Personal Post – you CAN judge a book by its cover!

Here are some intriguing cookbooks, etc. that I came across on my wine tasting tour of Sonoma & Napa Valley.  It’s the covers that attracted me at first but it’s always what’s on the inside that really counts!

Tasty & Toasted

for the non-vegans

flea market chic
Just plain CHIC

One thing to another – transformations

To have and to hold:  use a simple business card, fan or napkin holder for books and magazines:

napkin holder
useful for reading recipes
plastic business card holders for some books
A stand-up on typical fan holder

So you love Joan Rivers and you love jewelry – now you can have both!

I bought this hardcover book for a friend who has an appreciation for good humor and jewelry. She makes her own too.

The fan holder works for holding a cookbook open or holding your tablet.

aWay with Words – colorful quotes and words of wisdom

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

From one of my favorite authors – Columbian born GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ.

warning: this post is longer than usual but totally worth the time.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

aka Love in the time of cholera

All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”     Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, a Life

Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love” – Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

excerpts from some of his most famous books:

“The world must be all fucked up,” he said then, “when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

 “In all the houses keys to memorizing objects and feelings had been written. But the system demanded so much vigilance and moral strength that many succumbed to the spell of an imaginary reality, one invented by themselves, which was less practical for them but more comforting.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

 “Although some men who were easy with their words said that it was worth sacrificing one’s life for a night of love with such an arousing woman, the truth was that no one made any effort to do so. Perhaps, not only to attain her but also to conjure away her dangers, all that was needed was a feeling as primitive and as simple as that of love, but that was the only thing that did not occur to anyone.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?”
What other reason could there be?” Colonel Gerineldo Marquez answered. “For the great Liberal party.”
You’re lucky because you know why,” he answered. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve come to realize only just now that I’m fighting because of pride.”
That’s bad,” Colonel Gerineldo Marquez said.
Colonel Aureliano Buendia was amused at his alarm. “Naturally,” he said. “But in any case, it’s better than not knowing why you’re fighting.” He looked him in the eyes and added with a smile:
Or fighting, like you, for something that doesn’t have any meaning for anyone.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

There is good reason why his books have been translated into almost every language.

 “لا ينتسب الإنسان إلى أرض لا موتى له تحت ترابها”
غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز, One Hundred Years of Solitude

 “El secreto de una buena vejez no es mas que un pacto honrado con la soledad.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

 “but he only found her in the image that saturated his private and terrible solitude.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

– The magic and wisdom of words –

Personal Pinboard – The joy and beauty of books

One of my favorite authors

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a person’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

I love beautiful coffee table books too and the covers are what always attract my attention at first.  At some point I’ll have to stop collecting them but they’re always captivating to look through.

Here are some of my favorites:



Mapplethorpe photograph of Grace Jones
Mapplethorpe shoes & fishnets
by Kevyn Aucoin – THE makeup artist of his day.

My mom bought me this book by makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin when it first came out years ago.  I  couldn’t make it to the book signing in New York which was unfortunate as I really wanted to meet him.  At the time I was studying esthetics and  makeup artistry at George Brown College in Toronto.

The transformations found inside this large hardcover book are unbelievable. Kevyn was ahead of his time but the same principles apply today.  He made up all the top models and actresses – the photos are gorgeous.  To this day Cindy Crawford credits him with teaching her everything she knows about applying makeup application.

Jessica Lange (the art of makeup)

you can double click on photos to enlarge

Tango and Poetry – same thing
from “TANGO”            the book in both English & Spanish
Travel Books
cookbooks that remind me of places
and memories (by the author)
Coffee Culture  filled with interesting information and coffee recipes.

Here’s one I can really relate to – a book about what else?


Books by Brad King

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison



Okay, maybe not exactly coffee table style but my brother Brad wrote all of them. 

I keep them on my book shelf.


Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.
Audrey Hepburn

I am a drinker with writing problems Brendan Behan