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Wild Food Spring #5: Fäviken

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In this series, Dylan Gordon considers cookbooks, memoirs and fictions about wild, foraged foods. Reviewed in this essay:  Fäviken by Magnus Nilsson, Phaidon Press, 2012. Chef Magnus Nilsson, at “the world’s most isolated and daring restaurant,” deep in the heart of the northern Swedish wilderness, has been called “part Viking lumberjack and part Shaman.” Rebelling against the overly-fancified...

Wild Food Spring #3: A Feast of Weeds

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In this series, Dylan Gordon considers cookbooks, memoirs and fictions about wild, foraged foods. Reviewed in this essay: A Feast of Weeds by Luigi Ballerini, University of California Press, 2012. Field guidebooks often overwhelm me with their formidable erudition. First in each entry come the botanical descriptors, identifying features of leaf and root that mostly escape my untrained eyes. Last...

Wild Food Spring #1: A Natural Science of Cooking

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The first in a spring-time series, Dylan Gordon considers cookbooks, memoirs and fictions about wild, foraged foods. Reviewed in this essay: Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking by Andoni Luis Aduriz, Phaidon Press, 2012. I first ate at Mugaritz, today one of the top three restaurants in the world, in 2003. At the time there was a vogue among Spain’s Michelin-starred restaurants for the highly...

Food pairs, podcasts and the Game of Thrones cookbook: Bookishness for Mar. 4, 2013

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Point 1: Be okay with chaos The 12 trends that will rule products in 2013. Dinner is coming Recipes from the official Game of Thrones companion cookbook (including Dothraki blood pie). Pantone Pairings Still hungry? Check out David Schwen’s food #pantonepairings on Instagram. (Then, you know, eat something.) Gamify Your Life EveryThing gamifies everything! Did you just wake up? +5 points...

Bookishness: Week of March 19, 2012

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Strike Toronto Public Library workers are on strike as of 5 p.m. last night. I am currently deep in horrifying imaginings of a library-less world. Hoping a resolution is swift, for everyone’s sake. What your favourite author had for lunch The power of the Internet to answer the big questions: Megan Fishmann on life as an author-groupie, then and now. Ghostwriting and ghostcooking Ever...

Bookishness: Week of February 13, 2012

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Making faces You know what Emma Bovary looks like in your head, but does law enforcement composite sketch software agree (hint: that’s her at right)? Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis has started a Tumblr, The Composites, using said software to create sketches of literary characters based on their descriptions. He is now taking suggestions. A moved feast Just over two years...