Have we told you yet how much we're obsessed with Vancouver Special? When it opened in April 2008, we couldn't believe there was finally a store devoted to high quality and AFFORDABLE (!!!!) Scandinavian and Japanese design. It is a mini sanctuary just on the edge of Vancouver's bustling downtown core. They offer an incredible selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. Please check it out if you're in Vancouver. You will not be disappointed.
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Join us Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fascinating conversation about Judith Miller’s life with antiques and a glimpse into her latest book heralding design from the 1940s to 1960s. Miller’s Mid-Century Modern (Mitchell Beazley, 978-1845336936) is a comprehensive and critical guide to one of the most exciting periods in design history and one of the hottest design trends of the moment. This invaluable book covers all of the most iconic designs and designers emanating from the 1940s to 1960s and explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors and textiles from the period. The event will take place at the AGO (317 Dundas street W) visit http://artmatters.ca/wp/2012/10/designtalk-judith-miller-and-mid-century-modern-in-shopago/ for more information.
Brewed Awakening is a must have book for anyone interested in the craft beer movement (we know you're out there) or for those beer geek's who follow every trend in cutting-edge craft brewing today--beers that are super-bitter, cask conditioned, organic, gluten free, and extreme (extra flavour, extra alcohol, extra everything). The craft beer movement is growing and the innovation taking place within the community is really quite astonishing. It's what one might call, a liquid revolution!
I imagine author Joshua M. Bernstein had a pretty killer time writing this book. He chronicles his pint-by-pint sampling with photos, labels, and info on the latest techniques. Exploring everywhere beer is being made, he travels from Nebraska to Norway, New Zealand to Montreal and dishes about his experiences at pint-sized breweries popping up in basements and garages while explaining how hops, grain and yeast can cause beers to take on radically different tastes.
Nothin' like poppin' a cold one. Enjoy!
Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution by Joshua M. Bernstein / Sterling Publishing, $29.95 CAN, ISBN:9781402778643
The Circle Craft show was in Vancouver this past weekend, and yesterday I decided to brave the crowds and check out the handmade goods. I'm glad that I did, because I picked up several original tree ornaments, some pickled garlic and a big bag of gourmet candy. (perfect for stockings... if it lasts that long!) The experience got me to thinking, as I often do around talented "makers of things" that I should really try to indulge in my creative side more and try my hand at sewing, knitting or the like. Unfortunately, such projects just don't hold my attention and I end up abandoning ship halfway through.
Lucky for me, the new BUST DIY GUIDE TO LIFE is now available in stores and is full of fabulous tips on how to do....stuff. As early promoters and staunch supporters of the DIY movement, BUST magazine founders Debbie Stoller (of Stitch ‘n Bitch fame) and Laurie Henzel thought it was high time they collected the best do-it-yourself knowledge into a single hefty volume. The result is a book that not only teaches readers how to knit a scarf, but also teaches a new generation of women how to create a life on their own terms. Debbie and Laurie present the best of BUST’s archives: more than 250 DIY ideas for everything from how to style your home and how to style your hair to how to support your immune system naturally and how to support yourself financially. Fun right?!
The BUST DIY Guide to Life , STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book; CAN $32.95 | ISBN: 9781584798965
Hailed by Wanderlust Magazine as a 'David & Goliath-style victory', independent publisher Bradt Travel Guides has come out tops in the annual Wanderlust Awards. Wanderlust further described Bradt as 'the small publisher whose engaging, well-written and highly detailed guides to exotic places continue to set a benchmark for quality.' Bradt's Managing Director, Donald Greig, commented 'We're thrilled to receive this award. Wanderlust readers are an adventurous and knowledgeable crowd having visited almost every single country in the world in the past year, so it means a lot to us to get such a strong seal of approval from them.'
More great press for Jerry Robinson: An Ambassador of Comics with this excellent feature in the Toronto Star. If you’re a comics fan, I strongly encourage you to check out the brilliant musings on Charles Kochman’s blog. He is the editorial director for Abrams ComicArts and the individual who discovered Jeff Kinney at New York Comic Con. Need I say more? The gorgeous book DOGS by Tim Flach is featured in the beautiful new online magazine Covet Garden. This mag is drool worthy in a good way, kinda like Tim Flach’s stunning photography.
Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal was featured on Sneakpeek.ca and picked up on IMBD. The book features over 300 illustrations and chronicles the history of the one and only Captain Marvel. For the book trailer, check out our Youtube channel here.
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (I LOVE her name, but don’t even think about asking me how to pronounce it!) will be featured in the March issue of Style at Home Magazine. If getting organized is on your list of resolutions this year, you’re not alone. Get organized is one of the top 10 New Years resolutions for 2011, second only to lose weight.
P.S. I Made This... was featured in the Living section of the Toronto Star this week. The author takes crafts and fashion to a whole new level, and I dare say it works for both the young professional and her bratty little sister.
An interview with Jennifer Joyner, author of the heartfelt memoir Designated Fat Girl recently ran in The Province. The book is a painfully honest account of Joyner’s experiences as an obese woman—of always having to buy new clothes that fit, pretending to order for two people at drive-through fast-food joints, not fitting into her wedding dress, and the cruel comments that haunted her. In the end, it is also a story of recovery and survival.
The beautiful book Chris Ofili will be featured in the April issue of House and Home Magazine. Ofili’s paintings often refer to his Nigerian heritage and the wider African-American and Afro-Caribbean experience. The coolest part about his work is the incorporation of rather random materials such as sequins or map pins. His trademark? Varnished elephant dung! The book accompanies a major Tate exhibition.
Kris Carr is everywhere at the moment, promoting her hugely popular Crazy Sexy Diet book. If you’re interested in experimenting with some of her alkaline recipes, check out her Raw Goddess Soup on Daily Squeeze, and Buddha Bowl on the House and Home blog.
Star Wars Visions was given tremendous treatment on the Canadian blog jedinews. This book will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of fine art, especially those with a penchant for sci-fi.
Move over Lisbeth Salander, there’s a new Scandinavian crime thriller in town and it plans on sticking around for a while! THREE SECONDS swiftly snagged the #9 spot on the NYT bestseller list this week after only a brief time in bookstores. We have a feeling this early success is just the tip of the iceberg for Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström. Read it people, you won’t be disappointed.
Jerry Robinson’s new coffee table tome Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics was profiled on Sneakpeek and picked up by IMBD. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll know that Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics, and a member of the original Batman team.
The Montreal Gazette suggests the book YUCK! The Things People Eat may help folks lose a few pounds. Check out the article here and let us know what you think of this... um, unique weight-loss technique.
For all of you Design-y types, guess who’s coming to Toronto for IDS11? You’ll never guess so I’m just gonna spill it...Allegra Hicks! Allegra will be on stage speaking with Amy Verner from the Globe and Mail at 4PM on Saturday, January 29th and signing copies of her new book Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design directly after. Click here for more information. If you weren’t planning on attending the show but are interested in Allegra’s spring decorating tips and learning more about the book, she is scheduled to be a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show Friday, January 28th.
Lastly, if you haven’t yet heard of Kris Carr, I would like to make the formal introduction now. Kris is a Cancer survivor who has transformed the way she eats, lives and views the world and it all started with a low-glycemic, vegetarian diet. Her program focuses on balancing the pH of the body with whole and raw foods, organic green drinks, and smoothies. If this sounds complicated – trust me, she explains it much better than I ever could! Her New Book Crazy Sexy Diet debunks diet myths, shares tips on how to detox safely, and even how to grocery shop! It is witty, accessible, powerful, and beautifully illustrated. Enough said. See this month’s Best Health Magazine for a review.
On another note, is it just me, or does the Globe Style section just keep getting better and better?
Moving along, the Vancouver Sun also published a booklist on Saturday, but focused on the top 10 lifestyle tomes of the season. It included Bunny Williams Scrapbook for Living, Miller's Costume Jewelry, and The World Atlas of Whisky. I found the list spot on!
Trying to nail down clever drink ideas for an upcoming holiday shin-dig? Impress your guests with these creative cocktail recipes put together by the folks at the Calgary Herald. My particular favourite is the Tequila Mockingbird adapted from Drinkology by James Waller.
Letty Halloran Flatt, author of Chocolate Snowball, was recently profiled on the CBC's Cookbook Club. For those of you seeking that gem of a cookie for your holiday bake swap - look no further. The Linzer Heart Cookie recipe was reproduced along with the interview. These cookies are SO adorable.
The Canadian Living Craft Blog gave away a copy of The Farm Chicks Christmas last week! If you're a crafter do yourself a favour and keep this site on your blog roll. They give stuff away a lot.
And finally, for gift ideas for the food fanatic on your list, I suggest taking a look at this list of the best cookbooks of the year compiled by The Montreal Gazette. Our favourites from the list? Plenty by Diana Henry and Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian, your foodie friends will not be dissapointed.
Monkey Bubble Bread...Boston Cream Pie...Heartland Turtle Bars...Buttermilk Doughnuts... I don't know about you, but these desserts take me back to a time when I was young, life was slow and desserts were oh so fun! If you're in the mood for a trip down memory lane, you and your taste buds should check out Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Stewart Tabori & Chang, $35.95). The authors take liberties on some classics - but without making them too precious which seems to be the unfortunate trend these days. As far as I'm concerned, this gorgeous new tome on all things baked (ahem) truly takes the cake. If you don't believe me, check out this review in the Globe and Mail, together we should have you convinced.
Can you think of one special dessert that with a forkful, can flood you with memories from your childhood? Tell us about it for a chance to win your very own copy of Baked Explorations!