While browsing through “Baked Elements” by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito something niggled at the back of my mind. The authors’ photo was not set in their bakery or cafe, as one would expect, but rather, at the NY Public Library. The setting adds a distinct quality that is so different from the typical cookbook shot. They also acknowledge the librarians, so they must have done research there, to boot. What could be better than an abundance of books and beautiful cakes?
(PS- This book is arranged by focusing on 10 of their favorite ingredients or elements. Some, like carmel, I can’t argue with. Others, such as banana or pumpkin, are OK, but not my personal faves. Still, an excellent collection of recipes and photos.) Link to GQ article.
This NYTimes article discusses the pros and cons of a major overhaul planned for the New York Public library building on 42d St. One goal is to modernize the facility and save money by shutting two smaller branches, the Mid-Manhattan branch across the street and the Science, Business, and Industry Library.
After meeting with the architect and library officials the author has personally decided he’s against the plans for a variety of reasons. Kimmelman’s main point is that much more discussion should be held even after 4 years of meetings. One issue is that the research section would be combined with the circulating area. He also criticizes the architect’s plans, claiming they resemble a mall! Check out the photos in the article and see what you think.