Thursday, January 7, 2010

Live from Lake Forest Park; Gettin' Medieval on your food; Ginger saves Polar Bears...

The above video was shot to quickly convey the elegance of Ginger's book-making and binding process. The hillbilly in the Video is now a little better manicured. Oy vey, looking at video of myself is weird.

Anyhow, enjoy and share with your friends.

A burst of orders out of the gate today ensured that half my day was spent happily making books and doing book layout. One customer requested two truly obscure cook books: "Forme of Cury: A Roll of Ancient English Cookery, Compiled about A.D. 1390, by the Master-Cooks of King Richard II, presented Afterwards to Queen Elizabeth, by Edward Lord Stafford, and now in the Possession of Gustavus Brander, Esq." (fourth from the top in the link); "Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books". Which made me think of a piece Jim Harrison wrote for the food issue of The New Yorker one year. A friend of his was a gourmand of gourmands: He organized a dinner, with over a dozen courses, from recipes drawn from 500 years of cook books. Jim Harrison thought he was going to die. It's brilliant and supremely funny.

Printed "The Jacobite Relics of Scotland" by James Hogg, for an old music enthusiast. I was informed that Hogg initially passed all the songs and verses as being of Jacobite origin, but eventually it was revealed he's written them all himself. Cheeky.

And during the open hours (Tuesdays 4-6pm; Thursdays 10am-noon) I printed a book for a walk-in customer from beginning to end, he was out of the store with his new book "A Presidential Energy Policy" by Michael Ruppert, whose publisher encouraged him to distribute his book via POD and Ondemandbooks; the book's printing is a direct testament to the contents of it: rescuing the environment in whatever manner we can. Through Ginger, we saved, fuel, paper, and electricity that otherwise would've gone into shipping the book to us. More publishers should do this.

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