyneux’s open-minded interest in ingredients and how to cook  them. Her practical thriftiness is evident in the recipes for dishes such as Goose Giblet Stew or the Apple Quince Tart, where the fruit trimmings are cooked and pureed in order to  make a flavourful glaze.  I was lucky enough to eat at Molyneux’s Carved Angel restaurant – enjoying a wonderful fish soup – and it was a relaxed, genuinely hospitable, thoroughly delicious experience that lives on in my memory. While the restaurant has now gone, her cookbook, in which her generous-minded approach to food comes through, remains to be read and used.


The Kitchen Diaries Nigel Slater

The Kitchen Diaries
Nigel Slater

The intimacy of the diary form gives a special charm to this chronicle of a year by food writer Nigel Slater.  Food shopping expeditions, the weather that day, the changing seasons,  his mood, ingredients, whether at their peak or in need to using up – all these offer inspiration for Slater when it comes to  creating recipes. It is a book in which I always spot something new when I look through it – a wry observation, an evocation of a summer Saturday morning, brief insights into his thinking about food.  The recipes, studded through the book, combine with the elegant yet vivid prose to make a cookbook with a special quality to it.

What are your favourite cookbooks? Let us know on twitter @AbramsChronicle using #TheChefsLibrary.

When an Elephant Falls In Love

2016 hasn’t been the most joyous of years, but we are here to help things end with a little hope and a lot of L.O.V.E.

Introducing, When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti.

When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things…


When an Elephant Falls in Love...
© 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC.
He hides when the elephant-object of his affection is around.
He writes dozens of letters that he will never send.
And he tries to be healthy, but ends up finishing the cheesecake…
When an Elephant Falls in Love
© 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC.

This soulful picture book is relatable and revealing; an adorable reminder that love is worth striving for and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.

On sale 20th December 2016, a perfect last minute stocking-filler.

When An Elephant Falls In Love

When An Elephant Falls In Love by Davide Cali and Alice Lotti, published by Chronicle Books, on sale 20/12/2017.

Festive Favourites from Erin Gleeson

Festive Favourites

Embrace the festive feeling, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati or even Festivus with some delicious wintery treats from master foodie Erin Gleeson: author of The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast Gatherings and The Forest Feast For Kids.

Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
Image © Erin Gleeson

Holiday Cider Mule

Holiday Cider Mule
Image © Erin Gleeson
Festive Cabin
Image © Erin Gleeson
DIY Citrus Menorah
Image © Erin Gleeson

Happy (Early) Hanukkah Erin!

What are you favourite festive traditions? Let us know on Twitter #FestiveFavourites.