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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind  |   

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal  |   

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks  |   

We have a conversation with one of our favorite regular-book enthusiasts about the special matter of the audiobook.

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White  |   

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker  |   

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.

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