A couple of times a year, I select books based solely on the recommendations of book reviewers. Ancient Light by John Banville was specifically chosen as my next read due to this lyrical review by New York Review of Books:
“The prose of the new book has a kind of luxuriant beauty, and, given the number of gorgeous arias written in difficult keys with many sharps and flats, the novel has the feel of a feverish atonal chamber opera.”
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti sounds intriguing…a humorous culinary memoir centered around cheese, love, revenge, and redemption that unfolds in a small village in Spain.
It’s Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alex Lieberman by Charles Churchward celebrates Lieberman’s creative influence spanning fifty years for Condé Nast Publications.
I’ve had the pleasure of dining at A.O.C. restaurant in Los Angeles. A.O.C. began serving small-plate, shared dishes long before it became a national trend. Needless to say, I’m happy The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin will be released soon. Of particular interest to me, a cheese glossary is included along with the tasting notes and flavor pairings that are given to the waitstaff.