I came across a bit of news from the world of books and reading this weekend. Here are the goodies that I thought deserved a pass-along…
The Google ebookstore is officially open. An earlier news report mentioned that Google ebooks could be read on Amazon’s Kindle. I thought that was odd, and turns out, it was. Kindle is not mentioned in the list of supported devices. But the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, the Sonny e-reader, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Android devices are. There’s even a web reader so you can read “on the cloud.” (Reading on a cloud sounds like a great kids fantasy, but, of course, we’re talking about a computer cloud.) Google says it has the largest selection of books, now. Plus, they’re partnering with independent booksellers, which could be a very good thing. Now it’s time to sit back and watch the e-book war among Google, Amazon and a few other players.
Another site launches today, one that’s geared for the literary teen set: Figment.com.This New York Times article describes it as a social network for young-adult fiction. It’s a place for teens to read, write and discover new content. (It’s also a place for publishers to see what teens want to read.) Wonder what S.E. Hinton would have made of this if Figment had exsisted back when she was a teenager?
‘Tis the Season for Cookbooks! OK, I don’t even cook, but I have a sister who loves to try out new recipies. So, in searching for some possible gift ideas, I discovered hese top ten cookbook lists!
The Washington Post’s Top Cookbooks of 2010
bon appetit’s Favorite Cookbooks of 2010
2010′s Best Cookbooks, courtesy of NPR.
Hope everyone has a very happy week of December 6!
This weekend husband and I watched Julie and Julia. I loved Meryl Streep as Julia Child. I still remember the clip from some forgotten tv show where she and Dick Butkus carved a turkey. If anyone finds it on the internet let me know. It was one of the funniest TV cooking moments ever.
I agree with my boss and thought Amy Adams (as Julie Powell) was a little too whiney. In real life she had to be more awesome. I was so envious though that her blog took off. Food is a great comment motivator. Everyone has an opinion about it.
I thought I’d point out some references to the cookbooks and people. (I’m a librarian it’s what I do.)
First, Julia’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Covers have changed throughout the years. To the right is the First edition cover .
For another discussion on the collaboration between the three and a taste testing of the recipes, go to Slashfood.
So how about Julia herself. Here’s a great summary of her books from Eat me Daily. This site is worth a second or third look in the Yum department.
Nora Ephron wrote the screenplay for Julie & Julia.
Almost forgot the Joy of Cooking, not complemented by the characters but remember it was the competition. I think it’s another must have for your cookbook collection along with Julia, of course.
Visit Julie at her blog, http://juliepowell.blogspot.com/
And support this innovative writer and blogger by buying a copy of her book, (don’t just see the movie) , you can do both.