A Royal Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham, published this month by Royal Collection Publications, is the Boston Globe’s “The Discovery.”
A very illuminating interview at the Leonard Lopate show with Reaktion author Renee Marton, whose book Rice: A Global History is out soon.
Nearly 140,000 different varieties, use in many ways, across many cultures, this ubiquitous food has one of the most fascinating global histories.
Visit Wired to see a slideshow from Katharina Roters’s Hungarian Cubes, published in September by Park Books.
“Roters documents countryside row houses during Kádár’s reign, after residents started freewheeling with colors and shapes to make it so no two houses looked like… . Some of the homes have trompe l’oeil paintings around the window, like facsimiles of shutters or trimming. Others look like abstracted images of sun rays, or harvested crops.”
Photo: Jane Austen’s novels, Bodleian Library Publishing, from Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries by Stephen Hebron
A slideshow at the LA Times's Jacket Copy blog includes highlights from the book and exhibit, including locks of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley’s hair and the fragments of Sappho’s poetry.
Drawn from the collections of the Bodleian Library, the Marks of Genus exhibit runs through September 28 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. For those unable to make the exhibit, the accompanying book was published by the Bodleian Library in August and is available for purchase here.
PBS NewsHour talked with Morgan Library curator John McQuillen about Marks of Genius. Via the Morgan Library’s Instagram, enjoy this behind-the-scenes snap!
"Just as WWI brought technological advances in warfare—the armored tank, flamethrowers, poison gas—it also witnessed increasingly sophisticated (if sometimes absurdly ill-advised) techniques of espionage… . Everything from windmills and locomotives to loaves of bread were used to transmit secret messages, leading to the kind of paranoia and suspicion with which, in today’s time of heightened security, we are all too familiar."
Melanie King, author with the Bodleian Library of Secrets in a Dead Fish has written a short piece for the Boston Globe on the the shadowy world of Great War espionage.
"Ever wondered why Queen Elizabeth II looks like the healthiest 88-year-old in Britain? … A Royal Cookbook reveals some of the Queen’s culinary choices, including the no-bake wedding cake served at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding reception… . While there are a few are elaborate showstoppers—such as a spring starter of crown of asparagus with crab and mango—most are well within the skill range of a moderately experienced cook.”
This week on the Conversation Art Podcast, Sharon Louden talks with host Michael Shaw about Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Essays by 40 Working Artists. Download the mp3 at the link above and, if you’re not already following Sharon on Twitter, she can be found at @loudenstudio.
Surface magazine’s August issue includes a review of The Working Drawing (Park Books).
“The Working Drawing collects one hundred diagrams from the desks and archives of renowned architects, including Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Herzog & de Meuron, and Lina Bo Bardi. Meticulous credits note the paper format, drawing technique, scale, location of site, and date of each image….”
Grab a stool and sidle up to the counter—and this great New York Times article on ice cream parlors, featuring Reaktion author Laura Weiss, author of Ice Cream: A Global History.
“‘People form attachments to the places, whether or not people would consider these ice creams top of the line.’”