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Good reads: CookFight & Atlanta Magazine

Hey everyone! I find it hard to believe that it’s already November – with holiday ads already appearing on television and of course Christmas trees have been decorated in some stores for months. I wanted to put up a quick post highlighting a pair of good reads deserving of your attention.

Kim Severson, author

I noticed in an e-mail from Cook’s Warehouse last week that New York Times scribes Kim Severson & Julia Moskin ( and twitter friends of mine) would be presenting a class/book signing to promote their new book CookFight. The class is tonight at 7pm at their Midtown location, and seats are still available. I’m awaiting a copy of the book myself and looking forward to diving in. In the meantime I’ll include the description from Ecco Books below. If you’re not in Atlanta, check the book’s facebook page for tour updates.

Colleagues. 
Friends. 
Food obsessives. 
Work wives. 

New York Times writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson were all of the former, until legendary Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni challenged them to go head-to-head in a culinary duel—a battle for dinner dominance that turned them into kitchen combatants. Armed with only $50 each, Bruni dared them to prepare a full meal for six, a showdown which he would judge for the newspaper. The thrill of battle proved too exhilarating to resist, and that initial clash turned into a yearlong kitchen war as Julia and Kim faced off to tackle the most vexing kitchen predicaments, from how best to console friends in need through old-fashioned home cooking to conjuring kids’ food that keeps both parents and children happy at a party.

 

Atlanta Magazine – How Southern are we?

CookFight will join the latest issue of Atlanta Magazine on my dining room table, and the latest issue is something I believe you must pick up. I think it’s a question many folks ask, natives and transplants alike. I’ve lived in Atlanta for 10 years now (yep, I’m a Yankee) and have subscribed to Atlanta magazine even longer than that. I had a brief flirtation with iPad/Zinio delivery but, call me old fashioned, I like getting the dead tree copy each month.

This month’s issue ranks up their with my other favorite, the impressive April 2008 issue that covered Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. This issue includes essays by magazine staffers & freelancers alike, and even includes a fun fashion spread featuring food writer Wyatt Williams. I have to say it’s been hard to look at a restaurant menu the same since reading Bill Addison’s piece on Atlanta’s southern food scene. You’ll find much of the Southern issue is available online, however you’ll want to check out the full issue for a number of elements, including the fun quotes that are at the bottom of the pages in the print version. It’s well worth in my opinion the $12 to subscribe on their website, or cheaper if you know where to look…

I’ve got plenty of books that I plan to share in the next month, so stay tuned!