(donuts inspired by the cover of) Thick

The book: Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom. This week I finished Thick: And Other Essays by Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom. Thick is a collection of essays that explore what it is to be a black woman in America. Each essay looks at how race intersects with aspects of society including socioeconomic status, profession, and ethnicity. … Continue reading (donuts inspired by the cover of) Thick

(a raspberry mocha cake that isn’t) Hard to Love

The book: Hard to Love by Briallen Hopper. I am currently going through a non-fiction phase, and Hard to Love by Briallen Hopper was the first book I read as part of this phase. Hard to Love is a compilation of essays, each of which tackles the topic of love in its various forms. Hopper … Continue reading (a raspberry mocha cake that isn’t) Hard to Love

The Four Agreements (and a blood orange upside down cake that sort of encompasses them)

The book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. If you're reading this post, it means that I finally finished reading The Four Agreements, a philosophy and self-help book by Don Miguel Ruiz. Ruiz believes that due to the pressures of society, we have blindly agreed to negative beliefs and perspectives that are not really our own, and in … Continue reading The Four Agreements (and a blood orange upside down cake that sort of encompasses them)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. I recently binge-read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins. The novel is about the (fictional) former Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo who, after several decades out of the limelight, sits down with journalist Monique Grant for a tell-all interview. Through the stories that Evelyn tells … Continue reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and passionfruit cupcakes as bold as Evelyn’s love)

The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The book: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. As my personal life gets busier, I find myself wanting to read only binge-worthy fiction novels that offer me the chance to stop thinking about stressful realities and escape into a different universe. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker was the perfect book for that. The premise of the … Continue reading The Dreamers (plus, a dreamy chocolate-cherry-almond bread)

The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

The book: The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. Last week I read The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon. The novel is the (fictional) account of a college student, Will Kendall, trying to understand how his ex-girlfriend became deeply involved in a pro-life cult. The story is primarily told from Will's perspective, although he also tries to imagine … Continue reading The Incendiaries (a novel about a relationship gone wrong, and my story of apricot bread gone right)

nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

The book: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon. nîtisânak is Lindsay Nixon's memoir about growing up native and queer in the Canadian prairie. It is a book that covers many issues, including identity, family, oppression, and truth. nîtisânak also utilizes many forms of writing, including narrative, poetry, and even illustration. nîtisânak was unlike anything I've read before. … Continue reading nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

(Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

The book: Less by Andrew Sean Greer. It is almost Valentine's Day, and I recently finished a seasonally appropriate novel to celebrate. Less is the story of Arthur Less, a middle-aged writer who plans a spontaneous trip around the world to avoid his ex-lover's wedding. He travels to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, and … Continue reading (Valentine’s Day cheesecake with) Less

Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

The book: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. One of my reading goals for 2019 is to broaden what I read, specifically by reading more books by women, people of color, and/or queer authors - and to read books featuring non-white and queer characters. Who is Vera Kelly? is my first read of 2019 that I found by actively searching … Continue reading Who Is Vera Kelly? (and adventures in Argentinian cooking)

Outliers (a blog post about successful people and successful bakes)

The book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Outliers is Malcolm Gladwell's collection of essays about our culture's misunderstanding of success. The thesis of this book is that people don't become outliers (superstars, success stories, etc) just because they are more hard-working or inherently more outstanding than others. Instead, he argues, success is the result of many … Continue reading Outliers (a blog post about successful people and successful bakes)