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Cook ‘n’ Scribble Sante Fe Food Writing Retreat

Molly O’Neill has three spots left for her First Annual Sante Fe Food Writing Retreat!

Most of the writers who’ll be in attendance are working on memoir or personal essay. Most, but not all, are food writers. Most, but not all, are published writers who are trying a new form. Several cookbook writers who are working on memoirs, a novelist working on a food-themed book, several academics working on personal food essays, several frighteningly talented bloggers. Ages range from 30-70, there are 2 women to each man. The men say they are up to the challenge. We have a couple terrific chefs coming, as well as …

as well as YOU that is!!!

Interested? Sign up!


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Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OS

A Covert Affair

Jennet Conant has written extensively on World War II and the intelligence community in her previous books:  The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington; Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II; and 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

Read this informative piece regarding the author and A Covert Affair at the History News Network.


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Paul Newman

title page of Shameless Exploitation

Hollywood veteran leading man, auto racing enthusiast, food conglomerate philanthropist Paul Newman died yesterday at his Westport, Ct. home. He had returned home from the hospital following chemotherapy in AugNewman's Own Cookbook 1985ust. He was 83.

Newman and writer, A.E. Hotchner, founded Newman’s Own in 1982. Their first product was all-natural Newman’s Own Salad Dressing. Other all-natural products like spaghetti sauce, popcorn, lemonade, salsa, steak sauce followed.


Early on, the boys established the Newman’s Own policy  that all proceeds from the sale of Newman’s Own products, after taxes, be donated to charity. The Hole In The Wall Gang summer camps for for seriously ill children are the among the most well-known recipients.

Newman and Hotchner authored several recipe books:Hole In The Wall Gang Cookbook

  • Newman’s Own Cookbook (1985) [Newman’s Own’s first cookbook by this name]
  • Hole In The Wall Gang Cookbook: Kid-friendly Recipes For Families To Make Together (1998)
  • Newman’s Own Cookbook (1998) [published under the same title as the 1985 cookbook, but with different text and recipes]
  • Shameless Exploitation In Pursuit Of The Common Good (2003) [A business biography/memoir than contains Newman’s Own’s Good Housekeeping Magazine Winning Recipes, company chronology, etc.]

Newman's Own Salad Dressing Cartoon from Shameless Exploitation

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Soyer’s Culinary Campaign, part 3

Bookbinders Jack and John Papuchyan restored Soyer’s Culinary Campaign for me.

After resewing the page block and inserting it into a new binding, replacing the endpapers with “new” endpapers that are actually old endpapers (contemporary to the book), and covering the new binding with the original cloth, cleaned and restored, the book reads comfortably and looks exceptional.

Soyer's Culinary Campaign restored

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Soyer’s Culinary Campaign, part 2

I launched my business in 1989 while working at Bond Street Books (Book Castle, Inc.) in Burbank, Calif. After four years of growing the business, I made the pivotal purchase of Helen Brown’s cook books.

Although I began to catalogue and sell the collection immediately in order to make the monthly payments I’d agreed upon with her husband, Philip S. Brown, I put a number of books away; earmarking them for archival restoration at some later date.

Most of the books from Helen’s library have found new homes by now, but Soyer’s Culinary Campaign stays with me.

title page of soyer's culinary campaign

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Soyer’s Culinary Campaign, part 1

I’m starting to work on the listing for a rare book that I purchased; as part of a group of food-related books, from the cookery book collection of the late Helen Evans Brown.

helen evans brown and philip s. brown bookplate

helen evans brown bookplate

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