January 11, 2012 • ,
The Winter season is a great time to have friends over for a nice fancy dinner. It's cold out, you want to stay in and warm up in the glow of friends and family... so I've got a recipe that's perfect for you. Cornish game hens and wild rice.
Don't be fooled. This roast is easier to cook than it looks. Make sure you plan accordingly though, serving one bird per portion, because they weigh less than a pound each. You can slather on a quick marinade and pop these little birds into the oven while you spruce up your dining room and lay out the plates. Get hold of an instant wild rice side dish, chill the drinks… and enjoy!
January 10, 2012 • Fiction
Do the books in your local bookshop come alive once the store closes, much like the toys in Toy Story? After watching this video, I sure like to think so.
The creators of the video did something similar with their bookshelf about a year ago, another YouTube video I saw and adored. But this time they animated an entire bookstore, a charming little shop called Type located in Toronto.
Watch and enjoy. Thanks for sending the link over, Jane!
January 5, 2012 •
If Elvis Presley were alive today, he’d be celebrating his 77th birthday.
He may have been the king of rock and roll, but Elvis Presley had an appetite that was more down-home than aristocratic. A Mississippi boy at heart, Elvis preferred iconic Southern dishes, such as buttermilk corn bread, Memphis-style bbq, banana pudding, and sweet potato pie.
January 3, 2012 • American History
One flew kites. The other had a ball with leeches.
Everyone knows Ben Franklin. Americans celebrate his 306th birthday on Jan. 17th. Another Ben—Dr. Benjamin Rush—is lesser known but nevertheless played a pivotal role in American history. His 267th birthday is Jan. 4th.
Quirk's home city of Philadelphia is gearing up for two celebrations this month that pay tribute to the two men.
December 23, 2011 • Fiction
Contest Closed! Thank you!
Well, this is the last holiday giveaway. Today we're giving you a chance to win all our fiction titles, including our mashups and Taft 2012, which isn't due out until January. I'm also tossing in some posters with a couple of the books... which includes a special, limited edition signed Miss Peregrine poster.
Now, you might notice us go quiet over the next week or so here on the website, Twitter, Facebook... but we'll be back! We're all taking a nice holiday break and returning January 2nd.
See you next year, book lovers!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The New York Times bestselling YA smash. I'll include a signed poster with this!
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Graham Smith: The original mashup that helped usher in a new literary genre.
Bedbugs by Ben Winters: A young couple's dream home is crawling with bedbugs... or is it? Rosemary's Baby meets the Amityville Horror in Ben Winters' horror story of supernatural bedbugs.
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: A Rip Van Winkle-esque tale of William Howard Taft. Reawakening in our time and thrust into the primaries, Taft adjusts to our world with hilarious and often times heartwarming results.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steven Hockensmith: The New York Times bestselling prequel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. How did the Bennett sisters become such fierce warriors? Hockensmith tells their story.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith: When Mr. Darcy is bitten by a dreadful, Lizzy goes on an epic quest to find a cure for her beloved.
Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Ben Winters: What happens when the Dashwood sisters run into giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, and two-headed sea serpents? Ben Winters' New York Times bestselling Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters does.
Android Karenina by Ben Winters: An enhanced edition of the literary classic... with robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten." That's all you need to know.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall: A rag-tag team of Star Trek fans get caught up in a zombie attack at a Trekkie convention.
How can you win? Leave a comment that either 1.) Details how you would survive in a zombie uprising or 2.) What your 'peculiar' superpower would be. You can also simply retweet this post while mentioning @quirkbooks. I'll select one of you at random for a bag full of Quirk fiction goodness.
Note: Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you!
Good luck, and happy holidays everyone!
December 22, 2011 • Cookbook: Drinks
Contest is over! Thanks!
Five Days of Quirkmas continues! Just because my whiskey glass is empty in this picture, doesn't mean yours has to be! Our next giveaway features a library of all our boozy books, perfect for those of you who want to master the ultimate New Year's Eve cocktail.
Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico: More than TWO HUNDRED recipes for tried and true libations, as well as a bunch of recipes and pairing suggestions.
Old Man Drinks by Rob Schnakenberg: Old-Fashioneds, Sidecars, Clover Clubs, Rusty Nails, Hot Toddys, Monte Carlos... there are sixty classic drinks in here that your grandfather would love.
The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion by Duane Swierczynski: Reprinted in the Spring, this classic Quirk title comes packed with 151 cocktails that are, as the reading line says, perfect for every occasion.
Stuff Every Man Should Know by Brett Cohen: No, this isn't a cocktail book, but Brett dishes out tips on how to make cocktails, shotgun a beer, open a bottle of beer without an opener, and more.
Booze Cakes by Krystina Castella & Terry Lee Stone: Buy too much booze over the holidays? Bake it into cakes.
How can you enter? Leave a comment about your favorite drink. I'll pick one of you at random and mail you this boozy book pack. Make sure you leave an email address, so I'll be able to get a hold of you. Good luck!