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Let’s Celebrate David Beckham’s Birthday With This Bundle Of Deliciously Shirtless GIFs!

Can you believe David Beckham is 40 now???

The scrumptious athlete has made hearts throb all over the world, so we only thought it fitting that we give him a birthday present.

Okay, it’s his birthday but really it’s more like a present to YOU, ha!

What you see above is just a tease of what’s to come! We know you want it…

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Bargain Cookbooks

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Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys ($2.99 Kindle), by Lucinda Scala Quinn [Artisan]; according to the publisher’s newsletter, this should be on sale all month. The same newsletter was promoting Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, which was released last month and is less than 1/2 the print price in the Kindle store. In addition, they’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn and are giving away a nice Mother’s Day gift package.

Book Description

Recipes and strategies for bringing back the family meal

When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn’s Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn’t just the media that fell hard for this book–it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.

In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one’s family’s spirits as well as fill their bellies.

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook ($1.99 Kindle), by Diane Phillips [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Savor the unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean using a slow cooker! These 80 recipes are devoted to such iconic dishes as Beef in Barolo from Italy, Braised Basque Chicken from Spain, Bouillabaisse from France, and Spicy Tagines from Morocco. With a source guide for unusual ingredients and helpful streamlined techniques, these slow-cooked specialties are simple to make and even easier to eat.

About the Author

Diane Phillips is the author of 15 cookbooks, including Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever. She lives in San Diego, California.

My Little French Kitchen: More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France ($1.99 Kindle), by Rachel Khoo [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes. With more than 100 photographs, as well as dozens of Rachel’s own hand-drawn illustrations, this is the perfect gift for young foodies and Francophiles as well as fans of The Little Paris Kitchen hungry for more fresh takes on French classics.

About the Author

Rachel Khoo is a chef and the author and television star of The Little Paris Kitchen.

From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food ($1.99 Kindle), by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland’s vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by her engagement with the culture and food of her adopted country—offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. In a Polish Country House Kitchen celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne’s Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

About the Authors

Anne Applebaum is the author of four books, including Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate.com, and director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London. She lives in Poland, Washington, D.C., and London.

Danielle Crittenden blogs for the Huffington Post and her articles and essays have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as the Wall Street Journal and Ladies’ Home Journal. The author of three books, she lives in Washington, D.C.

Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora ($1.99 Kindle), by Jeff Koehler [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With a wide range of exotic flavors and cooking styles, Morocco includes 80 recipes with Spanish influences, rustic Berber styles, complex, palace-worthy plates, spicy tagines, and surprisingly easy to make street food. From piquant appetizers like cumin-spiced potato fritters, to classic tagine and couscous entrees, and stuffed pastries like Seafood Pastilla, to fragrant sweets like Honeyed Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Almonds, and, of course, Mint Tea, this beautiful collection of recipes surprises and inspires the home cook. Gorgeous photographs of such iconic Moroccan scenes as the markets of Marrakech and the date-filled oasis of Zagora capture the diverse flavors of this sun-splashed country.

About the Author

Jeff Koehler is a culinary journalist and the author of La Paella and Rice, Pasta, Couscous. His writing and photographs, primarily about the foods of the Mediterranean, have appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, EatingWell, and the Washington Post. He lives with his family in Barcelona.

Turkey: More than 100 Recipes, with Tales from the Road ($1.99 Kindle), by Leanne Kitchen [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Turkey’s culinary customs are as rich and varied as its landscape, and award-winning food writer Leanne Kitchen does justice to them both with more than 170 glorious photographs of the country’s foods and people that make readers want to drop everything and board the next plane. More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions—including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van—showcase the best of Turkish cuisine. Comforts of the countryside and delicacies from the Ottoman Court span every course, from simple meze dishes such as spiced lentil köfte to sophisticated rose and pistachio sweetmeats for dessert. This enduring travelogue makes a perfect gift for ambitious cooks and armchair travelers alike.

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.


        

Perez Reviews: Fun Home

Fun Home is a new Broadway musical that tells a very personal story about family and loss. The show is based on the book of the same name, about a lesbian comic book artist coming to terms with her father’s death. Her father was a very complex man and this is a complex show. Not your typical Broadway fare!

It’s extremely well done and satisfying, though also a bit frustrating – just like the story and the main character’s dad.

Michael Cerveris gives a powerful and nuanced performance of the conflicted English teacher who runs a funeral parlor out of his home – aka the “fun home” – and who moonlights in home restoration and homosexuality.

The subject matter is meaty and the one major complaint we had with the show is that this very complex story (told in a very complex and multilayered way – from the present, the past and the very distant past) was crammed into one act. While we are big fans of the one act musical, not every show benefits from that.

While the show is mainly about Alison and her father, Fun Home would be even better if some of the supporting characters were a bit more fleshed out – ESPECIALLY the mother! Judy Kuhn does a great job as the mom, but we wish we knew more about her and what made her tick. Her story is so tied to that of her husband, who cheated on her with countless men, and her daughter.

In real life, Alison Bechdel, whose book Fun Home is based on, wrote a second illustrated memoir all about her mother. We wish some of those elements could have been incorporated into the musical, so that it could feel like a more complete experience.

As it is, the book of the musical, written by Lisa Kron, poses more questions than it answers. This is not a show where everything is going to be spoon-fed for the audience or wrapped up with a bow on top. Like we said, not your typical Broadway fare.

Thankfully, director Sam Gold does a great job of making this show, which began at the Public Theater downtown, feel like a Broadway production. The set, by David Zinn, makes THE MOST of the Circle In The Square Theater and is used in very unexpected and effective ways.

The music, by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Kron, is great.

And the very young and very talented Sydney Lucas, one of three actresses simultaneously playing the lead character, Alison, gives an outstanding performance. DAZZLING! She steals the show!

This little girl is such a star!!!

We wish things ended a bit clearer with Fun Home.

What’s the takeaway? What’s the message? What are we supposed to feel?

But…

That’s life! You don’t always get what you want. And things aren’t always so cut and dry.

Fun Home definitely got us thinking – and feeling!

Quite a great show!

May Kindle First Picks



The new picks for this month’s Kindle First program are available. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, you can pick any one of these books for free and get it to read — and keep — now. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member, then you can purchase any one of the four books at a discounted price ($1.99) and download immediately. Either way, If you want more than one, you’ll have to pre-order and the price generally goes up to $4.99 for the subsequent books.



(R)evolution: Phoenix Horizon #1 by PJ Manney

Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.

Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.

As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?

Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace

In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.

Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence’s husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness—and what they discover about each other—could forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.

Queen of the Trailer Park: Rosie Maldonne’s World #1 by Alice Quinn and Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies

Rosie Maldonne is outspoken and sexy. She’s also unemployed, and, with three children and a cat, life is a little tough. The four of them—well, five, if you count the cat—live in the South of France, in a run-down trailer near a vacant lot. They make do, living off her part-time waitressing job and a little help from the state.

Rosie thinks things are finally turning around when she meets handsome police officer Jérôme—until she realizes that his appearance coincides with her friend Véro’s disappearance. Then, something even stranger happens: Rosie finds a package with a crazy amount of money in the trash can of a fast-food joint. With so much going on, Rosie has some big questions: Where is Véro? Is Jérôme too good to be true? Who put all that cash in the trash? And what happens when they want it back?

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.


        

Free Book – Torque 3D Game Development Cookbook

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Torque 3D Game Development Cookbook ($18.49 Kindle), by David Wyand, is free direct from publisher Packt Publishing.

Book Description

Torque 3D is a popular game engine that supports you in every step along the way to making your game a reality. Even with all of the power and tools that Torque 3D provides, finishing a high quality 3D game requires time and knowledge.

“Torque 3D Game Development Cookbook” is a practical guide that takes you through each of the major steps on the journey to creating your game, while learning a few tricks along the way.

The recipes in this book start off with learning some of the finer points about TorqueScript. The book then moves on to each of Torque 3D’s subsystems and ends with a variety of game play recipes.

The various topics covered include activating level-specific game code and scheduling game events, dragging and dropping items between windows to work with an in-game inventory system, and covering the seams between objects with well placed decals. Some of the advanced topics include writing custom shaders and postFX, using zones to improve rendering performance, and enhancing your game’s ambience through sound.

Once you are done with Torque 3D Game Development Cookbook you’ll be on your way to creating amazing 3D games and gain expert knowledge of Torque 3D.

Get the free book from Packt Publishing. Click on Claim, log in and the book gets added to your bookshelf; you can download a DRM-Free EPUB, Mobi (Kindle) or PDF. You can also access any code files and send the the book to your Kindle Library from the My Ebooks page.


        

Kendall Jenner & Scott Disick Grab Lunch With Gigi Hadid’s Dad! Where’s Kourtney Kardashian?

Umm, where’s Kourtney Kardashian!?

On Friday, Kendall Jenner and Scott Disick were spotted out in El Lay grabbing lunch with none other than Gigi Hadid‘s dad Mohamed. And George Hamilton. Random!

[ Related: What Could Kendall & Scott Possibly Have To Buy Anymore?? Duo Spotted Shopping In Beverly Hills! ]

Noticeably absent from the lunch was Gigi herself and Scott’s baby mama, Kourtney.

Hmm, you think Kenny and Lord Disick would avoid hanging out one on one after all those unsavory rumors about their relationship surfaced earlier this year! We wonder what Ms. Kardashian had to say about this outing!

Also, what connection does the pair have to Mr. Hadid other than that the model is friends with Gigi?

Regardless of the lunch’s random nature, we hope everyone enjoyed their meals!

[Image via WENN.]

Aging Avengers: Actors Vs. Heroes!

Microsoft’s Age My Face app is SO fun!

In celebration of Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s release, we decided to use that How Old app to see how it rated the film’s best actors and actresses.

[ Related: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Blasts Past The Original's Box Office Record! ]

We must admit, we were a bit surprised about some of the app’s assessments, like how Chris Evans was dubbed 39 even though he’s only 33!

So, prepare to be surprised…or NOT!

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Sorry, Ladies — Loki Isn’t In Avengers: Age Of Ultron After All! Joss Whedon Explains Why Tom Hiddleston Got The Ax HERE!

If you heard an enormous whooshing sound on Thursday night, it may have been the collective sigh of disappointment shared by Tom Hiddleston fans.

You see, that Loki scene that was accidentally let out of the bag by Idris Elba WASN’T IN THE MOVIE!

[ Related: Where Does Age Of Ultron Rank Among All The Marvel Movies? ]

So why was Tom cut? And will we see him in the DVD extras?

Let director Joss Whedon explain it all (below)!

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