Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Here's Chad Harbach Teaching You How to Make Homemade Protein Bars

In this very special final episode of what has been the Internet's only cooking and book chat show… Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding, teaches Emily Gould how to make homemade protein bars. Oh yes. Hey, Chad is appearing at Politics and Prose tonight in D.C.! Go say hi! And go say hi to our hostess Emily Gould, at her new venture, Emily Books. A round of applause!

Cooking the Books has been directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier, tireless and wonderful people both. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Some previous highlights: Will Leitch Makes Tofu Dogs; Julie Klausner Makes Kugel; Tao Lin Makes Raw Salad; Jennifer Egan Makes Macaroons; Sam Lipsyte and Ceridwen Morris Make Momofuku Pork Buns; and Julie Powell Makes Valentine's Day Liver.

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Tyler Coates (#451)

I watched this until the point where he said that only homophobes disliked the book.

@Tyler Coates oh you're so right, he should have mentioned that pedants also disliked it. THBBBBBBTT! (this is me sticking my tongue out at you Tyler)

Tyler Coates (#451)

@Emily Gould@facebook I tried very hard! But I have many many issues and could go into detail but a comments section is not a place for that!, so nyaaaahhhhh!

Azi @twitter (#11,216)

@Tyler Coates you did write about some of your problems already on your tumblr. I read the book, and although the issues you raised dont work in the real world, I still enjoyed the book.

edit: oh, just caught your new post reading comments.

Azi @twitter (#11,216)

@Tyler Coates and also, this questions: "The problem is not that one of the major characters seems to wake up one morning to find himself a 60-year-old gay man" is answered on your tumblr lower down, with this: tylercoates.tumblr.com/post/12521665211/daily-mail-burly-rugby-player-has-a-stroke-after#notes

KenWheaton (#401)

Liked the book, liked the vid. It's sort of like an anti-Franzen experience for me. (And now that I know it took him 11 years to write, I can almost forgive the advance. Almost.)

@KenWheaton why should authors need "forgiveness" when they get relatively big advances? Chad will probably take another long time to write his next book. His agent got 15% of that money and the IRS got a quarter. Elite athletes and actors regularly get Chad's advance TIMES A HUNDRED. Why is that okay and it's not okay for authors to VERY OCCASIONALLY make money from their books? This country's priorities are so fucked.

um sorry to be shrill but seriously, can we reexamine our knee-jerk response to "big advances," people? Authors are not the enemy!

KenWheaton (#401)

@Emily Gould@facebook Actually, I was being sarcastic. I don't actually blame HIM for the advance. And I know it amounts to very little broken up as it is and stretched over time. I've had similar discussions about other friends who, upon getting a sizable advance, were deemed "lucky" by others, as if they'd just won the lottery — my point being at the time that "lucky" implies there wasn't years of hard (and sometimes heartbreaking) work put into the damn book

I do think it's bad business on the part of publishers considering the amount of money the book is likely to make (though I could be, hopefully, wrong). I don't know about actors, but in terms of athletes, it could be argued that most of them earn the franchises the money paid out to them and then some — with the exception of A-Rod (cheap baseball joke by a football fan who doesn't know baseball).

And I'll be the first to admit that if someone offered that advance to me, I'd keep my mouth shut about the perils of running a business such a manner, take the money and scamper–perhaps even skip–down the street, singing merrily along the way.

@KenWheaton Ha, well, there's that. For an extremely thorough breakdown of Chad's book's likeliness to earn its publisher money (it likely will!), this article is recommended reading: http://www.amazon.com/Vanity-Fairs-Book-Born-ebook/dp/B005LEWYYU

KenWheaton (#401)

@Emily Gould@facebook Ooh, thanks. Of course, we could have avoided this if I'd gone with my smart-ass remark about protein bars rather than my smart-ass remark about book advances.

@KenWheaton there's still time

This is the recipe by the way http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/homemade-protein-bars.html they're pretty good, especially if you, um, bake them for twice as long as we did.

Mr. B (#10,093)

Hmm. Knowing that there's gays in it makes me more likely to buy it now. (I'm straight, but ambivalent about sports.) Still totally waiting for the paperback, though.

sunnyciegos (#551)

Wait, why is this the last episode? I feel like it was really hitting its stride.

I will miss this show.

Debussy Fields (#9,962)

This comment will probably set the record for the most unread posting in the history of the internet, but I want to plaster in as many places as possible that I liked The Art of Fielding very much and I liked the gay stuff in this book and it is dismaying to me how many gay people of the internet have unsheathed their knives because Owen Dunne is effeminate. And I'm glad that the author got paid a lot. Hope we see more of that.
Also, I'm wearing socks but no pants right now.

sad face (#179,048)

I was just thinking about this show the other day and here it is ending and its kind of saddening. Startlingly so.

Zan McQuade (#8,108)

Just finished this book in a 24-hour sprint, and was hoping that you two might have attempted that magical Boston clam chowder. (With detailed instructions on getting the salt & pepper ratio just right.) Maybe if the show is ever revived it can be revisited on the release of the paperback?

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