Darryl Campbell
Omnivoracious Editor
Every surface in Darryl Campbell's apartment is covered in books of all kinds, from cookbooks and architecture books to YA novels and travelogues. His bookshelf space, however, is reserved for a select few authors, who include George Orwell, J.D. Salinger, Madeleine L'Engle, Brian Jacques, Tony Judt, and J.K. Rowling.

Recent posts by Darryl


"Who Doesn't Love an Umlaut?": An Interview with Ben Schott

Anyone who has trouble with l’esprit de l’escalier—that feeling when you come up with the perfect comeback, about twenty minutes too late—should consider keeping one of Ben Schott’s inimitable books close to hand at all times. They’re catalogs of those aspects of the human condition that you’ve always wondered about...

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Best Books of the Year in Cookbooks, Food & Wine

Most "best of" lists begin with a little equivocating about how hard it was to choose a winner. Not so for this one. At six volumes, 52 pounds, and a rather sizable asking price, Modernist Cuisine was easily the biggest cookbook of the year in every respect. With recipes that...

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Hooray for Kate Beaton

What can we say about the cartoonist Kate Beaton that hasn't been said already? That she's written over 320 comics on topics as varied as Herodotus and Napoleon, hyper-polite Canadians and fat ponies, and just about everything in between? That her cartoons can be found not only on the web...

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Alton Brown on "Good Eats 3: The Later Years"

If you've ever watched the Food Network after dinnertime, you probably know Alton Brown. He can be seen traveling around the country on bike and boat to explore "road food," officiating the action in Kitchen Stadium on Iron Chef America, and exploring exactly how food and cooking works on Good...

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Amitav Ghosh Returns to the Opium Trade in "River of Smoke"

It's been three years since Amitav Ghosh last visited the 19th-century opium trade--and what a visit it was. His novel Sea of Poppies followed the crew and passengers of the trade schooner Ibis as they found themselves increasingly in thrall to opium--whether they took, traded, or helped manufacture it. The...

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Amy Waldman on "The Submission"

In Amy Waldman's The Submission, a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, which throws a city of eleven million people--politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people -- into an uproar. Waldman, no doubt drawing on her experience as a former bureau chief for The...

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Colin Cotterill's "Killed at the Whim of a Hat"

Colin Cotterill is something of a polymath: he's worked for UNESCO, combatted child exploitation, produced a television series, drawn editorial cartoons, and written a successful mystery series. You may not know him, however, unless you keep close tabs on southeast Asia, where he's lived and worked for two decades, and...

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2011 Bulwer-Lytton Winners Announced

Readers, prepare to cringe: the winners of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton contest, which challenges entrants to compose bad opening sentences to imaginary novels, have been announced. You might not know the book Paul Clifford, but you definitely know its immortal first line--"It was a dark and stormy night." And now, the...

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Escoffier Returns: A New Edition of Le Guide Culinaire

According to culinary lore, each fold in a chef's toque -- there are supposed to be 100 of them -- represents a different way to prepare an egg. And in case you're curious about what those preparations are, look no further than the newest edition of George Auguste Escoffier's Le...

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David McCullough and The Greater Journey

Like a lot of people, I first got to know David McCullough through his voice, as the narrator of the PBS series The Civil War and The American Experience. Of course, there's much more to David McCullough than that -- two Pulitzers, a National Book Award, a Presidential Medal of...

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