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Catch A Fire: October 2009

BOOK – AMERICAN FASHION COOKBOOK: 100 DESIGNERS’ BEST RECIPES by CFDA, Lisa Marsh // The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over 300 of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers.

BOOK – AMERICAN FASHION COOKBOOK: 100 DESIGNERS’ BEST RECIPES by CFDA, Lisa Marsh // The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over 300 of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers.

Just released, the American Fashion Cookbook is a collection of over 100 recipes from well-known fashion designers, with a foreword by Martha Stewart. CFDA executive director, Steve Kolb, has said that the idea was formed when CFDA president, Diane Von Furstenberg, bought a one-of-a-kind clipbook of recipes, donated by designers, at the original Seventh On Sale.

The cookbook gives you a unique chance to enter the private lives of your favorite designers, getting to know them through their number-one dishes and learning how they put it together. The recipes range from simple, comfort food like Rachel Comey’s egg sandwich, through to fancier, lavish meals, like Derek lam’s Yellowtail Crudo.

Each recipe is accompanied by an original sketch, as well as the personal story behind the recipe. Zac Posen’s contribution, a recipe for butterscotch cookies, was passed down through his family for years, while Yigal Azrouël’s recipe, Chicken Tagine, harks back to his Moroccan ancestry.

As well as the selection of recipes, you’ll find themed menus, such as brunch and romantic dinners, and questionnaires that can be filled out by the hosts and guests of a dinner party.

The American Fashion Cookbook ($29.70) is available at

Catch A Fire: October 2009

TV – MAN SHOPS GLOBE, featuring Keith Johnson, presented by Sundance Channel // Keith Johnson is the buyer-at-large for the Anthropologie chain. He spends six months of every year travelling the globe in search of pretty antiques and furnishings to be sold in Anthropologie stores.

The Sundance Channel original series, Man Shops Globe, follows Keith Johnson, the man who claims he has the “greatest job in the world”. For six months of every year, Keith sets out on a globe-trotting treasure hunt that takes him from the flea markets of Paris to remote villages in India.

On his travels, he searches for the one-of-a-kind decorative objects, furniture and textiles, that will inspire Anthropologie’s home wares. That Ikat Rug you spied in the store? Probably inspired by a man in a market in Indonesia.

As well as furniture and objects, Keith also searches out the world’s best artists and crafts people, to create original works for the chain. As he chats to the artists about the inspiration behind their work, you might see him create something for Anthropologie on the spot.

Keith’s passion for art, antiques and travel was cultivated as a child, when he accompanied his father, an art dealer, on European jaunts. He started working for Anthropologie in 1994. As well as acquiring the antiques and furnishings for the Anthropologie stores, he also curates the art gallery in Anthropologie’s Rockefeller Center location.

Man Shops Globe is an eight-part series that premiered on October 7th. It airs Wednesdays at 10pm.

Catch A Fire: October 2009

MUSIC – WHAT WILL WE BE by Devendra Banhart (releases today, October 27th) // Although it only came out today, from what we have heard of it so far, Devendra Banhart’s new album has an easy feel to it. What Will We Be is Banhart’s seventh album in as many years and is, like his other offerings, hard to categorize.

Banhart recorded the album in “a little bucolic, sleepy, hippie town a couple hours north of San Francisco” where he was inspired by the writing of Richard Brautigan. He recorded the album with former band mates Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington and Rodrigo Amarante, all of whom worked on his previous album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.

Though the album includes plenty of his signature, folky melodies, it also has plenty of riffs of a different ilk. The third track, Baby, has a distinct bubblegum pop sound while track eleven, Brindo, has some sultry, Latin grooves, most likely inspired by his early childhood years in Venezuela.

What Will We Be effortlessly moves back and forth between musical genres but is probably best labeled as folk. Though Banhart’s music has often been labeled “freak folk,” a term he originally embraced, he has come to reject this classification.

On a side note, Banhart recently got a call from hip-hop artist, GZA, who wants to collaborate with him after hearing the song, Baby. Should be interesting.

What Will We Be is available at Itunes and on ($13.99).

Catch A Fire: October 2009

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