Category Archives: Reading Lists

Reading List (25/4)

Canterbury

On book hoarding. I am very familiar with this problem. At present, there is a stack of unread books by my bedside and more mounting on the shelf in our bedroom. So many lovely books.

Pistachio cake.

Has the wellbeing cure gotten to individualistic? Should we be looking for ways to build community, rather than focusing on our individual wellbeing as the world burns?

Anna Jones’ recommendations for food and coffee in London.

Advice on getting rest (and why you should do this).

Food in books.

Spring pasta ideas.

Spring

Have a good week! x

 

Reading List (18/4)

Sea view Skye

I have been away this past week so I don’t actually have a very long list. (And this is also why I am publishing this so late today!) I’ve read a few things on The Guardian and The New York Times but I’ve mainly been reading a book called An Enchanted April, which I have just loved. It is, quite frankly, an enchanting read. (See what I did there?) The story has made me smile, sigh, and wish for Italy in springtime. I have loved the writing enough to seek out another of her books – Elizabeth and her German garden – to read this week.

Kitchen envy.

Christiane Amanpour’s favourite books.

It’s all about sleep people. As someone who loves to sleep, and is appreciative of at least 9 hours a night, I am all for this trend.

A new exhibition at MoMA on women artists.

I want to read this book. A review of Tartine All Day, yet another cookbook I want to read.

Oatmeal fudge bars. Please. Also, these almond cookies.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (11/4)

PhDs and mental health.

Cynthia Nixon reading Emily Dickinson.

Easter and Passover ideas for feasting from Ottolenghi.

Easter baking. That chocolate pistachio cake. My god.

On creativity.

A disappointing restaurant experience in Paris.

Bunnies!

Cookbooks from chefs.

Apple beignets. This just reminds me of the Princess and the Frog.

We’re currently on the Isle of Skye for the week. I am reading Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own which I am loving. (Thanks WhatsApp bookclub!) It is all about living along as a woman in the modern world, written by someone who has five female writer gurus. In essence, it is about how to live a good life, alone.

 

Reading List (4/4)

Spring bulbs

Hello April! It has felt very much like spring the last few days. It has been more sunny than not. It is warmish during the day (although still quite cold in the evenings). And the days are long! It is light when I need to get up and stays light so far into the evening that we have been eating dinner after 8pm. Spring and autumn are truly my two favourite months but spring might just win out. I love the light. The blossom on the trees and bulbs flowering on every street corner. I love the warmth.

Blossom

Words of advice from female chefs.

Cooking and the senses.

Learning to make stone tools, and understanding prehistory.

Claiming back religious traditions, through food.

For Mom: Anna Wintour’s Wild Garden. I love this garden. I love the wistful meadows and rambling roses. And the colours. I think it would be rather wonderful to spend a summers day meandering until slightly lost, lay a rug and read a book in parts of this garden.

I baked this weekend. For the first time in ages. I made an orange almond cake that walks the tightrope between a cake and a pudding. It is very bitter so I find it best served with yoghurt and a little honey. Good for breakfast too.

Orange almond cake

Fairytales.

McDonald’s is switching to fresh beef.

For when you are in need of perspective: a video of the known universe.

Food writing for everyone.

I’m still obsessively listening to Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series. I find Ruth is like an old friend and I’m catching up on her life. I particularly love listening to these books on lazy weekends, when I’m pottering about the house. I can knit, bake and hang up washing all whilst on the Norfolk salt marshes, solving mysteries. I’ve read these out-of-order because I started in the middle reading books 6 and 7 first and have now gone back to read 1, 2 and 3 in quick succession….

Have a good week! x

Reading List (28/3)

Margate sea

Grilled cheese.

I love this description of seeking the sun in the British winter.

Benedict Cumberbatch reading Sol LeWitt’s letter to Eva Hesse. Advice, fairly simple but good.

For Louisa: chicken-fried steak!

Yet more reasons to go to Paris. Jen/Ali/Lucy: maybe this could become part of #dessertskitastic2018?

On writing and teaching children’s literature, or books with magic. (Jess, read this!)

Creative projects in libraries.

Food and memory loss.

I’m busy reading The Little Paris Bookshop, which is lovely. All about a bookshop on a barge, love, literary remedies to life…

Morellis ice cream

Have a good week! x

 

Reading List (21/3)

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Jack Russells are just the best dogs. Here is some evidence.

The Two Fat Ladies. I used to love this show. Did you?

Being a mother and working in the food industry.

A woman in farming.

I am listening to Reader, I married him. It is a collection of short stories edited by Tracy Chevalier. All the stories are inspired by Jane Eyre. I am loving them. I don’t normally go in for short stories – mostly because I become attached to the characters and then don’t want to let go (it is a thing). But these are so wonderful and arresting. I particularly loved Grace Poole, Her Testimony by Helen Dunmore and Reader, She Married Me by Sally Vickers. But all the stories have been superb.

A round up of the weekend’s food news and recipes.

Peanut butter brownies.

Lucky Peach is closing.

Persian New Year. I also listened to the Bon Appetit Foodcast talking about Middle Eastern foods. After listening to talk of cooking rice, I finally managed to crack out some decent rice at the weekend, for our vegan cookbook club. (More on that hysterical experience another time.)

This picture of Viennese desserts. Plus the accompanying article.

Omelettes!

This is a beautiful piece of writing that makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Sketching the restaurants of NYC.

A library across borders.

Listening to podcasts is stress-relieving…

Swimming in Snowdonia.

Which bodies can go where‘ – reflections on travel writing. (There’s a number of articles in this series now up.)

Woman, dog, sea

Have a good week! x

Reading List (7/3)

chocolate

Eating cheese is like being on crack. Mmm. And, if you (like me) will continue to eat cheese anyway, the trend of melted cheese. And, just in case you needed any more convincing, cheese-y breads.

Creative curators of book collections‘.

This conversation is one of the most fascinating I have listened to a long time. I love the idea of art and science coming together – through crochet of all things! Their book on the Crochet Coral Reef project looks beautiful, and is now on my wish list.

Margaret says in the interview:  “One of the things about the reef project that I feel is important is that it’s a constructive response to a devastating problem. I think most people, as I am, are completely freaked out about the problem of global warming. What can we do? Can we do anything? […] And the reef project — the Crochet Coral Reef project is a metaphor, and it goes like this: if you look at real corals, a head of coral is built by thousands of individual coral polyps working together. Each coral polyp is a tiny insignificant little critter with almost no power of its own. But when billions of coral polyps come together, they can build the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living thing on earth and the first living thing that you can see from outer space. […] The Crochet Coral Reef is a human analog of that. These huge coral reef installations that we build with communities are built by hundreds and sometimes thousands of people working together. So the project capitulates, in human action, the power and greatness of what corals themselves are doing. And I think the metaphor of the project is, “Look what we can do together.” We humans, each of us are like a coral polyp. Individually, we’re insignificant and probably powerless. But together, I believe we can do things.” 

A hipster food glossary.

If you’re struggling with the news that we’re supposed to be eating 10 fruits and vegetables daily, here are some ideas.

A dishwasher becomes a partner in the Noma empire. And here is the same story in the NYT.

Whales.

I read (and loved) The House of Birds. I found the history of the character Sophia utterly compelling and had several nights where my eyes were closing and I wanted to keep going, to find out what happened. This was a joy to read. I’ve now started Leap In, about a woman learning to swim in the sea and rivers. I love the descriptions of what happens when she learns to exhale and swimming becomes a form of meditation. It has made me want to return to the water.

After weeks of listening to audio books, I’m on a mini break and have returned to my beloved podcasts. I really enjoyed Nathan Myhrvold’s talk on his new bread book.

A Day without Women. Emma Watson on feminism.

Chocolate for breakfast.

Prunes.

spring

Have a good week! x