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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Great Bread and Great Memories
Metropolitan Bakery’s 15-Month Calendar (metropolitanbakery.com)

Forget counting carbs. Metropolitan Bakery’s new 15-month calendar offers up favorite recipes, “Metro Memories” and significant dates in the Philly baking institution’s scrapbook. Acquiring the secret behind Metropolitan’s legendary French berry roll—not to mention the chocolate-chip sour-cherry cookie—is reason enough to snag one of these.
 
 

That Thing Called Love
Liz Seymour (Range Records, 2008, lizseymour.com)

Whether tackling pop, country, Broadway show tunes or ballads, 25-year-old Liz Seymour is a talented singer loaded with theatrical flair. Her debut CD is devoted to love—good and bad. Sentimental types will want to keep a box of Kleenex handy for “Still Hurting,” which seems destined for a movie score. If you’re aching for a good cry, Seymour will help you get in touch with your big, sad self.
 
 

Recipes for the Good Life
Patti LaBelle
(Karen Hunter Publishing, 208 pages)

Homegrown chanteuse Patti LaBelle knows how to open a show—and a cookbook. In Recipes for the Good Life, the sassy chef dishes the goods from the first chapter, enticingly titled “Hot ’n’ Spicy (Like Me!).” Dive into “Smack Yo Mama Seafood,” with quick-and-easy recipes for blackened grilled halibut, salmon with lemon-chili butter, and more. We’re partial to “Down-Home Stick-to-Your-Ribs Meals,” and its recipes for short ribs in brown gravy, and salmon and grits.
 
 

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