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A Catered Christmas

by Hannah Howell Isis Crawford

As picturesque Longley, New York, gets ready to ring in the holiday season, caterers Bernadette and Libby Simmons are coping with their busiest time of year. If that's not enough to make them run around like crazed elves, they're recruited for a cooking show contest that pits celebrity chefs against each other--and gives rise to murder. . . Visions of sugar plums are most decidedly not dancing in Libby's head--especially since she and her sister are set to appear on the Hortense Calabash Cooking Show. The premise is to give six professional caterers random ingredients and have them whip up a holiday meal. The icing on the fruitcake is that Hortense Calabash is a grinch of year-round proportions. And the other contestants are some of the most demanding--and difficult--chefs in the business. Bernie and Libby are thrown into the mix as arguments and accusations simmer on the set. Holiday spirit has left the building--and leaves a body--when Hortense, all dressed up as Santa Claus for the opening sequence, is killed by an exploding oven. With the holiday rush in full swing and a killer still on the loose, Bernie and Libby have no choice but to wrap up the mystery before their geese are well and fully cooked. . . Includes Scrumptious Holiday Recipes for You to Try!

A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange

by Isis Crawford

Bernie and Libby Simmons, caterers extraordinaire, are hosting a televised cookie contest just in time for Christmas, but unfriendly rivalries cook up a cutthroat competition. . . The snow is falling and there's a wreath on every door in tiny Longely, New York, and that can only mean one thing: The feisty members of the Christmas Cookie Club Exchange are busy perfecting their recipes once again. And with the Baking for Life cookie contest on the line, the stakes are higher--and deadlier--than ever. Millie Piedmont is certain that Millie's Majestic Meltaways will win the competition--and when she dies in a suspicious car accident en route to the show, Bernie and Libby wonder if a rival club member may have felt the same way. Millie's niece enlists the sleuthing sisters to help her find some answers. Did someone run Millie off the road? And who stole the cookies from her car? The members of the Cookie Club appear to be grieving the loss of their friend, but Bernie and Libby start digging and are shocked to uncover a soap opera of sinister secrets and clandestine affairs. Perhaps all the back-biting, gossip, and petty jealousy were just the right ingredients to whip up a half-baked murder. Between Christmastime catering and catching a killer, Bernie and Libby may have bitten off more than they can chew. But they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth, because no holiday treat is sweeter than justice. Includes Original Recipes for You to Try Delicious Praise For Isis Crawford And Her Mouth-Watering Mysteries A Catered St. Patrick's Day "Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue and puzzling plot. " --"Publishers Weekly"A Catered Thanksgiving"This will please Crawford's old fans and bring in new ones. " --"RT Book Reviews"A Catered Birthday Party"Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke will enjoy the investigative and culinary antics of the nosey sisters. " --"Library Journal"A Catered Halloween"Fun. . . well-plotted. " --"Publishers Weekly"A Catered Valentine's Day"A cleverly plotted mystery with mouthwatering descriptions of sweet confections. " --"Romantic Times"A Catered Christmas"Comical minor arguments, bitchy asides, cookie dependencies, and useful recipes keep this moving. " --"Library Journal"A Catered Wedding "The sisters' playful rivalry, clever dialogue, and an eccentric supporting cast make for plenty of cozy fun. " --"Publishers Weekly"A Catered Murder"Fans who love culinary mysteries are going to gain pounds after reading this delicious who-done-it. " --"I Love a Mystery"

A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange

by Isis Crawford

"Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford."--Library JournalBernie and Libby Simmons, caterers extraordinaire, are hosting a televised cookie contest just in time for Christmas, but unfriendly rivalries cook up a cutthroat competition. . .The feisty members of the Christmas Cookie Club Exchange are busy perfecting their recipes once again. And with the Baking for Life cookie contest on the line, the stakes are higher--and deadlier--than ever. When the odds-on favorite dies in a suspicious car accident en route to the show, Bernie and Libby start digging and are shocked to uncover a soap opera of sinister secrets and clandestine affairs. But they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth, because no holiday treat is sweeter than justice! Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!"A chatty, cozy mystery." --Library Journal

A Catered Fourth of July

by Isis Crawford

High noon on July Fourth in the quiet town of Longley, New York, and it's got to be one hundred degrees. Thankfully, sisters Bernie and Libby are setting up their yummy catering out of the sun in the gazebo for the reenactment of The Battle of Meadow Creek--and not baking in those Revolutionary War uniforms with their fellow townspeople . . .After a few cheery exchanges of "Moveth" and "Thou speakest treason," the muskets are fired and the fake battle is over. But the blood on notorious town playboy Jack Devlin looks very real. Is it possible that Jack has had his last tryst? When town councilman and resident loudmouth Rick Evans fingers Bernie's beau Marvin as the killer, Bernie and Libby know they've got to get cooking on the case. But the former Casanova has burned half the town--including the hot-headed politician and his occasionally faithful wife. And what about re-enactor Elise Montague, who is training to be an EMT yet almost fainted at the sight of blood on the deceased? Bernie and Libby have their plates overloaded with suspects, and will need to work very fast to clear Marvin's name. The simmering killer is still out there, armed and taking shots, and unless the sisters quickly get to the bottom of this patriotic pre-meditation. . .their goose may be cooked! Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!Delicious Praise For Isis Crawford And Her Mouth-Watering Mysteries! A Catered St. Patrick's Day "Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue and puzzling plot." --Publishers WeeklyA Catered Thanksgiving"This will please Crawford's old fans and bring in new ones." --RT Book ReviewsA Catered Birthday Party"Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke will enjoy the investigative and culinary antics of the nosey sisters." --Library JournalA Catered Halloween"Fun. . .well-plotted." --Publishers WeeklyA Catered Christmas"Comical minor arguments, bitchy asides, cookie dependencies, and useful recipes keep this moving." --Library JournalA Catered Murder"Fans who love culinary mysteries are going to gain pounds after reading this delicious who-done-it." --I Love a Mystery

A Catered Fourth of July

by Isis Crawford

High noon on July Fourth in the quiet town of Longley, New York, and it's got to be one hundred degrees. Thankfully, sisters Bernie and Libby are setting up their yummy catering out of the sun in the gazebo for the reenactment of The Battle of Meadow Creek--and not baking in those Revolutionary War uniforms with their fellow townspeople . . . After a few cheery exchanges of "Moveth" and "Thou speakest treason," the muskets are fired and the fake battle is over. But the blood on notorious town playboy Jack Devlin looks very real. Is it possible that Jack has had his last tryst? When town councilman and resident loudmouth Rick Evans fingers Libby's beau, Marvin, as the killer, Bernie and Libby know they've got to get cooking on the case. But the former Casanova has burned half the town--including the hot-headed politician and his occasionally faithful wife. And what about re-enactor Elise Montague, who is training to be an EMT yet almost fainted at the sight of blood on the deceased? Bernie and Libby have their plates overloaded with suspects, and will need to work very fast to clear Marvin's name. The simmering killer is still out there, armed and taking shots, and unless the sisters quickly get to the bottom of this patriotic pre-meditation. . . their goose may be cooked! Includes Original Recipes for You to Try! Delicious Praise For Isis Crawford And Her Mouth-Watering Mysteries!A Catered St. Patrick's Day "Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue and puzzling plot. " --Publishers WeeklyA Catered Thanksgiving"This will please Crawford's old fans and bring in new ones. " --RT Book ReviewsA Catered Birthday Party"Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke will enjoy the investigative and culinary antics of the nosey sisters. " --Library JournalA Catered Halloween"Fun. . . well-plotted. " --Publishers WeeklyA Catered Christmas"Comical minor arguments, bitchy asides, cookie dependencies, and useful recipes keep this moving. " --Library JournalA Catered Murder"Fans who love culinary mysteries are going to gain pounds after reading this delicious who-done-it. " --I Love a Mystery

A Catered Halloween

by Isis Crawford

With the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about Peabodys gloomy halls. . . While almost everyone Amethyst ever met might have a motive for killing her, not everyone had access to the Peabody School. All Bernie and Libby know is if they dont solve this mystery soon, they might become the next stars in a real-life horror flick. . . "Fun. . . well-plotted. . . . A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume. " --Publishers Weekly

A Catered Halloween

by Isis Crawford

Reprinted EditionWith the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about Peabody's gloomy halls. . .While almost everyone Amethyst ever met might have a motive for killing her, not everyone had access to the Peabody School. All Bernie and Libby know is if they don't solve this mystery soon, they might become the next stars in a real-life horror flick. . ."Fun. . .well-plotted. . .. A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume." --Publishers Weekly

A Catered Mother's Day

by Isis Crawford

It's Mother's Day in sleepy Longely, New York, and this year, catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons help a friend--who happens to be an overworked and underappreciated mom--go to extreme lengths to teach her family a lesson. But when a prank turns deadly, the Simmons sisters will have to cook up a plan to clear their pal's name...Bernie's college roommate Ellen Hadley is burning the candle at both ends. She's grown a successful business baking treats for dogs and cats, and she's a dutiful wife and mother who somehow manages to fit all the cooking and cleaning into her busy schedule. But after her children forget her birthday and her husband forgets their anniversary, her expectations for a memorable Mother's Day are understandably modest. When Bernie jokingly suggests Ellen fake her own kidnapping to set her family straight, she never imagined her friend would actually go through with it. But when Ellen's husband follows her phony ransom note to an out-of-the-way hotel, he finds the police taking her into custody after she discovers a dead body in her room. Ellen swears she doesn't know the victim, but as police investigate her half-baked plans, they turn up more questions than answers. Bernie can't help but feel guilty for helping her friend concoct a recipe for disaster, so she and her sister Libby enlist the help of Ellen's kids, and together, they must race to find the true culprit--before Mother's Day is postponed indefinitely...Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!

A Catered Murder

by Isis Crawford

Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L. A. --and her no-good, cheating boyfriend--to move back in with her family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapés and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a mystery they can really sink their teeth into. . . It's only been a few days since Bernie and Libby started working together at A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full--baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a Dracula theme and a very strange guest of honor: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're proven right when Laird pours a glass of water, takes a long sip--and drops stone-cold dead. . . Now, with murder on the menu and Libby under suspicion, the sisters will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit--in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite. A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likeable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies. ---Publishers Weekly Includes 7 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then, Isis has combined her parents' love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.

A Catered Murder

by Isis Crawford

Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A.--and her no-good, cheating boyfriend--to move back in with her family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapés and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a mystery they can really sink their teeth into. . . It's only been a few days since Bernie and Libby started working together at A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full--baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a "Dracula" theme and a very strange guest of honor: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're proven right when Laird pours a glass of water, takes a long sip--and drops stone-cold dead. . . Now, with murder on the menu and Libby under suspicion, the sisters will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit--in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite."A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likeable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies." ---Publishers Weekly Includes 7 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then, Isis has combined her parents' love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.

A Catered St. Patrick's Day

by Isis Crawford

To most of the people of Longely, New York St. Paddy's Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o' the Irish has just run out. Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, Bernie and Libby, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew's name, they just can't say no. But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can't count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst¿they'll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again.

A Catered St. Patrick's Day

by Isis Crawford

To most of the people of Longely, New York, St. Paddy's Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o' the Irish has just run out. Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, Bernie and Libby, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew's name, they just can't say no.But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can't count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst. . .they'll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again. "Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford."--Library JournalIncludes Original Recipes for You to Try!"Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue, and puzzling plot." --Publishers Weekly

A Catered Thanksgiving

by Isis Crawford

Whipping up Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for anyone, but that goes double for the Field family. Everything has to be perfect, or they risk getting cut out of dominating patriarch Monty's lucrative will. That's where sisters Bernie and Libby's catering company, A Little Taste of Heaven, comes in. Surely with their lumpless mashed potatoes and to-die-for gravy, even the super-dysfunctional Fields can get along for one meal. But no one can dress up disaster when the turkey goes boom right in Monty's scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky. With everyone harboring their own cornucopia of secrets, discovering who wanted to carve up Monty won't be easy. Worse, the Field Mansion is draped under a snowstorm, trapping them with a killer determined to get more than his piece of the pie. Bernie and Libby will have to find out who the culprit is, fast, before the leftovers--and their chances of surviving--run out for good. . . Spritely. . . The action builds to more fireworks and a dramatic rescue. --Publishers WeeklyThis will please Crawford's old fans and bring in new ones. --RT Book ReviewsFans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford. -Library Journal

A Catered Thanksgiving

by Isis Crawford

Whipping up Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for anyone, but that goes double for the Field family. Everything has to be perfect, or they risk getting cut out of dominating patriarch Monty's lucrative will. That's where sisters Bernie and Libby's catering company, A Little Taste of Heaven, comes in. Surely with their lumpless mashed potatoes and to-die-for gravy, even the super-dysfunctional Fields can get along for one meal. But no one can dress up disaster when the turkey goes boom right in Monty's scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky.With everyone harboring their own cornucopia of secrets, discovering who wanted to carve up Monty won't be easy. Worse, the Field Mansion is draped under a snowstorm, trapping them with a killer determined to get more than his piece of the pie. Bernie and Libby will have to find out who the culprit is, fast, before the leftovers--and their chances of surviving--run out for good. . ."Spritely. . . The action builds to more fireworks and a dramatic rescue." --Publishers Weekly"This will please Crawford's old fans and bring in new ones." --RT Book Reviews"Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford." -Library Journal

A Catered Valentine's Day

by Isis Crawford

two sisters in the catering business, run a catering shop called a little taste of heaven. Their father who used to be on the local police force, helps them as they play amateur detective, and try to find a missing body for one of the girl's boy friends' father a funeral home owner.

A Catered Valentine's Day

by Isis Crawford

Bernie and Libby, owners of A Taste of Heaven, have plans to partner up with the Just Chocolate store for a taste-tempting Valentine's Day fundraiser featuring pairings of exotic chocolates, food, and wine, as well as a bachelor auction. And though Bernie isn't too happy about her boyfriend volunteering to be auctioned off, she's got too much on her plate to be jealous: one of the coolers is leaking; they need a new butter supplier, and the mother of a very good client has died. Putting their preparations on hold, Bernie and Libby attend the funeral, only to be recruited to help solve a mystery. In an old cemetery-turned-lover's-lane, the body of Ted Gorman has been found in someone else's grave. The same Ted Gorman who supposedly died in a fiery car crash weeks earlier. Ted was the owner-with his wife-of Just Chocolate. So now, as Bernie and Libby continue working with the grieving widow, they open up a mixed box of dark financial scandal, sticky family ties, bittersweet passion, and just desserts. Includes Scrumptious Dessert Recipes for You to Try!

A Catered Wedding

by Isis Crawford

Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn. . .Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding of her dreams. She's got a $25,000 dress (gorgeous and made to order), a rich Estonian fiancé (head of a multimillion dollar caviar empire) and a four-star menu (planned by none other than Bernadette and Libby Simmons). Never mind that she's not really in love with her boring, bland groom-to-be.But the dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmare. Just hours before she's scheduled to walk down the aisle, Leeza takes an arrow to the chest--and drops dead. Now Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: they've got an archery-inclined killer to find. . .Includes 6 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!"The sisters' playful rivalry, clever dialogue and an eccentric supporting cast make for plenty of cozy fun." --Publishers Weekly"Frequent humor, a couple of little-old-lady Marxists, and several delicious recipes complete the cozy picture. Recommended for culinary mystery fans." --Library JournalIsis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then, Isis has combined her parents' love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.

A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes)

by Isis Crawford

Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn...<P> Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding of her dreams. She's got a $25,000 dress (gorgeous and made to order), a rich Estonian fiancé (head of a multimillion dollar caviar empire) and a four-star menu (planned by none other than Bernadette and Libby Simmons). Never mind that she's not really in love with her boring, bland groom-to-be.<P> But the dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmare. Just hours before she's scheduled to walk down the aisle, Leeza takes an arrow to the chest--and drops dead. Now Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: they've got an archery-inclined killer to find...<P> Includes 6 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

The Caterpillar

by Susan Swan Judith Brand

Chad puts a caterpillar in a glass and watches it grow.

The Caterpillar Cop

by James Mcclure

Handsome twelve-year-old Boetie was strangled and stabbed. Was he the victim of a pedophile?

Caterpillar Kisses

by Christine Pisera Naman

"When my kindergartners left me, they left me with the most wonderful memories and the imprints of their kisses upon my heart. To me, the blessed little events, the tiny magical moments, and the wonderful quick coincidences were like kisses. " --From the Introduction. A former kindergarten teacher, Christine Pisera Naman watched over many classes of five-year-olds as they made their way through the school year and discovered new things about themselves and the world around them. In Caterpillar Kisses, she turns her observations and insights into twelve delightful real-life vignettes, one for each month of the year. The stories bring to life events, large and small, that help these wiggly, unsure caterpillars grow into beautiful and confident butterflies. From a first trip to the zoo to making angels in the snow, the kids embrace every new experience with all the silliness, enthusiasm, and wonder familiar to anyone who has spent time with a five-year-old. Naman explores the more difficult moments of childhood as well, offering sensitive, reassuring stories about the fear of thunderstorms and encountering death for the first time. Life lessons are tucked within everyday activities, including a hilarious session of learning (literally) how to walk in the other guy's shoes and another emphasizing the importance of making others feel accepted. But the students are not the only ones undergoing change. During the course of the year, their teacher learns the best way to deal with too many "apples for the teacher" and comes to understand the true meaning of spirituality and the simple joy of dancing in the rain. Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant,Caterpillar Kisses illustrates the good things that come from looking at life through the eyes of children. It is perfect for anyone looking for the magic in everyday life. "Luminous! Sometimes, when spending time with children, it is just so clear that they are our teachers. Caterpillar Kisses shows us some of the small but tender lessons we stumble upon during the metamorphosis that occurs each and every day in a young child's life. " --Ann S. Ruethling, founder and vice president of merchandising, Chinaberry, Inc.

The Caterpillar's Question

by Piers Anthony Philip Jose Farmer

Tappy was thirteen, blind, crippled and mute. Jack was hired to drive her across the country to a place where they were supposed to help her, but Jack wondered. They said she could speak if she wanted to badly enough, that the condition was hysterical. As they drove, he found himself liking the young girl and becoming more and more intrigued with her behavior. Why did she want to stop and walk around in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps Jack would regret his wanting to know when they both disappeared somewhere ... else?

Catfish

by Angela Knipple Paul Knipple

While many fish, from bream and crappie to bass, trout, and shad, are popular in the South, none of them has settled as thoroughly in southern culture as the humble, bewhiskered, bottom-dwelling catfish. For Memphis natives Paul and Angela Knipple, enjoying "that steamy sweet white meat encased in golden crisp cornmeal was just a part of our childhoods." In this Savor the South® cookbook, the Knipples share their family memories of catching and eating this favored southern food. Painting a portrait of catfish's culinary and natural history, along with its place in southern foodways and the Delta fishing industry, the Knipples also provide clear instructions for how to select, prepare, and cook the fish.Showcased are fifty-six recipes highlighting catfish's remarkable versatility--from such southern classics as Catfish Po'Boys and Catfish Gumbo to the global flavors of Catfish Banh Mi and Nigerian Catfish Stew. Worth the price of admission are the recipes for fried catfish five ways, along with recipes for all the traditional sides, including slaw, hushpuppies, and tartar sauce--all you'll need to cook a plate worthy of a real southern fish shack.

Cathar Castles

by Peter Dennis Marcus Cowper

In the early 12th century AD a large area of present-day France was not under the direct control of the French king. In fact, the French king's direct authority stretched little further than Paris and the area immediately around it, the Ile de France. Many of the other regions were semi-independent duchies and counties, controlled by, amongst others, the King of England and the Holy Roman Emperor. One such area free from direct French control was the Languedoc, the area stretching from the Massif Central south to the Pyrenees, and as far as the river Rhone to the east. This area was under the loose overlordship of the counts of Toulouse, and by the beginning of the 12th century the whole region had become the centre of an early form of Protestantism called Catharism that flourished to an extraordinary degree and threatened the rule of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Innocent III, alarmed at this heresy and the unwillingness of the southern nobility to do much to uproot it, launched a crusade in 1209 against European Christians. The crusading army, represented the established Church consisting predominatly of northern French knights. They saw this as an opportunity both to 'take the cross' and to obtain new lands and wealth for themselves more conveniently than crusading to the Holy land. This, the Albigensian Crusade, became a brutal struggle between the north and the south of France as much as between orthodox Roman Catholic and heretic Cathar. The inhabitants of the Languedoc had always relied for their safety upon a series of strongly fortified walled cities, such as Albi, Carcassonne, B�ziers, Toulouse and a large number of fortified hill-top villages and castles which dotted the countryside. These so-called 'Cathar Castles' now became the last refuge against the invading crusaders and the conflict developed into a series of protracted and bloody sieges that lasted for over 30 years. The author describes these two very different types of fortification, the walled city and the hill-top castle. He explains why they were positioned where they were, how they were built, and the defensive principles behind their construction, and also reviews how well they withstood the test of the Albigensian Crusade.Related TitlesThe Crusades (Essential Histories)Medieval Siege Warfare (Elite)French Medieval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms)

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