Musical Cookbooks

Flavorpill posted an article about their ten favorite Musical Cookbooks yesterday (recipe books by musicians), and after looking through it, I was disappointed to see only two cookbooks in their list that even sounded like something I’d add to my collection (Recipes to Sing About by Patti Labelle, and Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook by Annick Giroux).  It’s not only a disappointing list, but it’s also missing the one musical cookbook that I’m excited about –  Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers by Glenda Facemire.

My husband, the music freak, has several contacts who make sure we know about anything new or interesting that comes through our favorite music store.  That’s how I was introduced to Music in the Kitchen.  I haven’t purchased it yet, but it’s next on the list (my book spending has been severely curtailed, so I actually have to be selective about which books I  purchase now, which sucks).

From the author’s site:

Working with ACL gave me the up-close and personal opportunity to meet many more gifted musicians. On occasion, if time allowed before the show, the artists and I would share a tête-à-tête. Yes, there have been several great stories, some legendary tales, countless jokes, and even showbiz gossip. I wish I could share, but what happens in the makeup chair stays in the makeup chair!

When it comes to cooking, I’m looking for the next great recipe. And when you can talk about cooking and sharing some recipes with some of the most amazing performing artists in music history, it doesn’t get any better than that. After many years of talking appetizers and barbecue and main dishes with the artists, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to share all this with the treasured fans of ACL?”

As soon as I bring this book home, I’ll post a review.  Or you can purchase it yourself at Waterloo Records in Austin (if you do, please leave me a copy).

Weekly Music Update

A list of what was added to my music library this week

“Tusk” (Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits) by Fleetwood Mac

I heard this for the first time the other day on the radio.  Since I’m not a big Fleetwood Mac fan, this went right by me in 1979 and I’ve only discovered it now.  Liked it enough to purchase the song, but not the album.

“Chiron Beta Prime” and “Re: Your Brains” (Thing a Week Two) by Jonathan Coulton
“Code Monkey” (Thing a Week Three) by Jonathan Coulton
“Skullcrusher Mountain” (Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow) by Jonathan Coulton

The recommendation for Jonathan Coulton came from a GeekDad HipTrax podcast.  I may have to listen to a few more of their podcasts now.

“Brand New Key” (Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie) by Melanie (Safka)

I loved this song as a kid, and I still enjoy it just as much today.

We are Golden”“Blame it on the Girls” and “Good Gone Girl” (The Boy Who Knew Too Much) by Mika

“Dead Man Incorporated” , “Kiss Me Deadly” , “Gimme Some Rhythm Daddy” , “Love Partners in Crime”, and  “Dimes in the Jar” (Songs from Lonely Avenue) by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Brian Setzer was great when he did rockabilly, but DAMN he’s a hottie when he’s doing his big band thing.

I need to find a better format for this if I make it a regular item.

New OK Go Video for “This Too Shall Pass”

Have to interrupt the cake photos to share this insane awesomeness.

By now, everyone’s seen the video for this song with Notre Dame’s Marching band (if you haven’t, click here).

That was cute, but now they’ve released the official video for the song “This Too Shall Pass” using a Rube Goldberg machine that spans four minutes, two floors of a warehouse, smashing a piano and TV, and even uses Damien as a step in the chain reaction itself (belted into a guide-wire and pulley system) before reaching the end.

There are also four clips about the making of this music video, but I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

Now back to the cakes.