Tag Archive: books


How to Boil an Egg

Posted on May 7th, 2013

High on our list of “must dos” the next time we’re in Paris includes a visit to one of three Rose Carrarini eateries, all appropriately called Rose Bakery. Carrarini, an Englishwoman, opened her first eponymous bakery in 2002 with her French husband Jean-Charles and together they conquered the city with their honest, home-style creations concocted … (More →)



Posted on April 30th, 2013

Just prior to the boom that would transform Manhattan into a city of unrivaled riches, excess and greed, the city in the early 1980s was a dirty, gritty, and often dangerous place. Amidst this climate, a collection of artists, writers, musicians and hangers-on converged in SoHo and the East Village and created a community that … (More →)


The Dinner by Herman Koch

Posted on April 9th, 2013

The back of my copy of Herman Koch’s The Dinner has a flattering blurb written by Gillian Flynn, the author of the bestseller Gone Girl. It’s an apt choice to have Flynn provide a review since both The Dinner and Gone Girl tell the tales of psychologically troubled characters. Like Flynn, Koch excels at … (More →)


Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

Posted on April 2nd, 2013

Let’s start by stating, yes, we are in love with Eddie Huang – the food media world that is. There is something about the “Human Panda” that we collectively can’t seem to get enough of at the moment. In fact many are touting the baby-faced Taiwanese-American as the next Anthony Bourdain. And we all know … (More →)


Asleep at the Chateau

Posted on March 22nd, 2013

There are hotels that through a history of misadventure, infamy and popular lore become destinations unto themselves, almost magical places that act as magnets for travellers. The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, one of the most storied hotels in the United States, is such a place, as individuals flock in droves wanting to have access, … (More →)


An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris

Posted on March 19th, 2013

It’s impossible for me to be objective about Stephanie LaCava’s book An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris; after attending her reading at Shakespeare and Company I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this beautiful little book.

The book is a series of painfully honest essays exploring the … (More →)


Philip Treacy

Posted on March 12th, 2013

Grace Jones on tour, 1998

Naomi Campbell dressing for Ascot, 2002

Hat maker for royalty, models and movie stars, and some of the world’s most renowned fashion houses including Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Valentino, there is no milliner working today with more panache, celebrity or dedication to craftsmanship than Philip Treacy. Conceptual and sculptural, his … (More →)


Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect

Posted on March 5th, 2013

Today the name Edward Durell Stone may have little meaning beyond the worlds of architecture enthusiasts and mid-century preservationists, yet there was a time when he was one of the most well-known, and controversial, architects working in the United States. His idiosyncratic buildings, which fused Beaux-Arts formalism with a modernist aesthetic, were unlike anything else … (More →)