Sunday, I hosted an event at the library called "Local Voices: Conversations with Local Authors". It's similar to the events I held in Glendale in which ten local authors get a chance to do an "elevator pitch", speaking about their book for five minutes, taking questions and answers, and then they can sell and sign their books. Lanea Stagg and the late Maggie McHugh had an interesting concept for a book. Recipe Records, and the sequels, Recipe Records: The 60's Edition, and Recipe Records: A Culinary Tribute to the Beatles, combine recipes, songs and stories. Or, as it says on the cover, "Food for Thought, Food for the Soul, Food for the Love of Rock n Roll".
Lanea is the cook, and Maggie was the D.J. Stagg, a mother of eight, has included recipes that are easy. Together, they put together recipes with names such as "Take a Little Pizza My Heart" or "Another One Bites the Crust." Clever, fun, and the recipes are enticing as well. They even included a "Suggested Song List" to go with the recipes. There are recipes for appetizers "The Opening Act". "Backstage Passes" are salads and sides while "Headliners" are the entrees. Along with anecdotes, they also include a list of the best-known "Mondegreens", the term for misheard lyrics.
Congratulations to the authors of Recipe Records for an inventive concept. The books work for parties, family meals, and, fortunately for me, library programming.
Lanea Stagg blogs at email@example.com. And, she is on Blogtalkradio at blogtalkradio.com - Recipe Records.
Recipe Records by Lanea Stagg & Maggie McHugh. Recipe Records. 2010. ISBN 9780615374826 (paperback), 206p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought a copy of the book.