Reading List (30/5)

Another review of Feast for the Eyes.

Food, cooking and kitchens as a way to overcome difference.

Emily Dickinson’s pressed flower collection.

Food book reviews.

Dorie Greenspan on cream puffs.

Wayne Thiebaud, whose cake paintings I love, has an exhibition at White Cube in London.

A banana nutella cake. A recipe for polenta cake.

A recipe for macaroons, inspired by The Enchanted April.

Love this week’s episode of This American Life – on being fat. It features Lindy West and in it, she says, “instead of spending all my time counting almonds, why not figure out how to be happy now”.

I spent the weekend reading Waterlog, Roger Deakin’s tale of swimming in places all over the UK. It contains some truly wonderful descriptions of swimming in the wild – with newts, in rivers, off the Cornish coast. Makes me wistful for wildness.

I turn the shell-lip to my lips, slide the oyster into my mouth and massage it briefly with my teeth; I savour its brawny goodness in my throat and the dance of sea salt on my tongue. A short story. 

A menu from Great Dixter.

Jane Grigson’s Good Things.

Food films to watch over the summer perhaps.

Soft-serve madness.

Feasting and fasting during Ramadan.

Scientists have found some very very old rice.

Have a good week! x