Book Club Tuesday: To Asia, With Love

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It has been a decade since Hetty McKinnon started her salad delivery business in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. From the small kitchen in her home on Arthur Street, she would pack up her salad boxes and deliver them on her bike to the people who lived and worked in her neighbourhood. Through delivering nourishing meals to customers, she began to Continue reading “Book Club Tuesday: To Asia, With Love”

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Book Club Pi(e) Day Edition: The Book on Pie

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Let me tell you a story: when I was a kid, my mom would take my sister and I to her hometown so that we could spend the summers with my grandmother and all her extended family. My mom grew up in a charming little village in Ontario cottage country and the summers we spent there are some of the best summers in my memory. Down the road from my grandmother’s house was the two-story, white clapboard house that she grew up in, and it was where her unmarried sisters and brothers continued to live. Each morning my sister and I would Continue reading “Book Club Pi(e) Day Edition: The Book on Pie”

Book Club Tuesday: Torta della Nonna

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Torta della Nonna by Emiko Davies — literally translated as “Grandmother’s Cake” — is a collection of classic Italian baking recipes. I have written before about the comfort that familiar recipes offer and, in the case of Emiko Davies’ latest book (a compilation of dessert recipes from her earlier Italian cookbooks — Florentine, Aquacotta, and Tortellini at Midnightreview here), she offers many Continue reading “Book Club Tuesday: Torta della Nonna”

Book Club Tuesday: The Flavor Equation

img_2781In my last review, I looked at how Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Person worked to give home bakers more confidence by offering recipes and explanations that improved home bakers’ skills and techniques. Her positive affirmation: I am a Dessert Person really connects to the notion that anyone can become a baker through practice. Looking at what happens in home kitchens Continue reading “Book Club Tuesday: The Flavor Equation”