Book Recommendations, Non-Fiction: November 2015

LITTLE VICTORIES, Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living
by Jason Gay, Doubleday, New York 2015


This book will make you laugh. It made me laugh out loud. I think it is an advice book that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

From the author: “I would like for this book to make you laugh. Maybe think. I believe it is possible to find, at any age, a new appreciation for what you have – for what you don’t have – as well as for the people closest to you. There’s a way to experience life that does to involve a phone, a tablet, a television screen.”

“Like the title says, I want us all to achieve little victories. I believe that happiness is derived less from a significant single accomplishment than it is from a serious of successful daily maneuvers. Maybe it’s the way you feel when you walk out the door after drinking six cups of coffee, or surviving a family vacation………”  from the introduction.

I bought this book for my partner for his Christmas stocking. I think it can be a reminder of my love for him and at the same time be humorous, helpful and maybe a little profound.



My Last Supper, The Next Course, 50 More Great Chefs and Their Final Meals, Portrtaits, Interviews, and Recipes
by Melanie Dunea, introduction by Marco Pierre White, Rodale Press, 2011


Renowned photographer Melanie Dunea considers the age-old chef-favorite query and taps 50 of the world’s culinary masters for their responses. The result is a collection of intimate reflections that touch on the elemental suspects of any meal: companions, location,, ambiance, food, music.  The answers reveal the heart and soul of each chef and illuminate the personal meaning of food in their lives.

The 6 questions:

What would be your last meal on Earth?

What would be the setting for the meal?

What would you drink with your meal?

Would there be music?

Who would be your dining companions?

Who would prepare the meal?

A beautiful coffee table book featuring chefs like: Joel Robuchon, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Todd English, Morimoto, David Chang, John Besh, Bill Telepan and more.

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Gualtiero Marchese

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Bill Telepan

Todd English

Todd English

Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

Paul Bocuse

Paul Bocuse

Second half of the book features recipes and listings of restaurants.

A particular shout out to John Besh — we had Thanksgiving Dinner two years ago at his restaurant AUGUST and it was the best ever.

John Besh

John Besh




edited and with an introduction by Meghan Daum, Picador New York, 2015


Conversation has turned in the past few years to whether children are really a requirement for a fulfilling life. The idea that some women and men prefer not to have children is often met with sharp criticism and incredulity by the public and mainstream media.

This is a provocative collection of essays, by 16 acclaimed writers. I think it makes a thoughtful and passionate case that parenthood is not for everyone and not the only path in life. I found that what comes through in these essays is a diverse view of what it means to live a full satisfying life. There are also male points of view (3 essays) which I thought were thoughtfully included and of great interest in their perspective.

Check out The New York Times’ book review of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, from April, 2015


*Post photo on homepage by Rush Jagoe

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