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 [...]
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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Butter. She works as much as she can as a freelance writer. Katy loves running, cooking, sudden trips to new places, loud corduroy pants, and being taken to the Beehive in Bristol.
This must be the feeling that keeps the niche porn industry afloat. What fun—and what a relief!—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 dinners—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 vegetables—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.
Fart avoidance tips are offered in most bean recipes. It seems this is an earnest concern among bean consumers. Crescent Dragonwagon addresses the topic (i.e. the fermentation of oligosaccharides by intestinal bacteria and controlling the volume/fragrance of any resulting gas) in the preliminary chapter of her new cookbook, Bean by Bean; after we’re reassured that nothing too unladylike will result from the cooking and eating of her bean recipes, we’re treated to more than 175 of them–starring fresh beans, canned beans, dried beans, tofu, and miso in soups, spreads, salads, stews, and desserts.
So many chilly, gray afternoons. One method for combatting midwinter malaise is to play England: I Have a Stiff Upper Lip About These Gray/Grey Days and a Platter Full of Scones as Well. Just when our primal need for carbs an cozy beverages is peaking, Duck and Bunny has introduced a twist to its usual giddy afternoon tea: After School Tea.
Like Duck and Bunny’s standard fabulous tea, After School Tea includes finger sandwiches, sweets, and cup after cup of tea.
The totally fun blog They Draw & Cook is now a book!
If you like to draw and cook, you are probably familiar with this international site of cookies, carrots, and quirk. Much snugglier than a screen, the sturdy book version features illustrated recipes (107 of them) from cook-artists who live all over the world. As on the blog, each cook-artist has a distinct style—some pages look like favorite children’s book illustrations, others more like beautifully designed packaging; some are silly, some are graceful, others are bizarre—to clue you in to the mood of the dish.
Two words that look yucky together: child and diagnosis. I had the wind knocked out of me by a diagnosis of head lice two years ago, and found myself searching the night sky for clues: Why me? More recently, my eight year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and I had precisely the same [...]
It would be dreadful to run out of this deadpan goodness any time soon. We dole it out slowly. Avoiding a binge doesn’t take much willpower, because they’re practically impossible to find. Even Amazon doesn’t have many in stock: Andy Stanton’s series of books about the daft, cruel Mr. Gum, who hates “children, animals, fun, and corn on the cob.” (On the other hand, it’s not all hate—Mr. Gum loves the BBC television show “Bag of Sticks,” which features a 30-minute shot of sticks. In a bag.) The books also feature a fairy (she’s rough), a dog named Jake (he’s kind and oblivious), and rhymes, which make us choke and cry (in a good way).