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Category Archives: Books

wasabigelatine’s 2007 holiday gift guide

Last Christmas a friend of mine received a Starbucks gift card from his boss. Not a very original gift, but it’s the thought that counts. And that thought must’ve been “I don’t want to offend you by not getting anything but I really couldn’t care less, so let’s see what’s in the lobby. Oh hey, [...]

The mad genius of the Sedaris family

The New Yorker‘s annual food issue (September 3-10) features gems like Calvin Trillin’s essay on Singaporean street food; Gary Shteyngart’s “Sixty-nine Cents“, the author’s poignant and funny reminiscence of a young immigrant’s desire to free himself from the cuisine of his homeland in favor of McDonald’s hamburgers; and a short anecdote called “Tasteless” by David [...]

Morimoto cooking demo and book signing — Saturday, September 8

Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame will be at Fox & Obel this Saturday for a demonstration and book signing. Here’s the info from Fox & Obel’s website: Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking FREE Demonstration and Book Signing With Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Saturday, September 8th Demonstration 12:30-1pm Note: Demo is sold out [...]

Franz Foodinand

Alex Kapranos, frontman of Franz Ferdinand, has written a book. Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand, which releases sometime this fall, includes columns he’s written for The Guardian such as this one. His articles read like a food-focused travelogue/journal with lots of blunt, colorful observations. I normally avoid celebrity-penned anything, but Kapranos’ writing [...]

Two New Yorkers in Chicago

Anthony Bourdain was in town today promoting his new Les Halles Cookbook at the Borders on Michigan Avenue. I wouldn’t have even known this if it weren’t for Josh, who called me at work, excitedly telling me that Mr. Bourdain was a guest on Mancow and he got to ask him a question — “Could [...]