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)

Boom Town (and the strawberry celebration cake it inspired me to make)

The book: Boom Town by Sam Anderson. After nearly four weeks, I finally finished reading Boom Town by Sam Anderson. The book is a non-fiction account of the history and culture of Oklahoma City. From the city's wild founding in 1889, to the dynamic of its professional basketball team (the Oklahoma City Thunder), to the … Continue reading Boom Town (and the strawberry celebration cake it inspired me to make)

(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)

(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

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)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)

The book: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I recently read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I had seen it on a bunch of lists at the end of 2018, but I wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. I later saw it at my local bookshop, though, and I felt as though I couldn't … Continue reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation (and coffee and kahlua)