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Friday, February 21, 2014

David Sedaris is coming to...the middle of Kansas

Posted by on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Sedaris will be in Salina next month.
  • Sedaris will be in Salina next month.
Don't know about y'all, but I've lately come down with a case of the "I've got to get the fuck out of this city for at least a day" blues. I've found oddball towns in Kansas and Missouri to be a workable cure for that ailment. Last year, I traveled to Salina, Kansas, to do a story on the very impressive vinyl-records operation Acoustic Sounds, which is headquartered there. It's worth a day trip, I'd say. Particularly so if you can line it up with an event.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bill McKibben is coming to Kansas City in September to talk Oil and Honey

Posted by on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

McKibben draws powerful connections between beekeeping and fossil fuels in his latest book.
  • Rainy Day Books
  • McKibben draws powerful connections between beekeeping and fossil fuels in his latest book.
The next time you need a topic for a proper bar debate, ask the guy on the stool next to you whether we're going to run out of oil or honey first. And then once you've resigned yourself to living in a dystopian future where cars smell like french fries from the biodiesel that powers them and Renaissance fairs have nobody selling honey-sticks candy, think about buying a ticket to see Bill McKibben speak.

The author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist is slated to swing through Kansas City on Friday, September 27, at 7 p.m. Rainy Day Books is bringing McKibben in to talk about the year he spent with a Vermont beekeeper to understand the importance of local honey production. McKibben's first-person work delves into the honey universe and how its being impacted at a global level by the fossil-fuel industry. Tickets to the event at Unity Temple (707 West 47th Street) cost $26, which include an autographed copy of his book and a spare guest ticket for your fellow barfly.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jim Gaffigan, Dad Is Fat author, on his way to our fat town

Dad Is Fat author Jim Gaffigan comes to KC.

Posted by on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Gaffigan: portly paterfamilias
  • Nigel Parry
  • Gaffigan: portly paterfamilias
"People keep bringing up wistfulness," Jim Gaffigan says. We're on the phone, talking about Dad Is Fat, the comedian and actor's first book. Like Gaffigan's act, it's sharply observed and quotably droll, a steady drip of high-quality chuckles rather than a wave of gut laughter. "I have five children, and I don't even own a farm," he writes in one late chapter.

Also like his act, the book forswears profanity - not least because Dad Is Fat isn't just kid-friendly but kid-centered. But now an unexpected oath hangs in the air: the W-word. He wonders why people keep saying his contribution to goofy-father lit feels so ...

"Sentimental?" he asks. "Does wistful mean, I don't know, a sentimentality, a sincerity?" I make some fumbling defensive noises while scrolling through a mental thesaurus for a more flattering alternative, something less Proustian. But Gaffigan isn't really complaining. This comic, whose lens is perhaps second only to Jerry Seinfeld's in terms of clarity and polish, is just doing what he does: observing.

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  • Dad Is Fat author Jim Gaffigan comes to KC.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

John Mackey, Bobby Deen & Michael Pollan headed to KC in 2013

Posted by on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Pollans next adventure is in his kitchen.
  • Pollan's next adventure is in his kitchen.
A cookbook author and three men who want to change the way you eat are part of the early lineup for food writers headed to Kansas City in 2013.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia discuss their book, Conscious Capitalism, on Thursday, January 31. The duo delve into how companies can be successful by creating a culture that values morality and supports employees.

Bobby Deen, one of Paula Deen's two sons, will be in Kansas City on Monday, February 11, to discuss his latest cookbook, From Mama's Table to Mine: Everybody's Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less.

And Michael Pollan returns to Kansas City on Friday, May 10, with his latest book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan is in his own kitchen for this one using earth, wind, fire and water to "transform" raw ingredients into dinner. All three talks are Rainy Day Books events. Tickets are not yet available online.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kirk and Davis are back on bookshelves with "America's Best Ribs"

Posted by on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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It's summer and that means a new guide to grilling from Chef Paul Kirk and Ardie A. Davis, two of the founders of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The duo have written 11 barbecue cookbooks between them (many co-authored), and the latest is "America's Best Ribs," a collection of recipes, tips and stories about ribs of nearly every meat variety.

"It's a user-friendly book," Davis says. "Even people that don't like to cook will like to read this book."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rachael Ray coming to KC in June to talk burgers

Posted by on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Rachael Ray likes burgers. America likes Rachael Ray. America likes burgers
  • Philadate
  • Rachael Ray likes burgers. America likes Rachael Ray. America likes burgers.
Kansas City will get a little perkier in June when Food Network star Rachael Ray takes the stage at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 W. 47th St.) to talk about her cookbook, The Book of Burger.

Ray will be in town Sunday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. for a 90-minute conversation with Vivien Jennings, the founder of event organizer Rainy Day Books. Tickets are $24.99, and that includes a signed copy of the softcover book, which has more than 200 recipes for burgers and grilling sides.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Author Sylvie Hogg Murphy on "A Food Lover's Guide to Kansas City"

Posted by on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Murphys book is out now.
  • Murphy's book is out now.
It's a funny thing when a travel writer turns her eyes to a new hometown and discovers (not unlike Frommers) that it's a destination unto itself. Sylvie Hogg Murphy, the author of "A Food Lover's Guide to Kansas City," moved here in 2008 after meeting her now-husband, a native son of Kansas City.

"I absolutely love living in Kansas City and proudly play the role of cheerleader for my new Midwestern hometown," says Murphy.

The freelance writer, who has been writing travel guides primarily about Italy for the past decade and is currently penning several titles for Frommers, released her book on the KC eating scene last month. Fat City caught up with the Waldo author to discover what's inside her latest guide.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Hungry for squirrel and dumplings? We have a recipe for you!

Posted by on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Try the Missouri crab cakes -- theyre made with trout.
  • Try the Missouri crab cakes — they're made with trout.

Nothing beats the smell of squirrel being fried in the skillet," writes Bernadette Dryden in her new cookbook, Cooking Wild in Missouri."It fills up the kitchen with a wonderful aroma."

Now I wouldn't mind tasting a little squirrel fricassee (particularly a few of the pesky scamps eating the tomatoes in my backyard), but I haven't ever had the opportunity ... yet. So what does squirrel taste like? I asked Jefferson City-based writer Dryden. Chicken?

"It's actually pretty good," says Dryden, who created and taste-tested recipes for rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, wild duck, wild turkey, catfish and walleye for the 198-page softcover cookbook published by the Missouri Department of Conservation this year. "It does taste a little like chicken, but the meat is darker and leaner."

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Calvin Trillin coming back to KC in September

Posted by on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Unabashed barbecue fan, Calvin Trillin is returning to his hometown.
  • Unabashed barbecue fan, Calvin Trillin is returning to his hometown.

The man who once suggested that Arthur Bryant's was "the single best restaurant in the world" is coming back to Kansas City. Humorist Calvin Trillin will be speaking about his new book, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m.

The Kansas City-born writer currently lives in Greenwich Village but has always maintained a connection to this city, in part because of the famous statement about the barbecue at 18th and Brooklyn that he made to Playboy in 1974.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

No waiting around for David Hayden's book on earning bigger tips

Posted by on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 3:13 PM

David Hayden shares his tips -- on how to be the best server you can possibly be.
  • David Hayden shares his tips -- on how to be the best server you can possibly be.


If all servers in Kansas City took their profession as seriously as David Hayden -- waiter, blogger, consultant -- the local restaurant scene would be a very different place. Hayden is a career waiter, an occupation that once garnered more respect than it does now. (In Europe, a veteran waiter is a prized employee; in Kansas City, they're lucky to find jobs.) Fat City reported last March that Hayden had left McCormick & Schmick's restaurant on the Plaza to ply his craft at the Majestic Restaurant, 931 Broadway.

Tonight -- from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Hayden will be working at the Majestic, but as a bookseller, not as a server. Hayden will be celebrating the release of his first book, Tips Squared: Tips for Improving Your Tips in the Pendergast Club, the third-floor cigar club in the historic Majestic Restaurant building.

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