Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Image via Jezebel.

Came across this photo today of Nigella’s library in her old house – now that is a library to aspire to…

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I was lucky enough on my birthday to be spoilt with a copy of this stunning book – it’s filled with the most wonderful story of a family who move to France with the vision of restoring a château and opening a cooking school. I read it cover to cover in one night, I loved it so much! It also has some lovely recipes in it; I’ll share one of my favourites tomorrow.

Have you read it or seen it?

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Beautiful image captured by Luke Stephens via Flickr.

I’ve recently finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, which I absolutely fell in love with while reading. Khaled, an Afghani-American writer, said he was inspired to write the story of Afghani women when he returned to Afghanistan and saw fully covered women walking along – he wondered who was she, what has she seen, what has she endured, what are her hopes, her disappointments? This novel, he says, is his attempt to answer those questions, and more. It provides a wonderful peek into the everyday lives of Afghanis, and it also attempts to demonstrate the affect of war on normal people.

Have you read it yet? Are you tempted to? What are you reading at the moment? I’m re-reading Animal Farm, before moving onto … something else (not sure yet)!

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Image by Daniella Germain.

Was browsing through bookstores yesterday afternoon in my lunch break (very dangerous) and I came across this lovely book – My Abuela’s Table by Daniella Germain.

I love the story of how this book came into being – Daniella compiled and illustrated some of her grandmother’s traditional Mexican recipes for a university assignment. Her assignment fell into the hands of just the right person in publishing who loved it … and this book is the charming result.

Definitely one to add to the Christmas wish-list.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

I was walking down the street on Monday when I sighted a shop I hadn’t seen before. It was the very best kind of shop – one full of books … on sale! – so naturally I needed to enter the store.

And I am so glad I did because the very first book I laid eyes on once inside was Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, a book on my wish-list for quite some time now … and it was on sale for $30 reduced from $85. I am sure that you understand why it was inconceivable that this book should remain on the shelf, pining for me, and me pining for it, when we were so obviously meant to be together.

Sam and I have started eating a few more vegetarian meals recently but we’ve been on the look-out for recipes that are interesting, spicy and so tasty that you just want to keep eating more (without even thinking, “hey, there’s no meat in this!”). Hopefully this book will prove a wonderful reference.

We have already tried her vegetarian chilli (made with beans) and it was delicious piled into tortillas with sour cream and an avocado and corn salsa – I think that will be making regular appearances in our meal plan. Other recipes I’m looking forward to trying include, for example, paneer cheese, Morrocan bread to eat with the lovely Morrocan tajines mentioned in the book, some Persian pilafs, and many, many more.

Do you have any vegetarian meal recommendations?

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Monday, 1 August 2011

Bonjour! Hope you had a wonderful weekend – did you get up to anything fun?

We had a quiet weekend, as poor Sam has the flu. It was a nice opportunity to relax, eat soup, read books, crochet, catch up on tv, plus I made a batch of rhubarb and ginger jam and some honey jumbles (which were delicious – they’re nearly all gone, whoopsies – I’m planning on posting the recipe this week)!

I also finished reading Eat Pray Love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. After just finishing Lolita, I was in the mood for something uplifting and happy, and this book fit the bill perfectly. Now for my next book: George R. R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows, as Sam has finished reading our copy (and moved on to A Dance with Dragons). To say I’m excited is certainly an understatement!

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Thursday, 14 July 2011
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Images via Penguin Books.

I’ve been reading a friend’s copy of Maggie Beer’s Maggie’s Kitchen, which has only served to reinforce just how much I would love to spoil myself with one (or several) of her cookbooks.

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Monday, 4 July 2011
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Images via Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Coralie Bickford-Smith strikes again! These new books of her design are simply G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S, and as I’ve been particularly interested in reading some of Claudia Roden’s and Elizabeth David’s work, I might have to keep an eye out for these lovely designs …

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Friday, 3 June 2011
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All images from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.

About a month ago I picked up a copy of this delightful book from a second-hand market. It’s a diary kept by a Edith Holden during 1906, and is filled with her beautiful watercolour drawings, observations from nature, and poetry that she liked. It was reprinted in 2006 (which is my book’s edition), and you can still find copies of it around (Amazon sometimes sells new or second-hand copies). If you are a nature lover, enjoy looking at watercolour paintings, or you love history then I can thoroughly recommend this charming book.

Are you up to anything exciting this weekend? I’m preparing for exams, which start next week, eek! Hope your weekend is fabulous!

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Monday, 9 May 2011

Image by Lonny May/June 2010 via The City Sage.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Oscar Wilde

Just adore finding new favourites, but nothing (to me) is better than re-reading a well-loved book. Particularly enjoy reading new books found in “top 100″ type lists (have found some new favourites there), but I sometimes think they are too of the moment.

Here are some of my all-time, will-always-be-happy-to-re-read, somewhat sentimental favourites (in no particular order):

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Emma – Jane Austen
Crosstitch / Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon
Vilette – Charlotte Brontë
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge
Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding
The Potato Factory – Bryce Courtney
Almost French – Sarah Turnbull
Perfume – Patrick Süskind
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernièrs
Tennyson’s poetry, especially Lady of Shalott
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Here are some books I’m eagerly waiting to read (they’re currently sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to hurry up and finish this semester of university):

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
The Hours – Michael Cunningham
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

One thing I love about reading is that there is always something new to read, no matter how many books you have read before. Here are some books I’m itching to add to my collection:

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Middlemarch – George Eliot
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Are you reading anything fabulous at the moment? Do you have any suggestions?

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