7 Books to Read This October
Posted on 03 October 2016
In love with Shakespeare, what chefs ink, what writers think, and more...
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
The Accidental Life by Terry McDonell
The Guineveres by Sarah Domet
Nicotine by Nell Zink
Unmentionable by Therese Oneill
If you're a secret slattern—or even if you're not—you'll adore feminist history sleuth Therese Oneill's Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners (Little, Brown). Oneill uncovers the filthy, untidy, licentious conditions of 19th-century women's lives that novelists of the period often glossed over, from the hideousness of chamber pots, bathing, and grooming to the grim hilarity of flirting (ladies covered their mouths with handkerchiefs, in part because of the expectation that they wouldn't be too forward, but also to cover bad teeth! Unsightly moles!). It's all brilliantly conveyed with fascinating illustrations. And how about this? Before there was Botox, there were arsenic facials.
Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos edited by Isaac Fitzgerald
If toques and tats are your thing, you'll be wowed by the moving, even majestic origin stories of chefs of all stripes in Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (Bloomsbury), edited by Isaac Fitzgerald and illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. Anthony Strong, executive chef of Delfina in San Francisco, boasts an elaborate tattoo of the Neapolitan folklore hero Pulcinella, who sailed to the moon and came back with "crazy creatures, potions, and ingredients to cook with." Soleil Ho, sous chef at Marukin Ramen in Portland, Oregon, wears an homage to the Vietnamese paddy crab, which "symbolizes the resourcefulness of my ancestors and sustains and satisfies people everywhere," she says. There's hardly a cook alive who doesn't sport at least one tattoo, with pride.
Original article appeared here.