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


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.