Monday, August 3, 2015

Mailbox Monday: The Girl on the Train

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I got one fun for summer book last week:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I've been reading some good, but heavy books lately, so I am looking forward to something fast and exciting. I am going to read this right away.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review: The Lemon Cookbook

Ellen Jackson has produced the cookbook equivalent of a cheery bowl of lemons, The Lemon Cookbook: 50 Sweet & Savory Recipes to Brighten Every Meal. Everyone should have one on their kitchen counter.

This is not a big book, but it is perfect. Jackson, a classically trained pastry chef and food stylist, gets all the details right, from the bright, sunny cover, to the beautiful photographs and watercolor illustrations, to the selection of recipes.

The recipes are a reasonable mix of simple and more complex, with nothing too difficult for home cook. All try to have something a little novel to them, like charring the lemon for the chimichurri, adding parmesan and pepper to make a savory lemon biscotti, and using brown sugar in a meringue. The book could get by on its charm, but the recipes really do look good!

The Lemon Cookbook is my new Go To gift for weekend visits, new kitchens, house warmings, wedding showers, and for everyone living in a sunny climate with a lemon tree in their backyard. Yes, Mom and Dad, I mean you.


The Oregonian

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Beginning: At the Hearth of the Crossed Races


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In the summer of 1851, the French traveler Pierre Fournier de Saint Amant visited the Oregon Territory, spending several weeks with French-Indian families living in a corner of the Willamette Valley known as French Prairie.

At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859 by Melinda Marie Jette.

Jette takes a new look at the role of French-Canadian fur trappers, the French-Indian families they created, and their indigenous kin in colonizing the Pacific Northwest,  She re-examines the traditional history of the region that puts Anglo-American settlers at the center of the story, focusing on the 47 years from 1812, when the Kalapuyans first had direct contact with Euro-Americans, and 1859, when Oregon became a state.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Lemon Cookbook

These savory biscotti have it all: richness and umami from the cheese, brightness from the lemon, and a crunchy kick from the semolina and a generous dose of freshly ground black pepper. Serve them with wine, for dunking in soup, or with fruit and cheese.

-- From the recipe for peppery lemon parmesan biscotti in The Lemon Cookbook: 50 Sweet & Savory Recipes to Brighten Every Meal by Ellen Jackson, published by Sasquatch Books.

I chose this for my teaser because it is the first recipe I am going to make from this adorable new cookbook.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

Several books, all with great covers, came into my house last week:

The first three are the Charlie Mortdecai novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli, a 1970s trilogy recently reprinted. I couldn't resist the description, "Like the result of an unholy collaboration between P. G. Wodehouse and Ian Fleming."

Don't Point That Thing At Me, After You with the Pistol, and Something Nasty in the Woodshed

More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself by Nick Hornby. This one is also part of a series -- his latest collection of "Stuff I've Been Reading" columns from The Believer.  (Read my review of one of the earlier collections, The Polysyllabic Spree, here.)

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