This Friday when romance writer Megan Mulry officially releases her latest book entitled "In Love Again," she will be taking a risk. Mulry’s previous two books in her fictional “Unruly Royals” series were published by Sourcebooks , and landed her on the USA TODAY Bestseller list. But for book number three, Mulry decided to self-publish.
“I had a wonderful three-book deal with Sourcebooks, with a one-book option clause," Mulry tells OutFront. But Mulry says her new protagonist didn't fit into the Sourcebooks vision for the series of high-flying British royals and the Americans who love them. The star of her new novel is pushing forty, a departure from her traditionally twenty-something characters that catered to a younger audience. “After my editor, Deb Werksman, and I talked about the option clause," she says, "we both agreed it might be an opportunity for me to self-publish.”
Thursday night Bon Appétit and Warby Parker hosted a major fete to honor the top dishes from the “Hot 10” chefs featured in Bon Appétit's September restaurant issue and to kick off New York Fashion Week. The event space in downtown Manhattan was a five-story-exposed-brick-loft-townhouse with an indoor pool and for the evening it was transformed into a fun house of food. Each level had culinary delights more and more exotic from the newly anointed top chefs who were flown in for the occasion.
Among the most soulful dishes was a dry-aged porterhouse steak from Austin’s Jeffrey’s and Josephine House served by a strapping young lad in a white jacket in the venue’s cozy library area. Across from the steak and in front of the pool was a dangerous Mad Men-esque martini cart.
One floor up was a dark and noisy jam-packed room with bright images of food (think ironic giant prawns) projected on the back wall. A chef’s kitchen with Chicago joint Fat Rice’s signature arroz gordo or “Fat Rice” stole the show.
Full disclosure: Never-have-I-ever eaten Macanese food (Chinese and Portuguese fusion). I especially haven’t served myself steaming “paella” (that I still can’t get out of my head) from a clay pot. The “fragrant Chinese sausage and sofrito scented rice with Portuguese chicken, roast pork, linguiça, salted duck, prawns, tea eggs and littleneck clams” spilled out of my takeout box and I immediately started crying upon first bite. I guess I spooned on too much Ghost Pepper Piri Piri sauce. Fat Rice Chef/Co-owner Abraham Conlon (he’s Portuguese) and Co-owner/General Manager Adrienne Lo (she’s Chinese) were both in attendance and tell OutFront, “As of now there is no plan to bring Fat Rice to New York or elsewhere, but [that’s] not out of the question.”
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It used to be that Zagat was for snobs and Julia Child’s The French Chef was your grandma’s cooking show. Over time, beloved reality shows like Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America brought high-end cooks like Tom Colicchio and Mario Batali to living rooms across America and not only turned chefs into celebrities but made haute cuisine accessible to the masses. These days, food is not merely meant for sustenance. It's deconstructed and documented. It's a challenge to sit down for dinner at a restaurant and not see someone whip out a smart phone to chronicle their meal on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. People are even logging on to share their coffee shop visits. Starbucks, for instance, leads a new MomentFeed Restaurant report that found patrons took and tagged 109,054 photos over the course of just four months.
What we're having for dinner suddenly matters, whether we're dining in or out - and it shows. Restaurant industry job growth outpaced the overall economy every year from 2000 to 2012. Sales are projected to hit $661 billion in 2013 - equal to four percent of U.S. GDP. That's up from $379 billion 13 years ago. Restaurants are raking it in, so you would think the people carefully layering your truffle burger behind the scenes would be too. But they make next to nothing and spend almost all of their time at work. Just ask Chris Reynolds. This line cook at a top New York City restaurant has a reality check for those romanticizing the life of a culinary artiste.
It’s been just over one week since Prince George of Cambridge was presented to the world by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in an iconic pop culture moment on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. It was like Rafiki presenting Simba in "The Lion King" for the first time. (Cue "Circle of Life.") Except this was the second time. Princess Diana showed off Prince William as a newborn at the very same hospital.
And the similarities don't stop there. It was 1982 when Princess Di surfaced from the hospital wearing a loose-fitting green and white polka dot dress. This time around, Kate Middleton wearing a custom Jenny Packham blue dress with white polka dots, proudly displayed her postpartum bump when she handed the baby to all-grown-up Prince William.
The other thing that hasn't changed much is the media's relentless coverage of the princesses. The paparazzi are as aggressive as ever, tracking down Middleton in France last September as she sunbathed topless. And the tabloids are all too ready to publish them with a cover line that is going to sell the most rags. In the U.S., for instance, the magazine industry raked in an estimated $31 million from the Royal Wedding in 2011.
In the case of the topless photos, though, Kate and Prince William took legal action against the photographer and the French magazine that published the photos. According to Hollywoodlife.com, both are now facing criminal charges. Did the royals scare the tabloids away?
While this week has been a joyous and momentous occasion for royal watchers around the World, the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge may be somewhat of a letdown for the fashion industry.
The Duchess of Cambridge is known for wearing a mix of reasonably priced “High Street” brands like Zara, Topshop and Reiss, combined with couture fashions by design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Issa. When she makes an appearance, her entire outfit frequently sells out instantly online. She’s become such an icon that the fashion industry has come to refer to the trend as ‘the Kate effect.’
In the fashion world, Kate Middleton’s baby was expected to follow her success. But it seems many were betting on a princess instead of a prince. Will the future King of England be less valuable to retailers?