November’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s roundup of the top fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

 

Fiction

1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. They know they would have to put in some hard work, but it’s not long before every guest begins to question the pristine facade of Tranquillum House and its strange and charismatic owner.
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2. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin

Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD detective Renée Ballard to solve the case of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.
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3. Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child, narrated by Scott Brick

Two Canadians trying to get to New York City are stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. Before long they’re trapped in an ominous game of life and death. Meanwhile, Jack Reacher decides to visit the town where his father was born, only to be told no one named Reacher ever lived there. As these two stories begin to entwine, the stakes rise to impossible heights for Reacher.
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4. Fire & Blood 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Simon Vance

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
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5. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyf Brewer and Brittany Pressley

Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee Pine has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. When she is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon and its missing rider, Atlee believes it may just be the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.
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Non-Fiction

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

2. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

When we dare to lead, we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work. In Dare to LeadBrown shows us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.
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3. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’reillyMartin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’reilly

Killing the SS is the epic saga of the self-styled ‘Nazi hunters.’ Among them were a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice.
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4. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew Macmillan

You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you! For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
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5. Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God, narrated by Charlamagne Tha God

Being “shook” is more than a rap lyric for Charlamagne, it’s his mission to overcome. While it may seem like he’s ahead of the game, he is actually plagued by anxieties, such as the fear of losing his roots, the fear of being a bad dad, and the fear of being a terrible husband. Shook One chronicles his journey to beat those fears and shows a path that you too can take to overcome the anxieties that may be holding you back.
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Page to Screen in December 2018

Going to the movies this December? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

 

Nightflyers by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Adenrele Ojo
Expected release date: December 2

When a scientific expedition is launched to study a mysterious alien race, the ship tasked with this expedition is the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built. But when terrifying and violent events start to occur, the team and crew begin to question themselves, each other, and their reclusive captain.
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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, narrated by Eileen Stevens
Expected release date: December 7

Things have always worked out for Willowdean Dickson—the plus-sized daughter of a former beauty queen—until recently. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her new relationship with boyfriend, Bo, Will has started to doubt herself. So, she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant.
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Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, narrated by Ben Kingsley
Re-release date: December 7

In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Plaszow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them, he became a savior. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who used his enormous fortune to build a factory near the Plaszow concentration camp and saved the lives of over 1,300 Jews.
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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, narrated by Barnaby Edwards
Expected release date: December 14

Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage—and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.
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Mary Poppins (Film Adaptation: Mary Poppins Returns) by P.L. Travers, narrated by Sophie Thompson
Expected release date: December 19

It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!
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Selection Day by Aravind Adiga, narrated by Sartaj Garewal 
Expected release date: December 28

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change.
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October’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s roundup of the top fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

 

Fiction

1. The Reckoning by John Grisham, narrated by Michael Beck

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell.
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2. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult

The day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who comes. Then, in late morning, a gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After setting up a perimeter around the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
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3. Juror #3 by James Patterson, Nancy Allen, narrated by Megan Tusing

The murder of a woman from one of Rosedale’s oldest families has the town’s upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on newcomer Ruby Bozarth’s inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby’s client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick.
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4. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks, narrated by Vanessa JohanssonSean Cameron Michael

Hope Anderson is at crossroads. Looking for a break, she escapes to her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina to think things over. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable…
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5. Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Erin Bennett

When Irene Steele’s husband is killed in a plane crash on the distant Caribbean island of St. John, her idyllic life is shattered. After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make a shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As they untangle a web of intrigue and deceit, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.
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Non-Fiction

1. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

When we dare to lead, we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work. In Dare to Lead, Brown shows us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.
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2. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, narrated by Robert Petkoff

Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents.
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3. Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson, narrated by Tucker Carlson

In Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson tells the truth about the new American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination even as the rest of the country has withered. The people who run America now barely interact with it. Left and right are no longer meaningful categories; rather, the rift is between those who benefit from the status quo and those who don’t.
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4. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’reilly, Martin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’reilly

Killing the SS is the epic saga of the self-styled ‘Nazi hunters.’ Among them were a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice.
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5. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, narrated by Ben Whishaw

Stephen Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.
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Page to Screen in November 2018

Going to the movies this November? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

 

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms by Disney Book Group, narrated by Nicola Barber
Expected release date: November 2

When Clara Stahlbaum receives a beautiful yet mysterious egg-shaped box from her late mother, she wonders what it means. Searching for answers, Clara soon finds herself in a magical world—the Four Realms—where she meets a host of colorful and curious new friends and discovers the fascinating link between the Realms and her dear mother.
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A Private War by Marie Brenner, narrated by Marie Brenner
Expected release date: November 2

In February 2012, Marie Colvin crossed into Syria on the back of a motorcycle. A veteran war correspondent known for her fearlessness, outspokenness, and signature eye patch, she was determined to report on the Syrian civil war. But she had no idea that the story she was looking for in Syria would be her last, culminating in the explosion of an improvised device that sent shock waves across the world.
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The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance
Expected release date: November 9

When Blomkvist learns of a young female superhacker from a source—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well, he turns to Lisbeth Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Film Adaptation: The Grinch) by Dr. Seuss, narrated by Walter Matthau
Expected release date: November 9

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.
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The Road to Jonestown (TV Adaptation: Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle) by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern
Expected release date: November 17

In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jim Jones’s life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people died after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.
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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, narrated by Hillary Huber
Expected release date: November 18

Growing up on the outskirts of Naples, Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow—and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge—Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.
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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, by M. C. Beaton, narrated by Penelope Keith
Expected release date: November 19

The local ladies all deem Mr. John a wizard, so when Agatha Raisin finds a few grey hairs on her head, she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart—but their budding romance is cut short when Mr. John is fatally poisoned in his salon.
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The Front Runner by Matt Bai, narrated by Rob Shapiro
Expected release date: November 21

In May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a dashing, reform-minded Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls. Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media frenzy the likes of which had never been seen before.
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Wreck-It Ralph (Film Adaptation: Ralph Breaks the Internet) by Irene TrimbleDisney Press, narrated by Andrew Eiden
Expected release date: November 21

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is about a video game villain who wants nothing more than to be the good guy for a change. But when Ralph finally gets his chance, he discovers that being the hero isn’t as easy as it looks. Soon the entire video game world is at stake, and if Ralph doesn’t play to win, it could mean ‘Game Over’ for every game in the arcade!
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Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard, narrated by George Newbern
Expected release date: November 25

The story of “Dirty John,” a conman who terrorized a Southern California family, wasn’t unfamiliar terrain to its writer, Christopher Goffard. Over the course of two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported probingly on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. This book gathers together for the first time “Dirty John” and the rest of his very best work.
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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, narrated by Bahni Turpin
Expected release date: November 30

Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions—affection, despair, and hope.
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Anna and the Apocalypse by Barry Waldo, Katharine Turner, narrated by Fiona Hardingham
Expected release date: November 30

Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on in her life, which is why she’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation—but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain. It’s up to Anna, her friends, and her frenemies to save the day.
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STAFF PICK: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Title: Killing Commendatore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Narrator: 
Kirby Heyborne

Killing Commendatore sees Japan’s most celebrated author return with a lengthy, surreal homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved The Great Gatsby.

The novel opens in typical Murakami fashion with a perplexing prologue of a faceless man looking to have his portrait painted. As the opening draws to a dreamy end, the narrative dives into the life of a disillusioned, mildly successful portrait painter who leaves Tokyo after his marriage abruptly falls apart. After a weeks-long meander along the Japanese coast, he settles in the mountains in the secluded home of Tomohiko Amada, a famous Japanese painter. As our uninspired, nameless narrator attempts to reinvent his artistic career, a series of surreal incidents disrupt the thus-far tame and simple narrative.

Late one night, a rustling prompts the protagonist to investigate the attic, and it is there that he discovers a painting titled “Killing Commendatore” wrapped snugly in paper and tucked into a corner. The painting—a vivid portrayal of the titular murder in Mozart’s Don Giovanni—captivates the protagonist and he spends weeks basking in its presence. Then, his enigmatic neighbor—a tech mogul with a shock of white hair who is a thoroughly convincing Gatsby—orders his portrait painted. Before long, the narrator begins to hear a bell echoing through the night beginning precisely at 1:45 a.m., and thus follows a series of strange events involving a two-foot tall idea of a man, a missing thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt, and a journey into the underworld.

Killing Commendatore is a return to the poetic magic realism that Murakami is known for. It is a novel bursting with elements that will seem familiar to his fans: an unnamed, disillusioned male narrator, flashes of the surreal, an abundance of metaphors, and, of course, pasta and cats.

At 28 hours and 30 minutes, this nearly 700-page brick of a novel develops in slow, mystifying fragments which often meander into inaction. Yet, consuming the book never feels like a chore. Murakami teases the mystery with each mounting chapter, and Kirby Heyborne’s exquisite narration draws listeners immediately into the ever-more bewildering life of our anonymous narrator.

Although Killing Commendatore will not appeal to everyone, the novel is nevertheless a reminder that at age 69 with a plethora of novels and short stories under his belt, Haruki Murakami is still at the top of his game.

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Page to Screen in October 2018

Going to the movies this October? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

 

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
Expected release date: October 5, 2018 (limited)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

2. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Meth Addiction by David Sheff, narrated by Anthony Heald
Expected release date: October 12

Before meth, David Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction.
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3. First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, narrated by Jeremy Bobb
Expected release date: October 12

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with Lance Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.
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4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Expected release date: October 12

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.
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5. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel, narrated by Jane Curtin
Expected release date: October 19

In 1990, Lee Israel made a bold and irreversible career change: inspired by a letter she’d received once from Katharine Hepburn, and armed with her considerable skills as a researcher and celebrity biographer, she began to forge letters in the voices of literary greats. Between 1990 and 1991, she wrote more than three hundred letters and sold the forgeries to memorabilia and autograph dealers.
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6. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat, narrated by Samin Nosrat
Expected release date: October 19

In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time.
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