Do you even know how much I heart narfna? I knew I was in for a treat when her name was on the paper that fell out of Salt Fat Acid Heat. Speaking of Salt Fat Acid Heat, I watched the 4 episode Netflix series and I recommend it, even if cooking shows aren’t your thing. Samin Nosrat is such a joy. I have read the many positive reviews of Circe and I am so excited about reading it. I asked and narfna provided.
While I was not a Bourdain mega-fan prior to his death, I did always appreciate and respect him as someone striving to live an authentic life. He seemed to take a lot of joy out of wandering, and to have little patience for artifice. I like that. Another of his goals seems to have been to get people to veer off of their normally trodden paths and to try something new, just to see what was out there. Even though we’re very different kinds of men, I like to think we had those things in common. I picked up this […]
Cannonball gift exchange is one of my favorite Christmastime traditions and this year my not so secret Santa was our Bingo organizer extraordinaire emmalita! Thank you for Ellie Kemper’s My Squirrel Days (my library doesn’t have it!), a Michelle Obama coloring book and the Kindle edition of Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook which I did not know I needed but am super excited about.
My elementary school daughters have recently discovered the manga section at the library and due to their interest in cooking shows they brought home Kitchen Princess: Volume 1. It is a classic shoujo manga. Shoujo stories are aimed primarily at young females and are heavily focused on personal and romantic relationships this is no exception. The heart of the story is Najika Kazami an orphan (because of course she is) with the ability to remember everything she has ever tasted and can recreate a dish perfectly from just tasting it. She loves food and cooking, preparing dishes for the joy of […]
Clean Protein: A Revolution for Your Body and Our Planet by Kathy Freston My rating: 3 of 5 stars I had just read a book that was all about how protein is important for our diets and we should be eating more of it. Yet it didn’t discuss how vegetarians are supposed to meet this goal. Then I came across “Clean Protein” in my library and thought that this would be a great resource, since the cleanest proteins are plant-based. I was sadly disappointed in this book. The first half of the book is about how terrible the meat and […]
Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster and illustrated by Sue Eastland was a book I reviewed awhile back for my stores newsletter. I picked it up again to see if it was still the fun Little Red Riding Hood story with a Hanukkah twist. And it is still that fun Little Red Riding Hood story with a Hanukkah twist, turn and lots and lots of sour cream and applesauce to go along with the yummy latkes. Ruthie is going to Grandmothers house and meets the Wolf. Who she convinces she is far too thin for him to […]
CBR bingo square, Home, Something Home Jose Andres is a Washington, DC legend. He and a couple of other chefs made my hometown a destination for foodies. His Oyamel, Chila Chilcano, and America Eats Tavern are some of my favorite restaurants. You won’t just eat a fine meal, you’ll be treated like gold. I went to see him speak at the National Archives when he was starting his America Eats Tavern pop up restaurant in Penn Quarter to hear him speak on American food history and culture. He was very funny and warm and knowledgeable. The thing that upset me […]
A friend game me Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi as a birthday present. She acknowledged that non-fiction isn’t really my thing but she thought I might find it interesting. She hadn’t read the book herself but had heard good things about it. I don’t recall ever having read an autobiography, or biography for that matter. And my friend was completely correct about me not being into non-fiction. This is only my second non-fiction book this year out of my current 47 reviews. Before starting this book I knew two things about Padma Lakshmi, that she modeled […]