FF: Into the wild – Journey into the world of Peter Beard

PBWI love the books of Taschen, they are so well made and are not only usually about great artists, their books themselves are works of art. Case in point, the wonderful anthology of the work of photography Peter Beard: Into the wild – Journey into the world of Peter Beard.

About Into the wild – Journey into the world of Peter Beard: Into the wild: Journey into the world of Peter Beard Photographer, collector, diarist, and writer of books Peter Beard has fashioned his life into a work of art; the illustrated diaries he kept from a young age evolved into a serious career as an artist and earned him a central position in the international art world. He was painted by Francis Bacon and painted on by Salvador Dalí, he made diaries with Andy Warhol and toured with Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones—all of whom are brought to life, literally and figuratively, in his work. As a fashion photographer, he took Vogue stars like Veruschka to Africa and brought new ones—most notably Iman—back to the U.S. with him. After spending time in Kenya and striking up a friendship with the author Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) in the early 1960s, Beard bought a piece of land near hers. He witnessed the dawn of Kenya’s population explosion, which challenged finite resources and stressed animal populations—including the starving elephants of Tsavo dying by the tens of thousands in a wasteland of eaten trees. So he documented what he saw—with diaries, photographs, and collages.”

Into the wild – Journey into the world of Peter Beard is available for Amazon and other fine booksellers.

FF: Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko

eckoDesigner Marc Ecko knows a little something about branding. In his wonderful book, Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out, Mr. Ecko tells his own story and shares how artists can carve out a personal brand that is not just about commerce.

About Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko: “As instructive as it is innovative, Unlabel will empower you to channel your creativity, find the courage to defy convention, and summon the confidence to act and compete in any environment. This visual blueprint will teach you how to grow both creatively and commercially by testing your personal brand against the principles of the Authenticity Formula. Marc Ecko shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents’ garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms—Ecko Unltd. and Complex Media. As Ecko explains, it’s not enough to simply merge your inner artist with business savvy, you must understand the anatomy of a brand, starting with its authentic spine. With Unlabel, you will learn how to discover your own voice by overcoming fear and taking action, what it means to deliver on your promises, why failure is essential, how to understand how your product or service makes people feel, and how to recognize if your nostalgia for the past is hampering your ability to envision your future. Unlabel is a bold and honest approach to building an authentic personal brand, growing a bootstrap start-up into a sustainable business.”

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

FF: The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes from Dixie Grimes

BTCCooking is an art, especially when the recipes are proven to bring people together and stand the test of time. Like the stories and recipes in The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes from Dixie Grimes.

About The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes from Dixie Grimes: “Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counter is piled high with sweets like Peach Fried Pies as well as seasonal produce, local milk, and freshly baked bread. ‘Be the Change’ has always been the store’s motto, and that’s just what it has done. What started as a place to meet and eat is now so much more, as the grocery has become the heart of a now-bustling country town. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook shares 120 of the store’s best recipes, giving home cooks everywhere a taste of the food that brought a community together, sparking friendships, reviving traditions, and revitalizing an American Main Street.”

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes from Dixie Grimes is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.