Join Author Mary Roach for Dinner and Digestion Discourses

Categories: Books, Education

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First it was cadavers. Then it was ghosts and then sex. Now, unwitting science journalist and author Mary Roach is tackling food and all the weird stuff our bodies do when we eat it.

Roach's new book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, comes out April 1, and she'll be stopping by St. Louis later in the month on her book tour.

Roach started out as a magazine journalist, but eventually parlayed her column for Salon.com into her first book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Next, she investigated the afterlife in Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, then came Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

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Mixologist Matt Seiter Serves Drinks From Sanctuaria Cocktail Book Tonight at Taste

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Mohawked mixologist and Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) bar manager Matt Seiter will be mixing drinks from his recently released book Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time at Taste tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

Seiter has already visited cities such as New Orleans and New York to promote the book, but this is the first St. Louis-based event since its release party at Sanctuaria in December.

This evening Seiter will be mixing up a handful of the 150 drink recipes listed in his book, including the "Ping Pong," with sloe gin, creme de violette and lemon ($6); "Diki Diki," with Calvados, Swedish punsch and grapefruit ($6); and the "St. Louis Southside" with gin, ginger liqueur, lemon, absinthe, club soda and mint ($8).

He will also be selling copies of the book and tells Gut Check that he will autograph copies if people ask him to, but admits, "I don't know how many people in town know that I even wrote a book."

See also:
-Sanctuaria Releases First Cocktail Book Written by Bar Manager Matt Seiter
-Sanctuaria Bar Manager Matt Seiter Talks New Cocktail Book Before Tonight's Release Party

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Win a Copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Just in Time for Author Deb Perelman's Signing at Left Bank Books This Weekend [Updated]

Categories: Books, Contests!

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Gut Check sure likes to dine out -- lucky for us, it's in the job description -- but we love to reach into the kitchen drawer to try out a recipe or two, too. More often than not, our cursor clicks over to the Smitten Kitchen cooking and baking blog for some inspiring domestic advice spelled out in detailed steps, complete with charming anecdotes and almost unfair photographs demonstrating the process and illustrating the end goal. True, our food never looks quite as beautiful as Perelman's, but with her helpful instructions, it at least tastes great.

This past fall, author Perelman reached beyond the computer screen and planted her years of self-taught findings into physical print with The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. On Friday, March 1, she brings her book tour to Left Bank Books (321 North 10th Street; 314-436-3049). At 7 p.m., she'll discuss and sign copies of the cookbook, available for purchase at Left Bank Books. Read on for a short Q&A with Perelman.

Click through to enter to win a copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook!

Update: Congrats to commenter kpbakery, who submitted the winning comment. We're pretty smitten with the idea of salted caramel tuxedo brownies, too.

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A Brief History of Canned Food

Categories: Books, Fun Facts

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Here's to you, Nicolas Appert! Let's toast with the jar you invented.
Today marks the beginning of National Canned Food Month. Why is February National Canned Food Month? Well, are there any locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables you'd want to eat at this time of year? Yeah, didn't think so.

Before we launch into our month-long celebration of soups and vegetables, sardines and SpaghettiOs, beer and Clamato and all other things canned, let us raise a Mason jar in a toast to Nicolas Appert, the father of canned food.

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Sanctuaria Bar Manager Matt Seiter Talks New Cocktail Book Before Tonight's Release Party

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Last month, Gut Check spoke with Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) bar manager Matt Seiter about his upcoming cocktail book The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time based the restaurant's on drink menu. The book's official release date is Tuesday, December 11, with a book-release party, "Cocktails by Candlelight," scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria.

Curious to learn more about the cocktail book, recipes therein and book release party, we caught up with Seiter.

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Sanctuaria Releases First Cocktail Book Written by Bar Manager Matt Seiter

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Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) announced this week that its releasing a cocktail book penned by its acclaimed bar manager Matt Seiter titled The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time. A book-release party titled "Cocktails by Candlelight" is scheduled to coincide with the restaurant's third anniversary on Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria. The book's official release date is Tuesday, December 11.

Gut Check caught up with Seiter to find out what's inside the cocktail book and what to expect at Sanctuaria's upcoming shindig.

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DOORBUSTER! Gut Check's Black Friday Giveaway

Categories: Books, Contests!

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Remember a few weeks ago when we showed you the book trailer for Fifty Shades of Chicken, the new cookbook inspired by this summer's "literary" sensation that really puts the "porn" in "food porn"? Of course you do! Gut Check is by no means the world's most expert chicken-trusser, but after seeing that video, the process has been so indelibly printed on our consciousness, we're sure the voice of Patrick Stewart (or his soundalike) will always be there to guide us any time we're confronted with a raw chicken and a length of kitchen twine.

A few days after we discovered the book trailer, a copy of the book itself came winging its way to us from the publisher. Oh, the ecstasy, the complete abandon we felt when we finally got a chance to finger its glossy pages!

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There's a Fifty Shades of Chicken Cookbook, and Here's the Trailer

Categories: Books, Media, WTF?

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I was going to begin this post by saying that given the wild success of the BDSM mommy-porn novel ("novel") Fifty Shades of Grey, it was probably inevitable that there would be a Fifty Shades-themed cookbook -- except NO, it was NOT inevitable, it doesn't even make any SENSE.

But it's happened anyway.

Yes, Random House is publishing a cookbook ("cookbook") called Fifty Shades of Chicken, and because book trailers are a thing now, there's a trailer featuring the voice (though presumably not the abs) of someone who sounds suspiciously like Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and some other stuff fame.

You can watch the trailer after the jump.

See Also:
- "50 Shades of Buttercream, or the Top 10 Ways Cupcakes Are Like Sex"


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Missouri Harvest Provides a Virtual Agri-Tour to Promote Eating Locally

Categories: Books

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Authors Maddie Earnest and Liz Fathman of Missouri Harvest.
What's the best piece of advice for people who want to begin eating better on a local level? According to Liz Fathman, co-author of Missouri Harvest, A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State, "Take it one step at a time."

For those who don't know where to begin, Fathman's book pinpoints exactly where to start, spelling out the farm-to-table movement as it applies to Missouri agriculture, listing goods and vendors by region and providing a guide to using it all.

"There are a lot of people who want to eat locally but feel it's harder than it needs to be. We're hoping to demystify the process and make it easier for people to make that leap from wanting to eat locally to actually pursuing and doing it," says Fathman, an anthropologist and publications manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400).


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Q&A With Fast Food Nation Author Eric Schlosser, Win Tickets To See Him Speak

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Eric Schlosser has taken on a variety of writing subjects in his time, from illegal immigration to marijuana to pornography, but he's best known for his sharp criticism of the fast food industry in his 2002 book Fast Food Nation. A proponent of the slow food movement, Schlosser tours the country several weeks a year to speak at colleges about sourcing fresh food locally. Next week, Schlosser will visit the metro area to participate in two events: a dinner at Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) prepared by Josh Galliano and hosted by Slow Food STL, as well as a speaking engagement on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University (701 College Road Lebanon, Illinois; 618-537-4481). The talk is tentatively titled "Why you need to know what you're eating." Gut Check was able to catch up with the writer to discuss his new writing projects, dodging bad food in college towns and what moves he'd make if he ran the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Click through for an opportunity to win tickets to Schlosser's speaking event at McKendree University.

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