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The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging by Huffington Post
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

Helen Cota, December 28, 2008

There's a lot of padding in this book, but there's more than enough practical information to make it worth your time and money. Here's a sample: "Perfect is the enemy of done." In other words, your blog entry doesn't have to be polished and perfectly formed. It has to be short, timely, and NOW!
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A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800 by Susan Pinkard
A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800

Helen Cota, December 24, 2008

This isn't just about how French cuisine came to be the epitome of fine dining. It's also about how regular people ate during medieval and renaissance times. For instance, many working Parisians in 1700 ate "fast food" most days -- take-away bowls of soup or small meat pies. Not only did both men and women work all day, and were therefore too tired to cook, but they lived in small apartments without kitchens or room to store food. A Revolution in Taste is a fascinating social history with food as the focus.
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History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years by Kyle Ward
History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years

Helen Cota, December 23, 2008

George W. Bush says history will decide whether he was a good president or not, but it's not that simple. In History in the Making, Kyle Ward shows high school history books have changed how they present key events over the years. History doesn't stand still any more than we do.
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Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure Into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own by Polly Evans
Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure Into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own

Helen Cota, June 26, 2007

Author Polly Evans mentions in passing that when Ernest Hemingway was in China in the 1940s, he took a trek where guests were issued miniature horses to ride. Hemingway took one look at his little horse, scooped it up in one arm and carried it with him. Evans may have read about this in Martha Gellhorn's excellent book Travels With Myself and Another. Also in that book is Gellhorn's observation that people are dreadfully bored by stories of your travels, unless they were disastrous. Evans takes this advice to heart, lurching from one unpleasant situation to another, never encountering actual disaster, but telling of discomfort, disgusting sights, nauseating experiences, and cultural misunderstandings. It's great fun!
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Julia Child (Penguin Lives Biographies) by Laura Shapiro
Julia Child (Penguin Lives Biographies)

Helen Cota, May 12, 2007

Just when I thought I had read all about Julia Child, along comes this deceptively short biography to fill in some missing details. Did you know that over the years Julia had an eye job and three face lifts? While generally positive, author Laura Shapiro doesn't whitewash the less attractive aspects of Julia's personality, so be warned!
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