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THE FLAVOR OF JERUSALEM

From the small (pop. 300,000) ancient city where East meets West and the three major religions of the world sit down to table together, two spirited free-lancers who met while working in the office of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek (though Joan's from Providence and Judy's from Montreal) have compiled favorite recipes and personality profiles from the colorful heterogeneity of the local citizens.

You'll meet Russian nuns, Hungarian restaurateurs, Israeli archaeologists, editors, and kibbutzniks, Arab actors and antiquarians, Yemenite jewelry makers, an Ethiopian monk, a Scottish minister, a Persian policeman, Franciscan priests, and many more. They prepare marvelous couscous, falafel, hummus, Maste kheyar, Moussaka, Lahmajoun, Shish Kebab, a few odd Oriental, French or English items; but Joan and Judy are unabashedly pro-Jewish and their favorites (and ours) are kugel, blintzes, latices, matzoh balls, charoset (prepared Sephardic-style, with dates, walnuts, sweet wine), gefilte fish, challah, and rich and heavy tortes. Golda herself, by the way, brews chicken soup (don't forget the bird's feet) in the family kitchen.

An enthusiastic culinary tour with a personal feel and a travel-book touch to complement those Middle Eastern and Mitteleuropaeisch flavors.

Pub Date: March 1, 1975

ISBN: 0316598437

Page Count: 242

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Nov. 8, 2011

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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