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Steven Raichlen: Thinking Man's Barbecue: A Review Of Cooked By Michael Pollan

5908470424504336782.jpgSubscribe If the words locavore and sustainability are part of your dietary vocabulary; if you feel The Omnivore's Dilemma every time you push a shopping cart through the supermarket; if you scrupulously avoid industrial food products and make a concerted effort to shop farmers' markets and eat grass-fed beef, chances are you have Michael Pollan to thank. And now the journalist, activist, and author of such New York Times bestsellers as Food Rules and In Defense of Food turns his formidable intellect and wry reporting skills to the one act that separates humans from all other animals: cooking. You may be surprised to learn that the man known for his mantra "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not to much," devotes the first half of his new book, Cooked: A Story of Transformation (Penguin Press) to meat, including a brilliant 121-page essay on barbecue. This is no cookbook (although it does conclude with four iconic recipes). It's a profound meditation on what cooking means -- technologically, biologically, sociologically, even philosophically -- and to answer this profound question Pollan delves into disciplines as diverse as history, chemistry, physics, aesthetics, psychology, anthropology and religion. Pollan also traces his personal climb up the ladder of barbecue enlightenment. Tongue planted in cheek, he begins his journey in abject ignorance: "As a Northerner, I'd already spent more than half my life as a serial abuser of that peculiar word, which is to say, as a backyard blackener of steaks and chops over too-hot fires -- over flames! -- with a pitiable dependence on sauce." So Pollan enlists the aid of two mentors -- legends of North Carolina barbecue. Samuel Jones is the fourth generation owner of the Skylight Inn in Ayden (motto: "If it's not cooked with wood it's not Bar-B-Q"). Ed Mitchell (pictured, above, with Pollan) runs the Pit in Raleigh (motto: "There's something about cooking a whole animal that makes people feel happy."). Pollan even puts his own skin in the game, volunteering as an assistant pit master at in Big Apple Barbecue in Madison Square in New York City. Pollan's epoch journey takes you from primeval Africa (where a distant human ancestor called Homo erectus first learned to cook food with fire) to animal sacrifice in the biblical Holy Land; from the fire myths of the Homeric Greeks to the barbacoaof the Taino Indians in Hispanola; from the stomach-turning CAFOs ("Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations -- industrial feed lots of the South) to the visionary modernist grilling of Bittor Arguinzoniz, chef-owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Extebarri in Spain's Basque Country. Pollan is equally at home quoting Freud (and his cockamamie theory on the male urge to micturate on fire) as he is swinging a meat cleaver. French structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss weighs in on the symbolic significance of the raw and the cooked; the 20th century French doctor, Louis-Camille Mallard, describes how heating amino acids with sugar produces the hundreds of new flavor molecules we associate with roasted meat -- the so called "Maillard effect" prized by grill masters today. As for the definition of barbecue, a pit master from Alabama named Sy Erskine sums it up best: "The mystic communion among fire, smoke and meat in the total absence of water." Once you've mastered the section on "Fire" (Pollan organizes his book by the four essential elements of the Ancients), you can learn about "Air" (the process whereby flour and yeast become bread -- essential in making buns for a barbecue sandwich) and "Earth" (the technique of fermentation that transforms cabbage into sauerkraut). And in foul weather, you can follow the "Water" section to learn how to braise that pork shoulder in the oven. This is food writing at its best. Whether you're a working pit-master or an armchair philosopher, Michael Pollan's Cooked will make your mouth water -- and make you think.
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New Richmond Book Festival Will Focus On Self-published Authors While...

Put PRWeb on your site New Richmond Book Festival Will Focus on Self-Published Authors While Supporting Literacy Black Bond Books and Vivalogue Publishing will jointly host Raindance: A Festival for Indie Authors at Richmond?s Lansdowne Centre on Saturday, November 9, 2013. In addition to celebrating local self-published authors, this event will raise funds and awareness for Frontier College, Canada?s original literacy organization. Black Bond Books, Lansdowne Centre We welcome this opportunity to promote local independent authors. Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) August 29, 2013 Black Bond Books and Vivalogue Publishing are pleased to announce Raindance: A Festival for Indie Authors. This one-day event will be held on Saturday, November 9 at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond. The festival, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm, will include a book fair, a series of workshops, and a book drive in support of Frontier College. The book fair is free to the public and will include both book signings and readings. Children and young adult authors will be exhibiting from 10 am to 1 pm; adult fiction and non-fiction authors will be present from 1 pm to 4 pm. A catalogue of all featured books, including peer reviews, will be distributed to all attendees. For $20, established and aspiring authors can learn how to turn their manuscript into a book or how to market their self-published book. For $50, writers can book a private hour consultation with a professional editor. Individuals wishing to reserve exhibition space, attend a workshop or book an editorial consultation, must pre-register at http://www.vivalogue.com/raindance_book_festival.html. Registration is on a first come, first served basis beginning September 10. In addition to showcasing local self-published authors, the festival will raise funds and awareness for Frontier College. Founded in 1899, this non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Festival attendees will be encouraged to donate cash or gently-used books to supplement donations from participating authors and event sponsors. A post-festival reception, open to the public, will also serve as a fundraiser. For Black Bond Books , which currently owns and operates 10 independent bookstores in the Metro Vancouver region, the Raindance Festival is a natural fit.?We welcome this opportunity to promote local independent authors,? said owner Cathy Jesson.?We also know how important it is to help Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities. Supporting Frontier College is an effective way of doing that.? Vivalogue director Lynn Duncan agrees.?As a specialty publisher, we are committed to helping independent authors gain access to some of the resources typically provided by trade publishers. This festival is one way we can contribute to the growing success of indie authors in our community.? Media Inquiries:

Cover Reveal: The Complete Painter Series by Melissa Turner Lee

Cover Reveal: The Complete Painter Series by Melissa Turner Lee Holly & Theo: The Complete Painter Series Kindle Edition Release Date: 8/30/2013 Synopsis: Warning: This is New Adult and is suggested for late teens and up. There are mild sensual love scenes in this book but are not graphic. When a young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity. Holly & Theo is a New Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC and beautiful historic Charleston, SC. It starts with Holly Scruggs in her senior year of high school, after a major downsize for their family that lands her in Chesnee, her parents? hometown. Her image conscious mother corrects her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school. The story continues two years later with a twenty year old Holly and a very changed Theo. Fritz is up to his old tricks and the story continues to be life or death. What price is Holly willing to pay to save those she loves? What price has Theo already paid? Secrets can kill a relationship. But the secrets Holly and Theo keep from each other in the start of their relationship could mean the death of either of them. Fritz holds all the cards, and raises the stakes in this deadly, more adult conclusion of The Painter Series. Review Quotes: ?The main character, Holly Scruggs, who has been beaten down by her mother, is such an inspiration! She never allows herself to fall into self-pity. With the mysterious Theo's help, she discovers her true calling in life and the confidence she needs.? ~Sheila Hollinghead Amazon Reviewer ?The author was very descriptive; it was like she was painting every scene. The book is different from all other books I have read in its genre. Even the ending surprised me? I couldn't put this book down.? ~The Mystical World of Book Reviews ?My heart is bursting at the seams and my mind is empty now that I have just finished reading the last page... I was completely blown away by the life-altering transformation that we see Holly and Theo go through day by day. They slowly shed the filthy skin of selfishness and replace it with the selfless depth of love that they have for each other. This is a story of true and pure love at its finest, and it is an extraordinary end to an amazingly beautiful and captivating series. I can't say enough good things about this series!? ~Shadowplay Amazon Reviewer Author Bio: Melissa Turner Lee is a stay-at-home-mom to 3 wild and very loud boys. She used to skip sleep at night to write, but now that they are in school writes in the daylight. She is married to a wonderful man she met when she was 17, back before texting and people wrote notes that might be in a trunk in her house. While dating, her then boyfriend, now husband told her his friend had pointed out that the picture he had drawn for art class long before meeting, that hung behind the door in his room, looked just like her. The picture disappeared after the wedding and was never seen again. These events helped inspire Holly and Theo?s story. Excerpt: My mouth fell open. Was he nuts? How was I supposed to answer a question like that? I balled my hands into fists and put them on my hips.?What?s the matter with you?? When he put his hands on his hips, I got upset for a moment before I realized he was still doing the mirroring exercise. Ms. Jones suddenly yelled and clapped.?I love this. Love it! Everybody look at Holly and her partner. They aren?t just moving, they are conveying emotion with it. Brilliant!? I went back to doing normal movements. And Theo continued to stare at me.?You look so familiar. I heard you say you just moved here, but did you move back? I mean, did you live here before?a long time ago maybe?? ?No.? I half-smiled and then bit my lip. He was exceptionally good looking. I?d been too irritated to notice at first, but the more I looked at him the warmer my cheeks grew. The way he stared at me didn?t help. It was intense and inquisitive, and he was too close. We weren?t touchy-feely at my house so this invasion into my personal space was especially uncomfortable. ?So you?ve never been here before?? His gray-blue eyes studied me even more. ?Well?um?I?ve been to Chesnee before?to visit my grandmother before she died. Maybe you saw me around town then.? He shook his head.?No, that?s not it. I?ve seen you up close, like this. I remember your eyes. They?re the color of the sea?just inside a coral reef, and your freckles are the stones of a volcanic island scattered along the sand. Your hair is like the sun setting over the water, shooting out orange rays in all directions.? He stared into my eyes even deeper.?You?re very pretty.? The impact of his words slammed into me. I?d braced myself for an insult. That?s what I was used to. This was either the way he came onto girls for a hook-up, or more likely, some mean joke to get a good laugh going with the other kids. Anger bubbled up. I knew those kinds of tricks. Those were the kinds of things the kids I used to hang with did all the time. They played them on me too, when I no longer belonged in their circle. My hands trembled, and my lips drew up to hold in the anger, but I refused to cry in front of this boy. I wanted to call him on his prank. I knew better than to think it was a real compliment, but I couldn?t think of anything clever to say. The tears burned in my eyes despite my efforts. ?Forget this!? I shouted as I ran off the stage. Everyone?s stares bore into my back as I grabbed my backpack and made for the door. My head throbbed from ear to ear. I was dropping the class, and that was final. Posted by

The Canyons ? Venice 2013: first look review

Previous | Index The Canyons? Venice 2013: first look review With a production as troubled as its star Lindsay Lohan, this un-erotic thriller is best viewed as a ghastly tableaux of the damned 2 Jump to comments (?) They only have eyes for others? Lindsay Lohan and James Deen find few thrills in Paul Schrader's The Canyons. Photograph: IFC Films/Everett Collection/ Rex Features Cinema bows out with both a whimper and a bang in The Canyons , a punch-drunk and jaundiced piece of Hollywood noir that opens with a montage of ruined movie theatres and then proceeds to an orgy up in Beverly Hills. Director Paul Schrader is our guide through the rubble, working off an overwrought script from Bret Easton Ellis. The imperilled cast comes headed by wayward Lindsay Lohan and the smirking, blandly handsome James Deen , a veteran of the porn industry. All of them are going down, stuck together, and their dying fall commands a certain queasy fascination. The Canyons More on this film Schrader's picture flops into an out-of-competition slot at the Venice film festival off the back of a spectacularly troubled production history that has been partly blamed on the presence of Lohan, an actor still struggling to regain her equilibrium following spells in rehab and under house arrest. And yet, curiously, these offscreen torments have not so much destroyed the film as defined it. The Canyons gives us an erotic thriller in which the thrills have lost their force, the sex has lost its zest and the actual business of making movies is little more than an annoying distraction. The whole thing works best when viewed as a ghastly, frozen tableaux of the damned. Judged as drama , The Canyons sucks. Lohan, her eyes darting, her hoop earrings twitching, plays Tara, the trophy girlfriend of amoral Christian (Deen), who lives in a soulless pleasure dome in the Hollywood Hills. It transpires that Tara is having an affair with the lunkish Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk), but that's OK because Christian is having an affair with his yoga teacher Cynthia (Tenille Houston). And Cynthia, we later discover, once had an affair with Ryan and may want to again. It's hard to keep track of just who's betraying who; tough to spot where one transgression ends and the other begins. The four protagonists inhabit an ass-backwards world of ongoing fakery, all strung out beneath gunmetal skies. One has the sense that they cry to make themselves cry and use sex as a device to jump-start flaccid libidos. In the midst of a hellish orgy, Tara abruptly looks into the face of the man who's astride her and murmurs "Hello", as if she's noticing him for the first time. Would it be redundant to mention that the acting is awful? These people are unconvincing as people, and that may be the point. Ellis's dialogue is so stilted and overwritten that it reduces the performers to gabbling wrecks, desperately rushing headlong at their lines. All of which is of a piece, but that doesn't make it good. Near the end of the film, sleazy Christian takes a drive into town for a meeting with the director Gus Van Sant , who apparently moonlights as a sensitive shrink. The two men sit inside a quiet, book-lined study as Christian outlines his various issues. "We're all actors, aren't we?" he asks the director. But Van Sant won't be provoked. He responds with a frown and his silence speaks volumes. Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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New Salinger Books Will Arrive In 2015, Authors Say

New Salinger Books Will Arrive In 2015, Authors Say A new biography claims that unpublished fiction is on the way from late author J.D. Salinger, seen here at right posing with a friend, Donald Hartog, in 1989. AP A new biography claims that unpublished fiction is on the way from late author J.D. Salinger, seen here at right posing with a friend, Donald Hartog, in 1989. AP A stream of fiction and stories written by reclusive author J.D. Salinger will be published between 2015 and 2020, according to a new biography about the writer of The Catcher in the Rye, who died in 2010. Some of the books will reportedly revisit beloved Salinger characters such as Holden Caulfield. The claims come from David Shields and Shane Salerno, co-authors of the biography Salinger, which will be published next week. Days later, Salerno's documentary film of the same name will be released (and in January, it will air on PBS). In their research on Salinger, Shields and Salerno culled information from new and existing interviews with people who knew the author and with book critics and experts on Salinger, who famously withdrew from public life and stopped publishing in the 1960s? but never stopped writing, according to many accounts. And some of that work reportedly features familiar characters such as Franny and Zooey Glass, the witty and introspective siblings in the novella Franny and Zooey. Citing two anonymous sources, the authors say that Salinger "left instructions 'authorizing a specific timetable' (starting between 2015 and 2020) for the release of unpublished work, including five new Glass family stories; a novel based on his relationship with his first wife, Sylvia Welter, a German he married shortly after World War II; a novella in the form of a counterintelligence officer's diary entries during the war; a story-filled "manual" about the Vedanta religious philosophy," according to New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani. Also rumored to be on tap: "The Last and Best of the Peter Pans," an update on the lives of Holden Caulfield and his family. That's from a separate Times report , which notes that Salinger's literary legacy would be vastly expanded by upcoming releases, if the new claims are true. If the claims of planned new work from Salinger are true, they would represent the first substantial publication of his fiction since the story "Hapworth 16, 1924" appeared in The New Yorker. The AP cautions : "But there is no consensus on what he was writing and no physical evidence of what Salinger had reportedly stashed in a safe in his home in Cornish, N.H. The Salinger estate, run partly by Matt Salinger and Salinger's widow, Colleen O'Neill, has remained silent on the subject since the author's death in January 2010. The two did not cooperate with Salerno and Shields." The pair have also refused to comment on the early reports of upcoming Salinger fiction, as did representatives of Little, Brown and Company, publishers of Catcher in the Rye. After Salinger settled into life in a small New Hampshire town, he rarely gave an account of his activities, or his reasons for rejecting a more public life. One of Salinger's few interviews was conducted in 1980, by reporter Betty Eppes. "He said, 'I refuse to publish,'" Eppes told NPR in 1997 , "'There's a marvelous peace in not publishing,' he said. 'There's a stillness. When you publish, the world thinks you owe something. If you don't publish, they don't know what you're doing. You can keep it for yourself.'" As for the merits of the new biography, the AP, which acquired an advance copy of Salinger, compares it to an oral history. Writing in The Times, Kakutani calls it "a loosey-goosey, Internet-age narrative with diminished authorial responsibility." In a final note, we'll remind you that the Two-Way's regular "Book News" feature is on a late-summer holiday. In April, NPR's Annalisa Quinn told us about nine letters Salinger wrote to a woman in the 1940s, in which he mention his recently submitted manuscripts.
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