Many people like the August leftovers post and a few emailed and tweeted cool info too. I created a folder for the tasty tidbits and realized that it was getting full. Time to unload September’s leftovers!
First off, after the post about the glowing review of Asian Tofu from The Art of Eating, I got a very nice email from Ten Speed Press publisher, Aaron Wehner. He edited my first book, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, and despite having moved on to shouldering greater responsibility as head honcho at the house, he retains tremendous pride in the works of his editorial past. In fact, Aaron sent along the image at the top of this page. It’s a drawing of mega-star chef David Chang’s cookbook collection, as rendered in My Ideal Bookshelf, a book filled with drawings of influential people’s book collections.
The Viet book is in the mix (can you find it?), along with a few of my all-time favorite works. I’d heard from friends that my book was in the bathroom at Chang’s Momofuku Ko in New York City. Well, Mr. Chang, I keep issues of Lucky Peach in my bathroom. Bathroom reading is important. In fact, esteemed author Margaret Atwood said that the bathroom is a great place to read because no one can interrupt you. It is your reading throne, sort to speak.