Archive for January, 2013

Read: It’s Finally Here… La Tacopedia


TacoDirect from Mexico comes this delightful taco encyclopedia, La Tacopedia, the first of its kind. The amusing and thorough  book covers 19 typical types of tacos, with additional information about enchiladas, quesadillas and tlayudas (a crunchy, flat tortilla topped with beans, meat, lettuce and cheese). Authors Débora Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena also write about the mighty taco’s origins; list recipes, sauces and recommend some of Mexico’s tastiest taquerias.

La Tacopedia is in Spanish, so hopefully you speak a little. If not, it’s time to call on those Spanish speakers you know. If you’re feeling antisocial,  there is always google translate.

If you need daily taco tweets, you can follow @LaTacopedia (in Spanish); you can order La Tacopedia from Amazon.


Music: Afrobeat Alert!


FELAsmA new Fela Kuti CD, The Best of the Black President 2, will be released by Knitting Factory Records in early February. It features 12 tracks, including a 16:41 minute version of “Sorrow Tears And Blood,” previously unreleased. The two CD set clocks a total of 155 minutes of tremendous music. If you’re the liner notes type, you’ll be happy to know the musician Akon and Afrobeat historian Chris May wrote a 16 page booklet about Fela Kuti and the history of Afrobeat. Have a look and listen to this fabulous 1978 Fela Kuti concert in Berlin.

The Best of the Black President 2 will be available in early February 2013. Order it via

Read: Calling All Saarinen Fanatics!


SaarinenSMIf the term “Womb chair” makes you feel like you are comfy cozy in one, you’ll be delighted to know a beautiful new book featuring the furniture designs  of Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen has been published. Saarinen is primarily remembered for his buildings, such as the iconic TWA Terminal at JKF Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, however if you crack open this mammoth coffee table book, you’ll discover Saarinen also designed furniture–chalk it up to sisu.

Author Brian Lutz weaves together an interesting story of Saarinen’s evolution as an architect and designer, augmented by historic photographs that include Saarinen’s “frienemy” Charles Eames and childhood friend Florence Knoll; not the mention his father, Eliel. The forward is written by the industrial designer Niels Diffrient.

Order a copy through Pointed Leaf Press or Amazon.