Reading List 26/1

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Banoffee pies. For that time when you haven’t really thought about dessert but want something sweet. Or potentially to use up all that salted caramel. I made a version of this on Friday evening, because we felt like dessert. I had peanut butter Oreo crumbs in the pantry and two half-full jars of salted caramel. It was ridiculously good.

Pizza making at Yale. Hooray for activist students! And edible education at university.

Cassoulet. Cassoulet. Sigh. A project requiring planning and a rather large budget.

Why you shouldn’t bother with extra vitamins if you’re eating a balanced diet.

Taste education and family meals.

I love this idea of cooking for paying diners within the confines of your home.

I went back to the library this weekend, for the first time in absolute ages. I forget how much I like libraries, especially since online shopping makes it so easy to order books. But the library will help me save my book budget for books I really really want to keep, rather than simply to read once and pass on. This weekend I read Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. I loved her first book, Garden Spells, so much that I have read it over and over. I am a sucker for books about magic and cooking.

Leading a life well lived. Some great ideas about how to focus on small changes to attain a better balance of things.

The complexities of eating right for the planet.

I was transported to Rome and back in Rachel Roddy’s latest blog post. Her description of eating in Rome – ‘flowers dipped in batter and fried until golden’ – have instantly transported me to the Europe of my imagination, possibly one that really only exists in the 1950s and 60s. Possibly it never existed at all. The writing is evocative of bright sunshine, dark winding alleyways with tall apartment buildings on either side, shouting market traders, cobbled streets and lunch in a steamy cafe.

Have a good week!