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What the Dead Milkmen, 'Baking You Happy' and A History of the Brandywine Have in Common

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Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen

Pretty Music for Pretty People, The Dead Milkmen (Quid Ergo)

The 10th studio album for this Philly-based satirical punk band is angrier in tone than past releases. “And it’s darker than normal,” says singer and guitarist Joe Genaro, who founded the band in 1982 with Rodney Linderman, his Coatesville Area Senior High School classmate. Instant classics include “The Great Boston Molasses Flood” and “Ronald Reagan Killed the Black Dahlia.” Read our interview with Genaro here. Visit their website. —J.F. Pirro

Baking

Baking You Happy

Baking You Happy: Gluten-Free Recipes From Sweet Freedom Bakery By Allison Lubert (Peter Pauper Press, 141 pages)

This University of Pennsylvania grad delivers a cookbook filled with delicious recipes for pies, cakes, muffins, breads and icings—all of them vegan and free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts and refined sugar. For proof, visit Sweet Freedom’s new bakery in Bryn Mawr. Visit www.sweetfreedombakery.com—Melissa Jacobs 

Brandywine History

Brandywine

Brandywine: A military History of the Battle That Lost Philadelphia But Saved America, September 11, 1777 By Michael C. Harris (Savas Beatie, 528 pages)

The Battle of Brandywine Creek is often given short shrift in light of the thrilling American victories that followed. Granted, it was a defeat for our side. But it was also one of the most important military events of the war. A former museum educator at Brandywine Battlefield State Park, Harris does a bang-up job of fleshing out the countless nuances of a complex campaign in this exhaustive full-length study. —Hobart Rowland