Former Seattleite Sharon Boorstin (the former Sharon Silver, Franklin High School ‘62) is best known for her food writing, but now brings us Cooking for Love, a novel with recipes (iUniverse, soft, $17.95).
I quickly consumed this fast-paced book about two almost-middle-aged women who fall into a mid-life crisis of international proportions. Fictional cookbook author Miriam Levy is persuaded by her best friend Kate McGrath to travel to Kuala Lumpur to visit Kate’s first true love. Sandwiched between chapters are recipes relating to the plot, from "Grandma Estelle’s Cheesecake" to "Juanita-the-Sock-Hider’s Salsa" - you’ll have to read the book - to "Nyonya Curry for Beginners."
Writer and humorist David Volk still lives in Seattle, and his new book The Tribe Has Spoken (Andrews McNeel, soft, $9.95) will alleviate your guilt about watching the reality TV that seem to have replaced most regular television programming. As a journalist with "a good ear for quotes," Volk has taken the banality of ordinary people’s unrehearsed words and turned them into pearls of wisdom by which you can live your life - and justify watching television. In the book, cast members from shows like "The Anna Nicole Show," "A Very Queer Eye Holiday," and "Punk’d" provide sage insights and Volk provides the commentary, in case you miss the point.
A cast member from "The Real World: Seattle," says, "Girls have a funny way of making you say yes. Like the waitresses at a strip club will always make you buy a drink."