(chocolate linzer cookies for) Frankissstein: A Love Story

The book: Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson. In the spirit of Halloween and all things strange, I just finished reading Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson. The novel follows two main story lines. First: nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write Frankenstein in the summer of 1816. Then, fast-forwarding two centuries, there is the story … Continue reading (chocolate linzer cookies for) Frankissstein: A Love Story

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)

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)