Thursday, June 23, 2022

Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Man! I have been off my blogging game for a while now! Do you go through blogger slumps? I just realized that my only blog posts for over a month have been Book Beginning posts. I love Book Beginnings! But There's more to Rose City Reader than this one post every week. Or, there should be! 

Oh well. Summer. Work. Life. Things happen. I'll get my blogging mojo back one of these days. What do you do to get back in the blogging groove when you fall out of it?

In the meantime, it is time again for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Let's share the first sentences (or so) of the books we are reading this week. Or just books we feel like highlighting. 


The mistletoe — magical, pagan, sacred to Norsemen and the Druids — is still hanging over the low doorway to the kitchen.

-- from the first chapter, January 1, "A humble loaf and a soup of roots," in Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater. 

I've seen Nigel Slater's name pop up as a favorite food writer on British blogs and Instagram accounts. But I hadn't seen any of his books (other than his memoir Toast) at local shops until last week when I was poking around Vivienne, a darling cookbook store near my office. They had a copy of Notes from the Larder, described as the companion to his three volume Kitchen Diaries series. It's my now-favorite kind of cookbook, a combination of essays or memoir and recipes. It looks absolutely wonderful! I am excited to add it to my cookbook library


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Notes from the Larder:
I have always loved the color gray. Peaceful, elegant, understated; The color of stone, steel, and soft, nurturing rain.


  1. I love cookbooks and kitchen reads! Happy weekend!

  2. I love the sound of this one!

  3. Sounds like a good read.

    I need to take a few blogging breaks. I just can't seem to do that. As a result, it is making my burnout with work even worse. So don't stress about your blog too much.

    1. Something's got to give! I hope you find a balance too Mark and don't burn the candle at both ends!

  4. I love Nigel Slater's books and TV programmes, but I haven't read Notes from the Larder. It's going on my wishlist.

    At the moment I think I'm just coming out of a blogging slump - not feeling I want to write reviews and have mainly been doing memes and lists etc. It seems to happen each year as summer starts - I just have to live through it and try not to let it bother me. Easier said than done.

    1. I'm glad you are coming out of your slump. Like you say, just have to live through it and not beat ourselves up. I know I will get traction again one of these days. I've kept the blog going for close to 15 years, there are going to be slow patches!

  5. You had me at "recipes"! I do love a good cookbook. I've never heard of Nigel Slater, but I will definitely be snagging Notes from the Larder.

    1. He's super popular in the UK but not so well known over here. I'm intrigued.

  6. Blogging slumps are definitely a thing! Hope you find your mojo soon. This sounds like an interesting (and delicious) book!


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