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HBG News: Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking

gGordon Ramsay is a household name thanks to his fouled mouth, explosive personality on shows like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen. He is the black sheep of the culinary reality TV world, but off the small screen he is also a highly regarded chef.  In 2006, he was awarded an OBE for services to the industry, and is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars. Now, having mastered both the realms of the London restaurant scene and American television, Ramsay, is releasing another cookbook to further prove that he is one of the masters of his craft. His cookbook, "Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food," will be available this April and will provide simple, straightforward cooking lessons for beginners to experienced cooks.

Each chapter will focus on a different area of cooking—from classics to how to cook with spice, through baking, and roasting, and will include helpful sections on how to prep, clean and pan fry like a pro! Readers will learn how to create scrumptious, vibrant and drool-worthy dishes like miso braised salmon fillet with Asian vegetables, Pork and Bacon slider with homemade BBQ sauce, Wild Mushroom Risotto Arrancini, and Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberries. Nom Nom Nom!

Crammed with delicious recipes, and invaluable tips, Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking is the perfect guide to creating amazing meals at home. We cannot wait for its release!

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GORDON RAMSAY’S HOME COOKING Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food by Gordon Ramsay 978-1-4555-2525-6 $32.99 Can APRIL HARDCOVER 320 pgs • 120 halftone and color photos 8 1/4 x 10 • Cooking

 

THE CASUAL VACANCY to be the new Downton Abbey?

The Casual VacancyJ.K. Rowling fans take note: The Casual Vacancy is being adapted for television! Rowling will be working in collaboration with the network to create an exciting adaptation of the novel to air sometime in 2014 on BBC One. Rowling says she is "thrilled" about this new development, and I'm guessing that the Canadian public, along with book lovers the world over, share this sentiment. After all, The Casual Vacancy dominated the Quill & Quire's list for Canadian booksellers top fiction of 2012.

Set in the small English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy begins with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, one of the local city parish councilors. His untimely death becomes the catalyst for a shocking trajectory of events that pits neighbour against neighbour, and leaves the entire town reeling in its aftermath.

Definitely ideal BBC subject matter of the dramatic variety.  I can't wait to see it!

 

 

 

A Monday Morning Post

Happy Monday everyone! Here's a book that I just finished and couldn't wait to rave about:

Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta ISBN 9780446583855 $27.99 CAD, Grand Central Publishing

For those of you that don't know: Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN's multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent. This novel takes place at a Michigan hospital and revolves around Monday mornings: the time when the hospital has Morbidity & Mortality Meetings, in which doctors are held accountable and must explain mistakes they have made. Sound a little cold and gloomy? Just the opposite: this book is heartfelt, the characters are sympathetic and relatable, and you won't want to put it down.

On that note: have an easy and stress-free Monday morning, and pick up this book as soon as you have a chance!

Meeting an icon

Meeting an author is always inspiring and wonderful, but knowing that I would be seeing Roger Ebert this past Friday made me even more excited than usual.

Despite Ebert's battle with cancer and multiple surgeries, he is still going strong - I always turn to his movie reviews before even thinking about going to the theatre, and his blog gave a good idea of which movies to look for at this year's TIFF festival. Adding to his plethora of written material, he has now published a memoir called Life Itself giving insight into a life worth examining.

The signing took place at Theatre Books, where Mr. Ebert's wife, Chaz, introduced herself to everyone that came in and showed a genuine interest in getting to know her husband's fans. There was even a surprise visit from legendary Canadian director Norman Jewison!

Visitors ranged from die-hard fans arriving with collections of his books to young students who happened to see the sign about a book signing and jumped at the opportunity to meet a legend. Mr. Ebert graciously agreed to personalize autographs and shook hands with those that were eager.

Life Itself is available from Grand Central Publishing (ISBN 9780446584975).

Michael Moore in Vancouver

There wasn't an empty seat in the house and the crowd was bristling with excitement.  The energy was palpable and for good reason, Michael Moore is a superb speaker.  When we weren't laughing out loud as he read from his new book Here Comes Trouble we were nudging one another in agreement as he lamented over the state of politics in America.  There was a moment as he was preparing to change microphones when he asked us to sing a little song while he walked across the stage and the crowd broke out in a slightly off-key, but undeniably proud rendition of Oh, Canada! Rather than change mics he stayed where he was and sang along with us as the clever stage hand changed his background lighting to red.  I get goosebumps all over again just thinking about it! Overall we were a nice, friendly crowd, until the question and answer portion of the evening arrived.  Rather than raise our hands we raised our voices making it frustrating for some people trying to get noticed.  In my opinion, the rough flow of the evening created an authentic experience that I appreciated and found appropriately suited of the rumpled  speaker decked out in sneakers and a hoodie.  It all just seemed to fit.

Another touching moment came when he mentioned a fellow alum from his highschool, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas who played against the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs.  The crowd cheered at the name and Michael stood before us shaking his head in awe.   "Really?" he exclaimed, "You see, this is what makes you so unlike us. Even in defeat, you can recognize and applaud talent."

We think you're swell too Michael. Come back to see us anytime.

LOOK OUT VANCOUVER!

The Vancouver International Writers Festival is hosting Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and best selling author Michael Moore at The Stanley Theatre (2750 Granville Street) on Sunday, September 18th.  Moore will be reading from his new memoirs Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life and signing books to a sold out crowd! Present in said crowd will be myself along with west coasters Iolanda Millar and Jennifer Fyffe (all on our very best behaviour) who will fill you in on the experience next week with pics and maybe even a signed copy giveaway! Unfortunately the show is sold out, however the book is available in bookstores so go get it y'all!  And if you're interested in learning more about Moore and the book, and to hear what the critics are saying, I've made it easy for you by compiling a list of links below.  You're welcome.

New York Times, CBC-Q (Sept 21), Colbert Report, Huff Post Canada, Globe and Mail, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, New York Post

Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life by Michael Moore

ISBN: 9780446532242 / Hardcover, $29.99/ Grand Central Publishing

 

 

Roger Ebert on Life and Happiness

En Route to Europe with McHugh, who took the photo.
 En Route to Europe with McHugh, who took the photo.
 
author book tour
Roger Ebert
author of Life ITSELF : A Memoir 
September 16 at 4pm at Theatre Books
 

 For anyone who has seen Roger Ebert review a movie with either co-host Gene Siskel (who passed away in 1999), or Richard Roper until 2006, or perhaps read one of his hundreds of reviews, it's clear that he is a man who fervently and deeply loves film. And considering that he's been reviewing for over 40 years—for the Chicago Sun-Times, for the TV show Siskel & Ebert at the Movies, for his blog—it's not difficult to be seduced into feeling like you know him on a more personal level because of his open and honest dialogue with his fans. Attends the The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement held at the American Pavillion during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France.

It's a testament to Mr. Ebert's remarkable skills as a writer and critic that he is able to create a sense of camaraderie with his audience. In Mr. Ebert's new book "Life Itself: A Memoir", he moves beyond his reviews to tell a more dramatic story of his life and career from the early years at the Chicago Sun-Times to the moment he learned he had thyroid cancer which resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink or speak. “Life Itself” is a poignant and inspiring memoir that touches on his passion for actors, directors and the cinema but delves deeper into his life chronicling his painful jaw surgeries, his love/hate relationship with alcohol, his firsts, his spiritual beliefs and growing up as an only child in Urbana, Ill. This book is a must read for his loyal fans and for anyone curious to know more about the man who has helped shape the way we think, feel, and react to films. Roger Ebert with his wife, Chaz and their two grandchildren, Emil and Taylor.

If you are in Toronto this week, Mr. Ebert will be signing copies of his new book on September 16 at 4 pm at Theatre Books. Don't miss meeting this iconic and inspiring individual...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIFE ITSELF: A Memoir
by Roger Ebert
ISBN: 9780446584975 / HC / C$29.99
Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: Sept 13, 2011
 

 Excerpt from LIFE ITSELF:

When I mentioned in my blog that I can no longer eat, drink or speak, a reader wrote: “That sounds so sad. Do you miss it?” Not so much really. Not anymore. The new reality took shape slowly. Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not mentioned, and it was said that after the fi rst surgery I might be able to go back to work on television. Success in such surgery is not unheard of. It didn’t happen that way. The second surgery was also intended to restore my speaking ability. It seemed to hold together for awhile, but then, in surgeon-speak, also “fell apart.”

What’s sad about not eating is the experience, whether at a family reunion or at midnight by yourself in a greasy spoon under the L tracks. The loss of dining, not the loss of food. Unless I’m alone, it doesn’t involve dinner if it doesn’t involve talking. The food and drink I can do without easily. The jokes, gossip, laughs, arguments and memories I miss. I ran in crowds where anyone was likely to start reciting poetry on a moment’s notice. Me too. But not me anymore. So yes, it’s sad. Maybe that’s why writing has become so important to me. You don’t realize it, but we’re at dinner right now.Photo by Art Shay

Books for September

Need some distraction from the back-to-school bustle and the cooling weather? Cuddle up with these beautiful books in September:

Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey For those looking for a new coffee-table book, look no further! This book contains over 300 photographs from America’s longest-running fashion magazine and was created by the magazine’s editor-in-chief.  Available from Abrams September 1 2011 (ISBN 9781419700705)

The New Sonoma Cookbook by Connie Guttersen RD, PhD This California-inspired cookbook is an updated edition, which includes new family meals, weight loss menus, food and wine pairings, “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes, and much more! Available from Sterling Publishingon September 6 2011 (ISBN 9781402781193)

The Orchard by Therea Weir This is a mesmerising read which you won’t want to put down. This book covers many subjects; love, family, abandonment, farm life, environmentalism, the list goes on. Knowing that it is a memoir makes it even more captivating. Available from Grand Central Publishing on September 21 2011 (ISBN 9780446584692)

This is a Book (you should read) by Demetri Martin

For those who are familiar with and are fans of Demetri Martin’s comedy - this book is a great addition to the material you know and love. As I do with his stand-up routines, I have found myself quoting this book to people while talking about how great it is.

For those who haven’t seen Martin’s comedic genius on stage or on television, his observational comedy will entertain you and will keep you flipping pages until you’re on the last one wishing there were more.

The book consists of absurdly hilarious short stories, chapters of themed one liners, and his famous charts, which will keep you coming back and wanting to share with all of your friends!

Available in hardcover (9780446539708) on April 25th 2011 from Grand Central Publishing.