Cooking Demo: Short Stack Editions!

Cooking Demo: Short Stack Editions!

We just love these short stack editions. These small-format cookbooks are authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients.

Stacy Adimando’s ode to cherries is just what need in this era of fast and convenient eating. Whether eating them raw out of hand or using their tart, sweet flavor in cooking, cherries require that you pay attention (juice! pits!). And these recipes are worth your focus: think cherry-chipotle carnitas,cherry and fennel tabbouleh, chocolate-cherry milkshakes, and cherry-misu. 

How about that rhubarb? There’s so much more to these blush-colored stalks than pie, as author Sheri Castle has proven with this volume. Through recipes as varied as pork chops with rhubarb pan dressing and rose-rhubarb trifle, Castle has shown us that this springtime stunner deserves our year-round attention in the kitchen. And let’s not forget strawberried. From its ruby-red color to its sun-ripened sweetness, the strawberry is a dramatic fruit. This edition will put the show-stopping berry through its paces, in both savory and sweet applications.   Join Jenny and Sandy as we whisk our way through these cookbooklets!

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

$15/person, space is limited.

Kids In the Kitchen

Kids In the Kitchen

Each Thursday, 12:00–12:30 p.m., June 1st through August 17
Warm and yummy smells coming from the kitchen makes kids want to gather ‘round, and they love to be helpful at the sink or counter.  Getting kids scooping flour or chopping an apple and even stirring a simple tomato sauce means family togetherness and can nudge towards an awareness of healthy eating.  Besides, a tub of warm, sudsy water for washing up is much more fun with your kids alongside!  This summer, join us in the PPB kitchen every Thursday at noon to mix up a lovely lunch inspired by our favorite story books! 
(Please note there will be no class on July 6)

$5/child, 5-10 yrs old, max 8 children

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455. We ask that parents stay in our store during this event.

 

 

 

We Are Three Anniversary Party

We Are Three Anniversary Party

Thank you for being a huge part of our wonderful year!

Please come and help us celebrate our 3rd anniversary.  We want to celebrate our birthday with a party-full of the sort of events we do best:  cooking demos, Jenny shows, and Champagne Book Recommendation parties! (please call the store to let us know which of these 3 offerings we will get to greet you.)

11:00 a.m.
Cooking Demo featuring Short Stack Editions 

1:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Jenny Riddle will be performing one of her most popular shows “We Will Survive”!  

2:30 p.m.
Champagne & Raspberries book recommendation followed by our raffle—including Short Stack cookbooklets and kitchen goodies! 

 

 

 

Author visit: Renee Engeln, PhD

Author visit: Renee Engeln, PhD

“Beauty sickness is what happens when women’s emotional energy gets so bound up with what they see in the mirror that it becomes harder for them to see other aspects of their lives.  At a practical level, beauty sickness steals women’s time, energy, and money, moving us further away from the people we want to be and the lives we want to live.  It keeps us facing the mirror instead of facing the world.”

Feeling insecure about how we look slows us, and even stops us from getting out there and speaking and doing.  Appearance-insecurity and beauty sickness are fed by a culture that first assesses our looks and age and weighs them alongside or even over the power of our words and ideas.  It’s not just images in magazines and on TV, beauty sickness in large part begins with the words girls hear us using to describe ourselves and other women. 

Engeln makes this point:  “Those who shame women for their appearance feed beauty sickness.  Those who praise girls and women only for how they look do the same,” and this is because when women and girls hear a lot of talk in their day to day lives (not on TV, in their own lives) about how a woman looks - even if the comments are positive - we of course notice when compliments are NOT paid to another woman.  Further, the ground-work is set for us to know that our appearance, too, is certainly critically analyzed by others, even if we are putting forth serious thoughts and ideas.  That can easily make us want to say nothing at all.  What a shame!  

“Girls learn that how they look is more important than who they are - the essential symptom of ‘beauty sickness.’  But Engeln doesn’t stop at diagnosis:  she offers the possibility of a cure.” — Peggy Orenstein

We are so excited to have Renee Engeln with us on
June 4 to discuss her work! This is a discussion you do not want to miss.  

This is a free event, call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455

Kids with Kristy: Stars and Sleepovers

Kids with Kristy: Stars and Sleepovers

Oh boy, a sleepover!  Bear is invited to spend the night with Franklin - how fun to play together a little later, then jump into cozy sleeping bags with a giggle!  I wonder what breakfast will be?  But boy when the lights turn out, Bear begins to miss Mom and Dad.  Sound familiar? 

Franklin’s endearing friendship helps Bear overcome his fears and feel more comfortable in his home.  Come to PPB with your sleeping bag and cuddly toy while we cozy up with this sweet story plus yummy snacks.

 

$5/child   4-10 yrs old, max 15 children

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

Kids with Kristy: Dads and Dogs

Kids with Kristy: Dads and Dogs

There’s something easy and silly, fond and cozy about the way dads cook with kids.  We found the perfect cooking book for your kiddos to share with their pops on Father’s Day weekend - it offers simple snacks with easy ingredients to cook over a fire.  Oh boy - a “campout”!  Dads, gather your kids around the PPB patio firepit, and cook some simple fare while you listen to adventure stories!

$5/child   4-10 yrs old, max 15 children

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

We ask that parents stay in our store during this event.

 

 

Cooking Demo: Flavors of Summer

Cooking Demo: Flavors of Summer

Sunshine Dining!  Bright, summer days and long, warm evenings call for food that can be enjoyed at leisure with family and friends.  From casual grazing plates to impressive alfresco dinner parties, this book brings together fresh and vibrant ingredients and simple techniques in a way that celebrates the season but still leaves you with time to enjoy it!  Sandy and Sandy are really excited to share with you salads like Crunchy Fennel Salad (with pomegranate, mango and walnuts), lunch ideas such as Goats’ Cheese, Thyme and Red Onion Tartlets, outdoor dining fun like Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Cream — and desserts (somebody stop me!!) like Jam Jar Crumbles with Amaretto Cherries.  

You just have to come see and sample!! Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455. 
$15/person, space is limited.