Reading Challenge #8: A Book With Multiple Authors

Title: Bouchon Bakery Authors: Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel with Susie Heller, Matthew McDonald, Michael Ruhlman, & Amy Vogler How it fulfills the challenge: Have you seen the list of authors? That's a lot for one cookbook, even as big as this one is... Genre: Cookbook Quick Description: For the serious home or small professional baker. A collection of … Continue reading Reading Challenge #8: A Book With Multiple Authors

Baking for Bookworms: Chocolate cake from Veronica Roth’s Divergent

I’ll be doing a separate post soon about my thoughts on Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, but for now, let’s get cooking! Or baking. Whichever you prefer. The first mention of chocolate cake happens during visiting day, which doesn’t occur in the movie, but basically it’s a time for the family members to officially say goodbye … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Chocolate cake from Veronica Roth’s Divergent

Baking for Bookworms: Irish Soda Bread from Alice McDermott’s Someone

Alice McDermott’s book follows the life of an Irish immigrant in all its stirring little moments and complexities. It’s a quiet book that is definitely worth a read. There is plenty of food mentioned in the novel, but I really liked this moment between Marie, the narrator, and her mother where her mother tries to … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Irish Soda Bread from Alice McDermott’s Someone

Baking for Bookworms: Lavash Bread from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn

Whenever I can, I like to pick dishes from the books that are filled with special significance, whether that means they're mentioned at an important plot point, are helpful in understanding a character, or strengthen aspects of the setting. I try to find a dish that meets one of these criteria, but I think the … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Lavash Bread from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn

Baking for Bookworms: Apple Cake from Sylvia Plath’s The Collected Poems

I was a little surprised to find anything I could cook from in Plath's poems. She's not exactly a poet you associate with down home cooking. But luckily there was one food that immediately jumped out, and that was apple cake. The mention of apple cake is from her 1959 poem "Point Shirley", which is … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Apple Cake from Sylvia Plath’s The Collected Poems

Baking for Bookworms: Mini Brioche from Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

Brioche is one of my absolute favorite breads--it's light and buttery and makes the best French toast in the world. But I've never made it before, so I was happy to look down my list and see that I could use it for a baking post. There's usually not much mention of food in nonfiction. … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Mini Brioche from Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

Baking for Bookworms: Bark Sail Bread from Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News

It was a little difficult to choose something to make from this book, not because there wasn't a lot of food mentioned (there was and a lot of it was intriguing), but because many of the ingredients are harder to come by in my land-locked state (as in, tons of seafood). Since Paul and I … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Bark Sail Bread from Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News

Baking for Bookworms: Cinnamon Cake from Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens

So this post is late, obviously. I haven't been keeping up with my baking for bookworms posts very well, even though they're one of my favorite features. But I'm working on getting everything back on track. If you have a book you want me to cook or bake from, be sure to leave it in … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Cinnamon Cake from Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens

Baking for Bookworms: English Muffins from Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Tasha Alexander's book doesn't include very many mentions of food. It's mostly a part of the general scenery, but it does play one important role, which is to highlight the tension between toeing the line of society's rules and flaunting them. Some of the food is the height of what English society expects while other … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: English Muffins from Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Baking for Bookworms: Tea Cookies from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Sorry this post is late--we had company staying with us and there wasn't time to sit down and write out a post! As a child, your worldview is largely based on sensory input. Reality is what you taste, hear, smell, touch, and see. Looking back on these experiences, we can interpret these sensations and try … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Tea Cookies from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou