To join in, just answer the following three (3) questions…
What are you currently reading?
I’m about 3/4 of the way through with The School of Essential Ingredients, which is the debut novel by Erica Bauermeister. It’s the story of a woman who runs a weekly cooking school out of her restaurant, and the individual stories of the people in her class. I love novels that feature cooking, and I wanted to love this book–instead, I’m loving the language, but I think the plot is a little thin. Her writing style is lovely, though–
“She shook the last of the water from the potatoes. The skins came off easily, like a shawl sliding off a woman’s shoulders.”
“She stood with her husband and children in the doorway, her three-year-old daughter gripping her leg like an octopus with bones.”
“In the chair beside her, almost hidden in the corner of the room, sat a man whose sadness seemed to have been pressed into his shirt.”
Doesn’t she paint a picture in your mind? I just wish the plot of the book did her beautiful language justice. Maybe I’m just not in the right mood for it right now. I’ll be checking to see if she’s written anything else–this novel came out in 2009.
What did you recently finish reading?
I obviously have a cooking theme going on! I really liked From Scratch. I loved all the behind-the-scenes stories, and I also had no idea how much of a bare-bones start-up this network was at the beginning. If you’re a Food Network fan, or if you view cooking as entertainment, give this book a try! You’d probably also like this book if you’re interested in the very early days of cable, if you like reading about media in general, or if (like me) you enjoy backstage stories and behind the scenes drama.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I discovered about a month ago that the author of 84, Charring Cross Road (one of my very favorite “books about books”!) had written an additional FOUR books! Apple Of My Eye was written in 1976 and is a guidebook of sorts to New York City–written with Helene Hanff’s trademark dry, humorous style. I’ve been saving this book for a day when I can truly savor it–and since I have the day off from work on Friday, I’m planning on settling in and emersing myself in pre-21st century New York City. I can’t wait!
What about you? Have you read any of these books? What are you reading, or planning to read? Please share!