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Ladies and Gentlemen I have an announcement to make: I am retiring from eating.
Last night I officially had the best meal my little taste buds have ever had and I’m not sure I can ever
go back to regular food. I went to George Restaurant for a tasting and enjoyed the (sometimes pickled)
fruits of Chef Lorenzo Loseto’s incredible culinary imagination. What made my night is seeing our
very own Toronto Cooks cookbook open to his personal page at the front desk.
I will not divulge into the details of my meal but I will leave you with this: candied garlic exists and
butter poached lobster changes a person.
Figure 1 Publishing
Chef Lorenzo Loseto
Memories of my meal.
Nope – not talking about bridal shows or graduation dresses but
author Jamie Brickhouse’s Mama’s name for those days when she didn’t
get out of her nightgown or put on her face. As a mostly functioning alcoholic in
a high profile job, Brickhouse takes an increasing number of gown days as he sinks
into a dangerous, self-destructive lifestyle of drinking, drugs and unprotected sex.
His mother – a larger than life – Texan affectionately know as Mama Jean rescues
her beloved almost 40 year old boy and sets him on the right path. Coming from
St. Martin’s Press in May this is a memoir full of humour, outrageous antics and
ultimately unconditional love.
Well now that everyone in the office is back after February Bookfair
mania, we’re getting back on the cookbook potluck horse! We’ll be
doing our first in months this Thursday. I’m in charge of a main,
and I’m leaning towards something from Chronicle’s Pasta by Hand.
Pasta by Hand
A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta
by Jenn Louis (03/24/15)
9781452121888 | Chronicle Books | RAI
Cloth | Price: $34.00
I just want to remind you to check out our monthly Staff Picks up in our scroll bar.
This month is Foodie Fun and our reps have chosen their favourite food related
titles of the season. Remember to check these out every month so that you can
be in the know from the experts!
Last week: the BC Bookfair, in Victoria; cherry trees blossoming, daffodils peeking out, sun shinning.
This week: the Alberta Bookfair, in Calgary; snow blowing; subzero temperatures; salt stains on my boots.
This week I thought I should tell you about a book
I just finished. Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke
is a book about a horrific murder in the Edgar Allan Poe
Museum in Richmond, Virginia and a very similar one in
a library in Trondheim, Norway. These murders are also eerily
reminiscent of a spate of murders in the 16th century in Europe.
The murders from the present day both seem to have a connection
to a handwritten book that is bound in parchment made from human
skin. If you can handle that, then settle in for a good read. The story
is well told and moves along quickly but not too quickly; suspense
continues throughout and the denoument is satisfying and surprising.
Check it out:
Minotaur Books | Raincoast
Have a great weekend.
We are enjoying an early Victoria spring while toiling at the
Book Fair. Out of respect for those of you still battling real
Canadian winter I am refraining from posting photos of cherry blossoms
and daffodils. Instead enjoy the tea towel humour from our new
Steady Custom line out of Vancouver. They are a hit at the fair!
I’m on fair two of three for this month! Last week’s Atlantic fair was wonderful,
as always, and so far the BC fair has been great too. Although I do love presenting
new titles to bookstore buyers, my favourite thing about the fairs is getting together
with other reps and booksellers, to talk about how things are going in the industry.
I love when I get great news (a store had their best December on record!), and
chatting about what’s working, and what’s not. I feel pretty strongly that the best
part of my job is the people I get to work with in this industry.