Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ready for Summer!

No, don't worry. I'm not going to send you running to the Un-Follow button by posting photos of me in my newest bathing suit. That's not how I get ready for summer, anyway.

This is what I do: Two weeks before school's out I start requesting books from my three favorite libraries. I request a couple of books at Paperbackswap. I buy a few books at Amazon. I pick up a couple more books at Barnes & Noble. And there are always the usual books-to-review that seem to arrive rather steadily at three a week these days.

Here's some of the thirty or so books that I'm set to read this summer:

 Some fun cookbooks.

Paris. Of course.


Writing. And drawing.



Origami stories. Philosophy. And poetry.


And an amazing book I request every summer:
The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Best Beach Books


A teacher at my school dragged War and Peace to the beach a few summers ago. It was a disaster. Sand, sun, and 1,296 pages of complicated plots and characters with multisyllabic names just didn't work.

But maybe you are like me and you just don't do mindless. How about some titles that are somewhere past a Harlequin but just this side of Brothers Karamazov?

Here are a few possibilities.

It says it's a memoir, but I say it's a book of essays. Little essays. Little essays about things we care about.



I can't help suggesting Maira Kalman for the summer. Be prepared: it's a heavy book.

How about The Color of Magic or any of the other Discworld books?


















I've been on a Michael Palin kick ever since I read this book some months back. Lots of these lovely Michael Palin travel narratives.

You knew I couldn't make a top ten list without including at least one Paris book.


Whew! Not my usual read at all, but what a ride.


Summer's a great time to work on getting better at what you love to do.




All the wonderful things we used to have in this world that we wish were still here.

We all could use a little more happiness. Let's start this summer.


And if you are set on reading a romance this summer, try this one.















Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Monday and It's the First Day of Summer Vacation!



It's my first day of summer break.
I'm off to a technology conference today and tomorrow,
but then...
Let the reading begin!



What Arrived Last Week


The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest
by Broughton Coburn


The Road to Burgundy:
The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and
a New Life in France
by Ray Walker


Duel with the Devil:
The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and 
Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's 
First Sensational Murder Mystery
by Paul Collins


Morning Light: A Novel
by Holland Kane


Born of Persuasion
by Jessica Dotta


Bad Boy: 
My Life On and Off the Canvas
by Eric Fischl



I'm thinking today about my reading plans for the summer.

How about you? What are you reading today?
What do you hope to read this summer?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris: Fougasse au Romarin (Rosemary Bread)


Fougasse au Romarin (Rosemary Fougasse) 
from Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris

I was inspired this morning to try a new bread recipe after reading through Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris. 



Rosemary from my garden

The directions say to make the dough into a "leaf-shaped oval."

Adding olive oil and fresh rosemary on top

And à la vôtre!  Amazing.

Fougasse au Romarin (Rosemary Fougasse) 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 1/4 cups (18 ounces; 500 g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 1/3 cups (320 ml) lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated instant yeast
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fleur de sel or kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling (see Note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, plus extra for sprinkling (substitute 1 tablespoon dried rosemary)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing

DIRECTIONS

Put the flour in a large bowl and form a deep well in the center. Pour the water into the well, sprinkle with the yeast, and leave to soften for 5 minutes.

Using the fingers of one hand and without going all the way to the bottom of the bowl, stir gently to combine part of the flour with the water to form a soupy paste.

Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let rest at room temperature for 25 minutes, until bubbles form at the surface.

Add the salt, rosemary, and oil, and, still working with one hand, stir the entire contents of the bowl to incorporate the rest of the flour, until the dough forms a shaggy ball.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and springy, 12 to 15 minutes; you can also use a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. The dough will be rather sticky, but this is the key to a light-textured fougasse, so try to resist adding extra flour.

Clean the bowl and grease it lightly. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with the towel, and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. 

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and sprinkle flour lightly on a baking sheet. Punch down the dough and divide it into two balls.

Shape each ball into a flattened leaf-shaped oval, about 5 by 9 inches (13 by 23 cm), and place side by side on the prepared baking sheet. Use the dull side of a knife to cut five or six deep slits in each fougasse, cutting all the way across the dough. Pull gently on the edges of each loaf to widen the slits, and use your fingers to open each slit widely enough that it won’t close during the baking. Cover with the towel and let rise for 20 minutes as the oven preheats.

 Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until crusty and golden. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with a little more fleur de sel and rosemary, and transfer to a rack to cool completely. The second loaf can be frozen for up to a month (pop the thawed loaf in the oven for 5 minutes at 400°F [200°C] to revive its texture), and any leftovers can be used to make bruschetta the next day.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Moving-and-Starting-Over Books


Maybe it's because I've lived in the same town for most of my life, but one of my favorite genres is moving-and-starting-over books. You know this kind of book. A person gets tired of her boring life or his terrible life and decides to move somewhere fresh and start a new life. According to my list of books read at Goodreads, I've read 51 of these. Light & fun reading (as I mentioned in this post).

Here are some of my favorite moving-and-starting-over books:












Wait a minute. I see a crazy pattern here. All ten of these books are about people who move to Paris and start over. All ten. And they are favorites. They are favorites, however, not because they are amazingly well written and not because the characters meet fascinating people and see fascinating things and not because the characters' lives are transformed...no, these are my favorites for one reason only: the people move and start over in Paris. Crazy.



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Monday, June 3, 2013

It's Monday! Whatcha Reading?

                 


What I Read Last Week




Martin & Mahalia: 
His Words, Her Song
by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney




The Soul of All Living Creatures:
What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human
by Vint Virga




The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
by Alina Bronsky




The Obituary Writer: A Novel
by Ann Hood



This is What Happy Looks Like
by Jennifer E. Smith




Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
by Lucy Knisley




What Came in the Mail Last Week





Spiderwick: The Field Guide
by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black










What did you finish last week? 
What do you hope to read this week?




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.