Lost Children Archive (and the ginger-banana cheesecake bars it inspired)

The book: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. Earlier this month, I read Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. The novel follows a family of four taking a road trip from New York to Arizona: the father, a documentarist, is creating a sound documentary about Apacheria (the former home of the Apaches). At the same … Continue reading Lost Children Archive (and the ginger-banana cheesecake bars it inspired)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (plus, my first attempt at baking something “gorgeous”)

The book: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Earlier this month, I read On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. The book takes the form of a letter from a son to his (illiterate) mother, divulging parts of his life to her that she has never known. In the book/letter, he also … Continue reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (plus, my first attempt at baking something “gorgeous”)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (and so are these cheddar scones)

The book: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Last month, I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The novel's title character, Eleanor, lives a regimented and lonely life without realizing that anything is wrong: she goes to work and prepares healthy meals during the week, and enjoys pizza, wine, and … Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (and so are these cheddar scones)

Queenie (plus, a bundt cake fit for a queen)

The book: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. A couple weeks ago, I read Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. The title character, Queenie, has just separated from her boyfriend of two years, and now must make sense of her life without him. Between her job at a national newspaper in London, some tense familial relationships, and several post-breakup … Continue reading Queenie (plus, a bundt cake fit for a queen)

The Hate U Give (and red velvet cheesecake brownies that are somehow related to the book)

The book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Earlier this month, I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, a 16-year old girl who is trying to fit into two separate worlds - one, the poor black neighborhood where she lives, and the other … Continue reading The Hate U Give (and red velvet cheesecake brownies that are somehow related to the book)

Normal People (and better-than-normal boozy, caffeinated milkshakes)

The book: Normal People by Sally Rooney. Even though the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced, I am still reading some of the long-listed books. Most recently, I read Normal People by Sally Rooney. Normal People is the story of two young adults, Marianne and Connell, who share an intimate but … Continue reading Normal People (and better-than-normal boozy, caffeinated milkshakes)

(tahini milkshakes inspired by) Milkman

The book: Milkman by Anna Burns. Earlier this week, I read Milkman by Anna Burns. Milkman tells the story of an 18-year old girl being stalked by a paramilitary man known as "Milkman" in the tense political climate of Ireland in the 1970's. As Milkman becomes more persistent with his advances, rumors spread and lead … Continue reading (tahini milkshakes inspired by) Milkman

An American Marriage (plus, the blackberry jam cake from Celestial and Roy’s rehearsal dinner)

The book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Last week, I read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. An American Marriage tells the story of Celestial and Roy, a newlywed couple whose marriage is put to the test when Roy is sentenced to thirteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The novel … Continue reading An American Marriage (plus, the blackberry jam cake from Celestial and Roy’s rehearsal dinner)

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)

(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