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Since 1989, McIntyre's has been known for being one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in the South, offering a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including books on cooking, gardening, mysteries, and North Carolina authors. Find out our staff's recommended readings and holiday gifts, upcoming author events, what's new in the bookstore, and so much more!

McIntyre’s Merry Gift Guide

There are few better ways to spend the holiday season than perched by a roaring fire with a good book. McIntyre's has you covered from cookbooks to mysterys, and everything in between. Whether you're shopping for Mom, a hostess or looking for stocking stuffers, there's plenty of delightful ways to celebrate at McIntyre's. Check out the complete gift guide below! For the hostess, there's everything from quirky kitchen additions to cookbooks. Check out Twisted Wares Towels or signed... Full Post >

Reading on the Great Outdoors

Easily one of the best books I read last year and on a subject that would seem to be of no importance to anyone but some nomad in the Middle East. Instead, Childs wanders through the arid reaches of Arizona and Colorado in search of water and in an exhilarating prose style shows us that there's more to the desert than sand, rocks, and poisonous snakes. I recommend this highly to anyone who cares at least one iota about the great outdoors. Stop by McIntyre's to pick up The Secret Knowledge... Full Post >

The Scoop on Food Counterfeiting

A little sawdust with your pasta? Unless you are grating your Parm yourself from a block of cheese actually made in Parma, Italy, this may be your indistinct pleasure. Kobe beef, EVOO, truffles, balsamic vinegar, sushi, all manner of cheeses, wines, scotch: these are commonplace imposters and fakes, running the gamut from ethically gray to illegal and dangerous. Food counterfeiting is big business, so grab this book to keep it real. Stop by McIntyre's to pick up Real Food Fake... Full Post >

The Big Book of Kombucha

Pick up this paperback tome on Kombucha to learn how to keep your SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) healthy, brew up some bubbly 'buche, flavor, and even cook with your batches. The SCOBY jerky may take it a step too far for me personally, but I am seriously digging the recipes! Stop by McIntyre's to pick up The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a copy! - Kelley, Bookseller Full Post >

Becoming a Preserver

This instructional is catnip for the crafty cook! Perfect for ginning up some fennel & orange pickles, lime & saffron jelly, apple & sage butter, or straight up candied citrus peels. When the work's all done, sit back and enjoy a (modest) glass of homemade pomegranate vodka. I tried my hand at the preserved lemons with rosemary, coming soon to a vegetarian tagine near me! Stop by McIntyre's to pick up The Modern Preserver: Jams, Pickles, Cordials, Compotes and More -... Full Post >

Sarah & Pete’s Reads

Whoa, what a story! Both Sarah and I (at Sarah's urging) read I Let You Go and neither of us could put it down. A young boy is killed in a hit-and-run accident that leaves the police stymied and us, the reader, certain we know who committed the crime. But do we? This is one of those twisting, turning stories that are so much fun to talk about afterwards. Stop by McIntyre's to pick up I Let You Go - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a copy! - Pete, Book Buyer &... Full Post >

In The Mood For An Adventure?

The Golem And The Jinni is a creative delight, a tale of fantastical creatures. Full of adventure, philosophical and spiritual conundrums tangled amid devotion, friendship, and love. I absolutely love this book! Not only because of the wonderful story, but also because of its physical beauty. I didn't want the story to end, and I didn't want to put this book down! Stop by McIntyre's to pick up The Golem And The Jinni - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a copy! - Mouse,... Full Post >

Eating & Reading Grilled Cheese

To Brie or not to Brie: that is the question. Grab up this gooey cookbook to reimagine sandwiches, soups, pickles, spreads, and mac n' cheeses. My favorite? The Sunday Brunch sandwich, a delectable melding of Brie and strawberries bookended by French-toasted challah bread; the whole lot smothered in maple syrup. I'm sure this is very healthy, because of the fruit, of course. . . Stop by McIntyre's to pick up Grilled Cheese Kitchen - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a... Full Post >

Sarah’s Six-Star Story

Why six stars? Because this is a wonderful young adult novel. It hits it out of the park on all my criteria - places, people, plot, pace, and prose. Plus . . . poetry! Sarah is sentenced to a poetry class and community service after an evening goes awry. Along the way, she discovers herself. Stop by McIntyre's to pick up Language of The Stars - or call 919.542.3030 to hold a copy! - Sarah, Children's Book Buyer Full Post >

Hosting A Southern Summer Party

Nail the party prep on your next shindig with these pro tips and small bite recipes in Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers. Although principally a cookbook, attention is also paid to the table setting, invitations, flowers, and bartending. Party at your place? I could bring over the plate and fork-worthy Fresh Corn Cake with Field Pea Relish & Lemon Aioli? Or maybe just the Lima Bean Hummus with napkins and some crusty bread? Stop by McIntyre's to pick... Full Post >