for the Month: October 2012

O. Winston Link

Old Maude Bows to the Virginia Creeper, and “Green Cove Stop”

As I mention in my new book from ABRAMS, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line, O. Winston Link and his assistants realized that the great Norfolk & Western steam locomotives they were capturing on film would soon vanish. What they didn’t know at the time was that they were also documenting life in an area—American Appalachia—that would face dramatic change during the second half of the twentieth century.

posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012
in the category Photography

Tipplers (and Teetotalers) in Chief

Presidential Drinks With Drinkology Author James Waller

If Mitt Romney, whose religion prohibits alcohol consumption, wins the presidency on November 6, the White House will go dry. (And—somewhat ironically—first lady Ann Romney won’t be hosting any literal tea parties, since Mormonism likewise forbids “hot drinks.”) So the question voters really ought to be asking themselves before casting their ballots is this: Are teetotaling presidents trustworthy?

posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
in the category Cooking

After reading about (and drooling over) prior posts on Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients (like Lindy’s Snickerdoodles, Marisa’s Lacy Panty Cakes, and Dervla’s Pots de Crème), I knew whatever I magicked up from the Caramel chapter was bound to be good. And ooooh, was it.

Attempting caramel can lead to burnt fingers and sad saucepans of unusable crystallized sugar syrup. Been there. But the baking sprites were with me last Saturday when I set about making the Baked boys’ Antique Caramel Cake—two caramel cake layers, caramel frosting, and Sweet & Salty Caramel Sauce. (“Antique” because the recipe is old, not because the cake’s been left out for a week or the caramel sauce was dredged up from the very deepest recesses of the fridge. Swear!)

posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
in the category Cooking

The Painted Home by Dena

Photos From Author Dena Fishbein's Book Signing Event

Hello! I’m Dena, author of The Painted Home, and I’m so happy to be a new part of the ABRAMS family. My book debuted in September, and it’s been wonderful seeing the supportive and positive responses growing over time. John Ellis took amazing photographs, styled by Sunday Hendrickson, of each room of my hand painted California ranch home. The book features 20 easy to understand and very customizable DIY how-tos for all kinds of projects from paper-lined vases to hand painted curtains. In addition, there’s a stencil at the back of the book for painting a wall of your own home.

posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012
in the category Design

Cover Evolution Of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Behind The Scenes With Creative Director Chad Beckerman

I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spider web on your leg.
As bad as the black parts on a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.

When Eleanor’s beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn’t up to snuff, and she doesn’t take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the school year looms, it’s time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is.

posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

When I first moved to this country from Ireland at the tender age of 13, I had several ideas in my head about what America would look like, feel like, and taste like. I thought I’d be moving to a country where girls skipped around with bobby socks on, ponytails flying in the wind, sipping vanilla malt milkshakes while twirling on red vinyl stools in a diner. (I was also under the illusion that I’d live in a perpetual Baywatch-type land where everyone traveled on roller skates and lived in their bathing suits!) When we arrived at our new home in Pennsylvania, I soon realized how wrong I was.

But I was right about one thing: malt makes an amazing milkshake. When I was asked to cover malt as one of the favorite ingredients in Baked Elements, I was excited to make that milkshake of my vinyl stool dreams, but it was not to be. You see, my husband forgot to get milk yesterday. So, I quickly turned to the Malted Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème. They are good.

posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
in the category Cooking

Rigby’s Big Day Out

Behind The Scenes Of The Puppyhood Book Trailer

Some people question the usefulness of book trailers. Does it actually help sell books? Do they possess the perfect balance of intrigue and information to make someone go out to their local bookstore or click that “buy” button on their favorite website?

Who knows! What I can tell you is that people seem to love puppies. So when I got the chance to make a book trailer for J. Nichole Smith’s new book Puppyhood: Life-sized Portraits of Puppies at Six Weeks Old I knew the perfect diva dog for the role!

posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012
in the category Pets

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito is now my top 10 favorite book list. Simply because I can actually make things from it. And, they look good. And, they taste good.

October is by far the best month of the year and finally it’s crisp out, leaves are changing and pumpkins are everywhere. I love everything pumpkin, so I pretty much begged to have pumpkin as my element to try for our Baked Blog series.

posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012
in the category Cooking

Star Wars Reads Day

A Celebration Of Reading And Star Wars

Tomorrow, October 6, is the first-ever Star Wars Reads Day! In honor of this—a day for fans, both new and old, to come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars—a few of my ABRAMS colleagues and authors wanted to share their Star Wars memories and pictures. Please excuse us while our true, nerdy colors are showing . . .

posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012
in the category Pop Culture

Dazzling Design

A Visit To The Office Of Dazzling Design Author Amanda Nisbet

Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet one of my favorite books on the fall interior design list for a number of reasons. Partially because I love working with an interior designer whose style I can actually draw inspiration from for my own home and also because the pages are stuffed with vibrant colors that make my head spin. Color and its many iterations is what Amanda is known for. It’s her calling card and clients flock to her doors to get a chance to have a home designed by her. I have visited her offices and can say that her use of color in clients’ homes translates to her own office also.

posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012
in the category Design