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”)

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)

Red, White & Royal Blue (and an almond cake of those colors)

The book: Red, White & Royal Blue. I've spent the past couple of weeks reading the wonderful romantic comedy that is Red, White & Royal Blue. The premise of the book is that after a PR nightmare, frenemies Alex (first son of the United States) and Henry (Prince of England) stage a fake friendship to … Continue reading Red, White & Royal Blue (and an almond cake of those colors)

My Sister, The Serial Killer (plus, dainty, delicate treats for a deadly book)

The book: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. The latest book I finished is yet another novel from the Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite tells the story of two sisters: Ayoolah, the beautiful golden child with an unfortunate habit of murdering her boyfriends out of … Continue reading My Sister, The Serial Killer (plus, dainty, delicate treats for a deadly 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)