for the Month: July 2012

Beating the Heat

Drinkology Author James Waller's Favorite Summer Drinks

Some beer lovers go all queasy over the very notion of a beer cocktail. I used to feel the same way myself, writing in Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2012) that, in my house, “beer isn’t mixed with anything except pretzels, canasta, or heartache.”

More recently I’ve been changing my tune. Part of what persuaded me that beer cocktails are worth exploring was the late-dawning recognition that some beer styles that I like a lot—including Belgian lambics and witbiers—are already very much like cocktails, in that they’re flavored with ingredients beyond the basic grain-hops-yeast-water recipe. Where’s the sense in disparaging the Bee Sting—a cocktail combining beer and orange juice—if you’re wild about witbiers (Hoegaarden, for example, or the exceptional Witte, made by New York state’s Ommegang Brewery), whose distinctive flavor results, in part, from adding orange peel to the brew?

posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
in the category Cooking

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

How would Alberto have celebrated his July 20th birthday?

As a boy growing up on a Brazilian coffee plantation, he might have spent the morning flying a kite. Alberto loved to watch the way the wind caught it and sent it dancing into the skies. When he invented the first airplane in 1906 (OK, I know there are still some of you out there who think it was the Wright Brothers), Alberto’s creation looked a lot like a kite.

posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

Reading P.S. I Still Hate It Here: More Kids’ Letters from Camp by Diane Falanga has me reminicsing about being a camper. I went to day camp from Kindergarden to 6th grade, went to sleepaway camp throughout all of middle school, and then became a CIT (counselor-in-training) and Assistant Councelor at a day camp during high school. Finally in college, I gave up camp and started doing summer internships, because camp isn’t for adults, right?

posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
in the category Featured Book

Have you heard of the Library Mouse series by Daniel Kirk?

This loveable series features Sam, the library mouse. Sam’s home was in a little hole in the wall in the children’s reference books section of a library, and he thought that life was very good, because Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself—what happens when Sam’s books become so popular that librarians are anxious to meet the author? You can learn about Sam’s adventures in Library Mouse, Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale, Library Mouse: A World to Explore, and the newest title, Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure.

posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

P.S. I Still Hate It Here

Senior Managing Editor Ivy McFadden's Letters from Camp

In P.S. I Still Hate It Here: More Kids’ Letters from Camp by Diane Falanga (Abrams Image, 2012), a young campgoer writes:

Dear Mom and Dad,

I love everything about this camp…except the campers.

Oof! I have to say…my feelings about camp were the polar opposite. The summers after sixth and seventh grade, I spent three weeks atJohns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. My friends called it “nerd camp” (I’m okay with that). It was the first time I’d ever been away from my family for more than a weekend, and—sorry, family—I loved it. Everything about it. Especially the campers. We went to dances and on field trips, lived in a college dorm, and ate in a college dining hall (a soft-serve dispenser! A Belgian waffle station!). Granted, not everything was idyllic. I had a roommate who liked to put on headphones and sing along to the Evita soundtrack. “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” still gives me the shivers. But everything else was pretty awesome.

posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
in the category Featured Book

Pie It Forward

Colin Bakes a Fourth of July Buttermilk and Peach Pie

When I first started at Abrams a few weeks ago, I was excited to see the rich and exciting variety of cookbooks I would be working on. One of the first books I picked up was Gesine Bullock-Prado’s Pie It Forward. I was eager to give it a read because I have always been very interested in (although a little intimidated by) baking from scratch.

posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
in the category Cooking

My Summer Project

Making a Video for The Goddard Riverside Community Center

This fall, The Goddard Riverside Community Center will be honoring Michael Jacobs for his dedication to their programs over the course of his career. As part of their yearly celebrations/fund raisers there will be a gala dedicated to MJ and I (being married/mother to a film crew) decided to make a video as part of the entertainment for the evening. There will be speeches and humor and warm moments and this video.

posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012
in the category Around the Office