Tag Archives: food writing

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

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)

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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

 

 

 

Reading List (28/2)

Last day in February! Anyone else freaking out?

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A seriously innovative and dare I say it, cool way to present a PhD thesis.

Pistachio cream doughnuts. Like, I’ve always thought doughnuts too much of a faff to make at home (and when I’m in need of a fix I get some from Small Food Bakery instead) but for these I might change my mind.

Myths of academia and life post-PhD. A PhD who works in a chocolate factory.

Cities and green space.

I need to plan another trip to Paris. Soon.

Animal album covers.

Food and Brexit.

On bread and wheat.

I discovered Elly Griffiths by accident – through a bookshop newsletter. I then found her in my library’s audio app and listened to The Ghost Fields over the weekend. It was great, all windswept Norfolk beaches, archaeological mysteries and dysfunctional detectives. What’s not to love? I’ve already downloaded another that I’m listening to on the train in the morning.

Have a good week! x

 

Reading List (21/2)

 

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Blackberries (for those of you in the South).

On the pending apocalypse and society’s obsession with the end of the world.

Giving up a business at the peak of it’s success.

A response to those accusing us young’uns of wasting food because we like to take photographs of our meals. A new supermarket where you can pay what you want.

If you’re struggling to find new podcasts to listen to, Vogue has a list for you. (This is not me, by the way. I have so many and am addicted to so many, that I fear finding any more may actually tip me over an edge into the podcast unknown, where I will just listen to stories forever and ever, until I fade away from lack of nourishment).

Jay Rayner on what children should learn to cook.

Nancy Silverton! Swoon. How amazing is she? New chef crush. Watched the episode of her on Chef’s Table last night and am baking bread today. Possibly these things are related.

Mushroom hunting. Sounds like a fairly dangerous (although lucrative) past time to be honest.

Onion and cheese pie. Perfect for late winter dinners I think.

Albert Adria’s new restaurant in Barcelona.

Food and language. On using the word ‘interesting’, which I confess I use too much.

Protest, with food posters. And an interview about the collection.

Neil Gaiman reading a myth from his new book.

I love a crumble-tart – and this one, from Jeremy Lee, looks super.

This is an interesting read, about being a sober woman.

Farming and retirement.

Russian honey cake (pictured above). I was inspired to make this after watching Vladimir Mukhin’s episode on Chef’s Table. He serves his take on this cake alongside his grandmother’s version. Both looked divine so I tried my hand at it. It is sort-of-super-easy… (there are some quirks) but it tastes excellent. I have some ideas about how I might make it easier next time.

Have a good week! x