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TalkShoes Notice 5/6

TS Notice 5_6 We have lots going on at TalkShoes, so lets get to it! In honor of Mother’s Day, we looked into what your mom’s go-to shoes say about her. Jamie Chung ran errands this week in style in a very playful pair of Sophia Webster sandals. We also can’t get enough of the vibrant footwear from Jean-Michel Cazabat’s Spring 2015 collection. Speaking of footwear we can’t get enough of, check out these 16 espadrilles you’ll want to own this season!


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Free & Bargain Cookbooks from Workman

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Choose one of six free ebooks from Workman Publishing this month, as a part of their Blue Plate Specials promotion. In addition, they have a selection of their cookbooks marked down this month, which I’ve featured below.

“These delicious choices range from Raichlen’s Burgers! to a sample from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. Which cookbook suits you best? You decide!”

Get the free ebook from Workman as DRM-Free downloads (EPUB and MOBI; use Right-Click, Save As, then save to your computer). You can also add the book to your BookShout account (read online or app only), here. In either location, enter the password bps052015 to unlock access to your book.

Come Home to Supper: Over 200 Casseroles, Skillets, and Sides (Desserts, Too!) — to Feed Your Family with Love ($2.99 Kindle), by Christy Jordan

Book Description

It’s a heartfelt celebration of family dinners—the comforting, delicious food that memories are made of—by the new doyenne of Southern cooking. Christy Jordan is a former editor-at-large of Southern Living, a contributing editor to Taste of the South, and publisher of the wildly popular blog—boasting nearly 1 million unique visitors per month, over 60,000 e-newsletter subscribers, and more than 50,000 Facebook fans. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, and QVC, among many other media outlets, and her first book, Southern Plate (William Morrow), has 107,000 copies in print.

Conceived and written to reflect the reality of today’s hectic schedules—and the need to gather around the dinner table—Come Home to Supper offers more than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-minded, kid-friendly, and quick. These are the everyday meals that Christy Jordan most loves to cook, and her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories.

Many of the recipes make ingenious use of the slow cooker or a single pot or skillet; require easily found supermarket ingredients; and are packed with time-saving tips and shortcuts. And the menu, well, it’s all good, includingCrispy Breaded Pork Chops with Milk Gravy, Beef and Broccoli,Spicy Fried Chicken,Craving Beans, Summer Corn Salad, Slow Cooker Baked Apples,Ice Cream Rolls, andCinnamon Pudding Cobbler. Or to put it like Christy Jordan, food to make your family “smile louder.”

About the Author

Christy Jordan is the publisher of, a contributing editor to Taste of the South magazine, former editor-at- large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network’s Beat the Chefs. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, QVC, and a host of other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals*: *For Four People ($2.99 Kindle), by Caroline Wright

Book Description

It’s a breakout book from a budding star. “Curbs the expense and time of cooking, and helps you put dinners on the table that feel like important triumphs.”—Amanda Hesser. “Caroline Wright has a great feel for the way we want to cook and eat these days. [The] recipes are bright, fresh, and appealing.”—Dorie Greenspan.

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals has it all: A bold and irresistible promise—make fresh, delicious meals for four for $20 or less, and that take twenty minutes or less to prepare. A dynamic young author with serious fans. And the singular point of view that pulls it all together, from the narrative recipe style to the author’s unerring sense of the ingredient-forward way people want to cook and eat today.

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty- Minute Meals is for millennials on a budget and young moms and dads who want to make the kind of food they eat in restaurants or read about on blogs—for anyone who likes to cook and entertain but doesn’t always have a lot of time (or money). It’s quick and easy with a modern twist: Steak with Herb Sauce and Buttered Radishes. Seared Salmon with Orange Rosemary Lentils. Merguez Burger with Cucumber Dressing. Sage Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches and Onion. Orzo Risotto with Pancetta and Radicchio. And, of course, there’s dessert.

It’s the Wright way to cook: 20 minutes + $20 = a fabulous meal for 4.

About the Author

Caroline Wright is the author of Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne and recipient of a coveted scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier, she is a former food editor at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food. She works as a freelance recipe developer and tester, food stylist, and food writer and editor for Cooking Light, Real Simple, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Health, Women’s Day, and Oxmoor House, among others. Caroline lives with her husband and young son in Dallas, TX.

Anne Byrn Saves the Day! Cookbook: 125 Guaranteed-to-Please, Go-To Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion ($2.99 Kindle), by Anne Byrn

Book Description

It’s Anne Byrn to the rescue! A problem-solver extraordinaire, Anne Byrn knows what every too-busy cook knows. There are a gazillion recipes in the world, but the right recipe, the recipe that always works, the lifesaving recipe for when times are crazy—that’s priceless.

Save the Day! Cookbook presents 125 of these guaranteed tried-and-true recipes for every occasion. Whether they are Anne Byrn’s own family favorites or collected from her network of fans across the country, these go-to recipes include easy appetizers for a party or potluck—Bacon and Cheddar Torte, Stuffed Jalapen~o Peppers Witowski; mains to feed a family or a crowd, from fast-to-fix Shrimp and Cheese Grits to do-ahead, no-fuss Ina’s Sweet- and-Sour Brisket; salads perfect for entertaining the book club, including Grilled Tuna Salade Nic¸oise and Libby’s Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad; sides that please everyone; and desserts that don’t take a week to assemble, like Veronica’s Mocha Cake, Lemon Snow Pudding, Ella’s Easy Peach Pie.

Upbeat in attitude (it’s going to be okay, really!) and with full-color photos throughout, the Save the Day! Cookbook will be one that readers will turn to again and again. And for not only its recipes but its ideas too, including money-saver tips, menu and serving suggestions, “Razzle-Dazzle” variations, do-ahead notes, and much more.

Your day is saved. And you’re welcome.

About the Author

Anne Byrn is the author of the bestselling Cake Mix Doctor series and The Dinner Doctor, with over 3.5 million copies in print. She makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America and QVC. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Her website is


Hear Bret Michaels Embrace Bro-Country, Duet With Loretta Lynn on New LP

Look at what the Nashville cat dragged in. 

Nearly 30 years after writing “Every Rose Has its Thorn” in a Dallas laundromat, Poison frontman Bret Michaels has released True Grit, a full-fledged country album featuring new songs, stripped-down Poison hits and rootsy recordings from his previous solo records. Included in the mix is the album’s bro-approved single, “Girls on Bars,” which Michaels wrote with Luke Laird, and a revamped version of “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” recorded at Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee ranch and featuring guest vocals from the country icon herself. (Hear the latter tune below.)

Michaels first strummed his way through “Every Rose Has its Thorn” in 1987, during a cross-country tour in support of Poison’s debut album. The band had just played the Ritz, an old movie theater located off Northwest Highway in Dallas, and Michaels needed to wash his stage clothes. Before heading to the laundromat, he picked up the hotel phone and called his girlfriend back in Hollywood, hoping to catch her before she went to bed. When she answered, though, he heard a male’s voice whispering in the background. Heartbroken, Michaels grabbed his acoustic guitar, left the hotel and wrote his band’s biggest hit while washing a load of whites. 

Chalk it up to the influence of the Lone Star State, perhaps, but “Every Rose Has its Thorn” — with its acoustic guitars and cowboy references — brought Poison closer to the world of country music than ever before. Over the following decades, Michaels re-recorded the song several times, even ramping up the twang for a version that appeared on 2005’s Freedom of Sound. Eight years later, he gave the tune another country makeover, this time working with Loretta Lynn and a makeshift band of Reagan-era rockers, including Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Bon Jovi’s Hugh McDonald. Originally released on 2013’s Jammin With Friends, the Lynn-Michaels duet makes a second appearance on True Grit, which hits digital stores this week.

When it comes to modern country, though, “Girls on Bars” is Michael’s most Nashville-friendly song to date. The new single was hatched during a long, cold winter tour, during which Michaels reached out to Luke Laird — the Nashville based hit-maker behind Eric Church’s “Talladega,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” among many other hits — with the idea to tag-team a new track glorifying the golden days of summertime. The result is a party anthem about “hot chicks, cold beer” and the bro-country-worthy urge to “put a little ‘hell yeah’ in this town.” The song’s music video, which Michaels co-directed, offers much of the same, with the bandana’d singer blowing off his job at an auto shop before hitting up the local saloon, where the dress code appears to demand little more than Daisy Dukes, cowboys hats and bikini tops. Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are nowhere to be found. . . but their influence is definitely felt. 

Michaels, who co-headlined the Toadlick Music Festival last weekend with Lee Brice, Alabama and Hank Williams, Jr., hits the road this month for a summer-long solo tour.