Author, Natalie Coughlin nurtures several passions, food being one of them. Raising her own vegetables, fruit trees and chickens in her San Francisco Bay Area backyard has given her access, like so many others living in Mediterranean climates access to a diversity of fresh ingredients. She has brought her passion to a number of food focused Television shows including the Food Network's Chopped and was a judge on Food Network's Iron Chef … [Read more...]
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It is remarkable what entertaining stories a simple question will unlock. During their travels around the globe, usually tied into oil legal-related work trips for Scott's job - he or his wife Gina would ask locals the following question: "What's the strangest thing you've ever seen or experienced?". During their travels to more then 100 countries they compiled several hundred such stories - which they whittled down to 50 of the best ones. … [Read more...]
For Sarah, a young surgical resident - the decision to go to Tanzania for a year becomes a life changer - both professionally and personally. Working in a small and remote village she discovers, that despite being against the law, a still high rate of female genital mutilation occurring around the country. And learning about the high rate of maternal mortality - she decides to fight both and begins an experimental program providing training to … [Read more...]
Peter Martinez is the Wave Dancer, a surfer in modern day California. He is also a Native American (Noqoto tribe) whose job is to dress up as an "Indian Chief" for his tribe's casino. Not able to conform to the rules of the casino he soon finds himself without a job - fired by his mother. At the core of the story is a battle between environmental protection and an oil company, (appropriately named ENRG) who want to develop part of their … [Read more...]
High powered and very successful business woman, Sue Hollis boasts a list of achievements including running a multi-million dollar company and along the way being voted one of Australia's Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs. Finding her self soulless, feeling empty and enduring physical ailments because of her significant workload - she seeks an escape. Walking away from her old life, she plans an epic road trip on the other side of the world - in North … [Read more...]
Wine Country Women of Napa Valley was written by Michelle Mandro with a forward by Amanda Harlan and the excellent photography contributed by Donna Kopol Bonick - three women who have strong connections to the valley and its lifestyle. A book of this topic could well be many times its thickness - however this book covers select women the author knows and has worked with who are making valuable contributions to Napa Valley. Profiles focus on … [Read more...]
At age 57 Jerry Holl quit his corporate career, trading in a suit and a tie for bicycle apparel and deciding he would bike solo from Anchorage Alaska through British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to the Mexico border. And this proposed journey of 3,600 miles was by a man who had spent little time on a bicycle and had not trained prior to his ride. Nor did he have any training on basic bike repairs. Jumping into the saddle he … [Read more...]
This mouth watering culinary tome written by long time Napa Valley Silver Oak Winery chef Dominic Orsini (with a forward by chef Charlie Palmer) features a treasure trove of recipes that anyone with a culinary interest in preparing creatively inspired dishes made from fresh ingredients will want to get their hands on. Just thumbing through the recipes - each one with a 'tasty' photograph will leave you salivating, regardless of whether you are … [Read more...]
The latest edition (no 11) Explorers Guide Napa & Sonoma is a detailed look at some of the best restaurants, wineries and experiences that the wine country in this part of the state has to offer. Written by husband and wife Peg Melnik and Tim Fish. Both are accomplished wine writers: Peg writes for the local Santa Rosa based newspaper, the Press Democrat and Tim writes for the Wine Spectator. Not a huge book but it is richly endowed with … [Read more...]
Masks by Nataly Restokian is the story of Anna's life - of all the cast of characters, including the men that come through her life, it is Anna we get to know the best. It is her fame, heartaches and resilience that leaves a lasting impression when one puts down the book after reading the last page. Stuck in a heartless relationship of 11 years with her husband, Anna explores the online world of dating. Quick to find someone, a night of … [Read more...]