Having spent most of 2014 elbow-deep in gluten free cookbooks, Nicole Spiridakis‘s Flourless is a bright surprise. Most GF cookbooks fall into one of two categories: those using nutritionally bleak wheat flour substitutes (like tapioca and potato starches or xanthan gum) and those emphasizing nutrition over fabulousness. Flourless is different. The desserts in Flourless are […]
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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.
One of my kids was diagnosed with celiac disease this year. Immediately following his diagnosis, I fell victim to celiac’s often unrecognized sister syndrome, Reading Too Many Gluten Free Magazines. Now only five worry-free foods remain in my world. Two of these grow in our yard: strawberries and kale. Nothing to worry about there except […]
A few months ago, celiac disease shoved my family out of the GLUTEN FREE = GOSH, THAT SEEMS LIKE A TOTAL DRAG group, and into the GLUTEN FREE = US group. In general, it has been much less harrowing to eat food prepared at home. However, I’ve gathered the courage to take my child out […]
Recently my family got really into a card game: Anomia. And I got kind of evangelical about it. It’s easy to carry, so I brought it in my bag whenever we were invited somewhere, just in case I might find players. I have played this game with adults, schoolchildren, and college students. Everyone* loves this […]
Heading to the Farmer’s Market with kids is fun, sure, but sometimes the little chickens could use a kick of extra motivation. I feel like I have read a zillion farmer’s market books; regardless these two caught my eye. At the Farmer’s Market with KidsÂ is a book filled with recipes for delicious food kids can […]
To enter a raffle for a box of Katrin’s Father’s Day Cookies, leave a comment about the sweetest dad you know in the comments below. Deadline for entries: May 31st. What inspired you to start Eye Cookies? Katrin: I was always baking and loved to bring baked goods to friends. Then friends began asking me […]
This must be the feeling that keeps the niche porn industry afloat. What funâ€”and what a relief!â€”to see your private psychopathology transformed into beauty. We love Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli’s new book The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy.
Anyone on the rigid order-lust spectrum (with mild interest in The Container Store on one end, and clinically diagnosed OCD on the other) will get sucked right into Wehrli’s work. He alphabetizes his alphabet soup (above); dismantles a Christmas tree into a pile of needles, bundle of sticks, coil of tinsel, and precise rows of ornaments; and arranges laundry on a clothesline in Roy G. Biv order. Parking lots filled with cars, beaches filled with people, and other messy situations are divided into components and arranged according to Wehrli’s intoxicatingly soothing rules. There’s no text. Each situation includes a before shot and an after, the ordinary jumble of life made manageable within each double-page spread.
ddn101412lifebooknookThis short film of a walnut-eating snake* is what inspired me to Tiger-Mom my children into claymation supremacy. So far that effort hasn’t really blossomed, but once I got my hands on a copy of the filmmakers’ recommended text UNBORED: the Essential Guide to Serious Fun, upper-echelon claymation became a less urgent calling. This book opened my eyes to a parallel universe filled with people doing all kinds of tantalizing, crazy, and fun stuff I’d never considered.
Joy to the world, soup season is back! Served with bread, fruit, and cheese, soups are my favorite dinnersâ€”both for cooking and eating. Bonus: most (i.e. my) children like soup. And this: you might get a few good lunches out of the leftovers. Also: the price is right. Also: you can make soup well in advance, and come home from the cross-country meet/soccer game/football practice to dive into dinner and feel cozy, even if your legs are still muddy. Also: these dinners make your house smell fantastic.
I realize I’m kind of advanced in my motherhood journey to be excited about my kids eating vegetablesâ€”they’re 11 and 9. Shouldn’t they be eating everything by now, without fanfare? Yet I still feel hugely relieved when I see vegetation going into their bodies. That’s why I am evangelical about these soups. These are the two soups I’ll be making all season long.
I haven’t been this excited about a board book since—ever. Hippopposites is the international literary debut of French designer Janik Coat, and brings heretofore unseen sophistication and graphic punch to that esteemed genre: opposites books.
Using one red, square-ish, cankled hippo to illustrate pair after pair of opposites, Coat has created a book that’s enchanting for the eyes and fun to read.