Trends, Travel, History and Books

May 8, 2012

Trends

A Cook’s Guide to Mallorca’s Culinary Delights: New Recipe Booklet With Mallorca Farmhouses 

Source:  Cision

New for 2012, self-catering accommodation specialists Mallorca Farmhouses now provide guests with a fantastic cook’s guide to Mallorca. Keen to give a true taste of authentic Mallorcan cuisine, Mallorca Farmhouses have compiled various recipes on how to cook Spanish fare from simple tapas to traditional Mallorcan dishes, all of which utilise fresh local produce. Perfect for enjoying during a Mallorca villa holiday.

Guests can cook up a storm in the kitchen or BBQ terrace and enjoy a whole host of delicacies such as pimientos de padron (tapas of fried green peppers), pescado a la mallorquina (Mallorcan style fish), lechona al horno (oven baked suckling-pig) and the ever-popular Spanish paella – great to cook on a BBQ.

The Mallorcan recipes appear in an information pack, placed in each property, which also provides information on Mallorca’s well-stocked local markets, when they take place and at which village. Visit Santanyi or Felanitx market in the southeast for cheese, meat, fish and locally made olive oil and salt. While Pollenca market in the north has a great selection of ham, vegetables and wine.

Forgot to buy something? Don’t worry, the farmhouse gardens may provide a few key ingredients such as lemons, oranges or figs! Some properties, such as the five-bedroom Es Castell, even produce their own olive oil and wine for guests to try.

Alternatively, for those who prefer to put their feet up and be waited on, Mallorca Farmhouses also offer a private catering service. A chef will come to the property and provide a fine dining experience in the luxury, comfort and privacy of the villa or farmhouse. Choose from the tasty BBQ menu, traditional Spanish and Mallorcan dishes or the finest French and international cuisine.

Michael Baisden and Zane Reception/Booksigning To Be Held In New York City At BookExpo America 

Source:  BlackNews.com

Michael Baisden

Nationwide — Amber Communications Group Inc’s 2012 African American Pavilion Booth at BookExpo America booth will be hosting a special “Welcome to BookExpo America Michael Baisden” Reception and Book signing for the internationally renowned author, radio and television talk show personality, and a Celebration and Book signing of New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-Selling Author Zane and the Strebor Books Legacy, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 1:00pm – 5:00pm in the ACGI African American Pavilion Booth. The event will be coordinated by Heather Covington of Disilgold.com, Troy Johnson of AALBC.com and Charisse and Harvey Nunes of The Book Look.

Michael Baisden is undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in broadcast history. His meteoric rise to #1 is redefining radio with the numbers to back it up. The show is syndicated by Cumulus Media and is heard in over 78 markets nationwide with over 8 million loyal listeners daily.  According to Simon & Schuster, Michael Baisden is “probably the most successful self-published African American male author out there today.” With nearly 2 million books in print both hard and soft cover; his books blend the perfect combination of entertainment, humor, provocation and sexuality. Michael’s vibrant personality on and off the air has made him a people magnet.

He began attracting attention with primarily female followers as author and publisher of the highly successful best selling books: “Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat”, “Men Cry in the Dark“, “The Maintenance Man”, “God’s Gift to Women” and most recently a hot new book “Never Satisfied: Do Men Know What They Want.” Baisden is currently writing his 6th book to be released in 2012. Two of his titles ultimately were adapted into stage plays playing to sold out crowds across the US.

New York Times best-selling author, Zane, is undeniably the largest selling author of her genre in the world. Her books on sex and erotica have sold in the millions. Her company Strebor Books is dedicated to publishing a wide diversity of both fiction and non-fiction books. Strebor Books is committed to finding and developing the careers of cutting-edge authors who take risks with their stories.

A personal vision of Zane’s, Strebor Books International examines every aspect and characteristic of the human spirit. From contemporary romance to science fiction, from mystery to erotica, from paranormal to historical, from political to religious, no genre is overlooked amongst the continuously expanding catalog of titles.  Zane has the power of discernment when it comes to ascertaining “the next big thing” as proven with her own success; going from a grassroots publisher to running an imprint of Simon and Schuster in less than five years.

Zane is the creator, scriptwriter and executive producer of “Zane’s Sex Chronicles,” the highly rated Cinemax series based loosely on her real life, and the upcoming “Zane’s The Jump Off,” premiering on Cinemax Spring 2013. She is currently writing two feature film screenplays, a Broadway musical, and her novel “Addicted” scheduled to be filmed this summer by Lionsgate.

She is a huge advocate against domestic violence.  Her book “Breaking the Cycle,” dealing with the effects of domestic violence on children, was the 2006 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literature. She was featured in the HBO documentary “The Black List,” which examined the lives of African-American overachievers like Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Chris Rock.  Swiss Public Television has also produced a documentary on Zane entitled “Zane: Queen of Erotica,” that was translated into several languages and broadcast throughout the world.

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to 20,561 book buyers and booksellers from across the globe. The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City June 5th – 7th 2012.

Now in its ninth year, Amber Communication Group, Inc.’s African-American Pavilion Booth at BEA, exhibit space, will showcase African-American books, authors, products and publishers. There will be great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network.

There is an open invitation to join book industry professionals and authors for the “6th Annual Black Pack Party”, Wednesday June 6th, 6-9pm at Londel’s Supper Club, 2620 Frederick Douglas Blvd (at 140th St) Harlem, NYC.

Hosted by AALBC.com, MosaicBooks.com, Linda A. Duggins, Written Magazine and The Book Look. All are invited to party, mix and mingle uptown in Harlem as they celebrate book industry professionals, authors and friends.

New Book Described As “Coming To America” Meets” The Last King of Scotland

Source:  BlackNews.com

Zoomoonda, Africa — Author CD Newton has announced the release of Throne – the first installment of his majestic Royal Millennium TrilogyThrone is described as “Coming to America” meets “The Last King of Scotland” …on steroids.  The novel features powerful, significant characters of color, whose actions and interactions mirror topical political issues.

Throne – By CD Newton

In Throne, the reader is thrust into modern-day Zoomoonda, Africa, where a tragic headline announces the deaths of Zoomoonda’s beloved king and queen in a plane crash, who leave behind the king’s two younger brothers. Prince Fayeem has been a devoted statesman, yet his elder brother, Prince Ajeem, is a world-renowned player. By royal decree, he reluctantly inherits the powerful throne, which is funded by its country’s inexhaustible premium oil fields and generous conflict-free diamond mines.

The major obstacle to Prince Ajeem’s ascent to the throne is General Moammur Gadhafur. He is a brutal, ambitious opportunist who challenges the prince for the throne. The General insists that it’s time to join the Arab Spring and usher in a new era of “democracy.” His wife and campaign manager, Nefertiti, fuels his quest for the throne.

Fortunately, Prince Ajeem has his niece, Princess Akeema, the lone survivor of the plane crash and the only daughter of the king and queen. Princess Akeema is the founder of an elite underground group of girls of color from all over the world known as the ‘NPR,’ Nubian Princesses Rock.  They are skilled archers, savvy computer hackers, trained in special ops, and secret female warriors under princess Akeema’s intelligent lead. Throughout the Royal Millennium Trilogy, they literally prove that black girls rock!

Dignified and strong women of color will also find Petals very empowering. She is a former rose-bearer who educated herself abroad and returned, rising to the ranks of Zoomoonda’s National Security Adviser. Petals has the unique position of respected sage adviser to king-designate Ajeem.

She plays a major and critical role in aiding the ill-prepared king and preventing the takeover of the royal dynasty.  “I love it, love it, love it! I think this would work especially well as a movie, but I guess you are already working on that! It is really topical with all the references to the jet set, and the political twist is a nice tie-in to the world’s current ills and triumphs. Can’t wait to see what happens!” — Laura Kenney, Editor World

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