We talk to some of the masterminds reinventing cookbooks
Mario Batali just took me on a guided tour of his latest cookbook, America Farm to Table—and he’ll happily do the same for you.
“All the recipes in this book are inspired by farmers in appreciation of the incredible amount of work they do to bring quality food to our table,” Batali says. “Let’s take a walk through this amazing interactive ebook and explore the tools I’ve developed to guide your cooking.” He ends with an ...
Kelly Link photographed by Sharona Jacobs.
Unlike most story collections, Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble does not take its title from a short story therein. But that’s only the first way it’s unlike most collections.
Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005) is the celebrated author of wonder-filled short stories for adult and YA audiences. Her books have been categorized as fantasy, horror, mystery, magic realism, slipstream and science fiction. They’ve been creatively shelved at bookstores.
“Occasionally I get email from people that say that they’ve seen Magic ...
Mary Beard photographed by Robin Cormac
Thinking of writing a popular history of ancient Rome? Mary Beard cautions against beginning too early—or too late.
“You could never write a history of Rome when you’re 25,” says Beard. “There’s too much to know, really. If you leave it till after 65, it’s too late. You might not finish it.”
At 60, Beard is “Britain’s best-known classicist,” according to The Guardian, professor at the Cambridge University, television personality, and author of the popular blog “A ...
Carrie Brownstein photographed by Autumn de Wilde
Before Carrie Brownstein had fans, she was one. Growing up in Redmond, Washington, she mock-interviewed the posters on her bedroom walls (Duran Duran, Elvis, James Dean); pleaded to attend a 1985 Madonna concert à la mode in her mother’s wedding dress (request denied); and wrote “inappropriately long letters” to Ralph Macchio, Hollywood’s Brat Pack, and assorted daytime TV soap stars.
“A response, any response, implied that I existed, that I was not a weirdo, that I’d be okay. I ...
We talk to the author of IT ENDED BADLY
Jennifer Wright photographed by Eric T. White
Jennifer Wright is sorry to hear about your terrible breakup. When you drove to the 24-hour Krispy Kreme with tears in your eyes, purchased two dozen “hot now” glazed doughnuts and smashed them all over your ex’s dorm window? She sympathizes with that. She will even acknowledge it as pretty bad/embarrassing. But it’s certainly not the worst breakup in history.
“If your breakup makes you behave like a tormented, crazed shell of your former self, you are not ...
Karen Olsson photographed by Matt Valentine.
For those called to testify before the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions, Iran-Contra was an affair to remember. To Karen Olsson—a teenager at the time—the scandal and resultant investigation all seemed rather nebulous.
“It’s one of those things that lurks on the fringes of your memory, because it happened before I was quite old enough to be aware of it and interpret it in an adult way,” Olsson says. “I was in ninth grade, and I ...
Gregory Maguire photographed by Andy Newman
“I don’t know about you, but I have an extremely vigorous dream life,” says Gregory Maguire. One imagines!—and one is not disappointed to learn that, just prior to our morning phone interview, he dreamt of his dead mother and dead stepmother in conversation with 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb.
Maguire is an interviewer’s dream: nimble-minded, never mumbles, elucidative, ever-humble bestselling author, Broadway VIP, English and American literature PhD—best-known for his skillfully skewed perspectives ...
Lauren Redniss photographed by Abigail Pope
In the case of author-illustrator Lauren Redniss’ latest book, a joke precipitated a brainstorm.
“The story is that I finished my last book, Radioactive—I had to learn a lot of physics for it—and I was kind of feeling burnt out,” says Redniss. “I was just chatting with a friend and said, ‘Ugh, I’m exhausted, my next next book is going to be about clouds and rainbows.’ ”
“I was just being flip, but then I started to ...