Shelf Care, Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

The season of feasts (be they turkey- or Snickers bar-themed) is upon usand in this fifth episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire most fittingly serves up a smorgasbord of content. Starring Chicago Public Library branch manager Sarah Tansley, Booklist audio editor Heather Booth, and Booklist‘s new editor and publisher, George Kendall, this episode boasts cookbook recs, audiobooks for all ages, and reads of the apocalyptic variety, too. Be sure to check it all out below—and subscribe to Booklist’s Shelf Care on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

Show Notes

In this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire chats with Chicago Public Library branch manager Sarah Tansley about the CODES List: Cookbooks, what makes a cookbook essential, and the best recipe for wings. Then Booklist audio editor Heather Booth shares some kid-friendly audiobooks that parents/chauffeurs will like, too. Finally, Susan Maguire talks to Booklist’s new editor and publisher, George Kendall, about what he’s reading and how he uses his library.

Here’s what we talked about:

The CODES Core List: Cookbooks, 2019

Chicago Public Library Cookbook Club reviews and such

Bon Appétit

The five categories of cookbooks for libraries:

  • Cultural
  • Celebrity chef
  • Travel
  • Beginner’s instruction
  • Reference

If you’re interested in volunteering for future CODES List committees, contact RUSA

Catch the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist here; and download the PDF here!

Audiobooks for All Ages

Words on Fire, by Jennifer A. Nielsen and read by Kathleen McInerney

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White and read by Meryl Streep and a full cast

Black Panther: The Young Prince, by Ronald L. Smith and read by Dion Graham

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets behind What You Eat, by Michael Pollan and read by MacLeod Andrews

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Gregory Mone and read by Levar Burton

Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman and read by the author

George Kendall’s TBR Pile

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

1984, by George Orwell

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood and illustrated by Reneé Nault

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller

The Future of Another Timeline, by Annalee Newitz

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle



About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Marketing Associate. She graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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