Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. I went to a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival class last weekend – we made punch (I think that’s a responsible way of saying ‘big batch cocktails’). Anyway, now I need a retro punch bowl and a new Pinterest board so that I can start collecting punch recipes. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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01. A couple of years ago I had a salad epiphany (I’m not overstating it). I realised that there was no such thing as a ‘tasty, simple salad that you could throw together at the last minute’. Instead, all the best salads appear simple but are actually quite complex and/or take time to prepare. I bought a book that became my Salad Bible. Truly, it’s the best. So I was excited to discover that the author, Hetty McKinnon, has a new book out – Neighbourhood. Continue reading

White Truffles in Winter by N. M. Kelby

I’ve just finished a story about a chef who won his wife in a pool game; worked in the finest hotels in the world; saved hundreds of people from a fire; cooked for kings and queens; had affairs with high-profile women; fought in wars; lived apart from his wife for decades but spent his last months with her; coined a word (deliciousness/ umami); and revolutionised the way kitchens were set up and run.

It may sound like fiction but it’s all part of the life of French chef, Auguste Escoffier. It’s remarkable stuff. Yet with so much to work with, why did I find N. M. Kelby’s novel, White Truffles in Winter, bland? Continue reading

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

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When it comes to writing about food, Anthony Bourdain pretty much redefined the genre in 2000 with Kitchen Confidential. His rock’n’roll tales from the kitchen were gripping and yet wonderfully repulsive. I’m not sure how he fills his days now, whether it’s behind a grill or a keyboard, but a number of books and documentaries followed Confidential, including my most recent read, A Cook’s Tour. Continue reading

It’s not all about books

It’s true, I spend a vast amount of time reading – books, book blogs, book reviews – but in all of that time, not a lot of it is spent reading stuff that is not book-related. My Twitter-feed is heavily weighted to publishing, authors and book reviews; my blogroll features predominantly fellow book-bloggers; and I don’t do Facebook or Insta… It’s only my (rarely used but nonetheless loved) Pinterest account that reveals online interests other than books – namely gin, cooking, swimming pools, and travel destinations I dream about.

Here are my favourite websites that aren’t about books –

01. Dear Photograph and Back to the Future – I’m going to do this one day. Just trying to find denim as ace as what I wore then:

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