This & That: No. 83

Nov 05, 2013

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A cookbook for everyday healthy, yet delicious eating, a documentary to view for inspiration, books to enjoy and jeans for ladies with beautiful long gams . . .


~The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Since the tremendous best-selling success of The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan’s following books have had high expectations, and her most recent novel which was released today is no exception. With a new editor in which she has finally found after a long search, her epic tale of the relationship between mother and daughters in The Valley of Amazement has provoked critics to claim she has returned to what readers first fell in love with her when she began being published. Set in China and spanning more than 40 years, if you’re looking for a book to dive into and gain historical insights along the way, you might have just found your next book.

 ~Beauty at Home by Aerin Lauder

Aside from the tremendous selling point of the cavalier king Charles on the cover, I am honestly curious to pick up a copy of Aerin Lauder’s book Beauty at Home. Inside she offers tips and ideas on how to live beautifully with images of her New York Apartment and Hampton home. Whether an impromptu gathering, a dinner party or time with her children, photos by Simon Upton take readers through her lifestyle that have inspired her and so many others.


~Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets

Just released today, Giada de Laurentiis’ latest cookbook Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets offers the perfect remedy to the hefty food the upcoming holidays are about to bring. I look forward to getting my hands on my very own copy.


~The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible. Click here to watch a trailer of the documentary. The film will be on Showtime November 7th at 8pm or you can rent/buy it here.


~Pumpkin Creme Brûlée 

Inspired by The Hummingbird Bakery in London, blogger Michelle who founded the blog Hummingbird High, lives in Portland, Oregon, and shares some delectable recipes, one of which is her Pumpkin Creme Brûlée. Perfect for fall and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, if you’re on the hunt for something new this season, you might have found what you’re looking for.


~Forever Karlie long jeans by Frame Denim

Karlie Kloss. Yep, that Karlie Kloss – the runway and Vogue model with the mile long legs. Well, this past year, she has partnered up with Frame Denim to create a line of extra long jeans – 40 inch inseams to be exact. With a handful of different styles, if you are as blessed as Karlie is in the height department, Forever Karlie jeans will go the distance.