Thursday, March 26, 2009

library list for march

my new favorite destination is the main branch of the santa monica public library. it's gorgeous and modern and full of glass and light--and brimming with a million books to read. it has a cafe and its own bookstore, and it's environmentally friendly! oh, library love.

the latest books that i've check out have been almost all about food. inspired by this good idea at the kitchn, i decided to "test out" some new cookbooks before purchasing. needless to say, i now want to own each one of them...

+ chez panisse vegetables & chez panisse fruit are treasures from alice waters. each book is beautifully designed with gorgeous illustrations and bursting with recipes that celebrate fresh produce.
+ the new moosewood cookbook, a 1970s vegetarian classic, is handlettered and illustrated, which makes it feel extra personal, like the recipes are coming to you from a great, food-loving friend.
+ nigella express & nigella's how to eat made me understand why people adore nigella. her recipes are delicious, but simple--and her attitude towards food is celebratory, but down-to-earth.
+ good poems got thrown into my pile for good measure. just as i hoped, this collection of poems from garrison keillor (a prairie home companion) is lovely and surprising and gives a sense of hope and perspective in this crazy world.

so that's what's piled up for me at the moment... what about you?

more cookbook recommendations are always welcome!

listening to: mushaboom by feist (listen)

1 comment:

  1. I'm currently reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver and I love it! I don't know if you've already read it or not but it's about Kingsolver and her family's goal to live off the foods grown/produced by their farm in Virginia, as well as foods purchased at the local farmer's market, for one year. Kingsolver also shares recipies that she and her family made while they were living at the farm. I'm learning a lot about farming, as well as national and local food industries. If you enjoy healthy, local food I wholeheartedly recommend this book!!

    I recently finished "Letters Home" by Sylvia Plath. "Letters Home" is a collection of letters that Sylvia wrote to her mother and brother throughout her life with commentary by her mother interspersed throughout the book. Reading the book felt like I was snooping through Sylvia's desk; as if I shouldnt't be doing it, yet the letters were so personal and intriguing I couldn't stop myself.

    After I finish AVM, I'd like to read a book of poetry by Pablo Neruda. My roommate Emily introduced me to Neruda in college. He was a poet from Chile and the prose in his poems is both beautiful and moving.

    I hope that if you read any of these books/poems you'll enjoy them as much as I did!