Reading Rarities: Eating For Victory

OK, if you're thinking we've been here before, you'd sort of be right. It's World War Two-themed and it centers around food and family. Heck, I even did a review of a Marguerite Patten cookbook three years ago that had this exact title, sans the "Reading Rarity" part. Still, there are a few differences here, … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Eating For Victory

More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably remember a post I did a couple of years ago in which I reviewed Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls. Well, dear readers, author Kristi Carlson and her entourage of chefs are back with more eats for the … Continue reading More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day. According to Linda Everett and Richard Perry's cookbook, Retro Breakfast: Memorable Meals Morning, Noon or Night, breakfast isn't what it used to be. Instead of being a wake-up feast of comfort food and love on a plate (or in a bowl), it's now cold, impersonal, and manufactured by … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

Page To Screen: Christy

One of my favorite books in high school (and today) is Christy by Catherine Marshall, and when the series with Kellie Martin came on TV, I watched every episode. Who else can relate? For those who aren't familiar with the story, it takes place in 1912. The titular character is Christy Huddleston, a nineteen-year old woman from … Continue reading Page To Screen: Christy

Reading Rarities: Lunch Box

Carrying one's lunch to school or work is, of course, as old as the proverbial hills, and what we know today as lunch boxes became ubiquitous in the last century. Some of its history has been chronicled by Scott Bruce, author of the 1988 book, Lunch Box: The Fifties and Sixties. I can't remember how I … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Lunch Box

Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

It's been ten years since Nora Ephron's swan song, Julie and Julia. It was an ambitious film for her and it also wasn't, because it features expected and loved Ephron trademarks of witty dialogue and deft character development. What's unusual for the Ephron canon is that Julie and Julia juxtaposes the lives of two unique … Continue reading Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

Reading Rarities: Retro Housewife

There used to be kitchen store in Old Sacramento called the Solar Syndicate, and besides the vintage-looking stoves, novelty timers shaped like cheese wedges, and copper fish wall hangings, they sold a few books, some of which were the Collector's Press "Retro" series. I only had a chance to buy two of them: Retro Breakfast, which I'll … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Retro Housewife

Reading Rarities: Pocket Guide To the Apocalypse

We've had an unusual amount of death-related stuff this month, and now we'll be talking about the end of the world. It's quite an April we're having here. Don't worry, though--this Reading Rarity will be fun. Here's hoping, anyway... The end of the world is a touchy subject. It's also the title of that one … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Pocket Guide To the Apocalypse

Page To Screen: Sherlock Holmes

Like Robin Hood, Ebeneezer Scrooge and Ichabod Crane, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is another literary heavyweight with a lengthy filmography. Holmes is not only a captivating character, but is widely credited with influencing today's use of forensic sciences. The first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study In Scarlet was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual … Continue reading Page To Screen: Sherlock Holmes

Reading Rarities: Teenage Confidential

There have always been teenagers, at least in the chronological sense. Teenage culture as we know it today, however, is a relatively new phenomenon, and it's a funny thing. Its public face is arbitrated and controlled by the adults with varying degrees of involvement from actual members of its demographic, and may not necessarily reflect … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Teenage Confidential

Reading Rarities: As Seen On TV

Ah, yes. Infomercials. Everyone's seen them. In my neck of the woods, we have a channel that plays them all day and all night, seven days a week. It's either hilarious or mind-numbing, depending on what time of day it is, and that time is highly nebulous. Anything involving Cathy Mitchell is usually fun, Others … Continue reading Reading Rarities: As Seen On TV

Reading Rarities: Read My Lips

During the break, I took a look at my bookshelves and was struck by how many novelty books I have. You know, the kind of volumes you find in college bookstores or souvenir shops. They're the books you didn't know you wanted, and they serve no discernable purpose besides pulling readers out of the everyday. … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Read My Lips