In this video book review, I speak on Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto, his follow up to The Omnivore’s Dilemma.



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Title: Something to Food About

Author: Questlove (Ahmir Thompson)

Summary from Publisher:

Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profound interest in creativity. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought.

Featuring conversations with: Nathan Myhrvold, Modernist Cuisine Lab, Seattle;  Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, and NoMad, NYC;  Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia; Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, L.A.; Dave Beran, Next, Chicago; Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans;  Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco;  Daniel Patterson, Coi and Loco’l, San Francisco; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due, Austin; and Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the interviews, but not the Modern Art Photography between the interviews. I’m not into modern art. If you like reading about what inspires chefs, I recommend this book. If you’re into modern are photography, I recommend checking out this book.

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Video book review of The Pleasures of Reading: a Booklover’s Alphabet by Catherine Sheldrick Ross.


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Ever since taking my Nutritional Anthropology class last year, this title has been floating around the top of my To Be Read (TBR) pile. I finally got around to reading it.


Thoughts: I found this book thought-provoking and it caused me to really consider what I was buying and eating. My gut reaction to this book was to buy 5 acres, have livestock, and a large garden. AND that I should really only by grass-fed beef. Learning how much of a scam free-range and cage-free terminology was was shocking.

Summary from Amazon:

“What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.”


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Summary: An aging bookseller takes off on an adventure after being forced to read a 20 year old letter left to him by his life’s love. A journey of self-discovery and making new friends along the way, this book will make you pause and reflect on your own life.

This book made me cry at times because it resonated with me. Two lessons I’ve taken away from it are: (1) sometimes you need to leave everything behind in order to find your true self; and (2) cry when you need to cry, because “sometimes you’re swimming in unwept tears and you’ll go under if you store them up inside” (pg. 9).

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much, I’m adding a copy of it to my library’s Leisure collection.

© Cori Large 23 June 2016


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Dessert & Booze Hack by Peggy Wang

I picked this book because of the cover: Gummy Bears in a Clear Popsicle. When this book showed up, upon first flip through, I was very happy with what I saw: Easy Thin Mints, No Bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake, No Bake Reese’s Cheesecake, Kit-Kat Brownies, Gummy Bear Popsicles, Grilled S’mores Sandwiches, and Drunken Gummy Bears.

And that’s just 7 of the recipes that initially caught my eye. This book was become quite popular among our friends. I haven’t tried any of them but I plan on having a tasting party. This is a fun and easy cookbook.

I recommend this book. It’s fun just to look through. It looks semi-childish, but has adult-geared recipes.

© Cori Large 1-17-2016


Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan is a comedian who loves to eat. Calling himself “an Eatie, not a Foodie” and having one of his most popular bits about Hot Pockets, Gaffigan teamed up with his wife again to write a second book, reflecting on his opinion and experiences with food.

The content regularly made me laugh aloud, and I enjoyed collecting quotes from its pages, i.e. “A taco that won’t force you to break your diet can’t be that great” (pg. 4).

Though the book was only published a year ago, some things about specific restaurants have changed: McDonald’s and its breakfast menu, and Subway’s business relationship with Jared Fogel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comedic writing. I consider this book to be a “light reading” book, that can be picked up and put down (though I doubt you would do that). Nothing heavy to bog you down.

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© Cori Large October 18, 2015

Blogging for Books Review: The Art of Whiskey by Noah Rothbaum

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Art of American Whiskey

This book is not what I expected. When I picked it out, I failed to read the subtitle: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels.

It literally was an art book about whiskey labels. There are a few cocktail recipes.

You can tell from the writing that the author is very passionate about the subject matter.

Just because this book was not what I expected doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I do recommend this book for those who like to read about the history of alcohol. It would make a nice coffee table book where the artwork can be pursued at leisure.

© Cori Large 13 September 2015

Getting Things Done: the art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

These are my notes I took down while reading David Allen’s book. Nothing is my own, all my notes are paraphrased.

  • Typical to do list don’t work!
    • Partial reminders don’t show you what your next step(s) is/are.
  • 5 stages of mastering workflow
    • 1. Collect all things that command your attention
    • 2. Process what they mean & what to do about them
    • 3. Organize the results
    • 4. Review options to complete task
    • 5. Do one of the options to complete task
  • I recommend copying the flow chart on page 32
  • 5 main types of lists:
    • 1. Projects (all big and little things that are vying for your attention)
    • 2. Calendar (appointments, birthdays, holidays, and due dates for specific appointments
    • 3. Next Actions (these can be subcategorized; these are the next steps to complete each project)
    • 4. Waiting For (a list of who you are waiting to hear from regarding projects or needed information)
    • 5. Someday/Maybe (a list of all the things you’d like to do, kind of like a bucket list
  • Once you’ve gathered every single item for your To Do list, try to break them down into these three categories: trash, delegate, and next actions.
  • There are 7 primary types of things you may want to keep track of:
    • A Projects List
    • Project Support Materials List
    • Calendared Actions & Information List
    • Next Actions List
    • A Waiting For List
    • Reference Materials
    • A Someday/Maybe List
  • Pg. 179 “Get comfortable with checklists, both ad hoc and more permanent. Be ready to create and eliminate them as required. Appropriately used, they can be a tremendous asset in personal productivity.”
  • Pg. 194 “I recommend that you always keep an inventory of things that need to be done that require very little mental or creative horsepower. When you’re in one of those low-energy states, do them. [Examples are:] casual reading, telephone/address data that need to be inputted onto your computer, file purging, watering the plants.”
  • Long-term project vs. Someday/Maybe:
    • Long-term ≠ Someday/Maybe
    • Long-term means “more action steps are required until it’s done”
    • Someday/Maybe means “no need to decide next actions because the days of reckoning is so far away” (pg. 247)
  • What is the next action?
    • Always ask this question
    • This is the question that will drive you forward

This book came recommended by many of the Facebook planner groups. Here are some things I took away from it. I do think I’ll have to re-read it at some point. In truth, it took me 4 ½ months to read it.

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