Ever since I first heard Giada de Laurentiis over-enunciate “knife skills” on an episode of Everyday Italian , perfectly diced vegetables have become something of an obsession for me. Being able to wield a chef’s knife and dance it across a cutting board without losing a fingertip became my benchmark for successful home cookery.
The realization began to set in when I tossed something into a public trash can on the street. Just as the empty bag hit the top of the garbage pile, an unidentified liquid squirted out of the bottom of the can directly onto my uncovered, flip-flop-clad foot. Two vigorous showers may have removed any physical trace of the disaster, but they did nothing to scrub the close encounter from my mind.
Julie Pointer Adams was raised in California, where backyard barbecues, perpetually open doors, and picnics at the beach shaped her sense of what intimate, casual entertaining should be. Her new book, Wabi-Sabi Welcome, traces the wabi-sabi way of life from its origins in Japan to homes all over the world. In this adapted excerpt, Adams offers six easy, beautiful ways to welcome your next guests the wabi-sabi way.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".