Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Ramen Party

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Check out the Ramen Party! A project to introduce preschool kids to food, music and fun! Come meet Mr. Ramen and his charming friends and join the party.

Learn more about the project here and check out their catchy music video.

Here’s my sweet Shoyu package for supporting their indiegogo. An awesome tote bag, signed print and stickers!

Shiny Happy People

Friday, December 31st, 2010

One of my super awesome Christmas gifts this year was a cookbook called “Shiny Happy People“. It’s a  collection of Neil Roake’s friends and their recipes. Well, I guess it’s also a lifestyle book then too, because it features little interview type questions on the friends and beautiful pictures of not only their dishes but their homes. I mean it’s a ridiculously gorgeous book. I feel quite spoiled just flipping through the pages! As a fun little bonus, there are mini random tidbits of information peppered throughout the book, tucked away in the corners. There is also a couple of pages at the end just dedicated to that. Like did you know the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called arachibutyrophobia?

After just going through a few pages of this book, I’m itching to go to South Africa. The pictures are just breathtaking and I can’t wait to try the recipes. Squid ink and prawn ravioli anyone? This book is hard to find. We came across it at Anthropologie. So if you come across a copy, seriously snap it up and relish in Neil’s world. You’ll be feeling spoiled too. Guaranteed.  ~YY

Paumes Books

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I love to get a peek into people’s homes and rooms to see how they live and what they love. Paumes is a small, family run publishing company in Japan that produces these beautiful collections of books featuring artists’ studios and living spaces.

Even if you can’t read Japanese, these pictures will inspire you as you daydream about your own living space. It’s great to see how people go about organizing and decorating their spaces. Their colour and furniture choices, a peek into their personality. This is 100x greater than browsing the IKEA catalogue…(and I know that’s quite a thrill for some people already)

I ordered a few books for my sister from their website a while ago and they were extremely kind and helpful in our correspondence.

Recently I saw them again at Kinokuniya Bookstore in San Francisco (which is a great source of all sorts of Japanese books and things!) Sorry Canadians, there only seems to be one Kinokuniya in Calgary. If anyone spots any Paumes books in Toronto, please let me know!