Re-reading books in times of stress. I so relate to this. I read hardly any new books during my final year as a PhD. I re-read (and listened to) a lot of Harry Potter, some Austen, some Bronte, The Secret Garden – pretty much anything that was easy and comforting.
Pasta with potatoes with cheese. Just what these dark January days need.
This for dinner.
Celebrating the food of refugees.
Bee Wilson on choosing books for awards.
Places to eat in foodie cities.
From the 1962 New Yorker: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. (Long, but worth the read.)
The making of roscón de reyes cakes for January 6th.
What is a PhD and what is the point of doing one?
Fantastic conversation between Krista Tippett and Maria Popova this week.
Running a whisky ‘dramathon‘. Any takers?
I was catching up on podcasts over the weekend. I loved the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme on cake, its popularity in modern times and its history. I’ve added Cake: A global history to my (long) list of books I want to read this year.
I also listened (with much delight and laughter) to Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. The story of Cat Morland is transported to Edinburgh and the Scottish borders. I loved it. It was ridiculous with tinges of gothic and some fantastic vampire references.
On returning a Michelin star.
Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes.
Tracing the history of plants and through that, the history of culture and food tradition.
Have a good week! x