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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 (7/3)


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.


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.



Have a good week! x




Reading List (3/1)

Welcome 2017! Hope you had a good new year celebration and are back into the swing of work things. I’m still recovering from illness. Gah. But I am at my desk… Here is the year’s first list.

Food horoscopes for 2017. Predicting food trends for 2017. Best ingredients for 2017.

Really interesting video talk on how we plan for our future selves, and often fail to imagine how much we will have changed when we become them.

Ridiculously funny conversation about the different accents of British cows.

They are talking about fracking Sherwood Forest. Honestly.

A fascinating article on sugar.

A round-up from Lucky Peach on the best things read and eaten in 2016.

A collection of articles on wellness.

Should we be adjusting the way we grow food because of potential water shortages?

Did you do any reading over the break? I don’t really have any memory of last week, being that I was mostly asleep. When I was not, I was reading. I couldn’t stop reading In the Woods. Thoroughly recommend it if you love a detective story – it is one of those that gets under the skin and stays with you long after. I also read The Innocents which was a fascinating look at families, what makes them, how they keep themselves together, how communities are formed. Yesterday I finished The Improbability of Love. This last one has been a particular favourite, recommended by friends on a whatsapp bookclub and one I devoured in a few days. Art, food, love, mystery. All my favourite holiday themes. (And here is a story on art forgery.) Next up is Eligible, The World According to Anna, and When in French.

Oh my, this Instagram account.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (27/12)

Hope you all had a happy weekend! I am now as sick as a dog and so am holed up in bed with a Tana French (thanks Jen for the recommendation, am starting with In the Woods), some knitting projects, and watching the new Agatha Christie on BBC. I’m hoping to be better by this weekend…


I made Nigella’s Italian Christmas Pudding Cake (which in my head I refer to as Italian Christmas Trifle) for dessert on the 24th. It was amazing, as ever.

Taxes are hurting London restaurant chains.

On not being from here, on eating in Melbourne, and on the importance of community, immigration and sharedness in food culture. This is a great read.

For Mom: the garden at Downing St.

A photo-series of the Mari people of Russia.

Some interesting reading on the hygge-craze.

A round-up of The Guardian Long Reads. I particularly love this story on Syrian food culture.

Words from Rachel Roddy.

If the holidays have stressed you out, try some easy yoga poses.

On creativity.

The season of Advent.

I’ve not done as much baking as normal for this time of year but this collection makes me want to be well again so I can get busy! Specifically, I want to make this chocolate gingerbread and these chocolate chip cookies.

The Spanish eat grapes at the beginning of the new year, for luck.

Lucky Peach has a series of articles on the state of fine dining.

A day in the life of Auschwitz today. This is a compelling short video of the often unseen side of memorials.

A collection of maps.

I read The Innocents this weekend. It was an easy, enjoyable read about community and love, and the sacrifices we sometimes make in order to have one, the other, or both.

Hope you have a rest-filled week! x