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Worlds Collide: A New Coloring Book for People Who Love Food

Worlds Collide: A New Coloring Book for People Who Love Food

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If you've not been in an actual brick-and-mortar bookstore in the last year, you may have missed the boom of adult coloring books. Indeed, the childhood pastime has made a roaring comeback for adults of every stripe, from Type A engineers to too-busy-to-bathe young professionals.

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Now, with the introduction of Jessie Kanelos Weiner's coloring book Edible Paradise, those of us whose interests span both the colorful artistic world and the edible food world have a coloring book just for us. Each illustration features exquisitely detailed pictures of fanciful florals, dreamy farmers' market scenes, even calming bouquets of freshly-picked produce.

Package this coloring book up with a box of colored pencils, and you'll be a gift giving genius for all your friends. Better yet, curl up in your favorite armchair with a pack of colorful pens, and let the worries of your world slip away.

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August 25, 2020

This batch of new drink books, mostly released in September and early October 2020, includes everything from non-alcoholic drinks to cocktails inspired by gangsters, real and imagined, global cocktails hard seltzer and other fizzy drinks, two new books from The Aviary, and a lot more. It's kind of a lot, and these are all the pre-holiday books that should show up in November. 

As usual, all the descriptive text comes from the publishers and are not reviews from me. What's new? I'm also linking to the  ability to buy the books on Bookshop that supports local bookstores! 

Spirited: Cocktails from around the World by Adrienne Stillman [Amazon] [Bookshop]

A major global celebration of classic and cutting-edge cocktail recipes that define the way we drink, wherever we are

Spirited is the most important book of cocktails from around the world — researched and collected for the home drink maker. It spotlights hundreds of cocktail recipes from the past 500 years and 60 countries, ranging from renowned iconic classics to lesser-known regional specialties to influential bespoke drinks — each reflecting the era, location, or bar that inspired it. Contemporary design and a wealth of commissioned photographs create an authoritative, accessible global guide that perfectly distills the cocktail's distinctive essence. The perfect book for celebrating!

How to Drink without Drinking: Celebratory alcohol-free drinks for any time of the day by Fiona Beckett [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Fiona Beckett is the author of more than 10 books including Fiona Beckett's Cheese Course and Food, Wine & friends (Cico) and How to Match Food and Wine (Mitchell Beazley). She is the wine writer for the Guardian and her Matching Food and Wine website has followers around the world, with 230k unique users a month, 17k registered subscribers and a social media reach of over 130k across all channels.

Fiona outlines the rise of teetotalism and the health benefits of including alcohol-free days as part of a healthy lifestyle.

This beautiful and inspiring book includes tips and recipes for flavoring waters, creating rhubarb bellinis and marmalade bucks fizz, as well as delicious cardamom syrups, roiboos tea punch and root beer floats.

Whether you wish to create a watermelon cooler or an alcohol-free fruit punch to get a party started or simply wish to make a pair of herb-flavored spritzes for a Friday night in, this book proves that 'no-lo' drinks are every bit as interesting as alcohol. Learn how to create flavorsome, delicious drinks so that anyone can join in a party or celebration. Sections include water, drinks made with nonalcoholic wine, drinking vinegars and shrubs, syrups and cordials, alcohol-free and low-alcohol cocktails, wines, beers and spirits.

Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World's Most Iconic Hotels by Alia Akkam [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Today's traveller is always on the move. Their trips are frequent, they think globally, and they treat hotel lobbies and bars as social spaces, conducting meetings or hunkering down, for hours at a time, with their laptops. Drinking is part of these everyday rituals, and so in this context the hotel bar's role acquires an even greater significance.

Behind the Bar shines a light on 50 signature cocktails from the most iconic hotel bars across the world, appealing to tried-and-true cocktail lovers and design aficionados alike. Recipes from some of these storied properties will inspire enthusiasts to re-create timeless cocktails at home. Anecdotes supplied by barkeeps and hotel and design personalities will enliven the recipes that reveal why so many hotel bars have endured through the years or have made an impact on the modern world.

The clandestine speakeasy has been glorified countless times for its mix of sex appeal and transporting décor but the hotel bar should also be recognised for its sophistication, grandeur, or showmanship. Behind the Bar does exactly that but also transcends the cocktail crowd niche. It is just as much a book for the traveller with a strong appreciation for design as well as the fantasy-filled armchair traveller charmed by illustrations and nuggets of history.

Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You're Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge [Amazon] [Bookshop]

A serious and stylish look at sophisticated nonalcoholic beverages by a former Bon Appétit editor and James Beard Award nominee.

“Julia Bainbridge resets our expectations for what a ‘drink’ can mean from now on.”—Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual and The PDT Cocktail Book

Blackberry-infused cold brew with almond milk and coconut cream. Smoky tea paired with tart cherry juice. A bittersweet, herbal take on the Pimm’s Cup. Writer Julia Bainbridge spent a summer driving across the U.S. going to bars, restaurants, and everything in between in pursuit of the question: Can you make an outstanding nonalcoholic drink? The answer came back emphatically: “Yes.”

With an extensive pantry section, tips for sourcing ingredients, and recipes curated from stellar bartenders around the country—including Verjus Spritz, Chicha Morada Agua Fresca, Salted Rosemary Paloma, and Tarragon Cider—Good Drinks shows that decadent brunch cocktails, afternoon refreshers, and evening digestifs can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

Fizz: 80 Joyful Cocktails and Mocktails for Every Occasion by Olly Smith [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Add a little sparkle to any occasion with 80 seriously simple cocktail and mocktail recipes for any occasion, united by their unique and exciting use of fizzy mixers.

Bubbles are shortcuts to joyful moments. Whether the bubbles come from Champagne, cava, cider, beer, soda, or kombucha, a fizzy drink signals celebration and instantly turns any meal or get-together into a special one. Fizz is the ultimate guide to introducing more liveliness into your cocktail repertoire and bringing the most casual fête to the next level of celebration--with minimal effort.

Organized by occasion and purpose (Bubbles after work? Crowd-worthy batches for the holiday? Bringing your drinks to a summer picnic?), the drinks in Fizz are as gorgeous as they are simple, with plenty of booze-free bubbles alongside the classics to suit all tastes. Spritzes, negronis, and sangria abound, while those looking to expand their drinks horizons will delight in choices like Spiced Rhubarb Tonic and booze-free Ginger Kombucha. There's a breezy mocktail or a potent punch for everyone, making it easy to turn any day into a celebration.

The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes by Dale DeGroff [Amazon] [Bookshop]

The renowned cocktail bible, fully revised and updated by the legendary bartender who set off the cocktail craze--featuring over 100 brand-new recipes, all-new photography, and an up-to-date history of the cocktail.

The Craft of the Cocktail was the first real cookbook for cocktails when it first published in 2002, and it has had a remarkable influence on bartending. With this new edition, the original gets a delicious update, bringing expertise from Dale DeGroff, the father of craft cocktails, to the modern bar for a new generation of cocktail enthusiasts. The beloved histories, culture, tips, and tricks are back but all are newly revised, and DeGroff's favorite liquor recommendations are included so you know which gin or bourbon will mix just right.

Beautiful Booze: Stylish Cocktails to Make at Home by Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Shaken, stirred, clarified, layered, floral, and more, these gorgeous cocktails taste as good as they look
Cocktail alchemy―the sweet, sour, bitter, booze―is magic in the hands of self-taught mixologist Natalie Migliarini. Sure, her story is the classic “girl-quits-job-to-pursue-passion-(cocktails)-starts-website-(Beautiful Booze)-leads-to-book-(yes, this one).” But these beautiful drinks are the result of a real immersion in the craft of building cocktails. Based on a solid foundation of research and feel for cocktail trends, Beautiful Booze is an instant classic. Readers can prepare these drinks at home, using available ingredients and simple tools.

Great cocktails elevate every occasion from ordinary to amazing. Here you’ll find recipes for mainstays like the Bloody Mary Bar Cart, as well as old-made-new cocktails like a Créme de la Colada, Limoncello Daiquiri, and Lavender Fizz. Vibrant photographs make reading this book almost as much fun as mixing its drinks.

Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Low Life Gangsters by Vincent Pollard [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Pairing notorious gangsters and mobsters from movies and television with signature cocktails, this pocket-sized collection of boozy recipes is so much fun, it's criminal.

It's been a century since the prohibition sent Americans scurrying to speakeasies and decades since the movie industry turned mobsters into celebrities. Now the two worlds collide in this highly original collection that creates signature cocktails for gangsters of every stripe. There's Tommy Shelby, who likes his Irish whiskey strong and stiff with just a splash of sweet vermouth and bitters. Billie Frechette mixes gin with honey and lemon, making the drink almost as sweet as her love for John Dillinger. There's also Mia Wallace, who gets a boozy take on a classic milkshake. Famous characters from much-loved recent TV series including The Sopranos, Peaky Blinders, and Boardwalk Empire are seen alongside iconic roles from classic films such as The Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, and Miller's Crossing. Each character and drink is illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Shawn McManus. Whether you're a budding mixologist or gearing up to watch The Godfather, this handy book provides the perfect blend of slick recipes and popular culture.

The Cocktail Dictionary: An A-Z of cocktail recipes, from Daiquiri and Negroni to Martini and Spritz by Henry Jeffreys [Amazon] [Bookshop]

An A-Z compendium of every cocktail recipe that you need to know.

Navigate the bewildering world of cocktails with this elegant A to Z guide to every recipe that you need to know. Complete with insightful introductions on the fascinating stories behind each drink, The Cocktail Dictionary is the discerning drinker's guide to the art of sipping.

Covering everything from the Old Fashioned, Martini, Margarita and Daiquiri to key cocktail techniques such as muddling, shaking, stirring and the perfect ice.

Includes 100+ drinks recipes for you to try, as well as stunning illustrations throughout the book.

How to Make Hard Seltzer: Refreshing Recipes for Sparkling Libations by Chris Colby [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Hard seltzer is a booming category in the world of lifestyle beverages and many craft brewers are lending their artisanal skills to this refreshing beverage. Simple to make and with a wide range of creative flavor additions, hard seltzer is a sparkling alternative for beer lovers looking to give their palate a different experience. Learn about the development of the current market and delve into the intricacies of sugars used in making seltzer.

Understand the different regulations for this beverage based on how you make it so you can be in legal compliance. Explore recipes, serving suggestions, and even mocktails for using hard seltzer. In this guide, some of the country' s best hard seltzer producers provide recipes and advice for making seltzer for both commercial and home enjoyment.

Gin: How to Drink it: 125 Gins, 4 Ways by Dave Broom [Amazon] 

This is a book about how to drink gin of all kinds.

It's about classic gins and new-generation gins, about gins from all over the world. It's about gin enjoyed with tonic and Sicilian lemonade. About the perfect martini gin and the best gin for a negroni. It's about juniper-heavy and delicate aromatic gins. About gin cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all it's about enjoying your gin in ways you never thought possible.

With more gin brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy.

For this new edition, Dave has revised more than half of the entries to include the best gins available today.

Praise for the first edition of Gin: The Manual:
'You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page. it is rocket science impressive' - Huffington Post

Wine, Unfiltered: Buying, Drinking, and Sharing Natural Wine by Katherine Clary [Amazon] [Bookshop]

A friendly, charming, and beautifully illustrated introduction to the world of natural wine -- where to buy it, what it tastes like, how to share it, and why it matters.

What makes a wine "natural"? And why does it matter? In Wine, Unfiltered, Katherine Clary, author and creator of the Wine Zine, tackles these questions and many more -- like the difference between organic and biodynamic wines, and whether natural varieties really prevent hangovers -- to give readers a holistic picture of the thriving world of natural wine. From grape varietals to legendary vintners to the best way to navigate an unfamiliar wine shop, this accessible, witty book is an irresistible exploration of the cutting edge of wine.

Perfect for both natural wine novices and seasoned drinkers, Wine, Unfiltered offers an unpretentious look at what makes natural wine so special. Sections on growing regions, building your own wine cellar, and how to taste a 'living wine' will impart readers with the confidence to finally explain what natural wine is at a party, ask a sommelier a question at a restaurant, or convince a reluctant family member to make the switch from conventional to natural wine. Vital information and nuanced opinions are broken out into digestible bites, alongside bold illustrations, in this essential read for anyone interested in the rapidly expanding world of natural wines.

How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers) by Vincent Obsopoeus [Amazon] [Bookshop]

A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom

Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498–1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-century Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages.

Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay―and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience.

Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.

Peaky Blinders Cocktail Book: 40 Cocktails Selected by The Shelby Company Ltd by Sandrine Houdre-Gregoire [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of your favourite series by making delicious cocktails inspired by the world of Peaky Blinders! Birmingham Sour, Derby, Easy Dizzy . this officially licensed book includes 40 easy-to-make cocktail recipes made from whiskey, gin and other tipples so that you can sip like a member of the Shelby clan.

Featuring photography of the cast and settings from the award-winning BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, impress your guests with historically inspired:

Whiskey Cocktails: Vendetta, Red Horse, John Shelby, Birmingham Sour, The Bloody Hand, The Shelby Julep, Easy Dizzy, Mr Sabini, The 1919, Section D, Inspector Campbell, Freddy Thorne, Ulster Force, Billy Kimber, Daniel Owen

Gin Cocktails: Last World, Epsom, Mrs Changretta, The Garrison, Gibson, Bobby, Tommy Shelby, Arthur’s Coffee, Michael Gray, Mrs Ross, White Horse, Scrap, Black Country, Revolution, Five Bells

Cocktails with Other Spirits including Rum, Cognac and Vodka: West High, Angel, Derby, Grand Duke, Pimm’s Number 1, By Order of the Peaky Blinders, Champagne Cocktail, Tatiana, Sparkling Suzie, Grace Shelby
Choose a recipe, settle in in a good leather chair, loosen your starched collar and enjoy the moment!

The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies by Tristan Stephenson [Amazon] [Bookshop]

A captivating introduction to the world of fine whiskies, brought to you by bestselling author, restaurateur, bar-owner, and world-class drinks connoisseur Tristan Stephenson.

Tristan explores the origins of whiskey, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal "aqua vitae" (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whiskey. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavor, and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whiskey is made. After that, you might choose to make the most of Tristan’s bar skills with some inspirational house-blends and whiskey-based cocktails. This fascinating, entertaining, and comprehensive book is sure to appeal to aficionados and novices alike.

Distilled in Vermont: A History & Guide with Cocktail Recipes by Chris Maggiolo [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Vermont is known as a center of contemporary craft food and beverage production, and the distilled spirits industry is no exception. From a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs a decade ago, the state now boasts more than fifteen distilleries and growing. But getting a product from concept to glass involves more than just trial and error. The ingredients, production processes and marketing techniques are as varied as the distilleries themselves.

From SILO Distillery in Windsor to Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, each producer reveals its stories as it recounts the trials and tribulations of distilling in the Green Mountain State. Join author and distiller Chris Maggiolo as he reveals the unique and complex journey of taking a product idea to market in a state known for its innovation.

WitchCraft Cocktails: 70 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic & Ritual by Julia Halina Hadas [Amazon] [Bookshop]

For centuries, witches have been using spirits of all forms during rituals and celebrations. Now, today’s modern witch can learn how to make the perfect powerful witchcraft cocktail.

All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find 70 recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there’s nothing these boozy drinks can’t do! Need a love potion to help woo your lover? Maybe a tincture to heal a cold? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect witch-themed signature cocktail to serve at your next gathering. Regardless of what you’re looking for, this book has you covered and includes tips on how to use your witch’s brew to further your practice—and have fun!

The United States of Cocktails: Recipes, Tales, and Traditions from All 50 States (and the District of Columbia) by Brian Bartels [Amazon] [Bookshop]

An exploration of the beloved cocktails, spirits, and bars that define each state in America

The United States of Cocktails is a celebration of the cocktail history of every state in America. After traveling around this great nation and sampling many of the drinks on offer, cocktail authority Brian Bartels serves up a book that is equal parts recipe collection, travelogue, historical miscellany, bartender’s manual, and guide to bar culture today—with bar and drink recommendations that are sure to come in handy whether or not you are crossing state lines. Delving into the colorful stories behind the creation of drinks we love, this book includes more than 100 recipes alongside spirited analysis of each state’s unique contributions to cocktail culture.

Filled with colorful illustrations, The United States of Cocktails is an opinionated and distinctively designed love letter to the spirits, bars, and people who have created and consumed the iconic drinks that inspire us and satisfy our thirst.

The Sazerac by Tim McNally [Amazon] [Bookshop]

The Sazerac ranks among the most famous drinks of a city famous for its drinking, but where did the classic New Orleans cocktail originate? Drinks journalist Tim McNally dives into the history of the Sazerac in a lively chronicle that ranges from a family-owned Cognac company in France, to an ingredient created by a New Orleans pharmacist, to a spirit once banned on three continents, to the renowned Playboy Clubs of the 1970s, which helped revitalize the enjoyment of complex, elegant mixed drinks. Among the many significant developments in the life of the Sazerac was its designation in 2008 as the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans.

When the Sazerac made its first appearance in the mid-1800s, the very concept of a cocktail (though not the word) was still new. Bartenders did not spend much time combining multiple ingredients for a single drink, and when they did, they felt no impulse to give it a name. But the Sazerac was unique. It combined a specific Cognac named Sazerac de Forge et Fils with Creole pharmacist Antoine Peychaud’s much-beloved brand of bitters, plus a sugar cube―all of which were stirred and strained into a drink glass coated with absinthe. The making of the drink provided the comfort and enjoyment of a social ritual, and the Sazerac became both a delicious beverage in its own right and a marker of the city’s unique alcohol culture.

With a spirited blend of history, cocktail trivia, and recipes, The Sazerac uncovers the true story of one of New Orleans’s most long-lived and iconic beverages.

The Shaken and the Stirred: The Year's Work in Cocktail Culture (The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory)  Edited by Stephen Schneider and Craig N. Owens [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Over the past decade, the popularity of cocktails has returned with gusto. Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture. The Shaken and the Stirred features essays written by distillers, bartenders and amateur mixologists, as well as scholars, all examining the so-called 'Cocktail Revival' and cocktail culture.

Why has the cocktail returned with such force? Why has the cocktail always acted as a cultural indicator of class, race, sexuality and politics in both the real and the fictional world? Why has the cocktail revival produced a host of professional organizations, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures?

Hugh Johnson s Pocket Wine Book by Hugh Johnson [Amazon] 

The brand new edition of the unrivalled and bestselling annual, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book.

The world's best-selling annual wine guide.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 44th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive, up-to-the-minute annual guide.

Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both.

This latest edition of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book includes a color supplement on terroir.

The Wine Game by Zeren Wilson [Buy]

The world of wine can be bewildering for the casual wine drinker. The vast varieties of flavors, textures, aromas, and nuances can sometimes feel like an information overload. The Wine Game (On Sale Oct 6 $24.99) is an easy way to casually learn about wines from different regions. Perfect for holiday gift guide season, this game will have wine novices distinguishing Bordeaux from Burgundy and Chianti from Champagne in no time—

Easy Game Play – A deluxe version of Go Fish, the player that gains the most sets of 4 cards (“a wine family”) consisting of the same wine country or part of the world wins the game.
Educational – Covers all the major wine-producing regions from around the world (and some unexpected gems!) As you play, you’ll begin to recognize and remember wines and their regions.
For Red + White Lovers – Includes two decks that are exclusively red and white wines. Players can keep these separate or mix to play a longer game.
Extra Handbook – Includes a booklet that outlines the rules of play along with, brief descriptions of wine region, and some tips on what to look out for when purchasing wine.
Wooden Wine Crate – Packaged in a manner that a nice bottle of wine would ship in. This design also makes for easy storage in your own wine collection.
Beautiful Artwork – Bespoke illustrations offer an original way to travel around the world through the lens of wine. The cards highlight landscapes, objects, and symbols to create little stories behind each wine.

Friends, we'll admit it. The New Reality has become problematic. In a word: bleccch.

One bright spot has been the digital cocktail parties we’ve attended with our pals, acquaintances, and friends of friends. In the ancient past, Ma Bell had a slogan promoting its long-distance service that went, “It’s the next best thing to being there.” The Zoomies and the Facetymes aren’t exactly that, but they’re all we got. Since remotely socializing seems to take up a such an important hunk of our lives now, the staff of Grade “A” Fancy took quill to electro-parchment and created a little something on the subject. The result is our instructional booklet, (The insider’s guide on how to be) The Toast of the Remote Hosts.

Zero: A New Approach to Non-Alcoholic Drinks  [Amazon] [The Aviary]

The world’s most unique guide to alcohol-free drinks.

Over 250 pages, featuring nearly 100 delicious, flavorful recipes.
Brimming with beautiful, large-format photography and illustrations.
Countless insights about beverage design from acclaimed Chef Grant Achatz and his brilliant culinary team.
Printed and bound using cutting-edge fine art technologies. Measuring approximately 8½" x 11½" x 1", weighing over 6 lbs. with a tactile hard cover.

The Aviary: Summer Cocktails [The Aviary]

Cool off this summer with our all-new delicious cocktails, punches, and coolers!

Contains 100 pages featuring more than 30 delicious recipes that are fun and easy to make at home.
Filled with gorgeous, large-format photography, and printed and bound using the most cutting-edge technologies.
Measuring approximately 8.5" x 11.5" x 0.5", this softcover cocktail journal is brimming with creative, unique ideas that will inspire and delight.

The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Rum by Tristan Stephenson [Amazon] [Bookshop]

Discover why rum is fast becoming the hottest spirit in the world right now with this essential companion from bestselling author and master mixologist Tristan Stephenson.

The Curious Bartender’s Guide to Rum explores rum’s remarkable history from its humble origins to its status as life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair with Cuba. Discover its darker past, with tales of devils, pirates, and its reputation as the revolutionary spirit. Now this fabled drink is in the midst of another revolution, transforming from uninspiring grog to premium product. Barrel-aged dark varieties are leading the charge and poised to attract existing Bourbon fans while the cocktail Renaissance that began in the early 2000s has recently expanded to include tiki and non-tiki rum cocktails.

In this entertaining primer you’ll learn how rum is made, from the science of sugar cane and molasses to distillation and unique ageing techniques. Next, Tristan’s unrivalled mixology skills will help you master jazzed-up versions of the Mai Tai and Mojito, perfect a Planter’s Punch, and keep you on trend with Brazil’s famous Caipirinha and Batida cocktails, made with rum’s sister spirit, cachaça. Let the rum revolution begin!

Queer Cocktails: 50 Cocktail Recipes Celebrating Gay Icons and Queer Culture by Lewis Laney [Bookshop]

Raise a glass to the LGBTQ+ community.

This collection of cocktail recipes celebrates queer culture and pays tribute to the great gay icons of our time. Try your hand at mixing a Bloody Mariah (Carey), Cider Minelli, or (Stephen) Fry Martini and get your tastebuds tingling. With recipes inspired by Madonna (La Isla Bonita Iced Tea), Freddie Mercury (Tequila Queen), Harvey Milk (The Land of Milk and Honey), and more, there's plenty to keep all cocktail movers and shakers busy and thirsts well and truly quenched--we'll drink to that.


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100 Books for People who Loved (and Miss) Sassy Magazine

If you&rsquore a woman (or man, but mostly women) over a certain age, you likely remember Sassy magazine. It was sort of like the &ldquoanti-Seventeen.&rdquo Headed by Jane Pratt (who later created xojane), it was the alternative teen magazine in the late &rsquo80s-mid &rsquo90s. It featured girls of diverse ethnicities and body types in its photo shoots, ran articles about incest, suicide, armpit hair, smashing the patriarchy, bands like Nirvana (before they were a household name), and zines. They had an annual &ldquoSassiest Girl in America&rdquo contest, and an annual reader-produced issue. They were sex-positive, body-positive, and whether you were a geek, misfit, jock, differently-abled &ndash anything you could feel at home with Sassy.

Here&rsquos a round-up of books that reminded me of Sassy mag, or books I imagine a fellow Sassy-reader would love. Obviously, this is far from all-inclusive, and if you have your favorites, I&rsquod love to hear about them. These are in no particular order, and I&rsquove notated fiction with an asterisk (*), and books that are forthcoming with two asterisks (**).

  1. * Zipper Mouthby Laurie Weeks: &ldquoIn this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City. Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning-after hangovers&mdashZipper Mouth chronicles the exuberance and mortification of a junkie, and transcends the chaos of everyday life.&rdquo
  2. * How to Build a Girlby Caitlin Moran: &ldquoIt&rsquos 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there&rsquos no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde&mdashfast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer&mdashlike Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes&mdashbut without the dying young bit.&rdquo
  3. Sex Object: A Memoirby Jessica Valenti: &ldquoValenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women&rsquos lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Objectreveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti&rsquos adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.
  1. We Were Feminists Onceby Andi Zeisler: &ldquo&hellipa founding editor of Bitch Media, draws on more than twenty years&rsquo experience interpreting popular culture in this biting history of how feminism has been co-opted, watered down, and turned into a gyratory media trend. Surveying movies, television, advertising, fashion, and more, Zeisler reveals a media landscape brimming with the language of empowerment, but offering little in the way of transformational change.&rdquo
  2. Girl in a Band: A Memoirby Kim Gordon: &ldquoGordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and &rsquo90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music&mdashpaving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means&mdashand what happens when that identity dissolves.&rdquo
  3. Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton: &ldquoThis is what a feminist crafter looks like! Crafting with Feminism features 25 irreverent and easy-to-make projects that celebrate everything that rocks about girls, gals, and badass women. Wear your ideology on your sleeve by creating fierce custom merit badges. Prove that the political is personal with DIY power panties. Get cozy with a handmade Huggable Uterus Body Pillow, or craft heroine finger puppets to honor great women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, and bell hooks. Featuring tips on everything from beginner sewing stitches to building a kickin&rsquo party playlist, and a totally empowering forward from &ldquoQueen of Geeks&rdquo Felicia Day, this book has everything you need for an awesome crafternoon.&rdquo
  4. A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Painby Christina Crosby: &ldquoIn A Body, Undone, Crosby puts into words a broken body that seems beyond the reach of language and understanding. She writes about a body shot through with neurological pain, disoriented in time and space, incapacitated by paralysis and deadened sensation. To address this foreign body, she calls upon the readerly pleasures of narrative, critical feminist and queer thinking, and the concentrated language of lyric poetry. Working with these resources, she recalls her 1950s tomboy ways in small-town, rural Pennsylvania, and records growing into the 1970s through radical feminism and the affirmations of gay liberation.&rdquo
  5. Stitch n&rsquo Bitch: The Knitter&rsquos Handbook by Debbie Stoller: &ldquoIn Stitch &lsquon Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch &lsquon Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag.&rdquo
  6. May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment after Abortionby Kassi Underwood: &ldquoAt age nineteen, Kassi Underwood discovered she was pregnant. Broke, unwed, struggling with alcohol, and living a thousand miles away from home, she checked into an abortion clinic. While her abortion sparked her &ldquofeminist awakening,&rdquo she also felt lost and lawless, drinking to oblivion and talking about her pregnancy with her parents, her friends, strangers-anyone. Three years later, just when she had settled into a sober life at her dream job, the ex-boyfriend with whom she had become pregnant had a baby with someone else. She shattered. In the depths of a blinding depression, Kassi refused to believe that she would &ldquonever get over&rdquo her abortion. Inspired by rebellious women in history who used spiritual practices to attain emotional freedom, Kassi embarked on a journey of recovery after abortion&hellip&rdquo
  7. * The Education of Margot Sanchezby Lilliam Rivera: &ldquoPretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted&mdashfrom debut author Lilliam Rivera.&rdquo
  8. You Can&rsquot Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explainby Phoebe Robinson: &ldquoUsing her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is &ldquoQueen. Bae. Jesus,&rdquo to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes.&rdquo
  9. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusiveby Julia Serrano: &ldquoAs a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano has spent much of the last ten years challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements. In Excluded, she chronicles many of these instances of exclusion and argues that marginalizing others often stems from a handful of assumptions that are routinely made about gender and sexuality. These false assumptions infect theories, activism, organizations, and communities&mdashand worse, they enable people to vigorously protest certain forms of sexism while simultaneously ignoring and even perpetuating others. Serano advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.&rdquo
  10. The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parentingby Ariel Gore: &ldquoThe Essential Hip Mama captures the heart of a decade&rsquos worth of earthy, honest, soulful parenting&mdashand topics from circumcision to dating, abortion to the belief that &ldquomothers don&rsquot fart.&rdquo Gore has gathered in one volume the whispers and conversations heard in homes, on playgrounds, and in coffeehouses around the country.&rdquo
  11. Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer for Freedomby Pussy Riot: &ldquoOn February 21, 2012, five members of a Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot staged a performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Dressed in brightly colored tights and balaclavas, they performed their punk prayer, asking the Virgin Mary to drive out Russian president Vladimir Putin from the church. After just forty seconds, they were chased out by security. Three members of the collective, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, known as Masha, Nadya, and Katya, were later arrested and charged with felony hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. As their trial unfolded, these young women became global feminist icons, garnering the attention and support of activists and artists around the world.&rdquo
  12. ** Double Bind: Women on Ambitionby Robin Romm: &ldquoEven as toweringly successful women from Gloria Steinem to Beyoncé embrace the word &ldquofeminism,&rdquo the word &ldquoambition,&rdquo for many, remains loaded with ambivalence. Women who are naturally driven and goal-oriented shy away from it. They&rsquore loath to see themselves―or be seen by others―as aggressive or, worst of all, as a bitch. Double Bind could not come at a more urgent time, a necessary collection that explodes this conflict, examining the concept of female ambition from every angle in essays full of insight, wisdom, humor, and rage.&rdquo
  13. * Done Dirt Cheapby Sarah Lemon: &ldquoTourmaline Harris&rsquos life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline&rsquos unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell&rsquos life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom &ldquosold&rdquo her into the services of Hazard, a powerful attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club&mdashand Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.&rdquo
  14. How to Grow Up: A Memoirby Michelle Tea: &ldquoIn How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bona Fide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, and stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney&rsquos while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious (&ldquowhy not, it imbues this harsh world of ours with a bit of magic&rdquo).&rdquo
  15. *Anya&rsquos Ghostby Vera Brosgol: &ldquoAnya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn&rsquot kidding about the &ldquoforever&rdquo part . . .
    Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who&rsquos been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya&rsquos normal life might actually be worse. She&rsquos embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she&rsquos pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend―even a ghost―is just what she needs. Or so she thinks.&rdquo
  16. Rat Girl: A Memoirby Kristin Hersh: &ldquoIn 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of fifteen, the precocious child of unconventional hippies had enrolled in college while her band, Throwing Muses, was getting off the ground amid rumors of a major label deal. Then everything changed: she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and found herself in an emotional tailspin she started medication, but then discovered she was pregnant. An intensely personal and moving account of that pivotal year, Rat Girl is sure to be greeted eagerly by Hersh&rsquos many fans.&rdquo
  17. Fury: True Tales of a Good Girl Gone Ballisticby Koren Zailckas. &ldquoWithout alcohol to blur her perspective, Koren finds that her good-girl personality is nothing more than a shroud for unacknowledged anger with the potential to wreak havoc on her life. A sophisticated and deeply personal chronicle, Fury hits a cultural nerve. Blazing a trail toward a healthy, empowered identity, Zailckas will astonish and free a generation of young women.&rdquo
  18. * Downer&rsquos Groveby Michael Hornburg: &ldquoDowners Grove is the haunting and tender story of Chrissie Swanson, a paranoid high school senior for whom graduating has become a matter of life or death. She&rsquos an unusual girl in an ordinary town. Her mother&rsquos sex life is overshadowing her own her brother is aboard his own private Enterprise, slipping into one black hole after another her best friend is hornier than a Prince song leaving her eccentric grandmother as the only source of wisdom in a rapid downward spiral. As Chrissie tries to take control of the events that shape her life, she finds the events beginning to take control of her, until she is finally cornered by choices with everlasting consequences.&rdquo
  19. * Paper Girls, Volume 1by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang: &ldquoIn the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.&rdquo
  20. ** What Girls Are Made Ofby Elana K. Arnold: &ldquoWhen Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she&rsquoll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she&rsquos worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.&rdquo
  21. Negroland: A Memoirby Margo Jefferson: &ldquoAt once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, Negroland is a landmark work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.&rdquo
  22. The Feminist Activity Bookby Gemma Correll: &ldquoThe Feminist Activity Book has everything you need to usher in an era of colorful and intersectional joy. Featuring such activities as Feminist All-Star Trading Cards, Destroy the Page-Triarchy, Sexist Social Media Bingo, and A Feminist ABC,The Feminist Activity Book will fuel your feminist rage, remind you to laugh once in awhile, and bring you one step closer to an egalitarian utopia, or whatever.&rdquo
  23. ** Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of Collegeby Caroline Kitchener: &ldquoWhat really happens in the first year out of college? When Caroline Kitchener graduated from Princeton, she began shadowing four of her female classmates, interviewing them as they started to navigate the murky waters of post-collegiate life. Weaving together her own experience as a writer with the experiences of these other women&mdasha documentarian, a singer, a programmer, and an aspiring doctor&mdashKitchener delves deeply into the personal and professional opportunities offered to female college graduates, and how the world perceives them.&rdquo
  24. I&rsquom Judging You: The Do-Better Manualby Luvvie Ajayi: &ldquo&hellipLuvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I&rsquom Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture, and fame, from addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma&rsquos wake on Facebook.&rdquo
  25. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real Worldby Kelly Jensen: Even if she weren&rsquot a fellow Rioter, I&rsquod put this on the list. Jensen compiled 44 of the coolest people to talk about feminism today &ndash it&rsquos sort of like a scrapbook of awesomeness.
  26. * Zazenby Vanessa Veselka: &ldquoSomewhere in Della&rsquos consumptive, industrial wasteland of a city, a bomb goes off. It is not the first, and will not be the last. Reactions to the attacks are polarized. Police activity intensifies. Della&rsquos revolutionary parents welcome the upheaval but are trapped within their own insular beliefs. Her activist restaurant co-workers, who would rather change their identities than the world around them, resume a shallow rebellion of hair-dye, sex parties, and self-absorption. As those bombs keep inching closer, thudding deep and real between the sounds of katydids fluttering in the still of the city night, and the destruction begins to excite her. What begins as terror threats called in to greasy bro-bars across the block boils over into a desperate plot, intoxicating and captivating Della and leaving her little chance for escape.&rdquo
  27. * The First Bad Manby Miranda July: &ldquo&hellipMiranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the women&rsquos self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years. When Cheryl&rsquos bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl&rsquos eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee&mdashthe selfish, cruel blond bombshell&mdashwho teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime.&rdquo
  28. * You&rsquore Welcome, Universeby Whitney Gardner: &ldquoWhen Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a &ldquomainstream&rdquo school in the suburbs, where she&rsquos treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.&rdquo
  29. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generationby Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman: &ldquo&hellipBornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation&rsquos trans and genderqueer forward thinkers &mdash new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world&rsquos most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.&rdquo
  30. Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothersby Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender: &ldquoIn this ground-breaking anthology, Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender ask real moms &mdash from Web site designers to tattoo-clad waitresses &mdash to laugh, cry, scream, and shout about motherhood.&rdquo
  31. Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Lifeby Melissa Febos: &ldquoWhile a college student at The New School, Melissa Febos spent four years working as a dominatrix in a midtown dungeon. In poetic, nuanced prose she charts how unchecked risk-taking eventually gave way to a course of self-destruction. But as she recounts crossing over the very boundaries that she set for her own safety, she never plays the victim. In fact, the glory of this memoir is Melissa&rsquos ability to illuminate the strange and powerful truths that she learned as she found her way out of a hell of her own making.&rdquo
  32. Carry this Bookby Abbi Jacobson: &ldquoWith bright, quirky, and colorful line drawings, Jacobson brings to life actual and imagined items found in the pockets and purses, bags and glove compartments of real and fantastical people&mdashwhether it&rsquos the contents of Oprah&rsquos favorite purse, Amelia Earhart&rsquos pencil case, or Bernie Madoff&rsquos suitcase. &ldquo
  33. * Jesus&rsquo Sonby Denis Johnson: &ldquoJesus&rsquo Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson&rsquos prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.&rdquo
  34. * Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novelby Hilary Thayer Hamann: &ldquoThis is what it&rsquos like to be a high-school-age girl. To forsake the boyfriend you once adored. To meet the love of your life, who just happens to be your teacher. To discover for the first time the power of your body and mind. This is what it&rsquos like to be a college-age woman. To live through heartbreak. To suffer the consequences of your choices. To depend on others for survival but to have no one to trust but yourself.&rdquo
  35. The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Issa Chandra Moskowitz: &ldquoGone are the days of stressing over how to please family and friends with different dietary needs. Bursting with knock-your-socks-off, mind-bogglingly tasty vegan recipes for Cinnamon Apple Crepes, Cheeseburger Pizza, Biscuits and Gravy, Churro Biscotti, and so much more, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook will make everyone at your table happy-even meat eaters and the gluten challenged.&rdquo
  36. Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminismby Alison Piepmeier: &ldquoWith names like The East Village Inky, Mend My Dress, Dear Stepdad, and I&rsquom So Fucking Beautiful, zines created by girls and women over the past two decades make feminism&rsquos third wave visible. These messy, photocopied do-it-yourself documents cover every imaginable subject matter and are loaded with handwriting, collage art, stickers, and glitter. Though they all reflect the personal style of the creators, they are also sites for constructing narratives, identities, and communities.&rdquo
  37. ** Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adultsby Laurie Penny: &ldquoSmart and provocative, witty and uncompromising, this collection of Laurie Penny&rsquos celebrated essays establishes her as one of the most important and vibrant feminist voices of our time. From the shock of Donald Trump&rsquos election and the victories of the far right to online harassment and the transgender rights movement, this darkly humorous collection is an unflinching look at the definitive issues of our age.&rdquo
  38. Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming her Way Homeby Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: &ldquoIn 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ran away from America with two backpacks and ended up in Canada, where she discovered queer anarchopunk love and revolution, yet remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate and riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights it reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the past and, as the subtitle suggests, &lsquodreams her way home.&rsquo &ldquo
  39. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Linesby Alexis Pauline Gumbs: &ldquo[This] is an anthology that centers mothers of color and marginalized mothers&rsquo voices&mdashwomen who are in a world of necessary transformation. The challenges faced by movements working for antiviolence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation, as well as racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day. Motivated to create spaces for this discourse because of the authors&rsquo passionate belief in the power of a radical conversation about mothering, they have become the go-to people for cutting-edge inspired work on this topic for an overlapping committed audience of activists, scholars, and writers. Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.&rdquo
  40. * Lumberjanes: Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holyby Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis: &ldquoFriendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together&hellipand they&rsquore not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It&rsquos Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.&rdquo
  41. * Inferno: A Poet&rsquos Novelby Eileen Myles: &ldquoHer story of a young female writer, discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive in the meditative and raucous environment that was New York City in its punk and indie heyday, is engrossing, poignant, and funny. This is a voice from the underground that redefines the meaning of the word.&rdquo
  42. Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Musicby Marisa Meltzer: &ldquo[This book] examines the role of women in rock since the riot grrrl revolution, weaving Meltzer&rsquos personal anecdotes with interviews with key players such as Tobi Vail from Bikini Kill and Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Chronicling the legacy of artists such as Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney, Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, and, yes, the Spice Girls, Girl Power points the way for the future of women in rock.&rdquo
  43. Cinderella&rsquos Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Undergroundby Maria Raha: &ldquo[This book] celebrates the contributions of punk&rsquos oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent&mdashand not so latent&mdashsexism of indie rock (so often thought of as the hallowed ground of progressive movements), and tells the story of how these women created spaces for themselves in a sometimes limited or exclusionary environment. The indie music world is littered with females who have not only withstood the racket of punk&rsquos intolerance, but have twisted our societal notions of femininity in knots.&rdquo
  44. Her: A Memoirby Christa Parravani: A beautiful, insightful memoir of a lost twin and the downward spiral and journey back up to the living of the remaining twin.
  45. * Signal to Noiseby Silvia Moreno-Garcia: &ldquoMexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said &ldquoI love you&rdquo with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends &mdash Sebastian and Daniela &mdash and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love&hellip
    Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father&rsquos funeral. It&rsquos hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?&rdquo
  46. Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Today&rsquos Feminismby Daisy Hernandez: &ldquoDaisy Hernandez of Ms. magazine and poet Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to their experience&mdashto the strength and rigidity of community and religion, to borders and divisions, both internal and external&mdashand address issues that take feminism into the twenty-first century.&rdquo
  47. The Complete Persepolisby Marjane Satrapi: &ldquo[This] is the story of Satrapi&rsquos unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family of her homecoming&ndashboth sweet and terrible and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.&rdquo
  48. * Juliet Takes a Breathby Gabby Rivera: &ldquoJuliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn&rsquot sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that&rsquos going to help her figure out this whole &ldquoPuerto Rican lesbian&rdquo thing. She&rsquos interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women&rsquos bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?&rdquo
  49. * Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machineby Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro: &ldquoIn a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman&rsquos failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?&rdquo
  50. A Girl&rsquos Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings from the Zine Revolutionby Karen Green: &ldquoOn the forefront of this cut-and-paste revolution have been those zines made specifically by and for young women. The words and images that have come to define many young women&rsquos lives have long been overlooked and under appreciated. A Girl&rsquos Guide to Taking Over the World exists because these voices have refused to be silenced.&rdquo
  51. Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolutionby Sara Marcus: &ldquo[This] is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement&mdashthe radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering America&rsquos gender landscape forever. Author Sara Marcus, a music and politics writer for Time Out New York, Slate.com, Pos, and Heeb magazine, interweaves research, interviews, and her own memories as a Riot Grrrl front-liner. Her passionate, sophisticated narrative brilliantly conveys the story of punk bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy&mdashas well as successors like Sleater-Kinney, Partyline, and Kathleen Hanna&rsquos Le Tigre&mdashand their effect on today&rsquos culture.&rdquo
  52. Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Actsby Bee Lavender: &ldquoDo you have a toddler seat strapped in the back of the tour van? Do you write poetry while the baby naps? Have you discovered that becoming a mother has changed not only your daily life but the content of your creative work? Mamaphonic is an anthology about mothering and the creative process. The book includes confessions and conversations about the true, exhilarating, entertaining, and difficult aspects of remaining creative while raising kids. It&rsquos a smart, sexy, alternately funny and heartbreaking look at balancing art and motherhood, told in the artists&rsquo own words.&rdquo
  53. Rookie Yearbook One (or any, really) by Tavi Gevinson: &ldquo&hellipwe explore breakups, love, feminism, street harassment, being happy, being sad, and other life-related topics.&rdquo
  54. The Riot Grrrl Collectionby Lisa Darms: &ldquoFor the past two decades, young women (and men) have found their way to feminism through Riot Grrrl. Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl movement empowered young women across the country to speak out against sexism and oppression, creating a powerful new force of liberation and unity within and outside of the women&rsquos movement. While feminist bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile fought for their place in a male-dominated punk scene, their members and fans developed an extensive DIY network of activism and support. The Riot Grrrl Collection reproduces a sampling of the original zines, posters, and printed matter for the first time since their initial distribution in the 1980s and &rsquo90s, and includes an original essay by Johanna Fateman and an introduction by Lisa Darms.&rdquo
  55. The Big Feminist But: Comics about Women, Men, and the Ifs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminismby Gabrielle Bell, Ulli Lust, & Jeffrey Brown: A spot-on anthology of comics and writers tackling feminism: what it means to be a feminist, where we are with feminism, and all the BUTs &ndash &ldquoI&rsquom not a feminist, BUTTTTT&hellip&rdquo
  56. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, & So Much Moreby Janet Mock: &ldquoWith unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.&rdquo
  57. * All Our Pretty Songsby Sarah McCarry: In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don&rsquot know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They&rsquore not the only ones who have noticed Jack&rsquos gift his music has awakened an ancient evil―and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all.
  58. * Princeless: Save Yourselfby Jeremy Whitley: Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands!
  59. *The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Revised Edition):An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner: &ldquoAfter losing her virginity to her mother&rsquos boyfriend, Minnie pursues a string of sexual encounters (with both boys and girls) while experimenting with drugs and developing her talents as an artist. Unsupervised and unguided by her aloof and narcissistic mother, Minnie plunges into a defenseless, yet fearless adolescence. While set in the libertine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco, Minnie&rsquos journey to understand herself and her world is universal: this is the story of a young woman troubled by the discontinuity between what she thinks and feels and what she observes in those around her.&rdquo
  60. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburgby Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhik: &ldquoAn original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides.&rdquo
  61. ** A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women&rsquos Workby Miranda K. Pennington: &ldquo[This book] is a candid and emotional love affair that braids criticism, biography and literature into a quest that helps us understand the place of literature in our lives how it affects and inspires us.&rdquo
  62. ** One Day We&rsquoll All Be Dead and None of this Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul: &ldquoAlongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.&rdquo
  63. Homeward Boundby Emily Matchar: &ldquoA generation of smart, highly educated young people are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course), embracing the labor-intensive domestic tasks their mothers and grandmothers eagerly shrugged off&hellip.This groundbreaking reporting on the New Domesticity is guaranteed to transform our notions of women in today&rsquos society and add a new layer to the ongoing discussion of whether women can&mdashor should&mdashhave it all.&rdquo
  64. The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Criticby Jessica Hopper: &ldquoThrough this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music. The pieces in The First Collection send us digging deep into our record collections, searching to re-hear what we loved and hated, makes us reconsider the art, trash, and politics Hopper illuminates, helping us to make sense of what matters to us most.&rdquo
  65. Lessons in Taxidermyby Bee Lavender: &ldquoThis autobiographical tale is stark and resolved, but strangely euphoric, tying together moments and memories into a frantic, delicate, and often transcendently funny account of anguish and confusion, pain and poverty, isolation and illusion. While staying conscious of the particulars of her circumstances, Lavender frames her life in the context of history, traveling, landscape, and freak show culture. &ldquo
  66. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punkby Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain: &ldquo[This is] the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era.&rdquo
  67. Boss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grown-Upsby Michelle Volansky: &ldquoA playful and play-filled ode to strong women, BOSS BABES is a coloring and activity book filled with fun facts and whimsical black-and-white line drawings celebrating female powerhouses from Beyonce to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton to Malala, Tina Fey to Serena Williams.&rdquo
  68. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Futureby Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards: &ldquoIn the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA, it seemed that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads &ldquogirl power&rdquo feminists were obsessed with personal empowerment at the expense of politics, while political institutions such as Ms. and NOW had lost their ability to speak to a new generation. In Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards brilliantly revealed the snags in each feminist hub, all the while proving that these snags had not imperiled the future of the feminist cause.&rdquo

Quaker Oats Holiday Package

Creative Director: Adam Celing

We created a Target Exclusive package to communicate that shoppers can use oats for way more than breakfast and encourage use for holiday baking.

We did a custom photo shoot for the Cranberry Oatmeal and Holiday Oatmeal Brittle images. We added some fun details, like adding a scarf to Larry the Quaker man and swapping out the "Heart Healthy" lockup for heart-shaped mittens. We also replaced the regular burlap/linen for the knit sweater background.

The blogger campaign extended the message and provided new recipes for holiday baking. The bloggers helped get the word out to shoppers and encouraged purchase.

With this design, we used the iconic canister tube to our advantage, turning the package into a birch tree. Imagine a shelf as full as a forest of trees. I like to show this design concept in my portfolio because it was loved by the entire Catapult team as well as the client. However, the Target buyer's vote was worth more!

Here's another concept that was well liked. The tone-on-tone icon pattern hints at the season while the red color palette distinguishes Old Fashioned Oats from Quick 1-Minute Oats (shown next in cyan).


Hunt's Has Heart

Copywriter: Maggie Bittner

Creative Director: Paula Ludington

This Walmart specific program for Hunt’s tomatoes took place during February, which is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Along with a $50,000 donation to the American Heart Association, Hunt’s spread the word that tomatoes are a heart healthy food. Shoppers were given an ibotta offer for stocking up as well as heart healthy recipes from bloggers.

This year, Hunt’s Has Heart will be bigger and better than ever. In partnering with the American Heart Association and the trusted Walmart pharmacies, Hunt’s will not only raise awareness of the heart benefits inside every can of tomatoes, but of the heart healthy support inside every Walmart store.


Art of the Game

Marvel's Spider-Man: The Art of the Game is packed with hundreds of exclusive full-colour images of Spider-Man, his suit and equipment, the allies he relies on like MJ Watson and Aunt May, and the deadly villains he battles.

Publisher: Titan Books

An exclusive look at the art and creation of the PS4 exclusive videogame Marvel's Spider-Man. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Marvel's Spider-Man. The worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man collide in the action-packed Marvel's Spider-Man videogame exclusively on the PS4. Marvel's Spider-Man: The Art of the Game is packed with hundreds of exclusive full-colour images of Spider-Man, his suit and equipment, the allies he relies on like MJ Watson and Aunt May, and the deadly villains he battles. This wealth of material is accompanied by exclusive insight into the creative process from the talented developers, artists, and designers responsible for bringing Spider-Man's world to vivid life.


Where To Eat While In Jury Duty In OCSC: It Started With Chapter One.

Jury Duty is always fun — Not, though I did appreciate the hour-and-a-half lunch and not having been impaneled this year. It wasn’t so bad under those circumstances, especially with a multitude of above-average food options within walking distance. I wanted to eat at several. The Jury Room at Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana provided a map and list of restaurants to help all get to a tasty meal and back to the courthouse again. It was very helpful.

The website associated with the Restaurant Guide and Downtown Santa Ana Map is linked here.

It was hard to choose just one restaurant — I almost wanted more Jury Duty, but instead will go back with the map and list on my own time. During my one-day duty, I opted to eat at Chapter One: The Modern Local. I had previously seen and liked several items on their menu and still wonder why I chose the Organic OC Vegetable Basket. I love roasted vegetables, but the pictured weren’t roasted nearly enough. They were pretty, but all were too hard and seemingly raw. I had to take them home and cook ’em more, though I didn’t want to bring leftovers back to the jury room. I’d order something different next time, as much there sounds appetizing.

Eat Downtown Santa Ana — I value the provided information. It makes nearby Jury Duty better.


Health, Fitness & Dieting

Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be – new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.

You come to in a hospital with a broken arm and a face swathed in bandages. Worse yet, you can’t remember what hit you.

The bad and ugly are A.J. Gregson’s business. But learning an explosion peppered her eyes with so much shrapnel they had to be surgically removed gives the darker side of life a new meaning.

Before long, her new baby blues reveal a power that turns her world upside down.

A fantasy blending suspense, drama, and humor, AMANDA’S EYES will appeal to a broad range of readers.


The Chitwood family just got back from a lovely vacay in Folly Beach, South Carolina! While there we drank a lot of good beer (..and rosé..and prosecco..). The SC beer scene had definitely improved since our last trip. The highlight of the week was finally visiting Westbrook Brewing Company, a longtime favorite of the Barley Babes.

Westbrook only packages a handful of their beers, and we were excited to see a draft list filled with brews we’d never tried, or for that matter, heard of. Maddy ordered a flight of small pours for group, and we got a few pints as well. Two standouts from M’s flight were the Key Lime Pie Gose and Coconut Weisse Weisse Baby. The KLPG is loaded with tangy, sour lime and rounds out with a graham cracker finish. Maddy noted graham cracker on the nose too Westbrook nailed this one! The table also enjoyed my pint of juicy Nelson Sauvin IPA. It’s the style of IPA I’ve come to expect from NYC breweries like Grimm and Other Half. Finally, we were excited to try the Mexican Cupcake, a session version of Westbrook’s hyped imperial stout brewed with habanero peppers. The cupcake didn’t quite live up to the cake, but it’s nice that you can experience almost the same flavor profile in a lighter, lower ABV beer. Great for summer!


Watch the video: Worlds Collide - Extended Orchestra Mix ft. Nicki Taylor (December 2021).