Bookshelf: What We’re Reading (Cooking, Eating)

2012 was a great year for drool-worthy food-related books, including some wonderful classic glimpses into restaurants like Tartine’s boxed set, Phaidon’s look at Sweden’s Fäviken, and Ludo Lefebvre’s Ludo Bites, to name only a few. The wonderfully quirky and voyeuristic Edible Selby is another winner, as is Victionary’s Eat Me, a lovely collection of cutting-edge design for, with, and using food. Juniper’s Cooks Books collects five culinary classics, presented as a set, including the Joy of Cooking, American Cookery by James Beard.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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