If you’re looking for gift ideas for someone on your list, cookbooks
are a great way to go. Especially signed, beautifully photographed, locally written ones. On Saturday December 13th from 3pm-4pm, catch Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns of Bar Tartine at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS in San Francisco.
They’ll be discussing their new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes
, and signing copies. The event is free
, and books will be available for purchase. Omnivore is also hosting a number of other special book events next week, if you can’t make this one.
In keeping with the spirit of “WeBlogTheWorld”
and having a global perspective, I flew from Stockholm to Oslo to London to Washington, D.C., to San Francisco en route to Aspen, Colorado to cover the second half of the 10th Anniversary of the Aspen IdeasFestival, an annual gathering of luminaries meeting in this alpine paradise to discuss burning issues of the day.
In the middle of the six day, two session marathon of seminars, talks and panel discussions spanning 16 topical tracks is an “afternoon conversation” plenary involving attendees of both segments. This year, interviewees included Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, former vice president Al Gore, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, and former CIA director David Petraeus. Impressive that the first three speakers on this top profile stage in the Benedict Music Tent were women, as was noted by David Gergen, who interviewed Al Gore. Watch this space over the remainder of this week for highlights and themes from this august gathering.
Of course, if you are reading this, you…
Auki warned us about the gelatinous creatures we’d discovered in tide pools along ‘Eua’s coral shelf. The sea slugs had always been part of the Tongan’s diet, with natives picking and eating sustainably. But now, aid and corporate funds from China had purchased the foreign investor free license to over-consume and threaten the islands’ delicate ecosystem.
This is one of many reasons why Tonga – and the South Pacific – are hailed as the “last frontier” in tourism.
Tonga now faces the same challenges as destinations in the Caribbean and Central Asia: how to protect its unique culture from an influx of outsiders, while improving infrastructure to draw in tourism money, and carefully balancing growth without destroying the scenes such travelers are desperate to see.
Headhunters On My Doorstep – J. Maarten Troost, 2013
Robert Louis Stevenson. Photo credit: Wikipedia – University of Edinburgh.
You can only imagine how exotic and pristine these isolated countries must have appeared to early expatriots, such as the renowned Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
After penning the classics Treasure Island and Kidnapped, a deteriorating health…
Recently, the two most prominent news items from India in the North American media recently were the sweeping election win for Narendra Modi and the BJP party in the world’s biggest democratic election; and the horrific rape and murder of two teenage girls, who were left hanging from a mango tree, in Uttar Pradesh.
Ever since the high profile Delhi Gang Rape in December 2012, the status of women in India has been under the spotlight, not just in India but around the world. I was in India during the paradigm-shifting backlash to the rape of the 23-year old medical student aboard a moving bus in Delhi and it affected me very deeply. It affected everyone very deeply. There were riots and calls for changes to the law and changes to attitudes towards women.
The deeply felt need for change was one of the reasons that the long-time ruling Congress party was ousted, in a landslide victory for Modi and the BJP. People in India are fed up with corruption, inefficiency and oppressive attitudes towards women and people from the Other Backward Class, including Dalits (formerly…
It’s not everyday that you get to chat with your favorite fiction writer but that’s exactly what happened when I decided to reach out to Alexandra Potter on Twitter a few weeks ago. I was in the middle of reading one of her books, You’re The One That I Don’t Want, and was in near hysterics at a particular moment in the story. I decided to tweet how much I was enjoying the book and a few minutes later she responded. Rest assured, it made my day. I have to say, Twitter is pretty awesome.
One of my favorite things about Alexandra’s stories is that they are based in some of my favorite cities — London, New York and Venice to name a few. After conducting this interview and learning that Paris and India are other locales, my reading list is looking pretty good right now.
Her characters aren’t the only ones traveling; her readers do as well. In fact, I first discovered her at a hostel in San Diego, CA during my senior year spring break. A friend and I decided to skip the typical Cancun adventure and instead opted to head west for Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and finally…
“The real story here isn’t about society scandal. It’s about reaching the summit–achieving a dream–the good, old-fashioned New York way: by any means necessary.”
The Overnight Socialite starts with the glittering backdrop of New York City, speckled with ladies who lunch, trust fund twenty-somethings with outrageously big personalities, and charity galas galore. Add in a few classic characters and you have yourself a twenty-first century story of unlikely love.
The leading lady in this tale is Lucy Ellis, a Manhattan transplant who has big dreams of making it as a fashion designer, but toils away on the assembly line of a Garment District sweat shop.
“It’s a law of New York City: no matter how much money you’re making, you’re surrounded by people making more.”
Enter Wyatt Hayes IV, charming, spoiled, and need I say bored out of his mind anthropologist who has just dumped Manhattan’s leading Queen Bee socialite, Cornelia Rockman for being too superficial (gasp!), and makes a bet with his BFF and multi-millionaire (but of course), Trip, that he can turn any ordinary girl on the streets of Manhattan into the next It-girl (social experiment disaster waiting to happen?),…
Fidel Castro’s mustache instantly attracted Michelle’s attention, but his oratory prowess and political passion piqued her interest soon after.
“Everyone always loves Che, but I’m trying to convert them.”
Curious to the point of obsession, my flatmate devours biographies and fictional histories, printed interviews bigger than a Bible and Fidel’s own heated publications. After reading about the Cuban leader, Michelle will visit his small but proud Caribbean country. And while she’ll travel with more knowledge than most, few books will help her accept those upcoming experiences better than this one.
Cuban Revelations – Behind the Scenes in Havana – Marc Frank, 2013
U.S.-born Marc Frank spent nearly 25 years living in Cuba and working as a foreign news correspondent.
From the fall of the Soviet Union (and its subsequent influence in Cuba), through the proceeding decades of governmental transition between Fidel and his brother Raul, Frank recounts the political and economic developments that have reshaped this island nation.
Marrying a local and raising his children here, Frank’s observations are made with the interest of an outsider and the healthy realism…
Great book called Momofuku
by David Chang. Momofuku is a phenomenon — a once-unrecognizable word, it’s now synonymous with the award-winning restaurants of the same name in New York City: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko, and Milk Bar. Chef David Chang has single-handedly revolutionized cooking in America with his use of bold Asian flavors and impeccable ingredients, his mastery of the humble ramen noodle, and his thorough devotion to pork.
Momofuku is both the story and the recipes behind the cuisine that has changed the modern-day culinary landscape. Chang relays with candor the tale of his unwitting rise to superstardom, which, though wracked with mishaps, happened at light speed. The dishes shared in this book are coveted by all who’ve dined—or yearned to—at any Momofuku location (yes, the pork buns are here). This is a great read for all foodies.
They have ginger scallion noodles and below is a share of the recipe of their Ginger scallion sauce, which they refer to as the mother sauce at Momofuku, something that they use over and over and over again. If you have ginger scallion sauce in
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