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Summer Cocktails

One hundred seasonal recipes for punches and pitchers, frosty drinks, classics and throwbacks, and more. 

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking over a grill, or relaxing in the hammock, you need a great drink. And with Summer Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano will help you discover your favorite fair-weather friends, from Peachy Keen Punch to Ginger-Lemongrass Piña Colada. Craft your beverages from the bottom up with underpinnings straight from your summer garden, including Strawberry-Rosemary Shrub, Rhubarb Syrup, or Tomatillo and Coriander Tequila. Plus, round out the perfect party with savory snacks to match your cool drinks. Cheers!

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Quirk Books Throws You 5 Awesome Parties

Everybody loves a party. And they'll love yours the most, thanks to this festive collection of themes, snacks, crafts, drinks, and decor…all handpicked by the party monsters at Quirk D.I.Y., the Quirk Books community for makers of everything awesome.

So roll back the rug, call your friends, and let's get at least one of these parties started! Party Themes include:

SPARKLE PARTY, featuring Mini Candy Apples, Holiday Cake Pops, Sweet Surrender Punch, and more.

OVER EASY PARTY, Featuring Huevos Rancheros Tacos, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Golden Hog Cocktail, and more.

GIANT PARTY for kids, featuring Mini Corn Dogs, Super-Small Deep-Dish Pizzas, Teensy Funnel Cakes, and more.

CRAFTERNOON TEA PARTY featuring Pansy Tea Sandwiches, English Rose Cocktail, homemade Pom-Pom Headbands, and more.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL PARTY featuring Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Beef-and-Beer Chili, homemade Plush Penguin party favors, and more.

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Quirk Books Throws You Five Awesome Parties

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Everybody loves a party. And they'll love yours the most, thanks to this festive collection of themes, snacks, crafts, drinks, and decor…all handpicked by the party monsters at Quirk D.I.Y., the Quirk Books community for makers of everything awesome.

So roll back the rug, call your friends, and let's get at least one of these parties started! Party Themes include:

SPARKLE PARTY, featuring Mini Candy Apples, Holiday Cake Pops, Sweet Surrender Punch, and more.

OVER EASY PARTY, Featuring Huevos Rancheros Tacos, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Golden Hog Cocktail, and more.

GIANT PARTY for kids, featuring Mini Corn Dogs, Super-Small Deep-Dish Pizzas, Teensy Funnel Cakes, and more.

CRAFTERNOON TEA PARTY featuring Pansy Tea Sandwiches, English Rose Cocktail, homemade Pom-Pom Headbands, and more.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL PARTY featuring Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Beef-and-Beer Chili, homemade Plush Penguin party favors, and more.

Preview the sampler below! 

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Haute Dogs

Haute Dogs gives the classic cookout staple a fresh and tasty twist, with recipes inspired by everything from south-of-the-border BBQ to Japanese fusion to modern food-cart cuisine. Handcraft your own top-notch dogs, buns, and condiments with step-by-step from-scratch instructions, and brush up on your hot dog history with an in-depth look at tasty traditions from the U.S. and beyond. Just in time for summer, this indispensible guide will make your grilling extraordinary. 

Born and raised in Texas, Russell van Kraayenburg may sit you down for a stern lecture if you confuse barbecue with grilling. His blog Chasing Delicious was a Saveur finalist for 2012’s best baking and desserts blog, and his work has been featured on such sites as Lifehacker, Co. Design, Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, The Daily What, Quipsologies, Neatorama, Explore, and Fine Cooking, among many other personal, cooking, design, and art blogs.

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Quirk Books Entertains Your Kids

Quirk Books Entertains Your Kids

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This summer, Raising Quirk’s mission is to keep your kids from ever having to say “I’m bored.” So we’ve rounded up our favorite crafts, recipes, games, and activities from Quirk Books titles and jam-packed them into our funnest, awesomest, and kid-friendliest e-sampler yet. Whether you’re taking your family on the road or stuck indoors on a rainy day, we’ve got you covered.

Projects include:

COOKING:

How to Teach a Kid to Cook
Robot Bites
Banana Split Pops
Little-Bitty Fudge Puppies

CRAFTING:

Bottle-Cap Frames
Starburst Straws
Turtle Magnet
Get Your Kid to Clean Up

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE:

Get Your Kid to Put On Sunscreen
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
Yakima! Choreograph a Fight Scene
Nick and Tesla’s Low-Tech (Practically No-Tech) Bottle Rocket and Launcher

RAINY DAY ANTICS:

Get Your Kid to Play Alone
Futaleufú Mattress Rafting
Put on a Comedy Show
Learn a Magic Trick

FUN ON THE GO:

How to Keep a Family Happy During Car Trips
Make Trail Mix and Hit the Trails!
How to Build a Sand Castle
Games to Play in the Car

Children don’t come with an owner’s manual, so Raising Quirk brings together advice, activities, entertainment, and, most important, other parents who still feel kinda like kids themselves. Our motto: We help cool parents raise cool kids. After all, parenting is a lifelong adventure, and we’re all in it together. Consider us your virtual playgroup and join us at Raising Quirk online.

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Winter Cocktails

When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it’s time to gather with friends for drinks that’ll put a rosy glow on your cheeks. In Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 100 seasonal recipes for cold-weather cocktails, like Hot Buttered Rum, English Christmas Punch, Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog, Irish Coffee, Coquito, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, the Old-Fashioned (and the New-Fangled!), Mama’s Remedy, and the Kentucky Baby.

Detailed, in-depth chapters cover hot toddies, mulled wines, and mulled ciders; spiked hot chocolates, eggnogs, coffees, and teas; punches and pitchers for serving a crowd; and chilled winter cocktails that have a magical warming effect. Foolproof recipes for infused liquors, simple syrups, and from-scratch ingredients like Fresh Tomato Juice and Homemade Sour Mix make it easy to craft drinks from the bottom up. Plus, you’ll find ideas for elegant cocktail party bites that make pairing drinks and snacks a snap.

Party prep is a breeze thanks to guides to pantry and fridge basics, the well-stocked bar, must-have tools, serveware, and glassware, plus tips for sourcing local and hard-to-find ingredients. Beautiful and instructive step-by-step photos explain essential techniques like muddling, prepping garnishes, making ice molds, and opening champagne. Whether you’re throwing a party, lounging at a ski lodge, camping on a mountain, or just curling up with a good book on a blustery night, Winter Cocktails is sure to make the season bright.

Summer Cocktails is coming in April 2015!

A graduate of the International Culinary Center, María Del Mar Sacasa is a writer, food stylist, and recipe developer who has worked for Vogue, Lucky, and Cook’s Country. Her styling work has appeared in numerous print publications, TV commercials, product packaging, and cookbooks. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

Tara Striano is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU. Her photography has been featured in publications such as House Beautiful, O, The Oprah Magazine, Garnet Hill, and Elle Décor. T

ogether, María del Mar and Tara share recipes, photos, and stories from their lives behind the scenes of the food industry on their blog, Cookin’ & Shootin’.

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