In June of 2008, Neil Pasricha launched his 1000 Awesome Things website. I, along with much of the internet addicted world, was turned onto his site soon thereafter. The backstory and premise is this: Neil was reeling in the after effects of some serious emotional gut punches. Rather than wallow in his sorrow any more than he had to, Neil decided to pick up the pieces and share positive tidbits with the world. If you want to hear the story, you can watch Pasricha’s TED.com talk.
There … I’ve done it. Or in this case, I’m doing it. I’m giving in to the utter disdain I have for mentioning anything about Julie Powell, that book, her blog, or that damn movie. I’ll admit – this disdain comes from a complete and total place of ignorance. I don’t much get the underlying truth of why Mrs. Powell’s blog took off to the point where we now have a book and a movie. But still, more power to her.
Anyway, the reason for this post is the recent head jerk I had when I heard that Julie Powell penned another book. I’m not shocked that there is another book; rather, my childlike curiosity peaked when I learned of the subject matter. This one, entitled Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, is apparently centered around the transition from her obsession with Julia Child to her obsession with meat – and in this sense, I mean that in every lurid sense of the word “meat.”
Turns out, Mrs. Powell was in the throws of a torrid love affair after that one year of her life that has now been immortalized on 35mm. A fact that has been, shall we say, completely left out of the movie!
What can I say, I’m a sucker stories with depth – and this one most certainly has it. So there ya have it. I say, skip the J&J date and move straight on to the really juicy stuff. You can pre-order your copy of Cleaving by clicking on the pick or that linky a few paragraphs back. Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that the book was delayed until way after the movie’s release (December of this year)?
Alright ya’ll, while the emails are still coming in from last Friday’s post, I thought I’d do something a little different to get the rest of the books out the door. All you have to do here is post a comment that talks about your favorite “____” here in the ATL. Be it your favorite chef, your favorite meal, you’re favorite restaurant … I don’t care. Just make it food related and make sure to stand out. That’s it! Easy breezy… I’ll snag a few of you over the next couple of days until they’re all gone! Thanks again to Magnolia Pictures for making this possible!
Oh yeah, you’re email address isn’t displayed to anyone but me. So, use a real one; otherwise, how am I going to find you?
Alright ladies and germs… it’s time for another little thank you. This one comes courtesy of the peeps at Magnolia Pictures)! On the heels of the release of the Food Inc documentary, I’ve scored five copies each of both Food Inc. by Karl Weber (otherwise known as Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It) and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Details on how to win after the jump!
Seriously people … TED is the best. I freaking love TED and think TED IS THE GREATEST!!! Forget YouTube, FunnyorDie.com, or even liveleak.com … TED is where it’s at. The site is home to some of the most inspirational, inventive, and funny videos you’ll find anywhere. Okay – enough love and now the foodie tie in. Back in ought seven, Mark Bittman gave a great speech at TED. He espouses the idea of thoughtful eating. I may not be quite extreme as he is… but I think it’s important to be concerned about what we put in our bodies. So watch the video and then go pick up one of his books: How to Cook Everything or How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Tuesday night was a double dip of pleasure for me. Not only did I get my fix of The Colbert Report, but, Stephen was kind enough to have a foodie themed interview. Mark Bittman, a blogger on NYTimes.com, author, and socially conscious cook, talked with Colbert about “eating without thinking.” It’s always funny to see Stephen interview people who are obviously uncomfortable when put on the spot.
Enjoy the video and if it pleases you … pick up a copy of Bittman’s newest book: Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating. Even if you don’t want that one – I STRONGLY SUGGEST you grab How to Cook Everything. I think it belongs in most everyone’s kitchen (it is indeed in mine).