There are moments in time when I feel like no matter how much time there is in any given day I cannot possibly catch up with all the reading littering my magazine and newspaper piles. The New Yorker comes every week and I am loathe to recycle them until I have leafed through making sure there are no pieces that will change my life.
Then there's my Saveur subscription which, no matter how poorly I feel they cover the sweet world, I cannot seem to end my expensive glossy habit. Food & Wine makes up for Saveur because at least they know that pastry chefs exist. Although I shake my head every time the "Best Chefs" cover arrives. From the look of things they find it very hard to find any women or people of color in professional kitchens! Let me just tell you, dear readers, we are not as scant as they would like the rest of America to believe! And, wouldn't you know it, that ONE female chef on the cover of the most recent F&W made the one and only dessert in the entire spread. It's like a Shakespearian play where everyone dies at the end.
Some of the best pastry chefs in the world are men, but you wouldn't know that either by looking at American food magazines.
Martha Stewart Living reminds us all that having more than a few houses in the country can be hard work. But here's a strong woman, my god, and at least She puts desserts on the cover of her magazine! Photo shoots worth their weight in edible gold leaf and food stylists which would make even Donna Hay jealous.
San Francisco Magazine, now the size of a coffee table book, dedicates more than its fair share of pages to chefs and restaurant's goings on. I spot the infamous Jan Newberry (Food Editor) at farmer's markets, the Ferry Building, strolling through Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto and noshing on 18th street frequently. I admit I have a thing for the curly red-headed women and their delicious freckles.
And then Gourmet shows up. With Ruth Reichl at the helm, the magazine now guarantees in depth articles and a produce issue that never ceases to delight and teach me. Just a few weeks ago I quoted a September 2000 article about stone fruit breeding. My issue is still in mint condition.
I take Gourmet to bed with me as I want to give those words my full attention.
Last week my father and stepmother sent me the May 28, 2006 NY Times Book review. Have you seen it? A Warhol-esque cover depicts a Heinz Ketchup bottle but instead of tomato contents the text reads, The Food Issue.
Heat, Bill Buford's book about delving deep into professional cooking kitchen bowels is reviewed. I have to get this of course, but when will I have time to read it? Amanda Hesser, my fantasy future ex girlfriend, reviews new cookbooks I should buy. I like that she has a sense of humour. Geoffrey Zakarian's Town
& Country, named after his two NY restaurants looks great, as does Vegetable Soups by Deborah Madison. (Feel free to buy these right now from my handsome little Powell's link...) Even if you buy these next year you will have delved farther into them than if I pick them up tomorrow. I also love the spread where different people are asked about favourite out-of-print books they wish would be printed forever. As Snoopy would say, this warmed the cookies of my heart.
Marion Nestle's new 611 page book, What To Eat, was even reviewed. One does wonder though, does the reviewer even have time to read? Does the NY Times allow cliff notes?
So with all this food reading, recipe testing, late night Netflix watching, reading blogs, social activities, working, writing, sleeping, bathing, you can imagine I have little time for world news.
This is why everyone should have what I have. A Cute Newsy Boi. I know a slip of a smart fey brrrrl who reads the NY Times every morning without fail, sending me a few paragraphs highlighting self chosen stories and headlines. Although on Wednesdays he only reads his obsession, Mr. Frank Bruni. Knowing it's the day I do buy the NY Times and also the SF Chronicle (food section day), Cute Newsy Boi takes the day off.
Here are a sampling of his fine wares:
Friday June 16:
"Both democrats and republicans in this years congressional elections are placing their attention on the burbs as new breeding grounds for potential votes. The burbs used to be republican turf but times are a'changing and now it's a free for all."
"There's a lovely article about Chile prez, Michelle Bachelet - it's more of a summary of her/portrait piece than a news article. This is interesting because she's having a hell of a time right now due to the rather violent student protests but the article hardly mentions that. It is, however, a great article. We see her emphasis on pluralism and hesitancy about being the U.S.'s "teacher's pet". Right now, Bush is pressuring Bachelet to vote for Guatemala against Venezuela for the new representative spot on the United Nations Security Council. Bush is actually using it as a threat against Chile, saying relations will suffer between the two of them if they don't do what he says.
So far she seems pretty darn wonderful. Yes, she's a socialist and yes she and her family were tortured
during the Pinochet regime. But she says, about the U.S. "There is no rancor." "I knew how to differentiate between people and policies."
Can you imagine Bush using the word "rancor"?
Meanwhile, in New Orleans, there's an increase in illegal Latino workers. Pre-Katrina, there wasn't a
big Latino population in New Orleans, but now the workforce there is about 45% Latino folks who've
arrived hoping to get work cleaning storm debris and building homes.
Do you see the irony?
If you have any hints about how you catch up with your reading, I am open to suggestions!