Mari Malcolm
Omnivoracious Editor
If someone dropped a match next to Mari Malcolm’s bed, they’d ignite a pyre fuelled by disheveled piles of books—very select poetry, novels with varying levels of literary cred, and stacks of guides to being a better gardener, crafter, cook, designer, writer, and person. She rarely reads by candlelight.

Recent posts by Mari

Craft-Beer

Brooklyn Brewery's Steve Hindy on the Rise of Craft Beer

In the tumultuous early ‘80s, Steve Hindy was an AP correspondent in the Middle East--in the heart of the action when the Iraqi army when they invaded Iran, abducted in Lebanon (and lucky to escape with his life, while the...

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Veg-Cooking

Deborah Madison Imagines the Future of Food--and Her Masterpiece, Circa 2030

I met Deborah Madison for lunch in Seattle the day after her third James Beard Award win--this time for Vegetable Literacy, an elegant compendium of edible plant families. But her current tour was devoted to the sequel to her first...

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Hard-Choices

Hillary's "Hard Choices" & More Big Political Memoirs

Few windows into politics offer more revealing views than memoirs (despite their inevitable spin). This year has already brought a few blockbusters--most recently, Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance has been a runaway best-seller with glowing reviews since it came out...

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Omni-SR-Euphoria

Our Editors' Picks for the Best Summer Reading

The official first day of summer may be a few weeks away, but as far as we're concerned, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer reading season, and we can't wait to tell you about our picks for this summer's...

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Bright-Bazaar

Travel-Inspired Decorating with Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar

I never thought I was shy about decorating with bold colors until I moved last fall into a tasteful townhouse whose freshly painted walls were a study in variations on beige and pale grey. It felt anonymous, but also airy...

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Grill-Boysroom

More Summer Eats: 5 Smokin' New Grilling & Barbecue Guides

Here in Seattle, we've just reached that annual tipping point when cooking much of anything inside seems too darn hot, while cooking outside makes us feel giddy with all the possibilities of summer.This year, we will become master of the...

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Ice-Cream-Ample

Cool Summer Cookbook Trend: Ice Creams & Frozen Treats

As a kid, one of my favorite family summertime traditions was homemade ice cream. It was usually relegated to holiday weekends, when folks could rotate at the crank of the a rock-salt "machine." These days, it's so easy to let...

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Delancey-cover

Molly Wizenberg's Wood-Fired Life

When it came time for the Amazon editorial team to vote on the top 10 best books of May, I considered recusing myself: Delancey the restaurant is so near (e.g., about 10 blocks away from my house) and dear to...

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Heston

2014 James Beard Awards: The Winning Cookbooks

In the next few hours, the James Beard Foundation will bestow its prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards at a swanky Lincoln Center event considered by many to be the food world’s Oscars--but I was more excited about the awards already...

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Big-Tiny

Dee Williams's Essential "Big Tiny" Library

Ten years ago, Dee Williams had a charming older house in Portland with "the beautiful gardens and the accommodating floor plan, along with the mortgage, utility bills, the hours spent laboring to keep things from falling under the weight of...

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Sous-Chef-Gibney-2

"Sous Chef," an Homage to the Idiosyncratic Families Who Run the Best Restaurants

Photo (c) UNGANO + AGRIODIMAS Reading Michael Gibney's Sous Chef--a debut that plays at the outer bounds of memoir--may be the closest most of us will ever come to living a day as the second in command in a Michelin-starred...

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