Friday, April 3, 2009
"A fast-moving, atmospheric thriller. Best to start reading this one early in the evening... unless, that is, you don't mind losing a night's sleep!" ——David Hunt, best-selling author of The Magician's Tale
Why do we Americans have such short memories, and why do we always seem to focus on ourselves, ignoring or forgetting the lessons to be learned from others?
While president Barack Obama was visiting France in April, without a word of commentary to set Obama’s statements in a historical context, ABC News reported him as saying “I think that it is important for Europe to understand that even though I'm now president and George Bush is no longer president, al Qaeda is still a threat and that we cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president suddenly everything's going to be OK.”
Some Europeans legitimately took offense at the suggestion that they have failed to grasp the threat posed by extremist violence.
On October 1, 1995, The NY Times’ Alan Riding reported that “It is probably fair to say that if
What many had already forgotten in the fall of 1995 were the bombings of the mid-1980s. Here is the NY Times, again (in an April 15, 1992 report): “The Tunisian leader of an Iranian-backed group that killed 13 people and wounded 303 others in a series of bomb attacks in central Paris in 1985 and 1986 was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special anti-terrorist court here today.”
Little attention was given in the
That bombing occurred on Oct. 3, 1980, outside the Rue Copernic synagogue in
Live and learn?
It’s worth asking whether we as individuals are capable of learning from the past. George Santayana’s celebrated aphorism, that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to relive it,” is as apt as ever. Apply it as you like to economic meltdowns or failures of security and intelligence.
Was there a link between what happened--or did not happen--in December 1994 in Marseille,
Why would anyone want to attack the
In a September 24, 2001, article titled Terror from the sky, by
Forty of the 227 passengers were French. The GIA released a few women and children and then murdered three passengers. Only after this did the Algerian authorities allow the plane to fly again, heading for
The GIA was thwarted, of course: the
Ask a Frenchman.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
April in... Paris and Rome. Paris for thrills (as in Paris City of Night) and chills (the weather). Rome for fabulous food and wine.
This April saw the long-awaited release of Food Wine Rome, part of the Terroir Guide series, dedicated to the authentic, regional foods and wines of the world.
• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: Little Bookroom (April 7, 2009)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1892145715
• ISBN-13: 978-1892145710
ABOUT Food Wine Rome
Food Wine Rome is a tightly focused guidebook and traveler’s companion to the culinary delights of Rome. For each neighborhood, listings are in three categories: 1) dining: restaurants, trattorie, osterie; 2) gourmet shopping: bakeries, markets, salami makers, cheesemongers, and more; 3) wine: shops and wine bars. A dozen or more sidebars add entertaining and informative bits of city lore, culture, customs, quotes, and anecdotes to bring alive the city’s historic culinary richness: the Roman love affair with artichokes; the watermelon festival held for years on August 24, when giant, ripe watermelons would be released into the river upstream and Roman kids would dive into the river to grab them; the Cacio e Pepe Family of Pastas; the cult of the strawberries of Nemi (one of whose devotees was Caligula); the Renaissance of Rome’s wines; Holy Water and the Aqueducts; Spring Fever (lamb, favas, artichokes, zucchini flowers); and others.
A glossary of essential Roman/Italian food terms helps make shopping, marketing, and eating fun and rewarding. Food Wine Rome is illustrated with scores of atmospheric photographs and an overall map of central Rome.
A few reviews:
“Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations.” --Sherman's Travel
“I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful.” --Wine News
Click for reviews of Cooking the Roman Way: Authentic Recipes from the Home Cooks and Trattorias of Rome. The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers and magazines, listed Cooking the Roman Way in their top-10 cookbooks of the year.
And don't miss Food Wine the Italian Riviera & Genoa, also published recently in the same series: