Culinary Books to Devour

John Veda of Café & Bar Lurcat let us in on the secret of his go-to food memoirs
and service business books:

Food Lover’s Companion 5th Edition
Sharon & Ron Herbst

Setting the Table
Danny Meyer

Lessons in Service
Charlie Trotter

Lessons in Excellence
Charlie Trotter

Front of House
Jeff Benjamin

The Simple Truths of Service
Blanchard & Glanz

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
Kevin Zraly

KISS Guide to Wine
Margaret Rand

The Scratch & Sniff Beer Book (available in October 2017!)
Kennedy & Gomes



Hygge: An interview with guest bookseller, Rikke!

Winter Institute just rolled through town, and it was a blast! Hundreds of booksellers and publishers from around the country–and the world–visited Minneapolis for a weekend of bookselling education and networking.

Magers and Quinn was fortunate to host Rikke, a bookseller from book store Kristian img_1003F. Møller in Denmark, and show her the inner workings of the store for a day. She was an absolute pleasure to have with us, and she is a great sport, because we couldn’t help but ask her a bunch of questions about the most recent book trend, exploring the Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hu-gah).

M&Q: In your own words, please describe hygge.

Rikke: Hygge for the Danes can come in many forms. Often it is about sharing a home-cooked meal with friends or family. Very often we have coffee and cake (we love coffee and cake!) with each other. Hygge can also be a great way to make everyday life a little more cozy and warm for yourself. You light a candle, have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee (again with the coffee :)), read a great book under your favorite blanket – care about yourself and your well-being, in other words.

M&Q: Were you familiar with our fascination with hygge? Do Danish people consciously think about Hygge in their day-to-day lives?

R: The Danes are all a bit surprised by the sudden hype about hygge. We have always had it but never really conceptualized it. People here in MN and in the US in general to hygge as well. You are friendly, welcoming, and love coffee and cake as we do.

M&Q: Were you familiar with the trend and the books? Any we have that you would recommend?

R: I know some of the hygge books, yes. We have some in the store in Aarhus for the tourists and the natives who want to know what the fuss is about.

Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge is really nice. And Trine Hahneman’s Scandinavian Comfort Food has some of our favorite dishes and treats.

So there you have it – the official word on hygge from our new friend!

Another book on the subject just out this week, The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits.


Read Harder Challenger: Annie H

The ranks of M&Q booksellers taking on the Book Riot Read Harder challenge are growing! The bookseller pictured here modeling Citizen by Claudia Rankine–one of her favorite titles–is our next Read Harder challenger. Here’s Annie H’s take on tackling the 2017 checklist:

annie-h-with-book-wallWhy are you doing this challenge?

To be part of a large and communal dialogue about books! I love getting recommendations from coworkers, friends, and customers, which I will definitely need to do to complete a couple of the challenge categories, and I am also excited for chatting with fellow challenge-takers about what they’ve chosen to read and how they’re interacting with the texts.

Which of the tasks will be easiest for you?

As a huge fan of indie presses, I already read lots of debut novels and look forward to what this year has in store.

Which assignment will take you the furthest from your usual reading list?

The book about war. I don’t think I’ve ever chosen a book about war as a leisure read, and I’m for sure going to scour some book blogs and figure out the best way to play this one.

Have you already decided which book to read for one (or more) tasks?

Definitely. I’m excited to dip into either James Baldwin or Alice Walker for the classic writer of color, and I’ve been looking for a reason to pick up Miranda July’s short story collection.

Which task are you most excited about?

The book about books! I am fascinated by the publishing industry, grammar- and style- focused craft discussions, and book history.

If you could add one task to the list, what would it be?

Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) that centers around an individual with a physical or mental disability. Or some nature writing! Ah, so many things I’d love to read!


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