i've been on a bit of a culinary memoir tear, lately, aparently. as evidenced anyway by this three in one book of "america fried" "alice, let's eat" and "third helpings". very interesting read. this guy is a champion of local quisine, the type often written off as inelegant by the people lucky enough to live in the area.....like real pan fried chicken. smoked mutton. country ham. he's not one to eat at the ubiqutious fancy fake french place, or to suffer chicken a la king made with mushroom soup......my kind of eater i must say. unfortunately it was writen around 1970 so i doubt that any of the restauraunts listed still exist. so except for the longing this book inspires for now non existant food i loved this book
snobbery, the american version
i'm not done with this yet but i'll review it now as i'm not sure i'll finish it. starts very promicingly but it doesn't really pan out. or maybe i'm just too much of an intelectual snob. worth picking up at a bookstore but don't buy it unless you have more patience than i do.
galactic pot-healer phillip k dick
this book rocked in so many ways and on so many levels it defys description. if you've ever felt useless, hopeless, ineffectual, alone......read this. it's a nifty perspective. and if you haven't, read it anyway, it also rocks purely as a story.
it must have been something i ate
a culinary memoir that is definately worth reading. everything from the mythic turdurken (a chicken in a goose in a turkey, with 4 stuffings) to the perfect tomatoe (grown at a largish but still family farm in california) is covered therein. including a stopover in how to cook people food for your dog. good stuff, literally, especially the recipies. this author has also written "feeding a yen", which rocks (and not just b/c it mentions beef on weck). if you have ever been accused of being a chowhound, read this book.
shadow puppets by orson scott card
the sequal to "shadow of the hedgemon", itself sequal to "ender's shadow" itself a parallel novel to "ender's game". this whole series rocks, as does the other related trillogy which starts with "speaker for the dead". this is a re-read for me, and definately worth it. not as philosophical as some of his other work, but still above the level of most stupid scifi thrillers (stuipd=braincandy with lots of plot holes, not bad.). interesting gambit of an answer for why are we here, but mostly just a good thrill ride. read the others in the series first or you'll be lost, but it's definately a fun book.
Salt, a world history
this took me awhile to get through, which isn't a bad thing, most non fiction does if it truely interests me. it starts in ancient egypt, greece, and rome and goes through the industrial revolution right up to now. this salt centric view of history is interesting indeed. i know i learned that ghandi's first protest in india was over salt, but it never really made sence to me before now. also the whole french salt tax as a pol tax but not really because it was extremely unevenly applied as part of the french revolution bit. wowy. you learn something new every day. although the fact that the eqyptians treated mumification so similarly to how they preserved meat was something i could have done without learning, perhaps.....
a treasury of american scandals
more history, on a bit of a history kick i guess. this one is much more of a breasy fun read, tho, less weight to it. less startling observations. but fun to read, made me laugh at least 4 times, and definately interesting. the short chapters make it an ideal bathroom book, or something to pick up put down and pick up again. give it a look next time you're book shopping, at the very least read the lesser know presidents section