Cookbooks have ceased to be strictly utilitarian tomes. Now they're glossy, entertaining reads: Imagine Webster's dictionary shacking up with a graphic designer, or the Moulin Rouge. Back in the day, a typical bookshelf had a checkered Better Homes & Gardens binder or Betty Crocker Cookbook and a few others. The more serious cooks might have Julia Child's 2-volume Master the Art of French Cooking (1400 pages of small-font instructions).
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
One of my readers (a giant group of 3 or 4, depending on what my mom is doing) requested that my blog needs a "comprehensive reading list" so I can be her "own personal Oprah." While I'm working on that monster project (who doesn't want to be Oprah?) I'll instead offer up my current reading list which will hopefully suffice. It's a pleasant mix of fiction, braver fiction, cookbooks, and the inevitable self-improvement guides. Some of it is defensive reading - people relentlessly mention that my blog manifesto, or whatever the subheading I have mentioning vegan muffin recipes is called, is misleading as the blog has no vegan muffin recipe on it. Thus the vegan cookbook. It also falls under the category of self-improvement (new year's resolution: more veggies) and braver fiction (a world without dairy).
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Yes, I am the furthest thing from punk you'll ever see. I skulk around hipster Portland in my JCrew sweaters and Ann Taylor Loft pants the way a punk with a violet Mohawk skulks around Omaha. But followers of the punk philosophy (roughly translated: free thought is critical, modern culture makes free thought nearly impossible) don't skulk and they don't apologize. That's why they both intimidate me and earn my respect. So when I saw this article in yesterday's New York Times, about a photography book by Abby Banks of punk collective house interiors, I felt she'd given me the chance to peak into the living spaces of places I probably won't be invited to otherwise. I'm excited to check out Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy for potential writing material. When I do, the punks I brush shoulders with on the sidewalk most everyday and know next-to-nothing about might become more intimate - I will be able to imagine a living room, a vegan dumpster-diving dinner and perhaps, how they are trying to show who they are on the inside, outside - as are we all.