#YABookCook with “Predator”

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Tonight’s #YABookCook features Predator by Bram Stoker nominated author Janice Gable Bashman, and a simple side dish that should be in every YA girl’s cooking repertoire: sautéed mushrooms.

Predator is a new twist on the classic legend of lycanthropes. It starts off with Bree and her dad in Ireland, mucking through the bog and discovering a body. Bree herself is part teenage girl, part future scientist. She’s like the poster girl for females rocking STEM. But by the end of Predator, Bree will become the thing she hates to protect those she loves.

Normally it’s really easy to think of a recipe to pair with #YABookCook, but a large part of Predator takes place in Ireland and I know zilch about Irish cooking. So I decided to take inspiration from the bog, and focus on mushrooms.

Sautéed mushrooms are easy to master and can be used as an accompaniment to steak or baked potatoes, or as the starter to pasta sauce. Plus, they’re yummy to eat on their own–if you like mushrooms.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 2-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 T of an herb blend like Mrs. Dash
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2-4 T olive oil
  • 1 T lemon juice

Directions

First wash the mushrooms.
First wash the mushrooms.
Next chop the garlic.
Next chop the garlic.
Add the mushrooms and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet. Sautee on medium heat for five minutes.
Add the mushrooms and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet. Sauté on medium heat for five minutes.
Season with salt, pepper and herbs according to taste.
Season with salt, pepper and herbs according to taste.
Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice plus some extra olive oil.
Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice plus some extra olive oil.
Roast at 400 degrees for ten minutes.
Roast at 400 degrees for ten minutes.
All done!
All done!

 

Now for the book review:

Predator by Janice Gable Bashman is clean-teen fiction at it’s best. It’s smart, scary and suspenseful. The main character Bree is a super positive role model for teen girls–no mater what shape she takes.

The plot starts off in Ireland where Bree and her famous-scientist dad discover a preserved ancient body buried in a bog. What should be an exciting moment is marred by tension. Bree’s still reeling from the loss of her mother to cancer and her brother to war. It seems like her dad cares more about the bog body than her. Luckily, Irish hottie Liam takes Bree’s mind off her tense relationship with her dad.

But a body isn’t the only thing hidden in that Irish bog. Secrets buried for centuries are also unearthed.

The bog body is dangerous for more reasons than Bree knows. By the time she and her dad realize the truth of the body’s capabilities, the US military is involved. The only weapons Bree has to protect her loved ones are science and herself.

Watch out, Liam. Bree is a new type of girlfriend.