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Required Reading: Sasha Wizansky

After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week. 

Sasha Wizansky is a founding editor of Meatpaper, the print quarterly about all things meat and carnivorous culture. She is author of Your New Glass Eye.

Magazines: I've always been interested in periodicals, especially the quirky and independent ones, and it seems my subscription list keeps growing: CabinetEsopusBidounGastronomicaPrintDiner JournalThe BelieverMcSweeney's, and The New Yorker. My life would be pretty different if the New Yorker ceased to exist. An ideal rainy day activity is curling up on the couch with a pile of print, which, it turns out, is nowhere near dead.

Novels: I haven't really caught on to micro-blogging or other short-form communication, and too much onscreen reading makes me dizzy. A good chunky novel still has the power to seduce me, especially when it spins an old-fashioned yarn. I keep up with Jonathan Lethem's novels for his vivid and offbeat storytelling. I loved the characters and slippery satire of Chronic City.

Cookbooks: I spend so much time working on Meatpaper and have gotten to know so many talented chefs in San Francisco, I don't cook at home as much as I would like. But when I do, I have a few favorite cookbooks. Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is a pantry staple. And while the chicken with two lemons is roasting, I love to poke through the obsessive and wonderful On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee.