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

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10 Immortal Gifts Between Writers and Their Beloveds

To celebrate this amorous season, Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon, authors of Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads, present the 10 most memorable gestures of affection between writers and their...

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2013 National Book Award Winners Announced

The Amazon Books editors are thrilled to be in New York for the National Book Awards. The after-party calls, so we'll tell you about our favorite moments tomorrow. Tonight, we salute the magnificent work of this year's winners. Winner--Literarian Award:...

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Amy Stewart's Cocktailian Tribute to Elizabeth Gilbert's "The Signature of All Things"

Amy Stewart's anecdotal guide to intoxicating plants, The Drunken Botanist, includes almost every family but moss, the lush creeper that's the object of Alma Whittaker's botanical affections in Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. But moss's mixological unsuitability didn't...

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Savory Thanksgiving Side: Danielle’s Sweet Potato Gratin from "Ottolenghi"

We asked Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Jerusalem) to share a recipe from the new American edition of his debut cookbook, Ottolenghi--something he considers a particularly smashing side dish at a holiday feast. He came back with a sweet potato gratin worhty...

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Simply Exquisite App: Zucchini Patties from Einat Admony's "Balaboosta"

This dish is so incredibly simple to make, but the results are exquisite. Serve with plain yogurt or, better, with Wild West Dressing.... In a pinch, bread crumbs from store-bought challah are fine too. Serves 4 to 6 3 medium...

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The 10 Scariest Books You've Ever Read

In the lead-up to All Hallows' Eve, we asked our Amazon Books Facebook fans to cast their vote (via comments) for the scariest book they'd ever read. Out of nearly 500 votes cast, 38% went to Stephen King. Fans split...

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An Autumnal Treat: Roasted-Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe from "Bountiful"

Photographers and foodies Todd Porter and Diane Cu have a phenomenally popular blog, WhiteonRiceCouple.com, where they share their love of cooking seasonally with veggies and fruits from their lush Californian garden. Their first cookbook, Bountiful, boasts 100 recipes (90 never-before-seen)...

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Finding Cosmos in a Bed of Moss: Our Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert

If you know Elizabeth Gilbert from her Eat, Pray, Love reputation or her books about rough men, a birth-to-death novel about a Victorian-era woman who becomes a moss taxonimist--in spite of staying largely confined to her family's estate until she's...

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Picking Tips for Aspiring Mushroom Hunters

After Jon Foro highlighted Langdon Cook's The Mushroom Hunters--which he called "a collection of delightful stories of a mycelial underground filled with eccentrics and obsessives who at first seem strange (and maybe even unsettling), but grow more charming by the...

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Great American Eats: Five Favorite Fall Cookbooks Out of New York

No other region in America boasts such concentrated culinary genius as the Mid-Atlantic, dominated by New York's thriving food scene. This fall brings new cookbooks from acclaimed restaurants like The Gramercy Tavern and Daniel, plus a Chelsea Market Cookbook and...

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