Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


01. A couple of years ago I had a salad epiphany (I’m not overstating it). I realised that there was no such thing as a ‘tasty, simple salad that you could throw together at the last minute’. Instead, all the best salads appear simple but are actually quite complex and/or take time to prepare. I bought a book that became my Salad Bible. Truly, it’s the best. So I was excited to discover that the author, Hetty McKinnon, has a new book out – Neighbourhood.

02. If you happen to get my favourite salad book, drop everything and make the Roasted Beetroot with Caramelised Turnips, Edamame Beans and Wasabi Mayonnaise – it’s insane.

03. All the salads call for some new summer drinks – these (and I can account for the Thornbury Pimm’s Cup – it’s good stuff).

04. Related: a friend and I tried this Pimm’s bottle last week – was like drinking a rather delicious fruit tingle.

05. Lots of people joined in #6Degrees this month. Any suggestions for starter books?

06. Both of the books I read this week (The Wangs vs the World and The Tidal Zone) include the word ‘thrum’. I’m forever scarred by that word thanks to Unspeakable Things.

07. A few Australian books are to be developed into filmsLost & Found by Brooke Davis; Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears (it will be AMAZING); and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (we already knew about that one).

08. Adele is coming to Australia. I am BUSTING to go.

09. I love these photo-essay-type-things.

10. Look. At. This. (Spectacular)

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21 responses

  1. My (ex) wife and daughter had a restaurant, the Juicy Beetroot, so I’m full bottle on salads, but I’ll check the books out for Xmas presents. They also introduced me to mojitos (from beer and wine) with a 32 course mojito themed Xmas dinner. But hey I’ll try Pimms, once anyway.

    • I’m particularly looking forward to Foal’s Bread – I think it will make a sensational film (as will TNWOT but the landscape in Foal’s Bread was described so vividly and that combined with the movement of the horses, I reckon it will be stunning).

    • I did two of the salads from Community for Christmas last year – I think you’ll love the book because they’re nearly all ‘meal’ salads if you want them to be.

      I bought Neighbourhood this afternoon – about to go through it and start marking what to make first!

  2. Totally agree about salads…I make what I thought would be a “simple salad” for lunch every day and it takes me way longer to make than the sandwich I used to eat.

  3. I love salads when someone else prepares them…like in a restaurant that features fabulous ones. But it might be great to know how to make them!

    Lost and Found is a book I have on Pippa, my Kindle, and I keep setting it aside. After reading a bit of it, I just lose interest, or something annoys me. But a movie? Maybe I’ll see the movie first.

    Seeing movies is much easier, less tedious. Should I bite my tongue now, or later?


    • #9 – Love it
      #10 – way cool!!
      #5: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

      I love participating in Six Degrees of Separation, and reading the others’ posts,

  4. Some interesting films coming up…. I’m intrigued how they’ll translate’s Wood’s book cos part of the allure is that you don’t really know what’s happening for a while. Am excited about Lost & Found as I loved that book.

    I probably should read more cookbooks and the like. I’ve got a couple of friends coming over tonight and it’s so long since I entertained that I have NFI what to prepare. My eating habits have changed a lot over the last few months so the stuff I used to cook (ie. steak) isn’t something I really eat often any more. And I cook but rarely!

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