Thumbs up for Down the Kitchen Sink by Beverly Nichols. Cooking/memoir.

Beverly Nichols wrote many very witty things, more than a half-century ago, on just about every topic, but most famously on matters of gardening and cats. I have never once been disappointed by him.

What do [cocktail parties] do to the mind? If one is a good guest, trying to perform one’s duties, they subject the mind to a series of violent pressures of which the most exhausting, in my own case, is a congenital incapacity for remembering people’s names.

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Thumbs up for Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes by Mark Crick. Humor/food.

Ah, impulse buys. But how could I not, when it’s a collection of recipes written in the style of famous authors? Lamb with Dill Sauce à la Raymond Chandler, Quick Miso Soup à la Franz Kafka, Chocolate Cake à la Irvine Welsh, and my favorite, Coq au Vin à la Gabriel Garcia Marquez.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis. Cookbook.

More for the illustrations, really, since I can eat barely anything in it. (Lord, I always forget how awful is the food Americans feed their kids.) But the photos are hilarious – action figures arranged in giant landscapes of food.… >> Read more