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Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica Paperback – Nov 13 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Nov. 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061560634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061560637
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,047,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The spirit of the indomitable Julia Child lives on ... A saucy soup-to-nuts compilation."
Vanity Fair

“An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Julia’s inimitable voice shines through ... These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence.”
Wall Street Journal

“[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives ... A delicious read.”
People (3½ of 4 stars)

“Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible.”
Boston Globe

"This book feels like chick lit ... of an exalted order ... Two housewives, each in her 40s ... let rip about all kinds of things, from shallots, beurre blanc and the misery of dried herbs to politics, aging and sex ... Funny and forthright opinions about food and life."
New York Times

"A testament to the fortitude that went into creating a classic."

"Just as interesting as the behind-the-scenes nuts-and-bolts on this culinary landmark is the far subtler picture that is painted of these two women, the times in which they were living, and the friendship that grew between them ... The letters take on the resonance of a plainsong kind of poetry."
Los Angeles Times

"Delightful . . . Expertly edited by the culinary historian Joan Reardon, [it] fills in that period of hard work, uncertainty, cheerleading and deepening love."

"A pleasure both culinary and literary . . . A lesson in how to become an American original."
Whole Living

"An important piece of culinary history through the never-before-seen letters between these two witty women."
New York Post

"A reminder of the power of persistence, of a dream or a friendship, and of the lost art of writing a letter."

"Fascinating and engrossing."
Dallas Morning News
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About the Author

Culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer Joan Reardon is the author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon, who has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I followed a link with an excerpt for Kristina Wright's story "One Night in Winter" about a woman (and the man she didn't want to be around during her sister's wedding) and that is how I discovered some great new-to-me authors. Kristina's story and "Sweet Season" by Shanna Germain are my favorites. If I recall correctly, most of the stories could be considered erotic romance as there is a strong promise of a HEA though it is not wrapped up all neatly in a bow (is that how the saying goes?). I also really appreciated the quality of the writing, in that the story/words flowed really well for me as the reader. I didn't have pauses where I thought why were those words used to describe the character or the scene etc. I love novellas/short stories, but I don't have large TBR piles as I'm very selective about new books to try. The stories were all very varied in setting and approach (if that makes any sense!) I do recommend this collection if even only for Kristina's and Shanna's contributions. There was lots of lovely sweetness and sexiness for my taste!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Warm and cozy reading Dec 12 2008
By Aurora Hunter - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Bedding Down in my bath tub this morning. I enjoyed all of the stories. My favorite two stories in the book were Sophie Mouette's and Alison Tyler's. Sophie's story is set in a Victorian era house turned museum. She and her lover find a set of steamy love letters in a desk and use them as inspiration. The Victorian costumes they wore and the description of the removing of those costumes was very sensual. In Alison Tyler's story, the heroine, Michele, is doing all the right things for the wrong man. This story is both funny and sexy, and in the end, she ends up with someone who understands her and is right for her. I identified with this character a lot. The more work I read by this author, the more impressed I am at her range. Her writing is not only very arousing and vivid, it can be funny or bittersweet or dark as well.

All the stories in this collection were romantic and had happy endings, which I personally prefer to the darker tone of some of the kinkier erotic. The stories in the book were heartwarming as well as being arousing. I very much enjoyed this book, I would recommend it to friends who enjoy romance as well as erotica. Kudos to Rachel Kramer Bussell for putting together a great collection, and kudos to the authors for their great work.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great gift for someone you want to warm up with Dec 16 2008
By Michael A. Alderete - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a really good book to give to your sweetie right before heading off to the ski cabin, or Xmas on the East Coast. But you'd better make sure you'll have some alone time, or you'll both be frustrated!

This is not Penthouse Forum. Although the stories have explicit sections, and will surely get you worked up, there's a real story in every one, and the sex fits in relatively naturally. If you're looking for porn, this isn't it, but if you want to read something interesting, that will get your pulse pounding, you'll enjoy this book.

Not every story will please you; erotica is very personal. On balance, two stories didn't really work for me, but with seven novellas, you will surely find pleasure in this book. And if you give it to that special someone, and set the mood, you'll _both_ find pleasure, somewhere out there in the cold.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Little Warmth For Cold Winter Nights Dec 14 2008
By The Butterfly Temptress - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I've been a fan of RKB for a while, I really have to say that she outdid herself with this collection. The stories were more evolved, the characters more fleshed out, and I found myself longing to read more about them. The stories drew me in and kept me reading, wondering where each couple would end up.

While all the stories were well written, three had me completely unable to put the book down until the very last page.

"Six Weeks on Sunrise Mountain, Colorado" by Gwen Masters

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Marilyn Jaye Lewis

"Sweet Season" by Shanna Germain

I think that the stories were outstanding, but a little light on the hot sex we've come to expect from RKB anthologies. If you're looking for something hardcore, fast and furious, then this might not be the book for you. While the sex is there, the writing seems to be centered around the couples and their relationship, not the sex itself.

For a girl like me who loves to read about real couples and real sex, this was the perfect balance of both. If I'd share one book from my collection with my friends this winter, this book would be it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
High energy costs leaving you cold? Read this! Dec 4 2008
By Neve Black - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's cold outside, but this book offers seven, well written, and hot short stories that will surely warm you up, lickety-split. One for each day of the week! Each story, like each talented writer offers something for everyone. You'll find romance blooming in the dead of winter as well as bonfires burning with passion and lust in this book.

p.s. I've folded down more pages to share with a friend the next time the snow starts to fall - let's just say it's a little something extra special to help keep the high price of heating costs down...while insuring my body temperature is running hot, hot, hot....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, engaging, and poignant. Dec 7 2008
By ThatWordChick - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ms. Bussel has taken the traditional erotica compilation and allowed it to breathe with her latest anthology, Bedding Down. I'm never one to turn down smut, mind you, and often use erotic literature for mental foreplay, but Bedding Down was not (if you'll pardon the expression) your run of the mill bodice-ripper.

Bedding Down calls on a host of excellent erotica writers, most of whom I've had the pleasure of reading in other anthologies. These stories are not afraid to explore the darker side of winter twined in alongside sensual heat, like the embers of a fire on a snowy night. Death is lightly touched upon in two stories, and the struggle to balance between everyday life, decisions and time together is very eloquently displayed.

I enjoyed the book as a whole, with the only story I wasn't overly fond of being the first (One Night in Winter by Kristina Wright), but only then because it took me awhile to decipher which character was which; the premise and the sex were still lovely to read. Alison Tyler adds a bit of levity with the exasperated and ever-hopeful heroine of "It's Not The Weather", and Sophie Mouette's "Hidden Treasure" plunges you into a spirited romp in a dark mansion. The struggle against the cold is engagingly laid out in Gwen Masters' "Six Weeks on Sunrise Mountain, Colorado", and Marilyn Jaye Lewis' "Baby, It's Cold Outside" echoed some of my own experiences of being engaged with all the drawn out discussions on the future that entails.

My favorite story (which surprised me a bit because I'm normally more amiable towards lighthearted offerings) was definitely Isabelle Grey's "Northern Exposure". It made the heart ache in both sadness and happiness and actually made me tear up, which is for me the sign of excellent writing. A close second is Shanna Germain's "Sweet Season", which makes perfect use of setting to draw the reader into sights, sounds, and scents; I'm also partial to Vermont culture, so that didn't hurt!

All in all, a book that I'm very pleased to own, and an absolutely stunning read in the subtle beginnings of December. Best enjoyed with a mug of hot cocoa, a box of tissues, and maybe a bit of time with a handsome leading man.

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