I’ve always enjoyed looking to the stars and even though I always knew that the astronaut life was not for me (I can barely handle the G forces on roller-coasters) Sally Ride, first American woman in space, has always been a personal hero of mine. Sally Ride by Lynn Sherr, one of this year’s Women’s History Month Honorees, is the definitive biography of this remarkable woman. Although Ride spent much of her time in the spotlight for her professional accomplishments she was famously private about her personal life and sexual orientation. Through Ride’s own words and interviews with those closest to her, Sherr gives a revealing and heartfelt portrait of a woman who deserves to be anyone’s hero.
While the home kitchen has long been considered the rightful domain of women, the professional kitchen has until recently been another matter entirely. Male chefs have dominated fine dining establishments from New York to LA. In Blood, Bones and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York, tells her story of how she became a professional chef. Hamilton also has her MFA in fiction writing and it shows. Her writing is expressive, honest, and tells a story of her journey to the kitchen. This is a book to enjoy with a glass of wine and some good cheese, so you won’t get too hungry reading her descriptions of the delectable dishes she prepared and ate along the way.