Category Archives: Books

“Family” Meals

12th October 2011

I will always love the hospitality industry, having been raised by parents who owned a restaurant and then working in the industry myself throughout my college years. One of my fondest memories of the business is the family-style meals we ate together as a service team before every shift.

Random House just recently released a book called, Off the Menu, which is a collection of recipes from America’s top chefs, created for their staff meals. Some of the contributors include Dan Barber, Danny Myers, Jose Garces, Andrew Feinberg and John Besh. I can’t wait to read the stories and try the recipes. Guess this is the first thing on my Christmas wish list!

Summer Reads

6th July 2011

I can’t stop reading this summer. There are so many books I want to read and so little time!

I haven’t read all of these yet, but they’re all on my list. Enjoy!

The Paris Wife, Paula McClain

An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin

The First Husband, Laura Dave

Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe

La Seduction, Elaine Sciolino

Season to Taste, Holly Birnbaum

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Keel’s

4th June 2010

I’m madly in love with all things Taschen – they publish/sell the most amazing books. I could get lost in their stores for hours (which I did this past weekend in Paris). My latest find was a Keel’s Simple Diary. Folks have been talking about how fabulous these little journal’s are for quite some time, but I had no idea how FABULOUS until I started reading one.

Here is a little sampling of the zany things asked in the Keel’s Simple Diary:

Your day was: 1. a freakshow 2. a no-show 3. a showdown.

The most horrifying couple you know: ________________ and ________________.

It would be foolish to: ___________________.

Something you regret for no particular reason: ____________________.

You are good to go? Y/N

What or who makes you nervous and you really never understood why: _________________.

Your day was: 1. a lettuce 2. an ostrich 3. a bonus.

You prefer: 1. strong wind 2. heavy rain.