I love browsing cook books. Looking at all the pretty pictures, dreaming about what I’d make, putting sticky notes on the recipes I plan to try someday. But what about e-cook books? E-recipe books don’t often have photos inside, but I think they’re still well worth a read. Many of us are looking up recipes on the internet, and cooking from our laptops and tablets, and e-cook books are great for that, too. Here’s a new favourite–be sure to check out the Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup with Basil, it would also be great with some vodka in a shooter, as a base for a martini, or with some club soda added for the kiddies.
Our January book club pick, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, starts off with a bang or, more specifically, a brutal bludgeoning in the woods. Well actually, in true Pride and Prejudice style, P.D. James spends some time first reacquainting us with the characters from Jane Austen’s world, painting a rich landscape of the intricate workings of the grand Pemberley estate and beyond. If you’ve always wanted more of Darcy and Elizabeth (and the Bennet sisters et al.), here is your chance to revisit this complicated crew.
Throw in a good, solid bludgeoning on the eve of the annual Pemberley ball and you’ve got yourself a lovely murder mystery to sink your teeth into over a nice, hot cup of tea.
Check out this review of Death Comes to Pemberley:
When I was four I had a favourite book, I Have a Turtle. What I loved most about this book was that I only had to memorize half of the book to be able to “know” it all. I still have it memorized, “I have a turtle. In my mother’s hatbox. Under my bed. In the corner of my room. In my house. Surrounded by trees. with all the people passing by. I have a turtle.” Then it went in reverse order.
While it did nothing to teach me proper sentence stucture, I remember realizing that the words in this book were the same as some of the words in my abc books–I ran to get them–and I could read!
Also very good are The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Lemon Cake is a little like Audrey Niffenegger’sThe Time Traveller’s Wife, very well writtten, and I kept checking the author’s name to see if it was written by the same woman.
I was a little taken aback last week when I spotted my most memorable 2010 summer read in Chapters sporting a new cover – turns out One Day is about the be released as a film starring Anne Hathaway. My stomach dropped, and I was rooted to the spot. It took me months to get over this book, now I am about to be reminded of it constantly. Would I feel obliged to see the movie? Could I sit through 90 minutes, knowing the punch that would be heading in my direction at the climax?
Sometimes a book or story just won’t let go of you. You try and live your life as normal, but you continue to have conversations with the characters, dream of new endings, sketch out conflict resolutions. One Day was like that, I kept rereading the same page, hoping the words would change. But I think that’s what made it such a great book, these characters could be someone you know, went to school with, or live with. How would you deal with their circumstances?
Two days after seeing the book in Chapters, I picked up the latest edition of Chatelaine. This month’s author interview? David Nicholls discussing his book and new screenplay for One Day. I think I need a book club intervention, I need to discuss this book!
So what will be a memorable read for Summer 2011? Librarians at Vancouver’s Public Library recently reviewed their top choices and I plan to try the following: