BrooklynFans Of Books: Take A Trip to Renaissance Italy With “The Chef’s Secret”

The Chef’s Secret

By Crystal King

Atria; paperback; $15.99; available Tuesday, February 12

Bartolomeo Scappi is a name that appears often in the archives of Italian cuisine, but not much is actually known about the life of the legendary chef who served the papacy and authored one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time. From a meatless holiday meal to a hearty one, he created over 1,000 recipes, most of which are staples of our diets today.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Secretary” By Renee Knight

The Secretary

By Renee Knight

Harper; 368 pages, hardcover; $26.99; available Tuesday, February 12

Renée Knight’s 2015 debut Disclaimer made her an international phenom across the thriller and suspense genre, and rights to the book were sold in 31 countries and it was optioned for film by Fox Searchlight.

Knight’s new novel, The Secretary, is a chilling psychological tale of power, devotion and betrayal.

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St. John’s Stunned By Providence; Seton Hall Survives Creighton

(The tip-off of Seton Hall and Creighton – Photo by Jason Schott)

Saturday was a pivotal day for the Big East locals, as St. John’s was dominated down the stretch in a 70-86 loss to Providence at Madison Square Garden in the afternoon, while Seton Hall survived a late late charge from Creighton to pull out a 63-58 victory at the Prudential Center.

The results leave both teams with 5-6 records in Big East Conference play, two of five teams tied for third place, along with Georgetown, DePaul, and Butler. Villanova (10-1) and Marquette (9-2) are secured in the top two spots.

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NYCFC Names Alex Ring Its New Captain

(Alex Ring in the Captain’s armband – Courtesy NYCFC)

New York City Football Club has named midfielder Alex Ring its new Captain with the departure of David Villa, who had the captaincy since the team’s inception since 2015.

The midfielder from Finland has worn the armband on various occasions over the past two seasons and will take the captaincy on a permanent basis moving forward for NYCFC.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Building the Nation” On US Wars In Iraq & Afghanistan

Building the Nation: Missed Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Heather Selma Gregg

Potomac Books; hardcover, 304 pages; $29.95

As the United States nears an agreement with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, it’s time to look at what the future could hold for that country and Iraq.

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A Look At New Mets Analytics Guru Russell Carleton’s Book “The Shift”

(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Mets have hired Russell Carleton, a longtime Baseball Prospectus writer, and Andrew Perpetua, a researcher, to work in their analytics department.

Carleton recently wrote a book, The Shift, on how baseball strategy has changed, giving a look into his mind and what he will bring to the Mets as they expand their analytics research. Below is my review from last April:

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St. John’s Mullin On His Team After A Strong Road Trip

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin took part in the Big East Conference coaches’ teleconference on Thursday morning, and spoke about the state of his team after a big win over #10 Marquette on Tuesday night.

That capped a 2-1 road trip for the Red Storm, and they are now 5-5 in conference play (17-6 overall), and they start a three-game homestand Saturday at noon at Madison Square Garden against Providence.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Lords Of The Desert” On The U.S. & Britain In The Mideast

Lords Of The Desert: The Battle Between the United States and Great Britain for Supremacy in the Modern Middle East

By James Barr

Basic Books; hardcover, 464 pages; $35.00

The United States has been involved in battles in the Middle East for decades, from Desert Storm to the second Iraq war that began in 2003, to the current battle with ISIS.

America has always played a major role, but before the US came to dominate, Great Britain largely was in control.

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Andrea Bartz On Her Debut Novel “The Lost Night”

(Andrea Bartz – photographed by Kate Lord)

Andrea Bartz, a journalist and essayist from Brooklyn, coauthored the blog and book Stuff Hipsters Hate in 2010. Her debut novel, The Lost Night, which is set in Williamsburg, is coming out on February 26, published by Crown.

She will be appearing at Books Are Magic (225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, booksaremagic.net, 718-246-2665) on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in a discussion with fellow author Jason Diamond.

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St. John’s Stuns Marquette

(Shamorie Ponds going for the game-winning layup – @StJohnsBBall)

The St. John’s Red Storm stunned Marquette, the 10th-ranked team in the nation, 70-69, on Tuesday night, giving them two big victories on this three-game road trip.

This brings the Red Storm’s Big East record back to .500 at 5-5, as they return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday at noon for a matchup with Providence. They then host Butler at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m., and then face defending national champion Villanova on Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m. at The Garden.

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