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)

The Truffle Underground (and my above-ground fungal feast)

The book: The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs. Last month, I read The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs. This non-fiction book exposes the fraud, corruption, and even violence that goes on in the truffle mushroom industry - generally, without the knowledge of the consumer. As a lover of fungi, I was compelled to learn about … Continue reading The Truffle Underground (and my above-ground fungal feast)

If You See Me Don’t Say Hi (short-stories unified by a single theme, and unique cupcakes unified by a base flavor)

The book: If You See Me Don't Say Hi by Neel Patel. Recently I read If You See Me Don't Say Hi, a collection of fictional short stories by Neel Patel. Each short story is told from the perspective of a different character, most of whom are first-generation Indian-Americans. Individually, the stories are shocking, uncomfortable, … Continue reading If You See Me Don’t Say Hi (short-stories unified by a single theme, and unique cupcakes unified by a base flavor)

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”)

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone (a book about therapy, and a mint cake inspired by therapy)

The book: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb. After reading two novels involving characters overcoming trauma through therapy, I decided to stick with the therapy theme, so I read Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb. The book is a non-fiction account of Lori Gottlieb's insights on humanity that she … Continue reading Maybe You Should Talk To Someone (a book about therapy, and a mint cake inspired by therapy)

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)

Month in review: July 2019

Every month, I find myself writing "this past month has been crazy" - or something to that effect. Well...July was no exception! This month consisted of a 6-hour road trip to Pennsylvania, lots of wedding-planning activities, and a cross-country visit to California. Also, my fiancĂ© and I adopted two cats! They are amazing and adorable … Continue reading Month in review: July 2019

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)