One of the joys of working here at Smithsonian magazine HQ used to be Brian Noyes's homework. Brian, the magazine's art director until the beginning of 2008, took pastry classes at night and often brought his projects into the office the next day—quiches, plum tortes, scones.Brian decided to devote...
December 12, 2008 | By Laura Helmuth
Over at Hungry Magazine there’s a fun review of Lost in the Supermarket, a valiant attempt by two writers to shed some light on the cuisine of the rock star.It's a great idea. Rock life can't run entirely on gin, cigarettes and Cheez-Its, can it? Surely, every once in a while there must be somethin...
December 11, 2008 | By Hugh Powell
Talk about niche publishing: Could you direct me to the “automotive cooking” section of the bookstore, please?If such a section exists, you’ll find at least one book there: “Manifold Destiny,” a humorous “Guide to Cooking On Your Car Engine” that has become something of a cult favorite since its 19...
December 02, 2008 | By Amanda Bensen
The author and 'This American Life' correspondent talks about her book on the colonies' early religious leaders
November 04, 2008 | By Amanda Bensen
The way you arrange your home or office may reveal surprising results
October 21, 2008 | By Megan Gambino
A 2,500-year-old Greek historical play remains eerily contemporary
June 17, 2008 | By Catherine Rampell
Why the pursuit of happiness naturally includes melancholy
June 05, 2008 | By Megan Gambino
An excerpt from Kenneth C. Davis's new book explains they arrived half a century before the Mayflower reached Plymouth Rock
May 23, 2008 | By Kenneth C. Davis
An excerpt from a history of Frenchboro, Long Island, one of Maine's last remaining year-round island communities
May 01, 2008 | By Dean Lawrence Lunt
Elizabeth Royte reflects on the backlash against commercializing a natural resource and responds to reader comments
April 14, 2008 | By Elizabeth Royte
April 2008 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
Electronic books may soon vie with library cards for space in your pocket
January 15, 2008 | By Eric Jaffe
An excerpt from the new book by Shannon Thomas Perich
October 26, 2007 | By Shannon Thomas Perich
Spoken-word artist Mayda del Valle brings to life "democracy writ large in poetry"
October 2007 | By Serena Kim
Novelist Daniel Alarcón's writings evoke the gritty, compelling landscape of urban Latin America
October 2007 | By Marie Arana
A new book of photographs taken in the ocean depths reveals a world abounding in unimagined life
October 2007 | By Laura Helmuth
A friend of the author of "On the Road," published 50 years ago this month, tells why the novel still matters
September 2007 | By Joyce Johnson
An excerpt from Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between"
September 01, 2007 | By Rory Stewart
An excerpt from the new book by Kathy Reichs
August 01, 2007 | By Kathy Reichs
By Alistair Cooke, Atlantic Monthly Press, $24.00
June 2007 | By Winston Groom