Reading and Eating Lists

Monday, November 3, 2014

Winter reading list

What’s on your reading list this season?

In anticipation of winter, I’ve been gathering books like a rabid squirrel hoarding nuts. Do rabid squirrels even eat nuts, or, once bitten, do they turn into carnivores? Now there’s an under rated topic in the blogosphere. Moving on.

Almost always, the books I read have been recommended by friends, and that’s true for each of these. How do you choose your books, and do you have any that you can’t wait to crack?

On the list:
Blue Plate Special, a food-focused memoir by the great Kate Christensen.

Population: 485 by Michael Perry, a true account of the author’s return to his hometown of New Auburn, Wisconsin.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, about the many possible lives of one woman born in 1910.

Eating on the Wild Side, a gift from Niki, a book about selecting and preparing foods to recover lost nutrition and flavor, by Jo Robinson.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the story of one lieutenant’s heroic journey and survival after his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific during World War II.

The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion’s thoughts during the year following her husband’s death.

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh, a novel of “adventure, identity, unlikely love, and history” set among the tiny islands of Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal. MJ’s recommendation. When MJ recommends, I know enough to take her word.

Sometimes I’ll stop at a bakery for a baguette and end up eating three quarters of it in the car on the way home from work. And sometimes I make lists of recipes, including a couple of less irrational choices, mostly to try to avoid the baguette situation.
In the recipe queue:

Beet Caviar
Olive Oil Ice Cream
Bánh xèo
The Best Apple Pie He’s Ever Made
A Gibson
Cinnamon Sleep Tonic

Have a lovely week. xx

Corn-Salad Plenty



  • Mary Jo

    First of all, those dishes you posted pictures of…what are they? They look so freaking yummy!

    Some books on my list:
    – Ender’s series (if you are in science fiction fantasy)
    – Nine (recommended from my dad)
    – Zealot (recommended from my mom’s friend Brenda)
    – Such a Lot of Word (written by a friend)
    – River of Doubt
    – Where did you go Bernadette?
    – How to talk so your kids will listen
    to name a few…

    Of course you should also check out “Malice Toward None” – Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Homestead Act, and the Massacre-and Heartening Survival- of the Kochendorfers! Yes, there is a book on the Kochendorfers!! :)

    Looks like you have a winter full of lovely books Jacqui. Miss ya.

    • Jacqui

      Thanks for adding to the list, Mar. I’ve heard of How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, but not of any of the others. Love it! And Malice Toward None, that’s become a must-read.

      The dishes: bottom is a barley salad with pomegranate and celery. top is a corn and tomato salad with lime and coconut from last summer.

      Miss you more.