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)

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)

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)

(donuts inspired by the cover of) Thick

The book: Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom. This week I finished Thick: And Other Essays by Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom. Thick is a collection of essays that explore what it is to be a black woman in America. Each essay looks at how race intersects with aspects of society including socioeconomic status, profession, and ethnicity. … Continue reading (donuts inspired by the cover of) Thick

(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)

nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

The book: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon. nîtisânak is Lindsay Nixon's memoir about growing up native and queer in the Canadian prairie. It is a book that covers many issues, including identity, family, oppression, and truth. nîtisânak also utilizes many forms of writing, including narrative, poetry, and even illustration. nîtisânak was unlike anything I've read before. … Continue reading nîtisânak (a memoir that I can’t stop thinking about, and that inspired me to bake poppy seed muffins)

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)

Spineless (a book about jellyfish and blog post about jelly cookies)

The book: Spineless by Juli Berwald. After a crazy two weeks of holiday festivities (and then another week of recovery from post-holiday fatigue), I finally finished reading Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. This non-fiction book follows author Juli Berwald's quest to answer the question: how will global warming impact jellyfish populations? The book is a neat compilation of jellyfish research, but … Continue reading Spineless (a book about jellyfish and blog post about jelly cookies)

MWF seeking BFF (to take to cookie parties)

The book: MWF seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche. My second Books and Bakes project was MWF seeking BFF, Rachel Bertsche's true account of her experience trying to find a new best friend in a new city. As someone who lives on the opposite coast from my oldest and closest friends, I was intrigued by the idea … Continue reading MWF seeking BFF (to take to cookie parties)