Each week, we look forward to sharing a collection of our favorite reads with you. We imagine you kicking back, enjoying some recharging downtime, and saying, “Hey, thanks for the pointer to that entertaining/informative/inspiring story.”
Just as much, we like to hear about the stories you’re discovering among our 130+ magazines. This week, subscriber and critically-acclaimed San Francisco chef, Michael Tusk, tells us all what caught his eye. (Hello food, food, and more food. You’re not surprised, right?)
Chef Tusk owns two yummy restaurants in San Francisco, Quince and Cotogna, where he creates refined, modern Italian and French cuisine inspired by the seasonal bounty of Northern California and his close relationships with local purveyors. Chef Tusk was named “Best Chef: Pacific” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. He is Chef Chair for Taste of the Nation San Francisco, which brings together top chefs, winemakers, brewers, and mixologists—all while helping Share Our Strength end childhood hunger. It happens in San Francisco Thursday, March 27th, but you can see all of the events and cities here. Thank you, Chef Tusk, for your good reads and good deeds.
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Next Issue Picks
Train Your Investing Brain
Humans have the most complex and sophisticated minds in the animal kingdom, but when it comes to money our lizard brains take over. Here, tips for controlling the enemy within to become a successful investor. Then read “100 Sizzling Small Stocks” to find small-cap stocks poised to deliver double-digit returns.
The AIDS Cure
Can scientists end the epidemic? For decades they’ve struggled just to control HIV, but now they’re testing ways to wipe it out completely. Read about the clinical trials inspired by the case of a patient officially declared cured of AIDS in 2009.
For 33 years as a Greenpeace captain, Pete Willcox has sailed the world battling environmental offenders. He has occupied a Turkish power plant, was nearly blown up by French operatives, and landed in a Russian prison. Even though he admits it might all be a lost cause, he’s not about to quit.
Are women writing the great American novel? Hell yes. There’s plenty of proof here, along with evidence that the literary establishment has some catching up to do. Eleven authors recommend their favorite books by other female authors. Tap to buy when you find that must-read.
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Big Night in Uruguay
I’ve got a lot of respect for Gabrielle Hamilton. Not only is she a great chef, but she’s an exceptional writer as well. This article makes me want to hop the next plane to Uruguay and head straight to La Huella for lamb cooked over the open fire and local wine.
Reinventing the Wine Bottle
I’m a design and wine enthusiast, so this article fits the bill. Reinventing the wine bottle is an interesting thought. The FFerrone Design bottles look like something my wife Lindsay might add to our collection of wine vessels at Quince.
A few weeks ago, I spent a week in Bologna, Italy researching pasta-making methods for our new Tusk Pasta line. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to go to Rome. This article highlights that mix of old and new that makes the city so special. I hope to break away from the kitchen and return before too long.
Winter's Brightest Jewel
At both Quince and Cotogna we love to use seasonal, California citrus fruit in everything from the salads to the desserts. Our Pastry Team makes some exceptional desserts that pay homage to the mighty citrus fruit. I like how this article celebrates citrus (grapefruit, in particular) and offers some good recipes.
Proceed With Caution
Lecturing your teen on driving responsibly won’t work unless you set a good example. Research says 59% of teens have caught their parents texting while driving. Put a brake on bad habits and your kids will follow your lead.
A Mother's Journey
What does it mean to become a parent at midlife? A decade after adopting a little girl, this writer still wonders. “I went to China because I wanted to love someone unconditionally. And now I do. Was that selfish? Could I have found another kind of meaning?”
Snapshots of the Modern Family
From coast to coast, demographics and family traditions are changing. We’re having kids later in life, coming up with creative child care solutions, and reimagining what a family looks like. This photo album celebrates the wonderful ways we’re raising kids in 2014.
The 2014 "FamilyFun" Travel Awards
Real families with kids ages 3 to 12 rate their favorite destinations across the country. Here, the top 10 winners in categories including theme parks, historic sites, zoos, and kid-friendly cities.
For the Love of Art & Good Design
Barbarians at the Porte
As early as the 1960s, Paris artists elevated graffiti to an art, inspiring Banksy and American Shepard Fairey, among others. Here’s the story about how overprotective Paris became the capital of street art.
Antiques Road Trip
There’s no better time to find antiques than spring, and there’s no better place to start your search than the south. Unearth a treasure trove of vintage finds on this 160-mile stretch through Maryland and Virginia.
The true beauty of bespoke design is the story behind it. Nancy and Dudley Mitchell wanted their new home in Colorado to reflect their heritage, so they crafted it in the style of a Tennessee log cabin—right down to the old-fashioned nails.
A Private Paradise
This story captures the evolution, from late spring through early summer, of the landscape on architect Peter Marino’s 12-acre Hamptons getaway. We recommend horizontal viewing of the gorgeous photography.