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Reading List (5/12)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Edible gift recipes. Gift ideas from Anna Jones.

A tiny donkey! (Thought you would appreciate Holly, Micky and Lee!)

Baked Alaska. I am not the biggest fan of this dessert but even I can get into this version with pistachio cake and lemon semifreddo. Plus words from Gabrielle Hamilton.

Jeremy Lee has a whole series of puddings for Christmas in the Guardian.

What to eat while watching your favourite festive films.

The majority of PhDs will never obtain the tenured post for which many initially believed they were being trained‘. Lots of PhDs, not a lot of academic jobs.

Community gardening.

I love everything on this menu. And will definitely be making the honey roast sausages during the festive period.

Panettone is a challenge to make properly. I really want to try making one in the few days before Christmas.

‘You have to be someone to understand the value of your senses, to know what they’re telling you. Mine, after cooking in her style, told me that I should definitely aim to be more like a German aristocrat in Spain in my daily life. I should be regularly crusting more whole fish in salt, making my own bread, and mixing nut creams and bitters into my pints of vanilla Häagen-Dazs’. Recreating food from books.

If you want to, you can now buy perfume that smells like Sunday lunch.

More holiday baking: saffron cardamon star bread.

New podcast find: My Open Kitchen.

I love Oliver Jeffers.

Women in professional kitchens.

An important comment on the bubble that is food writing.

A pretty comprehensive cookbook list. The London Review Bookshop cookbook list.

Cake and grief.

Food history blogs.

I finally finished listening to A God in Ruins this weekend. It was loooonnnnggg. I am still not sure how I feel about it. But I do love Teddy. I am now listening to Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (she of The Girl on the Train). It is a fab mystery story that I turn on whenever I am making coffee/tea/cooking/running which is always a good sign. I also finished the Red Queen. After not reading anything for weeks I have now entered December reading vibes I think and I am enjoying the quiet reading moments I can find. Red Queen would be classified as a YA dystopian novel I think. (I found my copy in the library’s YA section). It is set in a world of people with abilities (Silvers) and those without (Reds) and is a classic good v evil, everyone is not who they seem, revolution-is-coming type book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If your vibe is The Hunger Games, or The Bone Season or The Midnight Queen series, you will like this.

Have a good week! There will be no reading list next week as I am away. Service will resume possibly on Boxing Day! xxx

Reading List (28/11)

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Guys, I missed my calling as a Dessert Anthropologist. Do you think it is too late to switch careers?

A write-up of an awesome community project in Sneinton.

Ideas for alcohol in desserts.

I’m still too liable to think that being thin is the same as being healthy‘. A professor on the complexities of health and being well. Some interesting ideas on the benefits of home-cooking too. Has anyone breached the whole “what should you do when your cooking skills start to make you fat because you make an excellent slow cooked pork belly” debate yet?

The ritual and significance (or not) of burial sites.

On farming. Young farmers in the US.

A book to add to your Christmas wish list.

Food as therapy.

A top cookbooks of 2017 list.

This past weekend I finished an incredibly disturbing Val McDermid. I think I have had enough crime fiction for a while after that, (apart from Poirot’s Christmas which I found in a second-hand bookshop and am saving for December reading) so if any one has any recommendations they would be gratefully received! I am thinking Christmas themed books…

Chocolate caramel cake. This looks like a good one for the festive season.

I hope you are all organised and have your Christmas gifts already. If not, gift guide here.

Massimo Bottura transforms leftovers.

American heirloom project. Sooooo cool!

I went to the Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican last week. If you can, go and see it. Just a fantastic collection of work and musings. I really loved the journals they exhibited, filled with random thoughts. It has inspired me to try and take up a pen more regularly again.

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Have a good week everyone! x

 

 

 

Reading List (21/11)

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Apparently designer advent calendars are a thing. Clearly I have been living in the dark ages when they just filled them with trashy chocolate.

Things to do in Paris.

Women chefs talk about the industry in the wake of #metoo.

All the holiday cookies! It is stir-up Sunday this weekend, maybe you could make some of these as well as your Christmas pud? Personally, I have my eye on the pretzel linzers with salted caramel.

I have both poached quince and poached pears in the pantry at the moment so I am going to make this crumble soon.

This article irritated me sooooo much. I think mostly because it seemed to be written from a point of smugness, from a perspective of privilege, with little acknowledgement of this bias…

Resource of women writers.

Things that male academics have said to me‘. Depressing.

Inequality in English schools is as bad as ever.

Baking with young people.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (14/11)

Well, it is now mid November and Christmas (yes, I said it) is a few weeks away. But you know, still enough weeks away that I find the adverts on television mildly nauseating and the shop windows irritating rather than exciting. Come stir-up Sunday, I will be all for it but until then, can’t I just have a few non-themed weeks this year? Anyway, here is this week’s reading list!

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Some advice on cold-water swimming.

Understanding stress hormones and genes. I am totally fascinated by this work. And relatedly, when evolution happens quickly.

Photographs of rescue animals. Tears.

New podcasts that at some point in the near future I will listen to.

The Brontes, and history.

‘Life is a mess of cornmeal dumplings.’

The Bake-off in other countries. (Thanks Jen for sending me this!)

‘“We were really hoping for something Asian” — or Asian-ish: Anything with soy, apparently, will do.’ The complexities of cooking in the USA as an Asian-American.

“Radical creativity

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Reading List (7/11)

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I loved this story about female friendship.

Cauliflower, fried. Cauliflower cheese. (I made this on Sunday evening and holy moly is it good. Also, all the cheese.)

Plants, as unintentional immigrants. This is such a cool project!

Thoughts about creating a working-life wholeness, rather than aiming for work-life balance.

Reflections on an allotment site lost to redevelopment.

For Louisa: Casa Vicens is open again to the public. (Let’s plan another trip to Barcelona to visit please!)

Saving seeds.

Some words on how to understand and adopt the myriad of food advice we are given.

A list of Paris’s best chocolates. Like you needed any more persuasion on a trip to Paris. Personally, I think if you are going to Jacques Genin you should really try his caramels, which might change your life.

This weekend I have been listening to (and absolutely loving) The Muse. I’m not quite done so no spoilers please. I love the time periods, I love the characters, I love the mystery. Read this if you need to be transported to another time. I can practically feel the Andalucian sun on my skin when the book heads to 1935/6 Sierra Nevada countryside.

Salted chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies you bang in your oven halfway through, resulting in a ringed, flatter appearance.

Pumpkin cake. Marbled pumpkin cake.

Molly Wisenberg on the butterscotch blondies from The Violet Bakery Book.

Food&Wine podcast talking to Ina Garten.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (31/10)

Happy Halloween everyone!

Pugs in Halloween outfits. (My Halloween treat to you.)

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An initiative at Chatham University in Pennsylvania that is all about food.

I want to make these cookies on the weekend.

Risk of developing mental illness is rife amongst PhD students.

I love this phrase, ‘come home for dinner’. Dorie Greenspan on a Parisian dinner gathering. And her celebrations for New Year.

In the same magazine as Dorie, Gabrielle Hamilton on dinner parties. I love her writing.

The complicated question of ambition. A really interesting read that provided much food for thought for my weekend.

Food, books, and emotions. I love this video of Kate Young talking about her new book The Little Library Cookbook. (On my Christmas list if anyone fancies getting it for me…)

Most food writing is aspirational, but Colwin’s food writing was reachable.” A little essay on Laurie Colwin.

Organic farming in Cuba.

Baked rice pudding. I am going to make this so I know for sure whether it is really better than my stove-top one.

When I spend my weeks transcribing interviews and focus groups, as I have been doing this past week, I tend to listen less to pretty much everything. Away from work, my mind relishes the silence. I walk to yoga listening to birds rather than podcasts. On my first post-knee surgery jog (!!!) I just had Sarah Millican in my ear telling me when to run and when to walk, as part of the Couch to 5k app I’ve downloaded on advice from my physio. The exception I made in the week was to listen to The Shepherd’s Life while I cooked in the evenings. I really think everyone should read this. It describes the life of a Lake District shepherd through the seasons, explaining their relationship with the land, with the sheep and with the communities that live there. I enjoyed the stories of working with sheep dogs, of showing sheep (you all know I love an agricultural show), and of working across generations to move sheep down from the fells. If you’ve ever wondered where spring lambs come from, or the wool in your jumper, or just have no idea about farming, you should read this book!

A history of class and cookbooks.

A collection of love poems.

Have an excellent week! x

 

 

Reading List (24/10)

It is half term this week across many of my schools so I am spending my time working from home. It is lovely, particularly given the grey descent into November that is occurring outside as I write. It is so dark when I get up now, and the past two days the cloud has hung heavy outside my window.

Cake craving. Millionaires shortbread craving.

Dinner idea.

It is October which means pumpkin spice season is upon us.

I am not sure why but two carrot cakes caught my eye this week. It might be that the warming spices are appealing at this time of year? I am not even the biggest carrot cake fan but there you go. The first is from Serious Eats. I love the sound of the wholemeal flour and the brown butter! The second is from Food52 and has you blend the carrots smooth, resulting in a dense bundt-cake that looks amazing.

Photographs of tiny animals. Oh em gee.

A new exhibition at Stonehenge shows you what people brought to eat there. Researchers think some of this may have been as part of midwinter solstice celebrations. How fascinating! I shall have to plan a trip to see this.

A review of The Book of Dust. Philip Pullman answers reader questions. I am patiently awaiting payday to purchase my copy!

100 Must-Read books, according to the people at the Do Lectures. I’ve got one of these but many are on my list of things to read…

Apple day celebrations.

A guide for winter swimming.

A new book of photographs of Paul and Julia Child.

A review of the soon-to-be-published Modernist Bread.

On first sentences.