Category Archives: Reading Lists

Reading List (21/6)

Hello all! Welcome summer! Solstice today! I know I am a day late with this post but I was in school and then traveling yesterday, (only getting home after midnight!) so I didn’t get a chance to put this up. I hope you have been doing some sun worshiping this last week. I certainly have. I was lucky enough to be in Cornwall for the weekend, in-between visiting two different schools, so I actually got into the Atlantic. (Swimming is too strong a word but I did wallow a while). It was glorious. On Saturday we are heading back down to St Ives, for a week-long holiday. So reading, relaxing, possibly more bracing dips in the Atlantic, hopefully some yoga. There may not be a post next week, due to this but we shall see!

This made me laugh out loud. As a recent convert to commute-knitting, I have encountered some of this. But the therapeutic effects of knitting far outweigh other people’s idiocy.

Roxane Gay on navigating life as a fat person. Lindy West on the Goop wellness conference. I love what she writes about wellness being depoliticised and why that is hugely problematic.

Fruit trees are not only about gardening and education, they are also part of a culture and heritage of Los Angeles.

We should consider how we address people who live in food poverty, and why they are entitled to more than just basic nutrition.

A perfect day of eating with Sami Tamini.

Growing up with Roald Dahl.

Culinary arts therapy.

New blog find.

I found Gifts from the Sea in a random bookshop on Saturday. It is a wonderful quick read about life and living. Great if you want to do some quiet meditating on how to live well. I am also reading Swell: A Waterbiography which I LOVE. It is all about the pioneering women who advocated swimming in public spaces, and promoted women swimming more generally. I love the voice of the writer, and how she draws your attention to all the ludicrous things our female swimming ancestors had to go through to get in the water. Great inspiration!

I may make these lemon bars to take on our road trip.

Fighting for food justice in NYC.

Have a good week everyone! x

Reading List (13/6)

I am on route to Cornwall today, for work purposes. I am going to be there for a whole week, visiting two different schools. Hopefully it will be sunny!

How cooking can help with healing.

Can a marriage survive if you have strong and differing views on food?

The complexities of social media, and who owns a recipe.

Noel Fielding is one of the new Bake-Off hosts. (This for you, Jo B).

These images of tears are just extraordinary.

A mesmerising video of flowers.

Retreats for writing.

A shop made entirely from felt! This is SOOOOO COOOOLLLLL! (Thanks Princess for sending it my way.)

On becoming a feminist.

A parent questions Tesco’s food education programme.

Finding time to write. And related, how we can learn about taking better notes.

‘The Trump 10‘.

You are not the work you do‘.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (6/6)

Hello June! And happy birthday Sammy! I love this month of the year. Long days. Warm weather. Mostly sunny skies. Bring on the sea and a holiday (14 more working days)!

But first, the Shetland Pony Grand National. Guys. This is a thing. And it may be the BEST THING EVER. As someone who, in their youth, was a seasoned Shetland pony rider, all I can say is cousins, we missed out! Imagine doing this with Penny or Tuppence! My gawd. Thanks Princess for bringing this to my attention. Made my week.

Brave Tart’s advice on making a layer cake.

Civil Eats has some guidance on how you can keep being a food activist in the age of Trump.

The best gelato maker you’ve never heard of, and harsh truth about being older in the kitchen.

Noma Mexico is over but people haven’t stopped writing about it yet. Even on why they didn’t go to review it.

Small acts of ‘boring self-care‘. Love this.

Why cookbooks are so important.

An interesting article on living with less technology and more with nature.

A piece that made me think – on food addiction.

This book is on my wish list. Samin is on various episodes of Cooked, which you can watch on Netflix, if you haven’t already. I like the way the book is organised, and I love the illustrations.

An academic version of would you rather…

Essential books on the future of food.

All these things: a, b, c, from the Kitchen that is Smitten.

Did knitters partake in espionage?

I do love William Kentridge and I think this new project, focusing on the ‘less good idea’ is simply genius.

This week I’d like to make these peach desserts (I love love love a poached peach in the summer) and this cherry tart. I  love the way both these women write about food – the stories that accompany these recipes are just lovely.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (30/5)

Another review of Feast for the Eyes.

Food, cooking and kitchens as a way to overcome difference.

Emily Dickinson’s pressed flower collection.

Food book reviews.

Dorie Greenspan on cream puffs.

Wayne Thiebaud, whose cake paintings I love, has an exhibition at White Cube in London.

A banana nutella cake. A recipe for polenta cake.

A recipe for macaroons, inspired by The Enchanted April.

Love this week’s episode of This American Life – on being fat. It features Lindy West and in it, she says, “instead of spending all my time counting almonds, why not figure out how to be happy now”.

I spent the weekend reading Waterlog, Roger Deakin’s tale of swimming in places all over the UK. It contains some truly wonderful descriptions of swimming in the wild – with newts, in rivers, off the Cornish coast. Makes me wistful for wildness.

I turn the shell-lip to my lips, slide the oyster into my mouth and massage it briefly with my teeth; I savour its brawny goodness in my throat and the dance of sea salt on my tongue. A short story. 

A menu from Great Dixter.

Jane Grigson’s Good Things.

Food films to watch over the summer perhaps.

Soft-serve madness.

Feasting and fasting during Ramadan.

Scientists have found some very very old rice.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (23/5)

I loved this essay on experimenting with carrot cake making.

That whole ‘give up avocado toast and you’ll have enough money to buy a house‘ argument is doing the rounds again.

Histories of food photography.

I have all three of these books on my list of summer reads.

I agree with this: you should always have cookie dough in your freezer. Plus the dark chocolate, pistachio and smoked sea salt cookie recipes looks divine.

I read and really loved The Only Street in Paris. I fell in love with the rue des Martyrs when we visited Paris two years ago and ventured onto the street in search of Rose Bakery. I was instantly charmed by the independent shops, and all the bakeries. I desperately want to plan another trip to Paris, and stay on the street!

Focusing on what is under your control might help you make the best of things.

I just bought an ice-cream machine and this new book. So far I’ve managed to mess-up some salted caramel ice-cream by creating burnt caramel ice-cream and messing up the custard! But I’m determined to persevere. The rewards are worth it. Bring on the warmer weather.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (16/5)

Ice cream

A multi-course menu based on food trends over the last 140 years. Please can we do this for a supper club sometime?

This video of animals visiting a bucket of water.

A mother lamenting dinner times.

Realities of food industry work.

Diversity in restaurants. Why do we not see and hear more voices from women and people of colour when it comes to fine-dining and haute cuisine. An article to make you think. And reassess your ideas.

Food and politics in France.

Food52 needs your dessert recipe help!

These buttermilk pancakes. For the weekend, maybe.

Filo pastry ideas, courtesy of Ottolenghi.

The Joy of Cooking.

Guidelines to a braai. Now I am a little homesick.

Food and politics in Australia.

On excess in the food world.

A manifesto for this year, and every year, when things are hard.

 

Reading List (9/5)

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Funniest explanation of British food. For Americans.

An exercise in self-compassion.

A food writing programme in upstate NY. I interned here a few years ago, and it was fab. If you are looking for some food writing/food media training, this programme looks fantastic.

Why creativity is important for young people.

The importance of wild and heirloom varieties of crops for biodiversity and the food system.

Learning to forgive oneself.

‘A cookbook is a confection of imagined greed, virtual travel and convivial conversation, and only secondarily – if at all – a practical manual for preparing meals.’ Fabulous review.

Growing cacao pods in London.

Some advice on potager gardens.

The rise of a superfood.

A conversation about creating a cookbook on Tuscan markets. Trip to Italy anyone?

The importance of dates in Oman.

Chefs making their own pottery for their diners (to eat the food off). This reminds me of the El Bulli retrospective exhibition that I went to see a few years ago, at Somerset House. For Ferran Adria, what you ate off, and the implements you used was just as important as the food you consumed. It is a fascinating way of meshing food with art, in a very logical way.

Brunch ideas.

In a few days last week I read The Roanoke Girls. It was super weird and incredibly disturbing and I had to keep reading it in order to find out what happens in the end. Recommend it for holiday reading or if you’re struggling to read something.

A seriously thought-provoking podcast on grief and recovery between Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I found myself nodding in agreement or thinking, by god, that is a brilliant way to go about things all the way through the podcast. Sad, heart-wrenching and intelligent conversations on recovering from the unexpected loss of a loved one.

Have a good week all! x