Saturday, October 30, 2010



XOXO, Joanna Tanger... or Joan Jett for the next 24 hours ;)
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BOOK WE LOVE: Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights

Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite by Sophie Dahl (HarperCollins Books)

You may recognize Sophie Dahl's smiling face on the cover of her book. She is known for her big smile and sexy curves as a world-class model. What you may not be aware of is that this London-based model is a wonderful food writer (oxymoron no more!). The 276-page hardcover is part cookbook, part memoir, with gorgeous, full-color photography sprinkled throughout. Divided by season, the recipes are further categorized by meal, and brief anecdotes introduce each chapter. Dahl's recipes are generally simple and delicious, encouraging readers to use local seasonal produce as their stars. Begin an autumn day with "Poached Eggs on Portobello Mushrooms with Goat's Cheese," and finish with a "Flourless Chocolate Cake." Savor "Linguine with Tomatoes, Lemon, Chile and Crab" in the summer, and "Grilled Figs with Ricotta and Thyme Honey" in the spring. Some of the recipes sound indulgent, but all feature wholesome ingredients that can easily be found at your local farmers' market or supermarket. All in all, the stylish model makes one sensual cook!

BOOK WE LOVE: The Girl's Guide to the Big Bold Moves for Career Success

The Girl's Guide to the Big Bold Moves for Career Success by Caitlin Friedman & Kimberley Yorio (Broadway Books).

Are you ready to find your dream job? Want to get that raise even in this economy? Caitlin Friedman and Kimberley Yorio have watched numerous women miss out on promotions and sit quietly hoping their boss will notice. Open the pages of their book, and learn how to ask for what you want at work and in life. Friedman and Yorio will teach you how to conquer fear, network, sell yourself, and ask for the raise. As they write, "Women are socialized to be humble about their accomplishments. You're taught that if you're a good girl and do good work, people will notice and you'll be rewarded. Wouldn't it be great if that were true?" The authors discuss the fact that men often get promotions not because they deserve them more than their female co-workers, but because they have been taught to ask for what they want. Women are concerned with the whole team and we don't want to seem demanding or 'bitchy,' so we do not ask for what we deserve. The Girl's Guide to the Big Bold Moves for Career Success has excellent interviews with inspiring and high-powered women and tips on ways to fight the stereotypes that keep women from moving up. This 231-page read is one of the best work-related books I've read and it includes lists of resources and ideas to help you reach your potential.