Cooking Demo: Apples

Cooking Demo: Apples

“I am crazy for this collection of elegant, single-subject and tres affordable ‘cookbooklets.’  Sliced, poached, sauced, in desserts or in a savory sauce, “Apples” takes this versatile American fruit to a new level.”   —Sandy

Apples are a part of so many American families’ holiday meals, and Albin, who worked in the test kitchens at Gourmet and the Food Network, is happy to help update those traditions as well as provide some new ideas, from an apple and fennel salad with buttermilk dressing to spicy apple pickles to braised country ribs with apple sauerkraut.

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come,
(630) 765-7455!

Author Event: Sarah Arthur

Author Event: Sarah Arthur

co-hosted with Gary United Methodist Church

When Sarah and Tom Arthur were appointed to a suburban church after three years in an urban Christian community, they faced a unique challenge: how to translate the practices of “radical” faith into their new context. Together with their friends and fellow church members Erin and Dave Wasinger, the Arthurs embarked on a yearlong experiment to implement twelve small practices of radical faith--not waiting until they were out of debt or the kids were out of diapers or God sent them elsewhere, but right now.    This book is Sarah and Erin’s story, told with humor, theological reflection, and practical insight, exploring such practices as simplicity, hospitality, accountability, sustainability, and social justice—but, most of all, discernment. Along the way readers will consider how God might be calling them to embark on their own year of small but radical changes, right where God has planted them. Each chapter includes discussion questions and suggested readings. 

Free Event! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.

Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. Our needles will be flying as we discuss the novel The Hidden Life of TREES by Peter Wohlleben. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

Cooking Demo: "Cooking with Mary Berry"

Cooking Demo: "Cooking with Mary Berry"

Cooking with Mary Berry covers a broad selection of recipes—brunch ideas, soups, salads, appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts—drawing on Mary’s more than 60 years in the kitchen. Many, like her French Onion Soup, Steak Diane, and Cinnamon Rolls, are familiar classics, but all have been adapted to follow Mary’s prescription for dishes that are no-fuss, practical, and foolproof. Step-by-step instructions, tips, and tricks make following in the footsteps of Britain’s favorite chef easy, and full-color photographs of finished dishes provide inspiration along the way.

You’ll be inspired by Mary’s recipes - they’re unique combinations of common pantry ingredients.  Simply delicious comfort food for your every day or party times. 

$15/person
Space is limited, call the story to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Kids with Kristy

Kids with Kristy

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children.  The choices kids make play a large part in forming who they grow to be as adults. Those choices can include whether to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make God-honoring choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the playful rhyming and beautiful illustrations while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

$5/child
Call the store to say you can come,
(630) 765-7455.

During these events, children will have a snack, take home a craft, sing a song, play a game—
all so that they engage in the story message on many levels.  A parent or guardian needs to stay during the event.

 

Cooking Demo: "The Homemade Kitchen"

Cooking Demo: "The Homemade Kitchen"

The cooking demos we offered featuring the delightful Alana Chernila’s Homemade Pantry and Homemade Kitchen were our most raved about - ever.  We think that’s because of the great food Alana helps us make, but also her delightful writing style and her homey, honest (hair-not-combed) photos of her food, friends and family.  She has been called “the truest and least judgmental friend a home cook could want,” and she is!  Listen to Alana, friends:  

“Homemade food is the opposite of perfection.  It holds the stamp of its maker.  This process of cooking at home is my window into what I want to create in life as a whole.  I want to make it better, unique, delicious, stamped with my own love and work.  It’s going to be imperfect, and I’m good with that.  I have a friend whose mother slips a lemon seed or two into everything she makes, ‘so they know it’s homemade.’  You can create the life you want out of all of the small, ordinary moments of every day.”    

Tucker and I will dig deeper into Alana’s books because truly, we want to show you the perfect luscious and joy from every single page! — Sandy

$20/person

Space is limited, call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Book Club: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Book Club: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

“Bookland is agog for this book, and it’s perfect for bookclubs that are seeking a bad*ss female lead character.” —Sandy

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

Free event! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Cooking Demo: Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook

Cooking Demo: Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook

The pages of this timeless cookbook from Southern Living come to life like you’re sitting around the family dining table, with hundreds of cherished recipes that bring back memories of the best of times with family and friends.

The food staff of Southern Living has uncovered and updated a treasure-trove of heirloom recipes that will be relied on for generations to come. These recipes will “stick around” and are staples for family get-togethers, church suppers, and covered dish dinners. From an aunt’s famous buttermilk biscuits, to country-fried steak, homestyle meatloaf, double-crust peach pie, and homemade bread and butter pickles, over 200 of our highest-rated recipes have been selected for this unique collection of prized family favorites.

As more consumers look for ways to enjoy family and home in today’s economy, this is a perfect “feel good” book that brings back memories of “the good ole days” and has a classic vintage look but includes all the great flavors and expert advice readers expect from Southern Living.

$15/person. Join Sandy and Jenny as they journey through these treasured recipes! Call the store to say you can come, space is limited, (630) 765-7455.

Book Club: Dear Ijeawele

Book Club: Dear Ijeawele

From the best-selling author of “Americanah” and “We Should All Be Feminists” comes a powerful new statement about feminism today–written as a letter to a friend. 

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Free event!  Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455.

Rise & Shine Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo

Rise & Shine Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

Free event, call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!