I’m always so curious about other people’s reading lists. I often feel like I don’t get the chance to sit down and properly read, so my “current” reading list tends to last me an embarrassingly long time. Is that true of other people, too?
Cookbooks are the exception, of course, which I read like the newest Harry Potter book. I tend to switch cookbooks out more frequently, depending on what style of food is speaking to me at the moment. We’re in a weird place weather-wise, right now. It’s officially fall and the university campus is overrun with students, but every day of the last couple of weeks has topped out at over 30°C.
So even though my brain feels like it should be time to tuck into the gravy-speckled pages of stew recipes, the rest of me is after easy, low-heat cooking that relies heavily on vegetables. That said, I still feel the need to bake up a sweet treat, low-heat cooking be damned.
I travel a lot for work, and I like to have a book that I can pop into my bag while I’m waiting at airports or train stations. I’m always taking suggestions, but I find that lately I’ve been really into memoirs (as you might be able to tell).
Anyway, the list!
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson: This book was recommended to me by a pregnant lady who assured me that it was hilarious and not sad, because she couldn’t handle sad right now.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Because sometimes you need a good dose of humanity.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: And other times you need humour and humanity to collide.
Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon: This cookbook was a gift from my sister-in-law and I feel like flipping through it makes me a better person. Also, Angela’s recipes are super approachable, even if you aren’t plant-based. I’m liking this book for inspiration during the summer-fall in-between.
Huckleberry by Zoe Nathan: I have so many flags on the pages of this cookbook that it’s almost ridiculous. I think I’m saved by the fact that all the recipes I’ve tried have been gorgeous — it’s a bit of a feed-forward mechanism. I particularly crave Zoe’s chocolate chunk muffins. They’re made with a little almond flour and, most intriguingly, are happy to sit the fridge overnight (unbaked!) and still remain moist and fluffy after you make them in the morning. Magic. And butter. And also a gift from my lovely sister-in-law.
What’s on your reading list at the moment, friends? Any recommendations?