The Book of Burger

Now that the weather is nicer, there is nothing more enjoyable than heading outside to fire up the grill. But there are so many more options than just plain old burgers. This June, Rachael Ray authors a new cook book that ensures we never eat a boring hamburger ever again!

Whether you’re cooking for one or for one hundred in your own backyard burger bash, The Book of Burger has you covered for bringing family and friends together for the love of burgers! Please ’em all—big and small—with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, and sloppies, and so much more.

Start with Rach’s “Big Spicy Mac,” tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb patties. Want a mind-blowing sandwich? Whip up the BEST one Rachael has ever made: the 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Smoky BBQ Sauce. Rachael even shares her legendary pickle recipe and her own homemade burger blend. Want a fun, cute, tasty bite-size treat to pass around? Rachael is slider obsessed and you will be, too: try the Mexican Pulled Pork Sliders.

With more than 200 recipes to choose from, you could make a different recipe every night of the week!

The book isn’t in stores until June 5th, but you can try out a few recipes for yourself right now! If you make one of the recipes below, please email us at audrey@simonandschuster.ca or comment on this post and let us know how it went!

Sage-scented burgers with fontina and roasted squash

Messy Giuseppe

Indian-spiced patties with yogurt sauce

Bourbon BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches and green apple slaw

You can follow Rachael on Twitter, find her on Facebook or visit her website.

Spring into a good book!

All this crazy hot then cold then hot then cold weather in Toronto has got us thinking about spring….well, summer more like it (27 degrees in March?!), but we’ll settle for spring first!

Take a moment out of your day, regardless of the weather, and enter our Spring Reading sweepstakes for your chance to win a fabulous prize pack of reads and goodies from DAVIDsTEA. Click on the image below to enter and good luck!

The world will be reading… The Hunger Pains!

The truth is, a book hasn’t made it big until it has been made into a parody. That’s what the masterminds behind The Harvard Lampoon have done for The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Pains

The Hunger Pains is a loving parody of Suzanne Collin’s dystopian trilogy that will make you laugh so hard, you might pee your pants! Continue reading

Meet Jodi Picoult in person!

Are you a Jodi Picoult fan? Then you’ll be excited about this contest!

To celebrate the release of Jodi’s new novel Lone Wolf we’re giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the author herself.

You could win:
1 of 2 GRAND PRIZES (for GTA residents only)
• Two tickets to the Jodi Picoult event on March 13th
• A pre-event meet and greet for you and a friend 
• A complete Jodi Picoult library of books including her newest novel Lone Wolf 

Don’t live in the GTA? Don’t worry! You’re still eligible to win 1 of 3 nationwide prize packs:
• A complete Jodi Picoult library of books
• A signed copy of her newest novel Lone Wolf

CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Contest closes February 29th

Meet Jodi Picoult
Date: Tuesday, March 13th 
Location:The Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Time: 7:00pm
For more info and to purchase tickets click here. Tickets are only $5.00!

Here’s a little bit about Lone Wolf

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

Another tour de force by Picoult, Lone Wolf brilliantly describes the nature of a family: the love, protection, and strength it can offer—and the price we might have to pay for those gifts. What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

Get a sneak peek at the recording of the audio book

Read an excerpt

Visit Jodi’s website

Get the reading group guide

It may be cold outside….

But it’s hot between the pages!

I can think of no better way to spend my time during the winter months than curled up inside with a good book. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d treat all the romance novel lovers out there to a prize pack of romantic reads and some scented goodies from Glade to help set the mood!

Click on the image below and enter to win six romance novels ranging from paranormal to contemporary to historical. There’s something to suit every taste in our sexy prize pack!

For more info about the titles and authors featured in the prize pack click on the image above.

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