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Tom Robbins Interview Collection

Dive deep into the weird, wild world of author Tom Robbins. Read each one of his novels…and then read them again. When you’ve finally exhausted his literary catalog, check out these interviews to immerse yourself even further in his rowdy repertoire. There isn’t anyone quite like him.

Reality Sandwich

Shambhala Sun

January Magazine


Tom’s Advice to Writers


My favorite books about cooking that aren’t cookbooks

Comfort Me With Apples- Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone- Ruth Reichl

The Apprentice- Jacques Pepin

When French Women Cook: A Gastronomic Memoir with Over 250 Recipes- Madeleine Kamman

Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain

Eating for Beginners- Melanie Rehak

The Unprejudiced Palate- Angelo Pellegrini

The Art of Eating- MFK Fisher

Made from Scratch: A Memoir- Sandra Lee

Heat- Bill Buford

A Homemade Life- Molly Wizenberg

The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef- Marco Pierre White

Vintage book art

I love vintage science fiction book artwork. Truthfully, I’m more a fan of the artwork than I am of the genre. The free table at my local library often has some good titles up for grabs, so sometimes I’ll take one or two that catch my eye. I brought home this copy of Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton because the book synopsis is awesome:

 “He was lord of the Striking Hawk Nome, but for generations that holding had been in the firm grip of the invaders. And so he was merely Rahotep, officer of the renowned Nubian archers, unjustly deprived of his birthright by his scheming half-brother and exiled in the desert for a sacrilege he didn’t commit.

 But his bow was strong, his arrows swift-and his thirst for justice in the Pharoah’s land knew no bounds…and offered no mercy!”

front cover

back cover

Turns out author Andre Norton was actually a woman, real name was Alice Mary Norton. She wrote under a pen name in order to be taken more seriously in the male-dominated world of science fiction. Norton toiled for years in the public library system before leaving to write full time. During her seventy year career she wrote under several male non-de-plumes and published over 300 (!) books. She won many science fiction awards and even had an award named after her, given to authors of fantasy/science fiction for young adults.

(Shadow Hawk was published in 1960 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.)

Library stack

Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls’ Schools- Ilana DeBare

Business Etiquette for Dummies

The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life- Twyla Tharp

Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate- Wendy Johnson

Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province- Fuchsia Dunlop

Flowers and Herbs of Early America- Lawrence Griffith

Around My French Table- Dorie Greenspan

California Master Gardener Handbook

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project

“The Feeding America project has created an online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The digital archive includes page images of 76 cookbooks from the MSU Library’s collection as well as searchable full-text transcriptions….The Feeding America online collection hopes to highlight an important part of America’s cultural heritage for teachers, students, researchers investigating American social history, professional chefs, and lifelong learners of all ages.”

I can already tell this website will be occupying a nice chunk of my time for the next few weeks. Such a wealth of information, especially for a cookbook fan like myself.

The Historic American Cookbook Project


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