for the Month: September 2012

Partying with Heather Ross

From The STC Craft Blog

There are many things that author Heather Ross does well, and one of them is throwing a great party. To celebrate the release of her latest book, Heather Ross Prints, she decorated the rooftop of her apartment building to the nines, put out fabulous food and endless proseco, and managed to assemble the most wonderful and interesting people in the sewing and craft community in one little space (including Amy Sedaris!!).  Head over to the STC Craft Blog for more photos and the full story!

posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
in the category Craft

The Baked Boys sayeth thus: “Happy homes are full of cinnamon.”

I’m a believer, and always have been.

My three best friends from childhood, Jennifer, Lisa, and Kim, and I were in 4-H. One summer we chose to master the Baking Arts, and practiced correctly setting tables, the proper measurement procedures of wet and dry ingredients, and the preparation of all manner of muffin and biscuit and cookie. I must have made 50 batches of snickerdoodles that summer, perfecting my techniques in the race for the blue ribbon and the chance to compete at the State Fair.

Oh yes, I won that blue ribbon (photo courtesy of Mom). My secret? More cinnamon.

posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012
in the category Cooking


Collecting A's That Are Artful, Well Designed, or Just Plain Cool

We over here at ABRAMS KIDS have started a campaign on Instagram and Twitter called A for ABRAMS ( #aforabrams ) We are collecting A’s that are artful, well designed, or just plain cool from anywhere that you might find them. The idea is whenever you happen to see one of these artful A’s out and about you can join us by hash tagging your A #aforabrams as well as including our Instagram or twitter handle @abramskids. Have some fun and we hope you all get to see the world around you a little better.

posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
in the category Art

BAKED ELEMENTS will be here soon! In order to celebrate the third BAKED book, from our friends Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, the folks here at Abrams are whipping up some delicious goods. We have quite the staff of bakers, so make sure to check out last week’s blog by Matt Dinda (Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bread) and future blogs featuring cinnamon, pumpkin, booze, and more!

posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
in the category Cooking

101 Reasons To Love The Cowboys And Packers

Authors Ron Green Jr. and David Green Give Us Many More Reasons to Love Football

Hunter green turns to gold. Blue, silver and white will soon paint the landscape. As the crickets’ song fades, the breeze carries a chill. Summer gives way to autumn, great bowls are filled with a cornucopia of color, and a different anthem carries across the land. Cheers rise, roars of delight and moans of despair fill the air. And leather-bound, oblong balls fly across the last vestiges of green.

It’s football season, folks! And what better way to celebrate than with a pair of the NFL’s most storied teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Continuing the highly-successful 101 Reasons to Love™ series, these two volumes are stuffed with a bounty of history, tasty anecdotes, and a full serving of vintage and contemporary photos. We have selected a few of our favorite reasons for you to sample.

posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012
in the category Sports

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

Our Favorite Chapters From The New Book

Last year, I acquired a book called Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, and Mary Ann Zoellner. I have to admit that in the past, “humorous” parenting books rarely spoke to me. The humor was usually predictable – and often involved crying while drinking white wine. With Sh*tty Mom, not only could I relate to all of the chapters, but I frequently laughed out loud while editing it, and I STILL laugh hysterically when reading parts of the book. In honor of the back-to-school season (when mothers might actually have two minutes of free time), I’ve asked some of the moms around the office which chapter of the book they can relate to the most.

posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
in the category Humor

I am a frequent sinner in the kitchen, and I’m not afraid to say that the boys of Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Baked Bakery are in a way my lords and saviors. Through their first book with Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Baked, they have taken me from burning poorly-mixed cookies to making elaborate peanut butter bars. I should confess that I’m more often than not relegated to sous-chef by my much more talented partner-in-crime, but even then my skills have been improving thanks to Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s accessible and delicious recipes. Their new book Baked Elements is out this month and charts the boys’ 10 favorite ingredients with a few recipes for each. In celebration of its release, Abrams is blogging employees’ attempts to “pull off” one recipe per ingredient until we’ve tackled all 10 ingredients, and I was first at bat.

posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012
in the category Cooking

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

Four Questions with Author Joanne Rocklin

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook is a warm-hearted middle-grade novel about Oona, a curious and spunky big sister, her little brother, Fred, and their adored cat, Zook (short for Zucchini). When Zook gets sick and has to stay with the vet, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook’s previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives has echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face.

posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
in the category Children's Books