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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.


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


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 (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

Reading List (22/11)

Wise words from Teju Cole.

American Thanksgiving. This is a great piece centered around traditions in different families. The photographs are fabulous and the stories are just wonderful.

Some disturbing reporting from The Guardian around casual contracts and the paltry amounts lecturers at Russell Group universities earn.

And it turns out even fine-dining places with well-known chefs don’t pay their staff well. The Sustainable Restaurant Association has been critical of this revelation but admits it is a culture of the industry.

Young people in the Outer Hebrides.

If you’re preparing for Thanksgiving, I quite like this idea of a chocolate pecan galette. Less fuss than a traditional pie. We’re having a small Cookbook Club meets Friendsgiving on Sunday, cooking from Nigella’s Feast. I strongly feel there must be pie, but maybe this galette will suffice that craving (obviously it’ll be breaking the cookbook club rules so I’ll have to check Nigella’s book for pie recipes). If you’re not into pie, these pumpkin doughnuts look awesome. (Louisa, we can make these over Christmas yes?) Or there is this chocolate gingersnap tart.

Toasting sugar for more depth of flavour.

If the winter weather is getting you down (it was like a squall outside yesterday and is deeply grey and half-lit today), have a look at these photographs and recipes from a May weekend in Tuscany. 

This image.

Preserving South African food heritage and tradition.

If you’re starting to get into the Christmas spirit (yes, really) I love this article on tradition and ritual. ‘Ritual has an anticipatory relevance‘. We are still working out our rituals for our hybrid family, with its different traditions and foods. Fortunately the one thing we agree on is a feast on December 24th. This might be my favourite day of the year. We’re working out the finer kinks of foods, friends, sharing, and the like but for me it is the gathering and sharing of food and drink on the 24th that is important, whether it is with friends or family or a combination of both.

German baking. I love the look of the linzer cookies.

The Princess and I were in Barcelona this weekend! It was amazing and wonderful. We ate all the foods, drank all the wine, looked at much art and architecture. I’ll post more on all our activities soon. In all the travelling (planes, trains, buses) I read The Girl in the Ice which was a thoroughly enjoyable detective novel, with a tortured and dysfunctional detective, power plays, mystery and intrigue. I didn’t guess the outcome until right at the end (always winning) and will read the others in the series in due course.

On fasting for a month or more.

A cookbook club in Martha’s Vineyard.

Immigrants and food in Michigan.

I listened to a really fascinating episode on the Radio 4 Food Programme on cooking clubs in the Basque region of Spain. It discusses the ability of food to build community which I find fascinating.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (25/10)

Existential crises and the PhD.

More on the chef crisis in the restaurant industry.

Thirty thousand cookbooks. Life goals.

Great British Bake-Off has changed the way we think about cake.

Clean eating is dead. And make sure you read Bee Wilson’s article on clean eating that was linked to in the article.

I am reading Charlotte Mendelson’s Rhapsody in Green and it is wonderful. I love the voice and the different sections. Read it if you’re at all interested in growing, fruits and vegetables, and tiny gardens.

Do you plan your travels around bakeries and eateries? This list of bakeries to eat at in many US cities will help if, like me, you have a list of must visit places for food on any trip.

I’ve been listening with fascination to The Sporkful’s podcast on ‘Who is this restaurant for?’ These are thought-provoking discussions on race and eating out that have made me think a lot about restaurants and who eats where, and what that means.

This video on urban food systems.

MAD Yale.

The history of tiramisu.

The story of making 15 cakes in one day, for a photo shoot. Personally, I love the look of the pink champagne cake and this Smith Island cake.

And talking about cake, The Guardian has ‘the 20 best cakes’ part one and part two. At this time of year, I may have to make the ginger molasses cake on the list.

10 years of learning on Brainpickings.

I love love love this spooky gingerbread house!

Have a superb week! x


Reading List (18/10)

Is 40 hours a week in a restaurant kitchen ever 40 hours? And are you paid for all of them?

A sky projected onto the ceiling of a church in Paris.

More on authentic foods. Jamie Oliver was in trouble with Spaniards last week because of his paella.

A pumpkin farmer who wants you to cook the pumpkin, not carve it. Try making this pumpkin loaf.

Cooking competitions in the US.

A social enterprise in Scotland, running a pay-it-forward scheme and employing homeless people.

The internet had a mini meltdown over the weekend after a baby boomer suggested that giving up avocado toast would help millennials buy their first house. The responses here, here and here are all excellent, poignant and sadly funny.

On writing in libraries.

A bakery in Philadelphia that is doing things differently.

How is healthy defined?

Michelle Obama.

Next time we’re in Spain, I want to eat here.

A cheese souffle from Raymond Blanc. The new Le Manoir cookbook is on my Christmas wish list.

I devoured Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart this last week. Everything about the book is wonderful. It is filled with notes, essays, pictures, postcards and ephemera that George Whitman collected and kept throughout his years in the bookstore. The book charts the decades of the bookstore’s existence, but this narrative is interspersed with personal recollections, and stories of the Tumbleweeds who stayed in the store. It was like encountering an old friend and companion. If you love bookstores, read this book.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (5/9)

Today I am coming to you live from Cape Town. So far we have eaten much (at Pot Luck Club and Hassar Grill), seen penguins and driven to where the two oceans meet. Today we are headed to Babylonstoren. I will write up a things to do in Cape Town list soon soon.

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I loved the look of this fig and fennel ice-cream recipe.

On chefs and their cookbooks.

I finished The Outrun (read it! read it!) and have started Early One Morning which I bought at the airport. I also intend to borrow Longbourn from Jen.

We have had a few conversations on this article from the New Yorker. Is a restaurant ever really exclusive? Ever really fully booked? Ever really run by one man?

Short list today as I haven’t done much reading this week!


Reading List (2/8)

So now it is only 24 days until we jet set back home. The excitement levels are mounting. Plans are being made in earnest. Bookings at restaurants are being organised (Pot Luck Club, eeek!) Andrés is googling all the cool things we can do in various places (and watching videos of animal sightings at Kruger).

I wish Alison Robicelli was writing a column when I was watching The Great British Bake Off because it is hilarious.

I worked with Ame at LongHouse Food Scholars programme in 2014. She is one of the cooks for Umi Kitchen, this fantastic new app that allows you to buy home-cooked food from people who cook and want to feed others (in NYC).

The story of The Last Bookstore in LA.

The truly important things.

If you’re feeling enthusiastic about making your own ice cream, here is a guide as to how to do it well at home. And these ice-cream sandwiches covered in chocolate. Weekend cooking project!

This lemon, poppyseed and ricotta cheesecake. And millionaire’s shortbreads.

The reality of chef life – it’s not all glamorous locations and tv shows.

Food politics in the Brexit age. Slow Food and food education.

I read Paper Towns this week. (I have been holed up sick with some virus, feeling incredibly sorry for myself – I do not do sick well – and just reading this book.) I have always been a fan of ‘young adult’ literature (which obviously begs the question, why is it not just literature? Why does it have to have a target market?) but have fallen out of reading the genre in the last few years. This book has reminded me why ‘young adult’ fiction is such a joy to read – the angst, the learning, the knowing. I was struck by the following lines: ‘And it is only now, when she closes her notebook and places it inside a backpack next to her and then stands up and walks towards us, that I realise that the idea is not only wrong but dangerous. What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person’.

If you’re not exhausted by American election politics, this response after the DNC is fantastic.

Life wisdom from Winnie the Pooh.

Mary Oliver reading her poem ‘Wild Geese‘. I really needed to hear that this week.

On critique in these times.

When I was a young chef, I learnt about Tartine in San Francisco. I’ve been slightly obsessed with visiting ever since and now that they are opening The Manufactory space, I want to go even more. In my dreams I go work as a stagiere for six months before opening my own space. Next year, the conference I want to go back to (ASFS/AFHVS) is in Pasadena, California. Andrés recently said he wants to go to the Californian coast. Perhaps we can swing it all into one trip next summer?

I’ve had a desire to make peach jam all summer. Now that Emiko has written about making some, I may actually get around to it.