A History of Food in 100 Recipes - William Sitwell

Beginning with ancient Egyptian bread and concluding with modernist foie gras, this journey through culinary history will deepen your appreciation of such ubiquitous fare as the sandwich. William Sitwell uses 4,000 years of recipes to explore the origins of today’s favorite foods as well as the evolution of food-related media, from the first cookbook to food TV. Unless you are willing to wait for airborne yeast to leaven your bread or have a taste for flamingo, not every dish here is appropriate for a weeknight dinner; while these recipes are not all practical guides, each is an illuminating example of humanity’s long and colorful relationship with our victuals (my favorite chapter title: “An Englishman discovers the fork, 1611”). With A History of Food in 100 Recipes (Little, Brown, $35), Sitwell has concocted a fascinating chronicle and a unique cookbook—one you will want to sit down and read from cover to cover.

Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers - Janet Malcolm and Ian Frazier

These witty, expressive essays track a decades-long quest to capture the essence of painters, writers, critics, and artists of all description. In Forty-One False Starts (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27), acclaimed academic and writer Janet Malcolm investigates the subtle interactions among life, art, influence, and the art of biography itself. Reflective and informed, each piece muses on the role of the critic, the subjectivity of history and taste, and considers how these evolve over time. Malcolm tackles Edward Weston’s nudes, Edith Wharton’s fiction, Thomas Struth’s photography, Salinger’s prose, and many other artists and their work. In his introduction, Ian Frazier describes his New Yorker colleague’s writing as the “highest level of literature”; and, indeed, the essays are beautifully composed and reminiscent of fiction in their construction, their lyricism, and the thought-provoking weave of the tales.

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By Janet Malcolm, Ian Frazier (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374534585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 13th, 2014

The Plantagenets - Dan Jones

The Plantagenet era began and ended in chaos. In 1120 the White Ship sank into the icy waters off the coast of Normandy, taking with it the English heir apparent and the highest echelon of Anglo-Norman nobility, sparking off the twenty-year Great Anarchy. It ended in 1399 with a Lancastrian coup against the weak King Richard II. The Plantagenet dynasty encompassed some of the best stories and the most colorful rulers of European history. They are all characters we know (or think we know) – from Geoffrey the Handsome with a sprig of yellow broom blossom in his hair (planta genista), to Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, and wicked King John. Dan Jones’ clear and lively writing deftly elucidates the characters and themes of the time, in particular the struggle between the powerful and unruly English barons and the willful Plantagenet kings. This is history writing at its best.

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ISBN: 9780143124924
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014