Reading List (21/2)

 

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Blackberries (for those of you in the South).

On the pending apocalypse and society’s obsession with the end of the world.

Giving up a business at the peak of it’s success.

A response to those accusing us young’uns of wasting food because we like to take photographs of our meals. A new supermarket where you can pay what you want.

If you’re struggling to find new podcasts to listen to, Vogue has a list for you. (This is not me, by the way. I have so many and am addicted to so many, that I fear finding any more may actually tip me over an edge into the podcast unknown, where I will just listen to stories forever and ever, until I fade away from lack of nourishment).

Jay Rayner on what children should learn to cook.

Nancy Silverton! Swoon. How amazing is she? New chef crush. Watched the episode of her on Chef’s Table last night and am baking bread today. Possibly these things are related.

Mushroom hunting. Sounds like a fairly dangerous (although lucrative) past time to be honest.

Onion and cheese pie. Perfect for late winter dinners I think.

Albert Adria’s new restaurant in Barcelona.

Food and language. On using the word ‘interesting’, which I confess I use too much.

Protest, with food posters. And an interview about the collection.

Neil Gaiman reading a myth from his new book.

I love a crumble-tart – and this one, from Jeremy Lee, looks super.

This is an interesting read, about being a sober woman.

Farming and retirement.

Russian honey cake (pictured above). I was inspired to make this after watching Vladimir Mukhin’s episode on Chef’s Table. He serves his take on this cake alongside his grandmother’s version. Both looked divine so I tried my hand at it. It is sort-of-super-easy… (there are some quirks) but it tastes excellent. I have some ideas about how I might make it easier next time.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (14/2)

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On building communities, developing connections and participatory politics. Eating food, learning culture, developing empathy. The Boundless Kitchen in Denmark. Refugees making walnut baklava in NYC.

Children’s books for stressful times.

Mr Darcy wouldn’t have looked like Colin Firth. I’m okay with carrying on pretending he would have. Anyone else?

Breakfast rolls.

Should we consider veganism?

A history of Nutella.

Is the ‘Instagram generation’ wasting too much food?

Reuben Riffel.

Orchids in a museum exhibition.

Surf inspiration. And wilderness inspiration.

Ottolenghi in praise of dessert.

This.

Literary confession: I have never actually read Charles Dickens. I have listened to Neil Gaiman read A Christmas Carol, (which is a truly wonderful and magical way to spend a few Christmas hours) but that is as far as it goes. They just never grasped me the way other classics did. But maybe, given all the food references, I should give them a go again?

Building networks and community through gardens.

The logistics of school lunches in the US, and how to make them work so the food they produce for children to eat is better.

I listened to The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore over the weekend, while I baked a blood orange and poppyseed loaf. It was stellar fluffy storytelling about the lives of two friends that I thoroughly enjoyed. Now I’m listening to Black Widow and watching Endeavour, in an attempt at some kind of detective overload I think.

Also, it’s my birthday next week (Tuesday as it happens) and I’m freaking out about the potentiality of approaching my mid-thirties (not quite yet but imminently – is it time to get a five-year plan? Have I achieved enough? And so on and so forth. Anxiety at the ready, always.) So I’m super excited about the new season of Chef’s Table that arrives on Friday, which means I can spend Sunday diverting my attention to that rather than dwelling on my age. (On Friday evening and Saturday I am spending time with the Princess, looking at art and eating.)

Have a good week! x

 

Reading List (7/2)

On marching for life. Here are some ideas if you’d like to make some changes to help the world. Bookstore subtlety.

Mint-chocolate chip ice cream.

Farming in times of climate change.

Feeding defective Skittles to cows. Apparently this is a thing. Mind. Blown.

Arriving at JFK after the ban. On ‘disremembering‘ the past and realising there is more than one fight.

Love this: 100 days, 100 dinners.

New chef crushes: Pierre Jancou and Adeline Grattard. Both in Paris. Both on my list of places I’d like to eat when next there. (Late September maybe.)

God this is depressing: even from a young age, girls don’t think their gender is super smart. And to compensate: feminist writing for young people.

When you start to feel bad about not being happy.

Rachel Carson.

Gossip Girl is 10 years old.

Resetting your wake/sleep cycle.

Exhibition on at Nottingham Contemporary. A really fascinating research project on young children in the theatre.

I read, on Sunday afternoon, Bee Wilson’s This Is Not A Diet Book. Every now and then, I need someone to talk sense to me about eating. This year, this was this book. Nothing silly. No radical changes. Small steps.

Reading List (31/1)

Portraits of people affected by Trump’s immigration ban. And how this will affect the places you eat. A long read on immigration and homogeneity in Poland. A restaurant employing refugees from Syria.

Alain de Botton on writing things down to calm the mind and organise thoughts. “Self-disgust is second nature to most writers; procrastination is endless. It’s a pity for literature that the news has been quite so interesting lately. It takes a long time – and a lot of browsing of The Guardian website – till the pain of achieving nothing at all trumps the fear of doing something badly.”

Deliciously Ella. 

We are in Spain at the moment. I am rereading The Historian, for comfort and reassurance in these troubled times. 

On teaching creative writing

A salmon with an old soul.

A travel guide to Santa Fe.

This honey cake. Ways to get more cookies in your life. Wonderful words from Rachel Roddy.

Have a good week. x

Reading List (24/1)

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Did you march on Saturday? Here’s a roundup of some of the best highlights I’ve seen. [Also proof that I live in a bubble, my Facebook and Instagram feeds were full of these scenes all weekend.] These photographs, the ducklings in Boston, Margaret Atwood signs, Ashley Judd’s poetry, this essay.

Falling out of love with clean eating. How the clean-eating gurus are shying away from the label. Plus risk, food choice and cancer.

Advice on blogging. Ideas to boost creativity. How writing can help students develop grit.

I like the look of these, for quick breakfasts. I want to make this cake.

Fergus Henderson on Marcella Hazan. I have a deep desire to spend a Sunday making her 5-hour ragu.

The issue of money and being a writer.

Banning wifi in coffee shops.

An interview with Fuchsia Dunlop.

Using mindfulness to help with PhD stress.

Hidden things in library books.

Montaigne: on writing, reading and how to live. (Added this book to my wishlist).

These posters.

Are there more than five tastes? Could there be one for fat? This is a fascinating video about taste, genetics and the possible ways you can do research.

Food in two (dystopian) novels.

A museum, underwater. And an exhibition about Emily Dickinson.

I’ve falled into a John Rebus wormhole recently. I discovered there were loads of Ian Rankin audio books at my library and I’ve spent the past several weekends listening to John Rebus solve various crimes, deal with gangsters, and pretend to be retired. It’s been ace. So far, I’ve listened to: Even Dogs in the Wild;  Saints of the Shadow Bible; and Standing in Another Man’s Grave. In-between all the Rebus, I listened to We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which was bizarre and fascinating and thought-provoking and weird all at once.

Have a good week. We are heading to Spain tomorrow. x

Reading List (17/1)

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How much should you share on your food blog? Personally, I am much more interested in food blogs that are about people’s lives, rather than just recipes with great photos (although I obviously love those too, and use them a lot). Perhaps this is because I am fascinated by our lives, how we live well, and how we tell the stories of our experiences?

Write in spite of everything.

Fossil nightshades. How ridiculously, totally cool is that?

A nostalgic but lovely description of Oxford.

I read this and wanted to book tickets to Prague immediately.

It may not be the best idea to eat Nutella.

On libraries. Anyone want to start a book to art club with me? Also, this kid.

The best breakfast spots around the UK.

Some words on Italy, and a recipe for pasta.

Jay Rayner on the things that drive him crazy in the food world.

Buying from indie shops.

Gender stereotypes.

Cooking to accompany Netflix’s new A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Adding this to my list of things I want to do this year.

This is a great idea: library boxes filled with food and essential household items.

On British Indian food, restaurants and immigration.

Dan Barber is coming to London.

 

Reading List (10/1)

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Re-reading books in times of stress. I so relate to this. I read hardly any new books during my final year as a PhD. I re-read (and listened to) a lot of Harry Potter, some Austen, some Bronte, The Secret Garden – pretty much anything that was easy and comforting.

Pasta with potatoes with cheese. Just what these dark January days need.

Ruby Tandoh on eating clean and dietary restrictions. And on white sliced bread.

Pete Wells on Locol. (This has caused a bit of a furore in the food world). A response to Pete Wells’ review of Locol.

This for dinner.

Celebrating the food of refugees.

Places to visit this year: from Buzzfeed, The Guardian, and the New York Times.

Lily Vanilli.

Bee Wilson on choosing books for awards.

Places to eat in foodie cities.

From the 1962 New Yorker: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. (Long, but worth the read.)

The making of roscón de reyes cakes for January 6th.

What is a PhD and what is the point of doing one?

Fantastic conversation between Krista Tippett and Maria Popova this week.

Running a whisky ‘dramathon‘. Any takers?

I was catching up on podcasts over the weekend. I loved the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme on cake, its popularity in modern times and its history. I’ve added Cake: A global history to my (long) list of books I want to read this year.

I also listened (with much delight and laughter) to Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. The story of Cat Morland is transported to Edinburgh and the Scottish borders. I loved it. It was ridiculous with tinges of gothic and some fantastic vampire references.

On returning a Michelin star.

Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes.

Another review on a new book on the evils of sugar.

Tracing the history of plants and through that, the history of culture and food tradition.

An interview with the head chef of Petersham Nurseries (one of my favourite places ever).

Have a good week! x