Not only do I have a book for you to read, but it also happens to be a book that every food retailer should stock in their stores.

"A Meatloaf in Every Oven" is subtitled "Two chatty cooks, one iconic dish and dozens of recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's," and that pretty much covers it. The authors are Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer, who both have written about food for the New York Times, and this is a delightful piece of writing, offering both recipes and a window on the unique place that meatloaf plays as kind of the ultimate comfort food.

The book includes a vast number of recipes, from the basic to the sublime to the exotic (and even the meatless), and I can't wait to try many of them. I've always been a meatloaf guy, and I have fond memories not just of the meatloaf my mother used to make, but also the meatloaf sandwiches that we'd have the next day.

Get the book. Sell the book. Enjoy. Thank me later.




I haven't been to the movies in the past week, but I have had some airplane time to catch up on a new TV series - "Timeless." I've always been a sucker for time travel stories, and that's what "Timeless" is, following the exploits of three time travelers as they simultaneously try to keep history intact and battle a vague conspiracy that seems to have existed for hundreds of years. The performances are strong, the production values excellent, and what I really like is that the stories are rooted in realities that I didn't know about. (For example, did you know that the Lone Ranger is based on the exploits of an actual Texas Ranger who happened to be a black man? I didn't ... but "Timeless" did a story about him, and I then did some followup research.)

Fun, popcorn television. Worth watching if you haven't seen it.