Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #69: Cookbooks

Part of my job includes searching out upcoming cookbooks and food-related titles. No, I'm not complaining, I promise. It's an excellent responsibility. Folllowing are a number of the most exciting books that will be published in early 2007:

In the Bay Area, I'm sure that Alice Waters And Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making Of A Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee will get a solid reading. As an "authorized" memoir, we may not be treated to ALL the inside dirt surrounding Berkeley's most famous restauranter, but we have gotten a good bit of that already in California Dish and a few other recent food-gossipy books.

Looks like the reign of the "eating local" book is about to take off with Plenty: One Man, One Woman, And A Raucous Year Of Eating Locally by a Canadian couple, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver which "explores the modern food industry via a narrative of a year in which the author and her family attempted to eat only food they grew themselves or purchased from nearby farms."

Bloggers in France will be hitting the bookshelves, with cookbook author David Lebovitz publishing an ice cream tome called Perfect Scoop and Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier.

While this one has never been on my shelf, it seems to be a standard in many collections: the Silver Palate Cookbook will be back in a 25th Anniversary Edition.

And finally just a few more that have snagged my attention:

Happy reading and happy cooking!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #68: Fresh

Some new things to check out in the new year:

Former 80s kids will remember the slightly creepy doll "My Buddy" who also had a creepy "Kid Sister." The new Buddy from Genuine Scooter is a not creepy at all - it's a gem that haunts my SF walks. I've seen two so far, the orange and the non-offensive bubblegum pink - I'm in love!

April's Kittens is a re-issued cute 1940's book.

Hammerpress design has fresh poster and postcards.

Fred Flare is selling Amy Sedaris jars of jimmies.

Tarina Tarantino's adorable ribbon and velvet $130 headbands

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #67: Lives

I recently finished two memoirs and am pondering how we find the books we read, how sometimes they flow into and through each other, how often reading one will add depth and meaning to another.

The two memoirs are About Alice, Calvin Trillin's slim and lovely ode to his recently deceased wife, and A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas' poetic piece about her life after her husband Rich is hit by a car and suffers a life changing traumatic brain injury. Both books are heartbreaking and lovely; both are perfect books to read at the start of a new year, to shine a light on how important it is to treasure the love and connection you have in your life, in whatever form or gesture it takes.

It's been a good couple of years for memoirs, Frey-controversies notwithstanding. Here are some of the others that I've enjoyed:

*Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
*Grayson by Lynne Cox (how can you not love a sweet memoir about finding oneself swimming with a baby whale?)
*Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by
Elizabeth Gilbert
*Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater
*Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

And note that if you're a Trillin fan, he'll be at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF on January 24th, 7pm!