Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Web + book = Double the fun

I don't have a computer at home, so anytime I want to search on the Internet I bike over to my closest public library. Some of my favorite quirky websites are publishing books, so those of us who can't keep up on the web can at least read about the fun world we live in. Here are three great books that will entertain for hours (and feel free to follow up on the web).
First we'll start with cakes, specifically Cake Wrecks. Now I've had my share of cake mishaps - the three-layered cake that leaned like the tower in Pisa, the checkerboard cake that was as dry as a checkerboard, etc. But the pictures in this book literally take the cake - and they are all professionally created in bakeries across the country!
To continue with food, let's move on to shopping lists in Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found.  The witty commentary about the lists is what makes this book sing.
Finally, my all-time favorite, FOUND: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items From Around the World. Notes, letters, photos and the general forgotten ephemera get star treatment in this book.  And you can find creator Davy Rothbart on NPR's This American Life if you're lucky as well. Check out the books and then for further enjoyment check out all of the websites as well.

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  1. I love cake wrecks! It's amazing how dessert can go so wrong!

  2. It's one of my online must-reads. I hear she's coming out with a second book, too, called Wreck the Halls. :)


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