Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)I am trying to figure out why I have not read this book sooner. (I think it might be the way the book was marketed. No, I'm not surprised that restaurants re-use bread baskets or think it's particularly shocking that an executive chef's job is more along the line of management than cooking, or that restaurant kitchens are occasionally full of sexist pigs and people who spit in the food and engage in unsanitary practices on the kitchen counter.) The copy I have is trade paperback "updated edition" that includes various articles and interviews (which I have not actually read yet).

Dharma Punx, by Noah Levine

Dharma PunxIt would be easy to say that Dharma Punx is Noah Levine's memoir of how he turned his life around. Like life itself, it's a little more complicated than that. Levine does turn his life around, but without rejecting the basic philosophy and ideology that led him to become interested in punk music. This memoir therefore is more about how Levine combined the anti-authoritarian and nihilistic philosophies behind the punk movement of the 70s with his practice as a Buddhist.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Get Your Cat into a Carrier Without Bloodshed

You need to take your cat to the vet or for an overnight stay somewhere because you're heading out of town. You want to get your cat into a carrier and from there into the car but your cat has an uncanny ability to  hide just as you're about to dig the carrier out of the closet. When it comes time to actually get the cat into the carrier the cat is nowhere to be found and when you do find her, she suddenly becomes a tornado of teeth and claws. When you do get her into the carrier she wails like a banshee the entire trip or hunches angrily in the back of the carrier eyes glowing like something from a horror movie.

Getting a cat into a carrier does not have to be a battle to the death. With time and a lot of patience, you can train your cat to not only get into the carrier when you want her to, but also to get into the carrier on her own. This method is based on personal experience, experimentation and various pet training books.

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