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Vroman’s Bookstore is 115 Years Old

Vroman’s Bookstore is 115 Years Old

Today is the 115 birthday of Vroman’s Bookstore.  The store was founded by A.C. Vroman on November 14, 1894.  While we’ve moved locations once, we have been continuously operated and independently owned ever since.  I don’t think I have to tell anyone what an accomplishment that is.  It’s a testament to the incredible community here […]

Friday is for Feeds

Friday is for Feeds

I’m not sure why but I’m a little bit down on the typical static blog at the moment (And, no, the irony of writing that on just such a blog isn’t lost on me).  Every morning I open my Google Reader and see upwards of 500 unread posts, and I die a little bit.  It’s […]

Three Great Links for Fans of Book Design

Three Great Links for Fans of Book Design

The internet is all about book jackets today, and why shouldn’t it be.  It’s November now, and the weather is turning cool.  Books need their jackets, and so do you.  Of course, it’s low-80s outside in Pasadena, so…On to the links! The Second Pass links to an upcoming show at the UCB Theater in New […]

Eating Animals 3: The Arbitrary Carnivore

Eating Animals 3:  The Arbitrary Carnivore

No, that’s not the name of a chapter from a Michael Pollan book, though it could be.  In this short video, we again visit with Sherri Gallentine, as well as drop in on my wife Edan as she prepares to cook dinner. Click here to view the embedded video. [Note:  the theory about animals that […]

Eating Animals 2: Backyard Chickens

Eating Animals 2:  Backyard Chickens

You may know Sherri Gallentine from her various guest posts on the Vroman’s Blog (many of them culinary in nature) or from seeing her around the store, but did you know that she raises chickens in her backyard in Altadena?  I thought it would be enlightening to visit her backyard chicken farm and see how […]

Eating Animals Part 1: The Farmer’s Market

Eating Animals Part 1:  The Farmer’s Market

This Sunday, Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, will present his new book Eating Animals at Vroman’s Bookstore.  Eating Animals is an exploration of how and why he became a vegetarian, and it investigates factory farming, modern slaughterhouses, industrial agriculture and much more.  It’s a more personal […]

Linkfest Friday!

Linkfest Friday!

It has been an insane week around here, and tomorrow is Halloween.  This year, I’ll be going as Glenn Beck dressed like a communist (Turns out he’s supposed to be a communist…who knew?).  Just kidding, I’m not going as anything.  I’m actually kind of a Halloween downer, and that, coupled with the insane past few […]

Guest Post: Sherri Gallentine Takes on Ad Hoc at Home

Guest Post:  Sherri Gallentine Takes on Ad Hoc at Home

Sherri Gallentine is one of Vroman’s Book Buyers.  You may remember that she and her husband Rich hosted our Bottega Favorita Challenge dinner.  This time, Sherri took on the new cookbook from the notoriously challenging Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc at Home.  Keller’s last cookbook, about cooking sous vide, was too tough for many home cooks, […]

Guest Post: Paria Kooklan on Iran Overload

Guest Post:  Paria Kooklan on Iran Overload

Paria Kooklan writes the incredibly hilarious blog Stuck in the Safety Net.  As you will soon learn, she’s at work on a novel.  She was good enough to tend the shop while I was away: I recently started working on a novel about an Iranian-American family living in Southern California. Come to think of it, […]

See Me at the 140 Characters Conference

See Me at the 140 Characters Conference

It’s going to be a light week here next week, as I’m going to be rocking the Governor’s Conference on Women down in Long Beach.  Vroman’s is the official bookstore of the conference, and I’m scheduled to be down there for the first few days of the week.  If you’re going to the conference, be […]

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