BITM – The Guardian – Amazon’s AbeBooks backs down after booksellers stage global protest

After almost 600 booksellers withdrew 3.5m books from the secondhand marketplace in support of countries dropped by the website, it apologises for a ‘bad decision’ An “extraordinary and unprecedented” global protest from antiquarian booksellers has forced the Amazon-owned secondhand marketplace AbeBooks to backtrack on its decision to pull out of several countries. AbeBooks had told…

Food and Drink – The Guardian – Kitchen revolution: how Nigella Lawson changed food writing

Funny, literary and irreverent, How to Eat reinvented the cookbook. Twenty years on, Bee Wilson explores how Nigella Lawson’s evocative, appetite-driven food writing influenced a generation  Nigella Lawson, pictured in 2001. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian “Strangely, it can take enormous confidence to trust your own palate, follow your own instincts.” When I first read these…

English – The Guardian – To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don’t get your panties in a bunch

Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures   To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel…