Reading List (26/4)

Does what you eat matter more than the people with whom you’re eating? I’m quite interested in this idea – that company matters as much as (if not more than) the food. But likewise, I also think it is possible to enjoy a meal alone.

This video, where Jeffrey Eugenides explains about how he came to write The Virgin Suicides, is wonderful. The process of writing, the shaping of the novel, the idea. I love The Virgin Suicides. I read it whilst an undergraduate and found it engrossing, dark and poignant. The video led me to this interview with Margaret Atwood. (An old issue, 1990.) I do so love her The Handmaid’s Tale.

Baking advice from Dorie Greenspan. (‘Don’t start with your sister’s wedding cake’.) A new podcast find! Yay!

This! A totally fascinating account of mathematics, economics and the ability to predict markets. As someone who was an Economics undergraduate, and who could not understand the discipline’s obsession with models (because the real world does not act like the model), I may be slightly biased in thinking the article is illuminating.

I have been following the #RhodesMustFall campaign (and its various offshoots) with fascination. This is one of the more interesting commentaries I have come across.

Menus on the Titanic.

Creating entries about women and food on Wikipedia.

Should tapas have UNESCO heritage status?

Shakespeare died 400 years ago last week. His plays were peppered with food references from the time and also revealed where people stood on the social scale.

If, like the rest of us, you mourned Prince’s passing last week, there is this: a glimmer into his fridge (from 2011).

A collection of some of the reviews from Gwyneth’s new cookbook.