Sesame Noodles with Broccoli

Today’s recipe is based on one from Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor, the current Cook the Books selection. . . . → Read More: Sesame Noodles with Broccoli

Cooking for Picasso: A Book Review

Follow three generations of French women and their connection with Picasso in this novel of intrigue, destiny, and of course food and art. . . . → Read More: Cooking for Picasso: A Book Review

Karma and Chai

Here’s another book review of Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken by Monica Bhide. For the perfect gift, I’ve paired this book with a homemade chai spice. . . . → Read More: Karma and Chai

Spirits of Christmas

Along with a book review of Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, I am including a recipe for homemade limoncello. Either would make a great Christmas gift. Both would send the recipient over the moon! . . . → Read More: Spirits of Christmas

Pasta Arrabbiata for Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Cook the Books)

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots is a beautifully written book full of food. Here is my inspired-by dish for Cook the Books. . . . → Read More: Pasta Arrabbiata for Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Cook the Books)

The Lesser Bohemians: A Book Review

A book review of a new classic (but without a recipe today)… . . . → Read More: The Lesser Bohemians: A Book Review

Apple Cranberry Chutney

A cookbook review of Minnesota’s Bounty and a delicious winter chutney recipe. . . . → Read More: Apple Cranberry Chutney

Busy Day Cobbler

Here is an easy and adaptable cobbler to accompany a cookbook review of Victuals by Ronni Lundy. . . . → Read More: Busy Day Cobbler

A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books

Join me in the first of two Frida events. Up today is my recipe for Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo to celebrate The Scecret Book of Frida Kahlo. . . . → Read More: A Mexican Breakfast to celebrate The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo for Cook the Books

Party of One with a recipe on the side

Party of One, by David Holmes is a hilarious book, full of 90s music and pop culture. See how it inspired today’s dessert dish, Spiced Molten Chocolate Cake. . . . → Read More: Party of One with a recipe on the side

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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