Book Review: Somethingtofoodabout

Somethingtofoodabout, the newest experiment by the ever quirky and entertaining Questlove is a collection of essays (photo and otherwise), interviews and narratives on food.  And while this book is about food, the main focus here is on capturing food as art and people creating food as artists.

This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books I have come across in a long while. The photos are brilliant and odd and shocking and bizarre. The Muscovy duck, cherries, apricot, strawberries photo is worth the price of admission alone.

I could not stop smiling as I flipped through these pages. Truly a one of a kind reading experience. There are layers and layers of content to appreciate here on many different levels. Highly recommended to everyone who likes things just a bit different.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Local Politicians Closely Connected To Alleged Flagstaff Heroin Dealer

Flagstaff City Councilwoman Eva Putzova has taken up the cause of Frankie Madrid, a local activist accused of selling heroin and illegally possessing a handgun who is facing deportation to Mexico. She has started a Go Fund Me account for Madrid’s legal fees and so far has collected around $3,000 from 80 donors.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that “according to the police report, a backpack on the floor of the car he (Madrid) was in contained $700, drug paraphernalia, prescription opiates, heroin and a receipt with Madrid’s name on it. Police also found an unloaded gun in the front passenger seat…”  

Frankie Madrid has been an active participant in many local political causes including the campaigns of Flagstaff Councilmembers Coral Evans, Eva Putzova, and Celia Barotz as well as CD1 Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s campaign.

Donations to Putzova’s Go Fund Me page include a $25 donation from Flagstaff Unified School District Board Member Sarah Ells and a $50 donation from Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen.

A full list of donors can be found here:




Book Review: Home Cooked By Anya Fernald

As co-founder and CEO of the Belcampo Meat Company, Anya Fernald has created a name for herself both as a cook and food advocate as well as through common appearances on Food Network TV shows.

Somewhere in her spare time, Fernald was able to put together this recently released book of recipes titled Home Cooked: Essential Recipes For A New Way To Cook.  Strongly influenced by her years in Italy, Home Cooked focuses on ways to make food more favorable than usual. Bringing together European recipes and skills and combining that with years of experience equals a large collection of culinary masterpieces.

Vegetarians close your eyes. The pictures in this book look delicious but are not for everyone. The photo of Fernald standing in the slaughterhouse where beef carcasses age will give you a start. But that is the beauty of this book. It is a real book about real food made with real meat. You can’t go wrong with that.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.