A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek guidebook to discovering one’s own route through life.



Transplanted New Yorker Hart’s idea of creating a fake cooking show began as a joke for a friend in California. At last count, her YouTube channel, “My Drunk Kitchen,” had tallied more than 66 million views. Hart’s “cookbook” will surely enlarge her audience and please her fans.

The author, who dedicates the book to “reckless optimists,” has been featured in numerous magazines including TimeLA Weekly and Marie Claire, as well as on CBS News, and her 2012 YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe” won the 2013 Steamy Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy. Hart’s wacky sense of humor carries on in this collection of drink suggestions, which includes fun recipes, cooking tips, photos, quotes and life lessons. Whether the author is elaborating on the basics of kitchen improvisation and “filling your heart as well as your stomach,” embracing the bumpy journey toward adulthood, or exploring the boundaries of love and sexuality, Hart remains entertaining. In the section entitled “So This Is Love,” the author includes recipes for Hot-Crossed Bunz, Heart-Beet Salad, Brothel Sprouts and Sad Thai. “I feel like the people we find ourselves drawn to are somehow reflections of the love we were given (or denied) as children,” she writes. “And this could manifest as unconditional loyalty or devotion to people who don’t necessarily classify as healthy and/or functional human beings.” Hart devotes another section to coping with family during the holidays. The author’s recipe for Trifle Troubles alludes to the trauma of leaving the comfort of your adult life and revisiting “the emotional baggage of your childhood,” while Let’s Get Grilled (About Your Life Choices) traverses the troubled terrain of communicating with a less-than-understanding father “who never achieved his goals.”

 A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek guidebook to discovering one’s own route through life.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 2014

ISBN: 978-0062293039

Page Count: 240

Publisher: It Books/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: July 23, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2014

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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