Brad Thomas Parsons
Omnivoracious Editor
Once called "the Cameron Crowe of the food world," Brad Thomas Parsons balances his pursuits equally between all-things literary and culinary. He has interviewed Mario Batali, Danny Meyer, Ina Garten, Anthony Bourdain, Giada De Laurentiis, and Marco Pierre White, along with Jon Stewart, Amy Sedaris, Don Rickles, Sarah Vowell, and Chuck Barris, among others. He is a regular guest on Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen where he offers commentary on trends in cookbooks and food lit.

Recent posts by Brad

Omni Daily Crush: 2010 Cookbook Preview

Today I was going to crush about Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter, by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. And then, as if by fate (or maybe it was because I asked for an early copy), James Villas' glorious Pig: King of the Southern Table landed on my desk this...

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Omni Daily News

Kid Lit Royalty: Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson succeeds Jon Scieszka as the second National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. You Are What You Eat: Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater's Manifesto, stopped by The Daily Show to discuss the high cost of eating cheap food. What to Read...

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Omni Daily News

Ode to Joy: Mental Floss takes a look at Joy of Cooking and "the genius" behind the book, Irma Rombauer. Don't Write Those Obits for the Short Story Just Yet: The Guardian's books blog says that 2009 was the year of the short story. The Best of the Worst: The...

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Omni Daily News

When You Wish Upon a Chef: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was awarded the $100,000 TED grant for his work fighting obesity and promoting healthy eating in the UK.The prize money will be used "to enact a wish" that will be revealed at the 2010 TED conference in February. First...

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Omni Personal Shopper: The Indie Girlfriend

Our next Omni Personal Shopper assignment is to help this gentleman shake things up from his usual gift of movies to find the perfect book to match his girlfriend's eclectic sensibilities. I'm used to getting movies for my girlfriend, but this year she's suggested books. She's an art history major...

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Omni Daily News

Now Read This: This morning on the Today Show, a quintet of bestselling authors, including Dan Brown and Mitch Albom, shared their favorite books to give this holiday season. A Very Gourmet Library: New York University's Fales Library has purchased the late Gourmet magazine's culinary library--a collection of 3,500 cookbooks....

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Omni Daily Crush: "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking"

This weekend, in anticipation of turning my kitchen into a cookie factory for holiday baking, I spent some time flipping through my cookbook collection seeking inspiration. I don't want to reveal the actual recipes I decided upon (just in case you're a reader who's on my cookie list) but the...

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Announcing the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. For the first time, the competition will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction.The 2010 competition...

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Omni Personal Shopper: The Soccer-Loving Thirtysomething Husband

Today's episode of our Omni Personal Shopper adventure comes from a woman trying to find the perfect book for her well-read, soccer-loving husband. I'm always on the lookout for good books that my husband will like (32 yrs old). He loves to read but is not very into fiction (although...

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Omni Daily News

Oscar Wow!: In New York magazine, Sam Anderson takes on a decade's worth (2000-2009) of fiction trends in his essay, "When Lit Blew Into Bits," calling out The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as the novel of the decade. Stories on the Go: Atlantic magazine has teamed up with...

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