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Culinate Newsletter February 4 09

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 Recently someone gave me a new CD — Bill Frisell's [%amazonProductLink '"History, Mystery"' asin=B0016OMGFG] — and I love how it's insinuated itself into my dinner-prep hour. The sound is jazzy and rich, and I catch myself almost — but not quite — lost in the guitar strains as I cook. 

 More inspiration is coming from a new novel, [%amazonProductLink "The School of Essential Ingredients" asin=0399155430], by Erica Bauermeister. The story is full of likable people, and I'm rooting for all of them, even as I pick up advice about food; the "school" in the title is a cooking class, after all.

 Bauermeister lives in Seattle, and her novel evokes the Pacific Northwest, with its overgrown gardens and fresh Dungeness crab. Frisell, as it happens, also lives in Seattle, but his music doesn't say Pacific Northwest to me; still, it's right at home in my kitchen.

 Does music give you cooking inspiration? Do novels? Head over to [/user/kim?utmsource=N20090204&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=MemberPage&utmcampaign=members "my member page" on Culinate] and give me your suggestions (I've reprinted this newsletter in my blog; you can comment there). 

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 Kim Carlson
 Editorial Director

 P.S. Just under a week until we give away two KitchenAid stand mixers. [/mix/contestsandgiveaways/winakitchenaidstandmixer "Are you entered to win?"]

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