Blue Cook's Books Set are truly the equivalent of a little blue box for any culinary genius. The titles and authors are cleverly integrated into the design of the letters that spell out “Cook’s Books.”
This set of 5 brand new books includes:
The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
James Beard’s American Cookery
Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition
La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking Everyday French Home Cooking by Francoise Bernard
French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals and Gatherings by Stephane Reynaud
The cover jackets are so pretty, you can always use them for a little kitchen eye candy.
The Art Museum curated by Phaidon is an art collection assembled between two covers. This virtual art museum in a book, features 992 oversized pages of nearly 2,700 works of art. Without the constraints of a typical brick and mortar museum, this glamorous book is organized by handy color-coded "galleries,” and "rooms, which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, etc. that tell the history of world art. This book makes the perfect gift for the novice or part-time curator alike.
I think this watercolor expression was the inspiration for this beautiful springtime dress...perfect for an afternoon walk in the park...pair it with your favorite flat sandal...and voila... a walking masterpiece!
Roy Lichtenstein's pop art exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago is on display this summer, including more than 150 works, some that have yet to be on display to the public....Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.
Behind the curtains of the New York City Ballet, are Swarovski-encrusted costumes set to debut on opening night this May. What a dazzling cultural experience.
Since my bank account will not allow me to put my name on the Birkin Bag waiting list, I can get my Hermes fix at Leather Forever. This exhibit displays the 175-year-old brand's most luxurious creations at 6 Burlington Gardens in London through the end of May. Don’t have any plans to be in London, check out the website to view some of the exhibition...
With contemporary art. Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks (Phaidon) is a revolutionary history of the past 25 years in art from famous curators who explain who and what matters. Who are your favorite contemporary artists...see how your choices match up to the "experts".
But I am sure you will want to make travel plans immediately after tasting this recipe for Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops. Time to dust off my passport.
Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Chops
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 lamb rib chops (2 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
In a small bowl, mix the spices with 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Pat the garlic all over the lamb chops, then sprinkle them with the spice mixture.
In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chops and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, for about 6 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer the chops to plates, garnish with the cilantro and serve.
Serve with Couscous.
In addition to the recipe for Moroccan spiced lamb chops, I also found this great arts and crafts project...Moroccan lanterns. Nothing like a little ambiance to compliment your culinary creation.
Decorative aluminum sheets
Tin snips, scissors (to cut metal)
Ruler or tape measure
20-gauge wire, cut into 6-inch lengths
Emery cloth (sandpaper for metal)
Krylon black primer (optional)
Step 1: Cut sheeting to desired size strips using tin snips. Use household containers like cylindrical oatmeal boxes and soup cans to figure out the dimensions you want. A 10 x 17-inch piece makes a large lantern; a 4 x 10-inch strip a votive size. Lightly sand any rough edges with emery cloth.
Step 2: Roll the metal strip into a cylinder, using food containers as a mold and overlapping the cut ends slightly. To secure, twist wire through openings in the mesh evenly spaced at the top, bottom and middle along the seam. Depending on size, each lantern will require from two to six pieces of wire. Turn edges of wire to inside of lamp and trim any excess.
Step 3: To finish, spray surface with two coats of black primer, letting it dry in between applications. Or spray primer followed by a coat or two of spray paint in the color of your choice.
Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, written by Julie Salamon, is the biography of the first woman to win a Tony award for Best Play. The biography follows her life from the women’s movement in which she came of age to her latter years culminated with her tragically early death. Her dramatic presence was visible on behind the curtain and in real life.