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No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men by Greg Ford
In the world of professional cooking, men have historically dominated. The home kitchen, however, is often considered “no man’s land” as in, no man is going in there to make anything more complicated than toast if there’s a woman around. Now, thanks to the recently released No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men by Greg Ford (Cedar Fort Books), men can fearlessly enter the...
An old typewriter
They say that everyone has a story to tell and thanks to a host of new technologies and services, telling that story has never been easier. Once relegated to the fringe of the publishing industry, self-publishing is becoming an increasingly important driver of book sales. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287% since 2006, according to...
Eve in Hollywood
When you sit down to read a book, are you holding an electronic device or a regular book? According to the Pew Research Center, more and more Americans are doing their reading electronically these days. About a third of American adults own a tablet computer such as an iPad or a Kindle Fire and about 23% of Americans read e-books on their tablets or e-readers such as Nooks or Kobos. Just as...
The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart
Tequila starts with the agave plant. Rum starts with sugarcane. And then there’s gin, which is made from a potent combination of juniper berries and botanicals like lavender, fennel, and coriander. Virtually all libations start with something that grows, and in her book, The Drunken Botanist (Algonquin Books), Amy Stewart offers a fascinating “plant’s-eye perspective on booze.” Starting with an...
The Boy Who Would Be Famous
Books these days are written for specific markets, but The Boy Who Would Be Famous doesn’t fit a pigeonhole. Its clear prose certainly can be read by the age group written about, but I think the best audience may be grandparents. Author Rick Sowash’s memories of his years from five to ten (1955-1960), when he set out to be famous, incorporate important interactions with both sets of...
The Genius of Dogs
Dogs have been our faithful companions for thousands of years. As loyal protectors and useful friends, they’ve earned a place among humans that few animals have enjoyed. Even so, scientific researchers have largely ignored dogs over the last century, judging them inferior to more intelligent mammals like dolphins and chimpanzees. But evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare is giving dogs the...
The Artist, the Cook, and the Gardener, Recipes Inspired by Painting From the Garden by Maryjo Koch
This time of year bursts with an explosion of colors and flavors as flowers bloom and vegetables take root. Gardeners look forward to sinking their hands into the soil and chefs anticipate the exquisite tastes of fresh from the garden produce. The new cookbook, The Artist, the Cook, and the Gardener , Recipes Inspired by Painting From the Garden by Maryjo Koch (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013)...
American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop by Caroline de Margerie
In today’s Washington, dominated by political backstabbing and unyielding party loyalty, it’s hard to imagine a time when Republicans and Democrats routinely finished work at the Capitol, then shared a taxi across town to attend a dinner party—together! This was not the exception, but rather the rule when Susan Mary Patten Alsop and her husband, Joe Alsop, the noted columnist,...
The Old Farmer's Almanac
After some two centuries in print, it’s the oldest continuously published journal in the U.S. Its bright yellow cover adorned with elaborate scroll work is recognizable at a glance, as is the name emblazoned across the center in gothic print. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been a familiar friend to Americans since 1792, when New Englander Robert B. Thomas printed 3,000 copies of the first edition...