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Massimo Montanari, Medieval Tastes

There are three things you need to know about Montanari’s Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table; first that this is an academic treatise, that it was translated from the original Italian by Beth Archer Brombert, and that it is a culinary history, rather than a cookbook. That being said,…

Archie Fisher, A Silent Song

I should confess right up front that Archie Fisher is one of my very favorite song writers and performers. It isn’t overstating the case to say Fisher (along with Jean Redpath and NPR’s Fiona Ritchie and Thistle and Shamrock) had a lot to do with my interests in the Child…

George Greenstein, A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets

The subtitle of George Greenstein’s A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets is Recipes from a New York Baking Legend for Strudel, Stollen, Danishes, Puff Pastry, and More. And the title page adds the names “with Elaine Greenstein, Julia Greenstein and Isaac Bleicher” to that of George Greenstein. This is more than…

Eyewitness Travel Guides, Eyewitness Travel Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Travel Guide Ireland is one of a series of Eye Witness Travel Guides from DK Inc., better known as Dorling Kindersley. If you are at all familiar with the high quality of Dorling Kindersley books for children and adults, particularly the image-rich Eye Witness Guides, you’ll know what to…

Alison Bechdel, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

I was late discovering Dykes to Watch Out For, and the amazing Alison Bechdel. I heard about Dykes to Watch Out For from my friends, and at first, I thought Lois and Mo were fellow students of the women I met for coffee after our seminars. Instead, they were characters from…

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

  The Opinion is here. In a 5-to-4 vote the Supreme Court decided, as Justice Kennedy put it: These considerations lead to the conclusion that the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of…

Ken Forkish, Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

Cover of Ken Forkish's book Flour Water Salt Yeast

Flour Water Salt Yeast is a partially a memoir about how former Silicon Valley technology worker and author Ken Forkish fell in love with artisan bread making, partially a technical manual about making the best bread possible, and partially, a charming easy to follow cook book. The book itself is…

Delia Sherman, Changeling

Cover of Delia Sherman's Changeling, showing the undersea otherworld

Unknown to ordinary mortals, there are at least two New Yorks, which share geography,but not reality. Changeling is mostly set in New York Between, and Neef is a changeling, the Changeling of the title, and lives in the Otherworld of New York Between. More specifically, she lives in Manhattan’s Central…

“So what’s wrong with Apple?”

Jeff Carlson on Everything Wrong with Tech Reporting in One Paragraph And this, my friends, is why most tech reporting sucks. The “snag” is that Apple is so successful that it can’t grow fast enough to appease analysts and investors, whose expectations have never reflected reality anyway.

Amazon Escalates the Attack Against Hachette

Amazon has moved from discouraging customers from buying books published by Hatchette (AKA Hachette Livre, including Hachette, Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Orbit), to removing books from sale; you may remember that on January 29, 2010 Amazon pulled all of Macmillan’s books from sale—two days after Apple announced…

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