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'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.
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Jynne Dilling Martin's New Poems Capture 'Zaniness Of Being Alive'

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Jynne Dilling Martin's poetry collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times, that drew much of its inspiration from her time in Antarctica.
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Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana

"I think there's only one interesting story ... and that's struggle," says writer Thomas McGuane. Loners, outcasts and malcontents fill the pages of his new short story collection Crow Fair.
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Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.
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Author Explores The Ripple Effects Of A Kidnapping In Mexico

In his collection Barefoot Dogs, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho offers varying perspectives on the kidnapping of a Mexican patriarch. He asks: "How do you reach closure when someone you love has disappeared?"
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Broken Family Needs To Have A 'Man At The Helm'

In Nina Stibbe's new novel, Man at the Helm, Lizzie, 9, wants to find a man for her newly divorced mother. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Stibbe about the freedom of writing in a child's voice.
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The Lusitania Mystery: Why British Codebreakers Didn't Try To Save It

The ocean liner's sinking by a German U-boat led to the U.S. entering World War I. Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake, says British intelligence knew the ship was in danger and didn't tell anyone.
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'Bowling Alone' Author Tackles The American Dream

American political scientist Robert Putnam says we've lost sight of America as the land of opportunity. NPR's Scott Simon talks with him about his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
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In 'The Buried Giant,' Exhausted Medieval Travelers 'Can't Go On,' But So 'Go On'

Kazuo Ishiguro's latest recalls the plays and novels of Samuel Beckett. It's a masterful blend of fantasy, Arthurian romance, myth, legend and postmodern absurdity — and it's unforgettable.
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It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

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