Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I went to the Barnes and Noble on Broadway yesterday to look for gardening magazines to take home to my mom. Before I went hunting for them ( and I really had to hunt), I visited the cookbook section to see if, you know, my book might be there. It's a bit of a gamble, as I'm always nervous that it will not be, and then I'd have to slink out, casting worried dog-eyebrow looks at people, tail between my legs. But there it was. And I was so excited to see it shoulder to shoulder with Jacques Pepin (whose his fat-fat - earlier edition - book of French technique taught me how to cut an onion) that I FAILED to miss what is at my book's feet.

Romney Family Table?

Jeepers. And to think I walked away and ignored my book's cries for help.

The garden magazines. There were rows of magazine racks. I walked up and down them thrice before I found the gardening zines on the lowest rack, at the back, barely visible, and poorly represented. But there were oodles of others - cars, computers, weddings wedding weddings, fashion, interiors, food, knitting, you name it. It seemed weird. But I live a life skewed towards plants and so am surprised that everyone else does not.

I wonder if Hudson News in Grand Central still has a good garden magazine section. They used to. Maybe I have time for one oyster, before we pack up and fly to Cape Town.

My name is Marie, and it has been nine months since my last trip to The Oyster Bar.

Oh! And Apple's iBooks is featuring 66 Square Feet - A Delicious Life at a special price of $4.99 just for this week, in its Books for Food Lovers Collection. Go over and snap it up, if you like cooking from your tablet or laptop, as I have begun to do, or want to read it on your subway or Thanksgiving plane ride home.

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