Celebrity Chef

Poems and Drawings Get the Facts Reduce Debt Buy Smarter The Story of the Eye How to Engage Young Readers Books for Teens The Gift of Reading

Celebrity Chef Serves Up Tips For Eating And Living Well With Diabetes

(NAPSI)—There are nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes and for many, eating delicious foods while keeping their diabetes in control can be a challenge. But celebrity chef Sam Talbot, a "Fan Favorite" on Season 2 of "Top Chef" who has been living with type 1 diabetes since he was 12, says that people can—and should—be able to enjoy their favorite foods, as long as they understand how to manage their diabetes.

In his new cookbook, "The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries," (Rodale, October 25, 2011) Talbot, executive chef at two of New York's hottest restaurants, dishes up healthy recipes, lifestyle tips and diabetes management strategies.

The book includes 75 innovative recipes for fresh, all-natural dishes that everyone—whether they have diabetes or not—can prepare and enjoy, along with stories and tips from his own life that prove that it's possible to live life to the fullest—even with diabetes.

Talbot learned about the impact of food and other factors on his diabetes at an early age. "As far as I'm concerned, nothing is completely off limits for people with diabetes," says Talbot. "The important thing is to understand how what I eat, as well as other factors, impact my blood glucose. I'm in the kitchen tasting food all day, so I test a lot, and need to trust the results. That's why I use the OneTouch® UltraMini® Meter. It's small, fast and easy to use, so I can test anywhere, get the result I need and keep going."

Talbot also believes that having the right attitude about living with diabetes is important. "People shouldn't think of diabetes as a barrier that prevents them from doing all the things they want to do," says Talbot. "Instead of letting diabetes be the focus of your life, you can take steps to control it so that you can live your life on your terms."

In the book, Talbot serves up some tips that have worked for him:

• Experiment. Because food impacts everyone differently, it may take some experimentation to understand what's best for you and to understand how different foods will impact your blood sugar levels.

• Stock up. Talbot stocks up on foods that are low on the glycemic index, such as strawberries, apples, agave, almond milk, nuts and seeds. He also has a designated spot for his diabetes testing supplies—blood glucose meter, test strips, medication, etc. He keeps an inventory system, so he never runs out of supplies.

• Plan ahead for trips. When traveling, Talbot takes along a "Ninja Snack Pack," which includes healthy homemade "on-the-go" snacks, such as his Coconut Acai Granola Crumble or Roasted Seed Trail Mix.

For more information about Sam Talbot, the OneTouch UltraMini Blood Sugar Meter he uses and his new cookbook, visit

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"Every Thing On It": Poems And Drawings By Shel Silverstein

(NAPSI)—From beloved author and illustrator Shel Silverstein comes "Every Thing On It." Drawn from archived material that spans many years of Shel Silverstein's prolific work, "Every Thing On It" is the first poetry collection in the tradition of his acclaimed and best-selling titles "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up" to be published since Silverstein's passing in 1999. The poems and illustrations that compose this collection have been carefully curated by the Silverstein estate and its editorial team at HarperCollins Children's Books.

With 145 never-before-seen poems and drawings completed by the cherished American artist, this collection will follow in the tradition and format of his acclaimed poetry classics. When the book was first announced in March 2010, Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, said, "It is an honor to carry on the legacy of Shel Silverstein with this new collection of poems and illustrations. His work continues to inspire readers of all ages, and this book will delight and astound just as his previous collections have."

Generations have grown up with the works of Shel Silverstein, known not only as a poet and illustrator, but also for his work as a cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist and Grammy Award-winning songwriter. He has encouraged children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible with his extraordinary poetry and unforgettable characters. Now longtime fans will have a chance to discover even more riches and new readers will delight in the timeless magic of his works.

Silverstein's children's books have sold more than 25 million hardcover copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into over 30 languages. This momentous publishing event is sure to join best sellers "Falling Up," "A Light in the Attic" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" as a classic and essential book to be treasured by generations to come.

About The Author

Shel Silverstein is the author of "Don't Bump the Glump"; "Runny Babbit"; "Where the Sidewalk Ends"; "Falling Up"; "A Light in the Attic"; "Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back"; "The Giving Tree"; "The Missing Piece"; "The Missing Piece Meets the Big O" and many other classic books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist and a Grammy-winning/Oscar-nominated songwriter. Shel Silverstein's children's books have sold more than 25 million hardcover copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into over 30 languages. You can learn more about Shel and his books by visiting

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Get The Facts

(NAPSI)—Relied on for more than a century, America 's best-selling reference book offers the answers to this year's most pressing questions.

Which 2012 election candidate plans to lower the presidential salary to less than $40,000? How many millions of smartphones were sold in the United States over the past year? Which U.S. state has the highest public high school graduation rate? The answers can be found in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012.

Gracing the cover of this year's edition is singer Adele, whose 2011 album 21 broke the record for most consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. She's joined by the Yankees' star shortstop Derek Jeter, whose milestone 3,000th hit was a home run.

The book also boasts a new feature on the Greatest Sports Upsets, with a list of the most surprising athletic outcomes of all time, inspired by Japan 's victory in the Women's World Cup.

Shifts in the American population are illustrated by sections like "The Changing United States" while "Year in Review" recaps the top headlines, strangest news stories and most striking images of 2011. For more information, visit

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A Blueprint For A More Secure Future

(NAPSI)-Those interested in living well-but wisely-may want to invest in a new book. It demonstrates a number of ways to reduce debt, buy smarter and build a more secure financial future.

"Clark Howard's Living Large In Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money" (Avery) was written by radio and television host Clark Howard, with Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou.

The book also details how to take small, manageable steps toward financial freedom and includes a list of dozens of websites that offer assistance on a wide range of topics-from comparing health care options to finding the best coupon sites, purchasing the right electronics, finding the cheapest gas station, watching primetime TV for free, avoiding rip-offs when traveling and much more.

A well-known personal finance expert, media personality and best-selling author, Howard has also earned a reputation as a consumer advocate.

The book is available online and where books are sold.

A new book demonstrates how to reduce debt, buy smarter and build a more secure financial future.

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Discover The Story Of The Eye

(NAPSI)—Anew book takes a long and fascinating look at history and biology.

Over a span of 543 million years, ocular evolution spawned a variety of eyes for the creatures inhabiting the earth. For species from single-cell organisms to humans, eyes have evolved to form myriad optical and physiological masterpieces.

Now, for the first time, the amazing progression of the eyes is documented through the ages by the extensive research of Dr. Ivan Schwab and more than 400 stunning images of critical species and their ocular microscopy. His astounding book, "Evolution's Witness: How Eyes Evolved," was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Schwab is a professor at the University of California, Davis, where he has worked as an ophthalmologist for more than 20 years. His strong interest in biology and natural history led him to investigate ocular stem cells, bioengineered tissues for the eye and comparative optics and physiology. His research took him from the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies to the Ediacaran Hills in South Australia and to every point on earth holding answers to the wondrous ocular evolution.

"Like evolution of life in general, the eye's early trail is obscure," Dr. Schwab says. "'Evolution's Witness' tracks the advancements, springing them to life. Spiders develop tiny, well-formed eyes with scanning optics and three visual pigments, scallops use the 40 to 100 eyes that circle their mantle and birds possess the ability to see up to five times better than humans. It's the storybook tale of life and how eyesight evolved from a primeval organism to an unending variety of eyes with at least 10 fundamental designs."

This extraordinary voyage through time is a must-read for ophthalmologists, optometrists, biologists, neurophysiologists and anyone interested in science. Yet everyone from an accountant to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company will be enthralled; the pages lead the mind through a fascinating world of discovery about vision, a saga rarely told before and never with the intrigue, detail and imagery that Dr. Schwab presents. His book is a leisurely stroll through earth's history, one that brings a delightful balance of entertainment and intellectual stimulation.

"This book is a sure winner," says Richard Alan Lewis, a professor at the Baylor College of Medicine. "It is a tantalizing tale of the evolution of vision. Readers will not be able to put it down. It will capture your imagination."

It's available at bookstores and on For more information, visit

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How To Excite And Engage Young Readers

(NAPSI)—Helping youngsters learn to love reading may be easier—and more important—than many parents realize. It's important because studies show that reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a significant milestone on the path to high school graduation. Additionally, literacy impacts all subjects including science and math. Having the ability to read is vital to a child's academic success.

For this reason, many educators, nonprofit organizations and corporations are working together to support education. By doing so, they are raising awareness to help drive demand for better schools and make us all better consumers of education. Target, for example, is on track to reach $1 billion in giving to education, with a focus on reading, by the end of 2015. With that said, no one organization, school or business can get more children on the path to high school graduation alone. According to the Department of Education, children should be read to or with for at least 30 minutes a day.

Here are some hints that can help parents ignite a love of reading at home:

• Make reading together a part of your daily routine.

Create a reading nook in your home where your family can read together. Let your children be a part of selecting the cozy area and helping to decorate it.

Have your child build up his or her own collection of books. They don't all have to be new books. Perhaps you've saved a few favorites from your childhood to share.

Take a field trip to help make books come alive. Take your kids to a historic site, and bring home a book so they can learn more about it.

Subscribe to a children's magazine. Read it with your child.

Start a Kids' Book Club. Pick a book and invite some of your child's friends over for a reading party.

Watch for free story hours at the library, community center and stores.

Use technology. There are plenty of interactive books and apps for mobile phones, tablets, computers and reading devices that can help to engage your child in reading. Interactive books add video and games to the story, making the tale come to life for children.

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An Exciting Read For Teens With A Taste For The Weird

(NAPSI)—A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in an electrifying reading experience.

Deemed "[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs" by USA Today, the novel begins with a horrific family tragedy that sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for a good reason—and they may still be alive.

Author Ransom Riggs is a filmmaker, photographer, blogger and writer who combs flea markets for unusual vintage photos, a hobby that spawned the inspiration for the book.

Now a New York Times bestseller, with film rights sold to 20th Century Fox, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" will delight adults, teens and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. CNN says, "Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.'" Available as a hardcover or e-book at booksellers and online retailers everywhere. Visit for more information.



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The Gift Of Reading

(NAPSI)— Reading is more than fun. It's a valuable skill that helps children succeed in school and later in life. That's why books are a great gift for the kids on your list.

This season's favorite titles include the following:

• "Every Thing On It" is a new book of unpublished poems and artwork by the beloved Shel Silverstein. All ages.

• "Everything Goes: On Land" by Brian Biggs is a celebration of cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and other things that go on land. Ages 4-8.

• "Liesl & Po" by Lauren Oliver, illustrated by Kei Acedera, has been described as "a gorgeous story—timeless and magical," by Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead. Ages 8-12.

• "If You Give A Dog A Donut" by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond is the eighth book in the No. 1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster "If You Give" series, starring Dog! Ages 3-7.

• "A Christmas Goodnight" by Nola Buck, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright combines the ever popular theme of "Christmas in the Manger" with the reassuring simplicity of "Goodnight Moon." Ages 2-5.

• "Wildwood" by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the band The Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, illustrator of "The Mysterious Benedict Society," is the first book in an epic middle-grade fantasy series. Full of magic, wonder and danger, it has been described as nothing less than an American "Narnia." Ages 9 and up.

• "Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas" by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser offers a chance to celebrate Christmas with Fancy Nancy. Ages 4-7.

• "Breadcrumbs" by Anne Ursu is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up wrapped in a modern-day fantasy, inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Snow Queen." Ages 8-12.

• "The Happy Elf Book" and CD is based on the beloved song and Christmas special "The Happy Elf." It's a holiday classic in the making from Grammy Award-winning musician Harry Connick, Jr. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Ages 4-8.

• "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, illustrated by Laura Cornell, is a picture book adaptation of the beloved best-selling novel about the holiday misadventures of the worst kids in the history of the world. Ages 4-8.

• "Littlest Evergreen" by Henry Cole is the timely environmental story of a little tree that grows up peacefully on a hillside, then is taken by humans to become a decorative object in their home. Ages 4-7.

• "Little Bea and the Snowy Day" by Daniel Roode is a bright accessible story in which Little Bea and her friends spend the perfect winter day outdoors. Ages 2-5.

Encouraging kids to love reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime.

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