8 Books for Spring 2015

books spring 2015

My reading list for spring has grown significantly in the past couple of weeks. I thought I was set, but then a few more stood out to me when browsing the bookstore. These are the food and film books I can’t wait to read this season.

1. Lesser Beasts by Mark Essig – As valuable as they may be for food, pigs are also intelligent and self-sufficient. Essig’s book explores the history of a creature we typically think of as dirty and lazy. A fascinating read!

2. Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme – Young love and old movies? Sold! A young woman moves to NYC and discovers that her neighbor may have starred in a forgotten silent film. As she tracks down the film, her life changes. I’m looking forward to being charmed with this read.

3. How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng – If you’re not a math person, maybe this book will change your mind. There’s food involved, after all. Cheng offers a new way of looking at math – I’m very interested to know why “making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard.”

4. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman – Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and business journalist Charles Fishman wrote this book about “curiosity conversations” that have inspired Grazer to create some of the beloved television shows and movies in history (24! Apollo 13! Arrested Development!). Grazer has had weekly “curiosity conversations” with accomplished strangers for decades, and in this book the power of inquisitiveness is explored. As a curious being, this sounds right up my alley.

5. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes by Jenny Colgan – A sweet novel about a woman who opens her own cafe when she’s laid off from her desk job. Challenges and adventures await, but when there are cupcakes involved, it might not be so bad after all. Colgan has several books like this, including The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, The Little Beach Street Bakery, and Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.

6. Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage by Molly Wizenberg – When Molly Wizenberg’s husband Brandon decides to open a pizza restaurant, their young marriage changed. This book recounts their adventures.

7. Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl – A young woman takes a job at an iconic food magazine in New York. When the magazine is shut down, she discovers letters written to the legendary chef James Beard. I’ve heard great things about this book.

8. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann – A true Hollywood tale of ambition, scandal, and murder. Recreated with the suspense of a novel, this story sounds like a thrilling bedtime read.

What books are you reading this spring?

That’s a Wrap!

Hen Teapot

This is a great weekend for movies. There are already 4 that I want to see (including Lovelace and We’re the Millers), but since movie tickets quickly add up, I’m trying to determine which movies I must see in theaters, and which ones I can save for DVD. It’s only August, but now that we know that Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars, the countdown to February 24 begins. Until then, though, let’s wrap-up the week with a recap…

* Absolutely making time to see Blackfish. It is horrific that killer whales (and dolphins) are still kept in captivity for entertainment purposes. Here is a listing of where the movie will be released – I encourage you to check it out.

* Love this version of Blurred Lines.

* Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Academy Awards this year, but what can actually save the Oscars?

* Unseen auditions for The Office.

* Love this random teapot I found antique shopping [photo above]. It’ll be perfect for juice and tea during Sunday brunches.

* 25 Memorable Coming-of-Age Romances.

* This Argentinean Candy Jar is insanely expensive, but how awesome (and dangerously tempting) would it be on your desk or kitchen counter?

* Breaking Bad returns in 3 days, and I’m gearing up for the premiere by watching the first half of Season 5 on Netflix.

* A lost Orson Welles film has been discovered and will make its public debut. How cool!

Have a terrific weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Sealed With A Kiss

Valentine’s Day is in less than one week, and if you plan on sending something to a loved one but don’t know what to get him/her, here are some ideas. Remember, you can’t go wrong with food. For a guy or girl. Make sure to place your orders ahead of time! Don’t wait until the last-minute – let this post be your friendly reminder.

Send Eleni’s cookies – they are seriously one of the nicest gifts to receive. The cookies are delicious and the designs on top are skillfully and beautifully applied

Make a cute little bag full of his/her favorite candies with a plastic toy shovel and a sweet tag: I Dig You

Chocolate AND fruit? Yes please!

Bake a batch of cookies with these awesome stamps and send it on its way

You really can’t go wrong with chocolate/Godiva

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Romantic Meals

Happy February 1! While Valentine’s Day doesn’t represent all that February has to offer, it is a month that is visually filled with more love than usual. Love should be celebrated every day of every month, not just in February. Whether you’re celebrating something big, like an anniversary, or just celebrating being with someone special, it can be fun to change things up. If you usually cook meals at home or do take-out, switch up your routine by going out (and vice versa). The location doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but somewhere where you can sit down and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re a table for one, treat yourself somewhere extra special!

I’ve witnessed a romantic dinner right before my very eyes…it was nighttime, the steps were lined in candles, there was live music playing, and after lounging on cushions drinking wine, the couple moved to a table for dinner, where I’m sure he popped the question. Cue this song to complete the moment.

Here are some romantic locations for a lovely meal over candlelight…

→ Looking over the water on the pier

→ On the beach…cheesy? super romantic? too fancy? All of the above.

→ Double date on a platform surrounded by twinkling lights

→ The rooftop makes a serene and romantic location, especially with the city lights against the night sky

→ Breakfast in bed – best way to start the morning

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So Magical It Could Be In A Movie

When I walk or drive by an interesting or beautiful location, I think of all the different types of movie scenes that could surround that one place. Do you remember certain movie scenes in which the location perfectly captured the moment? For me, a couple of those include the scene in The Notebook when Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are dancing in the empty street at night to the imaginary soundtrack of Billy Holiday (see a) or the quaint English cottage from The Holiday (see b). Here are some scenes of winter wonderlands that I think would be perfect locations for the big screen.

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Date Night

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Planning a date night? While going out to dinner and a movie can be fun, cooking a meal together and watching a movie on the couch can be an even cozier way to spend the evening. Try this recipe for a warm dinner, following it up with an easy dessert you can both make. These are an assortment of movies that are funny, sensitive, and full of romance!

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