Armchair BEA — Author Interaction

Today’s second Armchair BEA topic is Author Interaction. (The first topic was “more than words,” which I addressed as my regular Tuesday Readers’ Workouts post.) My favorite author interaction since I’ve been blogging was with Karen Karbo when she was … Continue reading →

Brasserie by Niche — A Restaurant Visit

Before our trip to France, we asked people about their favorite French restaurants in St. Louis and Brasserie by Niche made everyone’s lists. We finally made it there this week, taking Rick’s nephew, Phil, and his fiancée, Gabbi. The dressiness of … Continue reading →

Book Review: How to Hepburn by Karen Karbo

Book: How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great by Karen Karbo Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication date: 2007 Pages: 193 Source: Library   Summary: Katharine Hepburn changed the way the world viewed women by changing the way … Continue reading →

Book Review: Minette’s Feast by Susanna Reich

Book: Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich, illustrations by Amy Bates Genre: Children’s book Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers Publication date: 2012 Source: Library Summary: Minette, the tortoiseshell cat, adopted Julia and Paul … Continue reading →

Sunday Salon — December 15

Good morning! Time: // 8:40 am The scene: // Snowy and sunny. Eight squirrels cavort around the oak tree in the backyard. For some reason, the acorns are more attractive under the snow than they were laying on the ground … Continue reading →

Exploring the Photographic Portrait

After we had a terrific experience at the Environmental Portrait photography workshop out at Shaw Nature Reserve, we decided to continue the theme with a class called Exploring the Photographic Portrait at the St. Louis Art Museum. This isn’t a workshop … Continue reading →

Favorite Nonfiction — Nonfiction November

Welcome to Nonfiction November, a little project hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie from Regular Rumination. With weekly themes and a link-list for discussion posts (like this one) plus nonfiction book reviews, Nonfiction November promises to be a laid-back and refined celebration of … Continue reading →

Book Review: Cooked by Michael Pollan (Part 4)

Book: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: The Penguin Press Publication date: 2013 Pages: 468 Source: Library Summary: Cooked by Michael Pollan looks at the transformation of ingredients into food by the four elemental forces — fire for barbecue, water for … Continue reading →