Michael Smith’s Real Food, Real Good (2016)


This volume is a fantastic introduction to Chef Michael Smith's oeuvre. The volume opens with "The Real Food Pledge", and although this is the first of his books I've read, I could speak this pledge right along with him: it's as though he's speaking directly from our kitchen. So you

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016)


In interview with Mark Medley in September, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his new book, Here I Am, in such a way that it's clear it feels distinct from his other writing for him. Hamish Hamilton - PRH, 2016 Many of the attendees are carrying copies of his earlier

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s T-shirt (2016)


Jonathan Safran Foer explains that he came to writing through a back door. (He was interviewed by Mark Medley at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library, on September 9, 2106.) Hamish Hamilton - PRH, 2016 He didn't always want to be a writer. 'Novelist' is

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Alice Mattison’s The Kite and the String (2016)


It's not meant to be complicated. "I hope to help you think about your writing, and to approach the task with more confidence, excitement, and hope." That's Alice Mattison's intent. But of course it is complicated. Which is why there are countless books about the craft of writing. Viking -

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Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (2015)


A romance can pull me through even a long classic which isn't holding my attention otherwise. This is what got me through Vanity Fair. And of all the chunksters on my shelves, I might stall in some, but I sailed through Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale (even though the romance is largely confined

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