Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Diane Keaton: Let's Just Say it Wasn't Pretty

By Diane Keaton
Hardcover, 224 pages

This book is a pick me up. It is an exploration of beauty. Really, what the heck is beauty? What we value? What we are inside? What we are outside? What inspires? Maybe a little of each?

In classic Diane Keaton style, she riffs on life and love and fuck ups. Getting up, falling down. Enjoying the ride. Swearing at inanimate objects. Beaming with pride. Self-flagellation. Awe. Neediness. Grattitude.

All loosely centered around the idea of beauty. Which is subjective at best - but which also makes it a great subject for tangential thinking. Something Keaton knows a little about.

Run a bubble bath or set out your lounge chair. Pour yourself something long and tall and prepare to laugh out loud, cringe, and generally feel a deeper appreciation for the broadness of the idea of beauty. You beautiful thing, you.

From the Back Flap:

From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.

In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who’s ever dreamed of kicking back against the “should”s and “supposed to”s that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye.

For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style—and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life—including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard—shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all.

Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions—and encourages us to like what we see.

Also by Diane Keaton:
Then Again
Diane Keaton is the New York Times bestselling author of Then Again, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times, People, and Vogue. She has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Paris Kitchen: By David Lebovitz

Recipes and Stories
By David Lebovitz
Hardcover, 350 pages

Now THIS is a book that has been long anticipated by home cooks and food lovers from all around the world. David Lebovitz delivers great humour with his anecdotes about living in Paris, cooking, and entertaining.

Many personal stories are shared between delicious, unfussy recipes for Paris cuisine - and borrowed dishes that Paris has made its own.

If you can't afford to fly to Paris this year, or even if you can - buy My Paris Kitchen to travel in your own kitchen.

Bon Appetit!

Contents Include:
First Courses  
Main Courses  
Les Desserts
Ingredients de Base

From the Back Flap:

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David’s Parisian kitchen.

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks—most notably in Paris—incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.
     In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there’s dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake…and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

David Lebovitz is a sought-after cooking instructor with an award-winning food blog (davidlebovitz.com). Trained as a pastry chef in France and Belgium, David worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California for twelve years. He now lives in Paris, France, where he leads culinary tours of the city.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

The Blender Girl
Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, 
Desserts, and Drinks
100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!
By Tess Masters

Trade Paperback, 224 pages

It's Spring!

And that means turning a new page on health, getting ready for warmer days and less clothes - certainly less time inside.

Goodbye starchy winter foods, hello healthy eating and fresh produce.

What better way to start eating healthy than with Tess Masters, The Blender Girl?

These healthy recipes are all healthy, gluten-free and vegan - and delicious!

I know that this will be a well used book for me and came into my life at just the right time. It is positive, uplifting, encouraging and filled with beautiful photos.

Not every recipe is for a drink - the blender (your new best friend) is also used for components of larger meals. But really, I am digging those smoothies, shakes and yes, even cocktails.

Let's get healthy!  

Contents Include:

The Lowdown
  • Love Your Blender
  • Healthy Ideas to Blend In

The Recipes
  • Smoothies and Shakes
  • Appetizers, Snacks, Dips & Spreads
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • The Main Event
  • Desserts
  • Drinks, Juices & Tonics
  • Condiments, Sauces & Creams

There are also resources in the back as well as suggested reading to learn even more about healthy living.

From the Back Flap:

The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind theblendergirl.com, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.

What’s your perfect blend?

On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.

Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce, Twisted Caesar Pleaser, Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.

Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.

Tess Masters

Australian-born Tess Masters is a cook, writer, actor, and voiceover artist. She shares her enthusiasm for plant-based foods at theblendergirl.com.

As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, and Zeste and on Glamour.com, Chow, Epicurious, and AllRecipes, among other publications and websites. Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters.

Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie.