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Books On My Bedside Table

Books on My Bedside Table - Martha Stewart Hors d'oeuvres - Simon majumdar fed white and blue -art nurture by court mccracken- life after christmas by dave conrey - w overlay

This month the books on my bedside table are a motley group for sure. A fresh-faced lifestyle icon, an american culinary journey, a creative journey and solutions from a creative badass. An unusual mix yes, but all with a message all their own – which one will you pick up first?

Martha Stewart’s Hors D’oeuvres: The Creation and Presentation of Fabulous Finger Food by Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart comes to us from the land of the puffy sleeve and feathered hair, circa 1984 to be exact, to show us all how to present the fabulous finger food known as hors d’oeuvres. Truth time – this book has been on my radar for years and has only just this month made it to my nightstand thanks to a friend finding it and gifting it to me! I love turning the pages and wondering what the Martha in this sunny yellow dress might say to the modern Martha we now know. I will treasure this book as I continue on my own publishing journey.
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Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork by Simon Majumdar Just last week I had the pleasure of being at a charity event for the Florida Hospital with Simon Majumdar and he seems nothing less than a true gentleman. I can’t wait to dive into this journey of his across the food history of America.
“Simon stops in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to learn about what the pilgrims ate (and that playing Wampanoag football with large men is to be avoided); a Shabbat dinner in Kansas; Wisconsin to make cheese (and get sprayed with hot whey); and LA to cook at a Filipino restaurant in the hope of making his in-laws proud. Simon attacks with gusto the food cultures that make up America—brewing beer, farming, working at a food bank, and even finding himself at a tailgate. Full of heart, humor, history, and of course, food, Fed, White, and Blue is a warm, funny, and inspiring portrait of becoming American.”
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Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating your Creativity by Court McCracken One conversation with Court MacCracken and I was hooked! She has an amazing way of putting life in a new perspective and allowing you to see another side of the situation – frequently from the point of view of her mustang, but that is a story for another day. In her first book she tells us about a time when her creative energy had hit bottom, how she pulled herself up and the importance of cultivating your own creativity.
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Life After Christmas: Build a Business That Thrives Beyond Your Post-Seasonal Slump by Dave Conrey  Dave is a total Badass. Period. In Life After Christmas, his second book, he dives deep into the importance of creating a brand and business that can withstand the ebbs and flows of a seasonal selling space that often effects creative makers. 

“This is not about the hot new sites or the best tactics of the year. Instead, it’s about sticking to tried and true methods that work no matter what platform you are working on. Yes, there are unspoken rules to each, which should be heeded, but as long as you know those rules out, you will never miss the capability to share and promote your work with style, grace, consistency, and ultimate sales success.”
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8 Responses to Books On My Bedside Table

  1. Nicole Keener May 13, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    Interesting choice of books, but in all honesty I had to double chekc that it was indeed Martha Steward! How crazy!
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    • Krayl Funch May 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM #

      I know right Nicole! I did the same thing when I first saw the book – fresh faced indeed!

  2. Jessica May 13, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

    I love love love your book recommendations and these are no different! Can’t wait to pick up a few
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    • Krayl Funch May 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

      Thank you Jessica! My collection has been growing leaps and bounds. I love getting ideas and inspiration for my future books!

  3. Alli May 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

    I’m laughing at Martha Steward’s photo. A good, classic book never goes out of style. I have the first cookbook I ever bought – Good Housekeeping. It’s huge and some of the photos would not pass today’s standards, but I love that old book.
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    • Krayl Funch May 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

      Alli! It is a total hoot! Those sleeves!

  4. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom May 13, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    Perfect, I was looking for some new summer reads!
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    • Krayl Funch May 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

      There is something for everyone there for sure! Enjoy!

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