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Guilty Pleasure Pasta (and a return to TV)

1 Mar

Yay! It’s March 1st!! Why you might ask, is this worth celebrating? Well, for me, it’s the end of the self-imposed, twenty-eight day long “holiday” of TV Free February. Yes, that’s right, I voluntarily removed myself from watching all TV (except NY1 in the mornings) at home.

Why on Earth would anyone do this to herself? Well, mainly because, sometime in January, I looked at my bulging book case and realised I hadn’t finished one “serious” book in the last 6 months. And why does this matter? I guess mainly because I consider myself an, at least somewhat, intelligent person. I have the degree to “prove” it, my mother is in mensa (and you’ve got to figure at least some of her genes got passed on to me) and well, I’ve always really enjoyed tackling the “difficult” books. And so it was under this misguided set of ideals, and with a slightly inflated ego, that I undertook TV Free February.

And might I say, this was no easy task.

I could watch TV at work (it’s part of my job), and I could watch TV at the local bar. I did cheat three times, but I also managed to complete one very “serious” novel. I cheated once for Puppy Bowl, once for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (do we see a theme here…?) and once because an episode of Project Runway was on and the boy wasn’t here to rain guilt down upon my head.

So, tonight I will break my self-imposed TV fast and re-enter the world of Law & Order re-runs, new episodes of Iron Chef America and my dearly, dearly missed Project Runway (thank you Gothamist for your weekly updates!). I will work my little tooshie off so that I can make it home in time to watch The Simpsons from my own armchair. I will revel in the geekiness that is Alton Brown, and if I’m a really, really good girl at work, just possibly, the re-run of Project Runway will be one I haven’t seen before.

And what does a TV deprived, self-proclaimed gastronomical geek eat while catching up on all her favorite televised dreck? Only the simplest, most personal, most guilty of guilty pleasures will do.

Elbow macaroni, coated in lots of butter and topped with salsa from a jar.

To quote my gastronomical idol, “Mmmm… Convenient

But lest you think I have not learned a thing in my 28 day long, self-imposed exile, I am still on track to complete two more serious novels by the end of March. That is, as long as I don’t get caught up in Top Chef.

Slightly Inappropriate E-mail

1 Mar

I love books. I order quite a few of them from I often receive e-mails from them, recommending new books to me. But I’ve never gotten one like this before.




Dear Customer,


We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased The Silver Spoon by Phaidon Press also purchased books by Annie Cheney. For this reason, you might like to know that Annie Cheney’s Body Brokers : Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains will be released on March 14, 2006. You can pre-order your copy at a savings of 32% by following the link below.


Maybe it’s just me, but I found this RIOTOUSLY funny!

I think the irony lies in the fact that, yes, I am the type of person that would own both of these books. I was a Physical Anthropology major in college, my mentor professor was an occasional forensics expert for the FBI, so, you can see why I might actually be interested in Body Brokers. But, I feel that this cannot be the norm. There can’t be thousands of people out there interested both in Italian cooking and human osteology… I can’t come up with a good explanation, but I have a hunch that, somehow, The New Yorker is to blame.