AFIELD by Jesse Griffiths & Jody Horton Nominated for a 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award


April 9, New York, NY – AFIELD: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish by Jesse Griffiths (author) & Jody Horton (photographer) has been nominated for a 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award (Single Subject category).

The James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 and are often called “The Oscars of Food.”Held on the first weekend in May, the Awards honor the finest chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States. The awards are voted on by more than 600 culinary professionals. Recipients receive a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard and a certificate from the Foundation. Cookbook Winners will be announced May 3, 2013 in New York City at Gotham Hall.

“We are stunned and ecstatic that the Beard foundation would recognize AFIELD.  The collaboration between us took almost three years of hard, but enjoyable, work, and we hope this honor signifies a new awareness of wild foods, responsible eating, and conservation..”  – Jesse Griffiths and Jody Horton

Released in September 2012, Griffiths and Horton’s masterful, informative and frankly beautiful book has been–and continues to be–widely heralded by critics and fans alike.

Sam Sifton featured the book on two pages in the New York Times Magazine. The Chicago Tribune devoted the entire front page of their “Good Eating” section to Afield. Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook called it “one of a very few modern cookbooks that does justice to America’s wild game and fish.” Carla Hall, co-host of “The Chew” (ABC-TV) raved, “Much praise goes to Jesse for making the art of hunting and cooking game approachable.” Read quotes about AFIELD here.

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Welcome Books is a publisher of distinctive, exquisitely crafted visual books on a variety of subjects, distributed by Random House. Their Cooking with Italian Grandmothers by Jessica Theroux won the Judge’s Choice IACP Award last year.

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Procrastination Breeds Author Donald Friendman’s Clever “You’re My Dawg, Dog” Book. In Stores Today. Fetch!

YMDD_Cover_72 My new book, You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People ($12.95, Welcome Books), is more good news for my fellow procrastinators.

As John Perry explained in his guilt-relieving guide to avoiding work, the key is to do something productive while not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, an important skill in this dog-eat-dog world.


“Horn Dog”

Of course, like all right action, it’s easier done in contemplation. You’re My Dawg only happened after there wasn’t any more laundry to do, I couldn’t stand looking at my beaten up investments one more time, had forbidden myself the Internet, and I realized the people I wanted to waste time with on the phone have lives. What I was so diligently not doing was completing my now-finished new novel, Corrupted Humours. During the dog days I started taking long walks in the woods where it was cooler and where I could pretend I was working out issues of plot and character, and usually ended up thinking about neglected chores or my bad investments, but one day started making lists of dog terms in my head. Continue reading

Did He (or She) Propose on Valentine’s Day? You’re Gonna Need These…

BB-BBOL_for_blogMarsha_Heckman-72Revised and updated A Bride’s Book of Lists: Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Wedding, by floral designer and wedding planner Marsha Heckman is out now, just in time for the Spring/Summer wedding season. It is the companion book to the best-selling, sanity-saving, and reassuringly practical A Bride’s Book: An Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for the Year of the Wedding, which is beautifully illustrated with photos of Heckman’s gorgeous bridal bouquets. A few sample pages from A Bride’s Book of Lists, after the jump: Contents, Timing, When To Marry, By The Numbers. Start planning–or dreaming! And, if they’re in order: Congratulations! Continue reading

While You Anticipate “You’re My Dawg, Dog” Book, Check Out 7-year Old Ava’s “He’s My Dog” Video. Sweet!

In anticipation of the February 26 release of You’re My Dawg, Dog–our funny, illustrated book of dog terms–we thought you might like this sweet video. You’re My Dawg, Dog author, Don Friedman” says, “Seven year old Ava Hudak sings about her dawg dog—expressing what all dog owners feel. Prepare to be charmed!” We think it’s very “Dawg” ;-) See the You’re My Dawg, Dog trailer video here.

“The Art of Video Games” guest curator and co-author, Chris Melissinos to Speak @ NYU GAME CENTER Feb 15, 7:00 PM


The Art of Video Games, the nationally touring Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition– their biggest audience draw in 6 years–opens at Seattle’s EMP Museum the same day!

Achievement Unlocked:  The Rise of Video Games in Global Culture
with Chris Melissinos (The Art of Video Games)
February 15, 2013 (Friday)
7:00 p.m.
NYU Game Center
721 Broadway, Lower Level, Room 006
Event contact:
RSVP to NYU Game Center

PrintNew York City – February 1, 2013 – Join The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect guest curator and co-author, Chris Melissinos (@cmelissinos) as he discusses the evolution of video games from their humble beginnings to their eventual arrival as one of the most significant forms of artistic expression in human history.

With unique insight that spans his almost 40 years of playing, collecting, developing, and curating video games, Melissinos will discuss how video games have grown in importance, the opportunity they represent in transforming culture, and how he turned this passion into one of the most visited exhibitions in the history of the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Art of Video Games originally ran there March 16 – September 20, 2013 before heading out on a ten-city, three-year U.S. tour. The exhibition opens February 15, 2013 at Seattle’s EMP Museum and will run through May 12, 2013.

Copies of The Art of Video Games ($40, Welcome Books) by Chris Melissinos & Patrick O’Rourke–the companion book to the exhibition–will be available for purchase and signing.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to The NYU Game Center.

If you wish to post and print the flyer about the event, click here for the PDF.

Questions about The Art of Video Games book, contact Andy Reynolds at Welcome Books 212-989-3200

Welcome Books is a publisher of distinctive, exquisitely crafted visual books on a variety of subjects. Distributed by Random House.


“You’re My Dawg, Dog” Book Video Trailer

You’re My Dawg, Dog: a Lexicon of Dog Terms for People is the clever and charmingly illustrated 84-page book that every one of the 78 million pet dogs in this country will want to get for his person! On a single page you will find quotes from Shakespeare and Rihanna, Pre-Socratic philosophers, Black Sabbath and the NASDAQ.

THE AMERICAN NURSE New Orleans Book Signing Nov 30 @ Interim LSU Public Hospital

The American Nurse Project– 60 second trailer from American Nurse Project on Vimeo.

The American Nurse: Photographs & Interviews by Carolyn Jones (Welcome Books)

Celebrate Our Heroes in Scrubs!
7 New Orleans area nurses are among 75 featured in The American Nurse – the first ever coffee-table photo book honoring nurses and the nursing profession. Below are details for the presentation and book signing happening on November 30 (Friday) at Interim LSU Public Hospital.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Presentation & Book Signing
LSU Interim Public Hospital
ILH Auditorium 101 (UH Basement)
2021 Perdido Street
New Orleans

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A Note to Heroes from Lena, Publisher of Everyday Heroes (Welcome Books, 2012)

What an amazing weekend we have just had…

Everyday Heroes is released today, 10/23/12

First in San Diego with hero Kathryn Hall-Trujillo and her Birthing Project conference (ten years ago she mortgaged her house to start this movement to keep disadvantaged African American women healthy during pregnancy so that their babies would arrive safe and sound — now she has 108 stops on her “birthing railroad” across America).

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Birthing Project USA

Then the exquisite, intelligent and entirely optimistic reception at Tom and Sal’s in San Francisco.

Chuck Slaughter (Living Goods) and his wife Mollie,  Abby Falik (Global Citizen Year) and her parents and husband Joel , Brahm Ahmadi (People’s Community Market/formerly of People’s Grocery) and Ben Mangan (EARN) were all there, many board members, many of our  fabulous friends were there.

San Francisco Launch Party for Everyday Heroes at the home of Omidyar’s Sal Giambanco and San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Tom Perrault

Tom & Sal: I bless you for your kindness and your complete belief in the idea that we can make the world a better place. And, today, 10/23, for the release of Everyday Heroes…just a few great things are happening at Huffington:

Huff Post Arts & Culture blog featured “One Person Can Really Make A Difference” by Paul Mobley, Photographer, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at at Time.
Huff Post Impactx blog is featuring: “New Rules for Social Entrepreneurs” by Katrina Fried, Author, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at at Time.

Katrina Fried, Author & Paul Mobley, Photographer
See the entire post on the Everyday Heroes Facebook page

With many thanks to you Arianna for all your great great support.