December 28, 2012
Ms. Blume’s new book about forgotten vintage cocktails and cocktail history — Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition — became a top-25 bestseller on Amazon today.
The book was the subject of a lengthy feature on NPR’s Morning Edition, and was also chosen as a holiday pick by:
* The New York Times (“With this much festivity to pour over ice, who needs mistletoe?”)
* The Daily Beast (“A charming trip into the libations and drunken lore of yesteryear.”)
* The Wall Street Journal
* Vanity Fair (“Get tipsy together on bygone cocktails as you remember the year just past.”)
Click here to hear NPR’s full story, and here to see NPR’s book excerpts, including three pages of vintage cocktail recipes.
Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition was released this fall by Chronicle Books as part of the larger Let’s Bring Back series, which celebrates lost-but-delightful fashions, delectables, landmarks, and personalities from bygone eras.
The original Let’s Bring Back edition – a top-selling, much-beloved multi-topic encyclopedia of nostalgia – was released to acclaim in 2010. In 2013, Chronicle will also release Let’s Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition, which extols the virtues of certain lost words, phrases, idioms, insults and praises from bygone eras.
The series has also inspired ancillary products, such as the Let’s Bring Back journal and a soon-to-be-released Let’s Bring Back by Lulu Frost jewelry line.
Click here to purchase or pre-order any of the Let’s Bring Back titles.
September 27, 2012
The great Humphrey Bogart once noted, “The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”
At last, here’s your excuse to catch up. Introducing Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition, a compendium of long-forgotten libations due for a revival. Culled from ancient times through the 1960s, these delectable vintage cocktails are by turns fizzy and silken, sweet and tart, lethal and prim. Some of them are absurd, several are sentimental, while others are outright scandalous. They include:
* Angel’s Tit – Guaranteed to shock goody-goodies
* Du Barry - To get your mistress into the mood
* Green-Eyed Monster - To serve to frenemies
* Hanky Panky – A vintage aphrodisiac
* Kill Devil Punch – A helpful aid in home exorcisms
* Monkey Gland – An unlikely fountain of youth
* Runt’s Ambition – Serve to men with Napoleon Complex
Throughout this illustrated tome, Ms. Blume divulges colorful cocktail history and barroom wisdom alongside one hundred and forty-four recipes that will delight aperitif aficionados for years to come. Whether you’re toasting to an unexpected windfall, treating a malediction, or simply need an occasion to let your hair down, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition has the concoction for you.
CLICK HERE TO BUY Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition, and visit the Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition Tumblr here.
“Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition is such good reading—it’s a mix of cocktail lore, recipes, anecdotes, and quotations—that even a teetotaler would enjoy it.”
- The Paris Review
“Prepare to get punch-drunk.”
- Daily Candy
September 9, 2012
On September 7, during New York Fashion Week, Ms. Blume and Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer debuted Let’s Bring Back by Lulu Frost, a vast jewelry collection inspired by Ms. Blume’s top-selling and critically acclaimed book, Let’s Bring Back.
Five hundred guests and members of the press attended the presentation at the historic Carlyle Hotel. The collection celebrates three historical Let’s Bring Back icons: beguiling, eccentric Belle Epoque heiress Luisa Casati (who famously claimed “I want to be a living work of art”), Jazz Age activist and publisher Nancy Cunard, and famously irreverent mid-century Surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli:
Ms. Salzer — a guest contributor to Let’s Bring Back, along with Nora Ephron, James L. Brooks, and Kate Spade, among many other luminaries — translated each muse’s style into a 30-piece collection. Casati – ever-inspired by the celestial and other-wordly – was represented by stars and serpents. For Cunard, famed for her “signature barbaric jewelry” that included heavy wrist-to-elbow bangles, Salzer created vivid resin bracelets and batik turbans. Schiaparelli’s collection included gem-covered tassels, lips, eyes, and lobsters – all homages to Schiap’s Surrealist art-world creations with artists such as Salvador Dali. See images of the jewelry and launch event here:
Hendrick’s Gin – a mutual appreciator of curiosities from times gone by and a longtime sponsor of Let’s Bring Back - created sublime signature cocktails for each of the icons. Click here to see the creative menu and re-create these concoctions at home.
Let’s Bring Back by Lulu Frost will become available in stores and via e-retailers around the world in early 2013. Look for it in Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, and LuluFrost.com, among countless other venues.
August 14, 2012
Yesterday Ms. Blume appeared on NPR’s The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss her cover story in the September issue of Vanity Fair:
The article chronicles the explosive, decades-long controversy surrounding what may have been Jackson Pollock’s last painting. Red, Black & Silver was long owned by Ruth Kligman, Pollock’s contentious mistress during the last year of Pollock’s life. She claimed that the artist created the small, unsigned canvas as a love gift to her just weeks before the 1956 car crash that killed him.
On September 20, the painting is scheduled to go to auction in New York City at Phillips de Pury & Company auction house. Yet not everyone is convinced that Red, Black & Silver is definitively the last Jackson Pollock – or even a Pollock at all. To these detractors – who are powerful Jackson Pollock authorities and scholars – Red, Black & Silver is a work plagued by incongruity.
As Ms. Blume reported the fraught history of the painting and delved back into the vivid, often torrid world of New York’s mid-century art scene, Kligman’s trustees gave her exclusive access to Kligman’s document archive detailing the owner’s quarter-century quest to prove its legitimacy – and her own credibility.
August 3, 2012
Available today in stores and via online retailers everwhere: Ms. Blume’s new book, The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a glorious unveiling of the long-hidden and very weird ‘history’ of life on Earth.” Amazon has named it a “Best Book of the Month.”
In the pages of these thought-to-be-lost diaries, readers will meet Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins, the greatest paleozoologist of all time, who reveals the secrets of the ancient animal and plant world –- a world before human beings; a world before dinosaurs; a world that, until now, existed well beyond the outer reaches of our imaginations.
Oddities such as the deadly Amazonian Whispering Vine (Vitus Sussurus), the curious tribe of Brittle Bones (Futilis Ossis), a rather gaseous northern-lights creature (Animato Inflatio ab Aqulonius), and a mysterious and indispensable pet named Gibear (Chiropetra Vicugna Pacosis) live again in Dr. Wiggins’s vivid and captivating sketches.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Dr. Wiggins’s journals have surfaced now, in a time predicted by scientists and religions all over the world to be the beginning of the next mass extinction. Can we learn from the mistakes of those who came before us and avoid such a fate?
BUY THE BOOK: Click here to order The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins.