Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Nonfiction Books to Sink Your Teeth Into

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to you by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. I think it's fairly easy to find good fiction books. There are so many out there, covering every topic and genre, and there are more all the time. But sometimes you want a book based on … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Nonfiction Books to Sink Your Teeth Into

Baking for Bookworms: Saffron Cream from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked

There's not much food mentioned in the Wicked series. Elphaba has way more important things to do than cook. Or even eat. But there are a few foods that manage to convey both a very Oz-like sense of the exotic as well as a dark of mysterious quality--something decadent but not quite right. Saffron cream is mentioned … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Saffron Cream from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked

Baking for Bookworms: Baked Alaska Cupcakes from Mary McCarthy’s The Group

Sorry this is a bit on the late side! My brother flew out to Boise this last week to watch a concert with us, and it sort of threw off my posting schedule--though in the best possible way. Baked Alaska is a strange, intimidating kind of dessert. It has a million kinds of textures, combined … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Baked Alaska Cupcakes from Mary McCarthy’s The Group

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

Baking for Bookworms: Folded Peach Tart from Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes' memoir takes the reader on a culinary journey. So much so in fact, that she includes dozens of recipes within the book. Here is one of them, which celebrates two of my favorite things: dessert and fruit (and thus it should be no surprise that tarts are some of my favorite dishes) The … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Folded Peach Tart from Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Baking for Bookworms: Sugared Biscuits from Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

There's not much food mentioned in The Luminaries, and most of it revolves around tea, a tradition observed even in the sparse, rustic setting of gold rush era New Zealand. The rest of the food mentioned is alternatively gruel type porridge dishes and various camp stews, neither of which is as appealing as a cookie... The … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Sugared Biscuits from Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

Baking for Bookworms: Shirley Temples from Charlotte au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

Charlotte Silver's memoir has an extremely close relationship to food because it is the memoir of her childhood spent at her mother's restaurant in Boston. She was, in fact, named after the French dessert Charlotte au Chocolat. Her favorite drink as a child was a Shirley Temple, and while as an adult she lost her … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Shirley Temples from Charlotte au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

Baking for Bookworms: Rice Pudding from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust

It may come as a surprise to people that I've never had rice pudding. I'm not really sure why except that no one in my family ever made it and my resistance to anything that seemed like tapioca has prevented me from trying it. But I'm 22. I've grown as a person. And while you … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Rice Pudding from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust