Why not toss some of your holiday gift budget toward a visual journalist who might be selling just what you need for that special someone on your list?
Today’s topic: Cookbooks, calendars and CDs.
Do you have a cook or a wannabe cook on your Christmas list this year?
Longtime food writer, editor and blogger Debbie Moose of Raleigh, N.C., has written five cookbooks, each of which focus on Southern-style, downhome cooking.
1. Her first, published in 2004, was Deviled Eggs.
Some say the devils you know are better than the devils you don’t. Well, in these pages there are plenty of both, and all are wickedly delicious.
Deviled eggs, a perennial favorite of potluck suppers and picnics, a party food that is nearly perfect in its simplicity and speed of preparation, are basking in a long-awaited renaissance.
2. In 2007, Debbie came out with Fan Fare, which focused on finger foods and hearty snacks for entertaining or tailgating.
3. The next year, she published Wings, which contained…
…65 terrific recipes that demonstrate just how deliciously versatile wings can be.
From easy choices like Crunchy Lemon-Pepper Wings to incendiary Vindaloo Vipers and exotic Wings Go Coconutty. Watch your parties take off with wings like these!
Paul McCartney not included.
4. In 2009, Debbie write about yet another Southern delicacy, Potato Salad.
Potato salad is not just a starchy buddy to your hamburger. It has a proud place in cultures around the world, from German oil-and-vinegar salads with bacon to dill-accented Scandinavian delights.
And, of course, it’s the all-American side dish at every Fourth of July picnic. But this great dish deserves to shine year-round. In this book are the flavors of beloved favorites, but with new twists.
And then in 2012, Debbie wrote Buttermilk.
The official blurb:
“Like a full moon on a warm southern night, buttermilk makes something special happen.” Buttermilk explores the rich possibilities of this beloved ingredient and offers remarkably wide-ranging recipes for its use in cooking and baking–and drinking, including The Vanderbilt Fugitive, a buttermilk-based cocktail.
Buttermilk includes fifty recipes–most of which are uniquely southern, with some decidedly cosmopolitan additions–from Fiery Fried Chicken to Lavender Ice Cream to Mango-Spice Lassi.
A 1979 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Debbie spent six years as a reporter with the Post of Salisbury, N.C., before moving to the News & Observer in 1985. She was an editor and sole writer for the N&O‘s food section for eight years. She also spent four years as a counselor and support group facilitator for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
And what do you buy that media animal who’s so very hard to shop for?
You buy him the ultimate media calendar, of course: One that features gorgeous photos of radio station antenna sites around around the country.
Every year, Rochester, N.Y.-based radio writer and consultant Scott Fybush publishes a radio antenna calendar. What you see above is this year’s edition.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release Scott sends us:
“Some people may think all radio towers look alike, but the Tower Site Calendar shows every year that that’s not the case,” says Fybush, who has worked in radio and television news for more than two decades. The calendar began in 2002 as an outgrowth of his weekly industry news column, NorthEast Radio Watch, and its offshoot, “Tower Site of the Week,” a weekly feature at his fybush.com website.
“It has developed a passionate following in the broadcast engineering community,” Fybush says. “Engineers are notoriously underappreciated for the hard work they do. The calendar is one way I can help show some recognition for their design and maintenance of the infrastructure that allows all of us to have easy access to radio, TV and cellphones.”
The 2014 edition, now shipping from the Fybush Media store features thematic page designs, durable coil binding and 13 new pictures taken from Fybush’s travels all over North America and beyond. Some of the highlights this year:
- The former site of KBRT. This daytime-only AM station broadcast from southern California’s Catalina Island until this year, inspiring the popular song “26 Miles.”
- The home of Chicago’s AM 1160. The four-tower array actually sits in Des Plaines, Illinois.
- WTAG, Worcester Massachusetts. The station, named for its former owner, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, celebrates its 90th anniversary in May.
- A master antenna system in Crestwood, Missouri. Built in 1986, the combiner system houses 11 St. Louis stations.
- KFAQ, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city’s oldest surviving radio station (and the station that launched Tulsa native Paul Harvey) is near the old Route 66.
The calendars cost $18.50 each plus shipping; just a little more for customers in New York state. Order the calendar here.
A 1992 graduate of Boston’s Brandeis University, Scott worked as a reporter for WCAP in Lowell, Mass., WBZ in Boston, R News in Rochester and WXXI, also in Rochester. In addition to his freelance work, he edits radio trade publications such as the Radio Journal, NorthEast Radio Watch and 100000watts.com.
Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Vernon Carne has released four CDs of his work.
From 2003, A Passage in Time. From 2006, Simple Pleasures. From 2007, What Touches the Soul. And from 2009, Friday’s Child.
Each CD is available for $10. Mp3 downloads are a bit cheaper. Find everything on Vernon’s web site. While you’re there, make sure you also check out his limited edition jazz prints.
A 1970 graduate of the Professional Academy of Art, Vernon began work as a news artist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in March 1972 and spent more than 33 years there.
I can’t talk about music without giving a plug to my South African pop star friends Noemie and Camille, better known as the fabulous SoapGirls.
I met the SoapGirls years ago on one of my trips to South Africa. They were a couple of insanely talented teenaged girls, selling homemade soap to tourists to raise money for charity.
Later — to the surprise of no one who’s ever met them — they signed a recording contract. In 2012, they released a CD of dance pop songs.
As far as I know, that albums still isn’t available here in the U.S., although you can listen to it — and a few really sweet remixes of songs from their debut album — at ReverbNation.
I really love their work and I write about them as often as I can get away with it.
Earlier this year, the SoapGirls made their first trip to the U.S. and cut new tracks with a New York-based record producer. This resulted in two singles that were released Tuesday:
Each is just 99 cents, of course.
You’re reading the last of a series of blog posts offering up ideas for Holiday gift giving, but with items created by your visual journalism colleagues around the world.
The schedule, so far:
Also, check out the gifts for geeky collector-types that I wrote for the O.C. Register‘s Holiday Gift Guide in the Thanksgiving day paper.
Do you know of anything — or anybody — I should add to my list? Give me a ho-ho-holler.