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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
After reading this, I'm of two lines of thought. In one, I enjoyed reading the cooking ordeals and triumphs that Powell experiences. With the other, I ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
79 Short Essays on Design
The majority of what's collected in this book are reviews, but they sometimes read like essays. Because of this, Bierut's writing refers to controvers ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Chasing The Perfect: Thoughts On Modernist Design In Our Time
A collection of personal essays centered on design, Ilyin voices the doubts some of us have when we see a chair, fork, or table in a catalogue that lo ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris (Modern Library)
Due to a combined misfortune of timing and circumstance, I have not been to the Paris that Liebling describes in "Between Meals." Given that this was ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Apr 14, 2008
The Best American Essays 2004
It's difficult to recount in this space everything good and bad about an anthology such as this, so I'm going with essays I found interesting and/or u ...more
May 18, 2011
Jan 23, 2008
Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century
This companion tome to "Visions of Jazz" finds Giddins covering the state of jazz music as it enters its second century. Like "Visions," "Weather Bird ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Jan 14, 2008
Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds
(More like 3.5 stars.) Aside from needing copy editing in the Ern Malley section, this was a good book. It often read like a series of columns about d ...more
Oct 23, 2010
May 09, 2010
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
A combination of travel memoir and food history, Buford began his journey to understand Mario Batali's origins and to see if he can work in a professi ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 11, 2008
Calvin and Hobbes : Sunday Pages 1985-1995
Watterson provides insight into and commentary on these selected Sunday pages. It's sad that the Sunday comic strip pages aren't like this anymore.
Apr 24, 2002
Apr 24, 2011
Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life
This collection of reflections and quotes will sit on a shelf within arm's reach and serve as a reminder of why I love to read, a modest literary refu ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Scenes from an Impending Marriage
I like that Tomine occasionally breaks from his usual style to include homages to "Peanuts" and "Family Circus."
Apr 08, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Best Food Writing 2000
I love anthologies like this. Choice cuts:

R.W. Apple Jr. "The Smoky Trail to a Great Bacon"
Jeffrey Steingarten "It Takes a Village to Kill a Pig"
Feb 18, 2009
Jun 22, 2008
The Philosopher's Demise: Learning French
A quick afternoon read about the tribulations of the author wanting to learn French. His reasons for doing so may not be the most admirable (to enter ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
My Life in France
Julia Child's distinctive voice and her love for France, its people, and its cuisine shine through in this wonderful memoir. It's surprising that she ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
The Library at Night
A great collection of essays about libraries in public and in private and how they have shaped actual and imaginary history.
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small
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Sep 25, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
Classics for Pleasure
Dirda talks about books as if they were good friends — with affection and verve. Each brief introduction highlights the essential qualities of an auth ...more
Jul 05, 2009
Apr 12, 2008
Best Food Writing 2006
Great collection of reviews, essays, and ruminations on food and culture. Some of the highlights:

Anthony Bourdain recalling a disastrous New Year's Ev
Apr 29, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
How Doctors Think
A great look into how doctors think, how they make mistakes in their thinking, and the consequences of these cognitive errors and assumptions. The ind ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More
Jacob does a great job of condensing advice for anyone who wants to write about food. There's advice on writing recipes, reviewing restaurants, and ho ...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jun 22, 2008
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
Winick's account of his time on the first MTV's Real World and how his view of the world changed because of friendship with Pedro Zamora and his futur ...more
May 20, 2001
Jan 14, 2008
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You
A good compendium of 2-page reviews on the authors' favorite business and business-related books, novels, and movies.
May 12, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
The interview transcribed as the memoir works well for this book. It's amazing that Agassi could remember so much from his matches.
Jan 30, 2010
Dec 02, 2009
Confessions of a Philosopher: A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy from Plato to Popper
An example of how philosophy exists and persists in a person's life.
Nov 2006
Jan 23, 2008
Chef's Secrets
Good for anyone who knows nothing about cooking whatsoever.
not set
Jan 23, 2008
The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
Interesting set of exercises and prompts to change how I write.
Dec 13, 2010
May 22, 2009
Dec 23, 2012
Nov 11, 2010
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China
May 26, 2006
Jan 23, 2008
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Mar 16, 2002
Mar 16, 2009
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
Mar 20, 2002
Mar 20, 2009
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