18 4 / 2014

"I know of few books that explore the workings of psychological and cultural legacies as fearlessly… The boldness of ‘Nine Rabbits’ is expressed in its narrative virtuosity as well, for it blends memoir, recipes, alternative endings, references to popular Western culture, koans, dreams, diary entries and verse. (via Bulgarian women authors speak at Malaprop’s Sunday)

"I know of few books that explore the workings of psychological and cultural legacies as fearlessly… The boldness of ‘Nine Rabbits’ is expressed in its narrative virtuosity as well, for it blends memoir, recipes, alternative endings, references to popular Western culture, koans, dreams, diary entries and verse. (via Bulgarian women authors speak at Malaprop’s Sunday)

18 4 / 2014

"Amid a children’s book ecosystem marked by a lamentable lack of ethnic diversity and gobsmacking presence of female protagonists in only 31% of books, here comes Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit (public library) — a heartening antidote from the young artist-storyteller Amrita Das and Tara Books" (via Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit | Brain Pickings)

"Amid a children’s book ecosystem marked by a lamentable lack of ethnic diversity and gobsmacking presence of female protagonists in only 31% of books, here comes Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit (public library) — a heartening antidote from the young artist-storyteller Amrita Das and Tara Books" (via Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit | Brain Pickings)

16 4 / 2014

Virginia Zaharieva talking about the murky, beautiful blurred lines between fiction and memoir.  (at Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store)

Virginia Zaharieva talking about the murky, beautiful blurred lines between fiction and memoir. (at Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store)

05 4 / 2014

I actually gasped aloud when I saw Tara Books’ silkscreen handbound Flukebook notebooks in a PDX New Seasons today. A clerk ran over to make sure I was ok. Six years of work, validated.

I actually gasped aloud when I saw Tara Books’ silkscreen handbound Flukebook notebooks in a PDX New Seasons today. A clerk ran over to make sure I was ok. Six years of work, validated.

04 4 / 2014

Amen. RG @mattygoldberg: Indeed…

Amen. RG @mattygoldberg: Indeed…

03 4 / 2014

Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon
"Remarkable and clever," —The New York Times, 3 March 2014
“Rich in intrigue, Ward’s book offers not only an enlightening look at the two men who defined Queen Victoria to the future, but also the ways that notions about gender influenced early-20th-century biographical portraiture.”—Kirkus Reviews, 1 March (print) and 13 February (online) 2014
"Enlightening… earnest, thorough," —Publishers Weekly, 1 January 2014

Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon

  • "Remarkable and clever," —The New York Times3 March 2014
  • “Rich in intrigue, Ward’s book offers not only an enlightening look at the two men who defined Queen Victoria to the future, but also the ways that notions about gender influenced early-20th-century biographical portraiture.”—Kirkus Reviews, 1 March (print) and 13 February (online) 2014
  • "Enlightening… earnest, thorough," —Publishers Weekly, 1 January 2014

02 4 / 2014

Starting From Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking by Sarah Elton
New York Times review, “An intelligent introduction to food and cooking.” 1 April 2014
Live Radio Interview with Sarah Elton on San Francisco’s KKSF 910 AM
“A new work aimed at helping young people become capable cooks and conscious eaters, author Sarah Elton takes kids through the essentials of putting a meal on the table. She covers how to interpret recipes, substitute ingredients, stock a pantry, and budget for a trip to grocery store, while also exploring where food comes from and the benefits of cooking for oneself.” —Edible Aspen, Spring 2014
“The brightly colored cover with graphics in shades of green and yellow set the tone for this upbeat, informal, but thorough, book about all things food. Canadian food writer Elton’s breezy text covers the importance of taste and what’s behind it, how food makes us who we are, the science of cooking, the ins and outs of recipes, getting set and using the kitchen, good cooking everyday… A combination of philosophical and practical, the book is highly readable, written in a way to engage tweens and teens—and their parents.”— Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, March 2014
"Sarah wanted to write a book that would empower kids with the knowledge they need in order to cook a meal. And empower it does…Elton’s book is perfect for the beginning older cook." — The Risky Kids Blog  3 March 2014
“One of many things that I think makes this book work is that Elton lays her foundations here with science and passion. Instead of just jumping right into recipes or measurements, she starts out by discussing with the fervor of a foodie why food tastes so good, the tastes on our tongues, our taste buds, what a flavor scientist does, and lots more… highly recommended for the budding young chefs in your life.” —Kirkus Reviews Online, 21 February 2014
“Just the book for a budding young chef. It’s not a cookbook – but a book about cooking and responsibility in the kitchen. ” —Superchefs, 20 February 2014

Starting From Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking by Sarah Elton

  • New York Times review, “An intelligent introduction to food and cooking.” 1 April 2014
  • Live Radio Interview with Sarah Elton on San Francisco’s KKSF 910 AM
  • “A new work aimed at helping young people become capable cooks and conscious eaters, author Sarah Elton takes kids through the essentials of putting a meal on the table. She covers how to interpret recipes, substitute ingredients, stock a pantry, and budget for a trip to grocery store, while also exploring where food comes from and the benefits of cooking for oneself.” —Edible Aspen, Spring 2014
  • “The brightly colored cover with graphics in shades of green and yellow set the tone for this upbeat, informal, but thorough, book about all things food. Canadian food writer Elton’s breezy text covers the importance of taste and what’s behind it, how food makes us who we are, the science of cooking, the ins and outs of recipes, getting set and using the kitchen, good cooking everyday… A combination of philosophical and practical, the book is highly readable, written in a way to engage tweens and teens—and their parents.”— Children’s Literature Comprehensive DatabaseMarch 2014
  • "Sarah wanted to write a book that would empower kids with the knowledge they need in order to cook a meal. And empower it does…Elton’s book is perfect for the beginning older cook." — The Risky Kids Blog  3 March 2014
  • “One of many things that I think makes this book work is that Elton lays her foundations here with science and passion. Instead of just jumping right into recipes or measurements, she starts out by discussing with the fervor of a foodie why food tastes so good, the tastes on our tongues, our taste buds, what a flavor scientist does, and lots more… highly recommended for the budding young chefs in your life.” —Kirkus Reviews Online, 21 February 2014
  • “Just the book for a budding young chef. It’s not a cookbook – but a book about cooking and responsibility in the kitchen. ” —Superchefs, 20 February 2014

02 4 / 2014

"Each day, we will post a new giveaway featuring one author in which we’ll give away a single copy of their book. We will update the schedule above with links to each giveaway. To enter to win each daily giveaway, we’ll post a question about each person’s work; by answering in the entry form, you’ll automatically enter that day’s giveaway! We’ll announce one winner the next morning while featuring the next book." http://mirandabw.com/

"Each day, we will post a new giveaway featuring one author in which we’ll give away a single copy of their book. We will update the schedule above with links to each giveaway. To enter to win each daily giveaway, we’ll post a question about each person’s work; by answering in the entry form, you’ll automatically enter that day’s giveaway! We’ll announce one winner the next morning while featuring the next book." http://mirandabw.com/

01 4 / 2014

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In the bestselling Bulgarian novel Nine Rabbits, a restless writer’s fiery enthusiasm for her family’s culinary traditions defines her from childhood into passionate adulthood as she strives for a life less ordinary. Virginia Zaharieva peppers the narrative with…

01 4 / 2014

“Starting From Scratch” is an intelligent introduction to food and cooking meant for children 10 or older but useful for adult beginners as well. The book provides the basics of flavors and cooking techniques. Chapters cover the importance of tasting, the global exchange of foodstuffs, what defines ethnic cuisines, food and kitchen safety, necessary ingredients and equipment, how to shop for food, and how to plan and prepare a meal. There are a handful of basic recipes and, throughout, illustrations in retro avocado- and harvest-gold tones: “Starting From Scratch” by Sarah Elton (Owlkids, $18.95). (via Artful Knives, a Guide for Beginner Chefs, an Icy Cocktail and More - NYTimes.com)

“Starting From Scratch” is an intelligent introduction to food and cooking meant for children 10 or older but useful for adult beginners as well. The book provides the basics of flavors and cooking techniques. Chapters cover the importance of tasting, the global exchange of foodstuffs, what defines ethnic cuisines, food and kitchen safety, necessary ingredients and equipment, how to shop for food, and how to plan and prepare a meal. There are a handful of basic recipes and, throughout, illustrations in retro avocado- and harvest-gold tones: “Starting From Scratch” by Sarah Elton (Owlkids, $18.95). (via Artful Knives, a Guide for Beginner Chefs, an Icy Cocktail and More - NYTimes.com)