Monday morning and the sun is finally shining again on Sanibel. It was a chilly, soggy weekend. Yesterday, for the first time ever here, I didn't even venture outside our front door! We picked up about four inches of rain Saturday night and Sunday, and it was still only 48 degrees when I woke up this morning. My beach walk won't happen until this afternoon... fingers crossed it hits 60.
Finished this week//
by Michael Gibney, narrated by Fred Berman
5 hours and 42 minutes
source: audiobook borrowed from the library via Overdrive
This book reminded me how much I like foodie nonfiction... which I have sadly neglected over the past year or two. It's one of those "day in the life" kind of books, reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain. In fact, I learned afterward he'd blurbed the book:
“A terrific nuts-and-bolts account of the real business of cooking as told from the trenches. No nonsense. This is what it takes.”Sous Chef was unusual (and a little odd) in that it's told in the second person. Audiobook narrator Fred Berman effectively conveyed the resulting tension and drama. I could feel the pressure mount as the evening progressed!
The fast-paced narrative kept me walking more briskly and maybe even a bit longer... always a plus. What foodie nonfiction have you enjoyed recently?
by Jane Ziegelman, Andy Coe
More foodie nonfiction... chalk it up to a case of perfect timing! I had just finished Sous Chef when Lisa asked if I'd heard of this book. The author's 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement was a hit with my book cub several years ago, but I was unfamiliar with this title. The description sounded interesting and I was able to download the audiobook instantly via hoopla from my library. Further investigation showed an ebook available through the county library system (oddly separate from our Sanibel Library) so I went to the closest branch signed up for yet another library card. You can never have too many options, right? I've read and listened to a quarter of A Square Meal so far... an interesting history.
Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum
My bookmark is still in this classic, but it only moved ten or twenty pages last week. I like the book well enough, but don't feel especially compelled to pick it up... if that makes any sense. I do plan to stick with it though.
Set aside for now//
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
In the kitchen//
I've been in the mood for new recipes lately and tried a few last week:
First up was Kung Pao Beef from I Wash You Dry. It's made with ground beef (which I rarely eat) and the entire dinner can be on the table in twenty minutes... so convenient. The recipe calls for diced red pepper, but I added some peas, too - more veggies and more color. My husband and I liked it well enough to eat again (a quick dinner is always a welcome addition to my repertoire!) but our daughter wouldn't even try it. Maybe ground chicken or turkey next time...
Next was a Blackened Salmon with Avocado Goddess Sauce from Half Baked Harvest. My husband doesn't like avocados and I didn't have one on hand anyway, so I just roasted the salmon with garlic and spices. We has leftover roasted potatoes and I also served steamed broccoli. The blackened salmon was good, but next time I'll make it with the avocado sauce!
For lunches we had Lentil Greek Salad with Dill Sauce from Pinch of Yum. I learned that I'm not a big fan of cold lentils. This would be good with shredded rotisserie chicken or tuna though.
Overall, a mixed bag in the kitchen last week.
Our oldest daughter arrives on Friday for a long weekend. We'll celebrate her birthday early next week. I probably won't have an update while she's here, but will post my review of the new RBG biography later this week.
How was your week? What are you reading?