Baking for Bookworms: Homemade Ice-Cream Floats from The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The food in Donna Tartt's book is an interesting mixture of the decadent (roasted lamb, exotic mushrooms, souffles, foie gras) and the hopelessly mundane school cafeteria food and bad coffee. Food helps delineate separate worlds of influence and privilege. As the protagonist, Richard, is largely an outsider, he notices the discrepancies between the displays of … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Homemade Ice-Cream Floats from The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Women Writers Reading Challenge #36: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I find that it always takes me a while to get through Donna Tartt's books, but that the effort is always worthwhile. Her writing is so intelligent, so tightly controlled, and you get drawn into this parallel universe where insane things can happen and seem quite rational. Her characters are flawed, interesting, and dynamic. She … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #36: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Baking for Bookworms: Jasmine Caramels from Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

If you have not read the Pulitzer Prize winning book, you really ought to do so. Donna Tartt's novel is not a recent read for me, as I read it over a year ago, but it was a book that stayed with me. It is not a plot heavy novel, but the rich language negates … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Jasmine Caramels from Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch