Monthly Archives: April 2015

Reads and Reviews

I’ve been in and out of a reading slump lately. I have 3 very well-written books that I’m reading right now, but I just haven’t been in the mental state to want to read. But alas, the tide is turning and now I’m rushing through these books, reading them at any free moment I have. So there should be some new reviews coming soon.


Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard.

This is the sequel to Lunch in Paris which I absolutely adored. Its one of my favorite French memoirs. The sequel finds us in a small Provencal town of Céreste with Elizabeth, Gwendal and their newest addition to the family, baby Alexandre.

Currently Reading

I’ll probably finish these next 3 books in the order they appear in this list. I’m reading The Storied Life of AJ Fikry for a bookclub meeting in the middle of May. I’ve given up on the BBC series Wolf Hall, so I’m not in as much of a rush to complete Bring Up the Bodies. Trigger Warning I started months ago and it keeps getting pushed to the side because…well, reasons.

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  2.Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)  3.Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Weekend Cooking: Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Title: Little Beach Street Bakery
Author: Jenny Colgan
Source: Publisher
Publisher: William Morrow

Little Beach Street Bakery Not only is Polly’s long time relationship with boyfriend Chris going downhill, but so is the graphic design business the two had built up from the ground. As their lives diverge, Chris moves back home to his mother, leaving Polly alone to find her own way. Where, though is the main question in this book. Polly finds a run-down flat on the island Mount Polbearne, a seafaring village in Cornwall. Both figuratively and literally, Polly is on an island, trying to piece back what little is left of her life, starting anew and rediscovering hidden talents and passions that soured due to a stressful relationship and failing enterprise.

The “my life is ruins, I’ll fix it by baking/cooking” books are seriously becoming my favorite guilty pleasure reads. The plot in this book is very thin and parts of it are incredibly unbelievable. Polly & Tarnie for one. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the way the entire town reacts to their friendship and what happens afterwards is just so…sugary? I don’t know the word of it.  There are a number of twists in this book but they only delayed the inevitable and predictable love story. All that aside, I loved this book, the characters and the little village of Mount Polbearne. I love these types of books that really focus on finding your inner talents and following your dreams. Even though in all of these types of books, things just  seem to land onto the main characters laps. I guess that’s partially why I love these books. The other reason is that reading these books gets me excited to be in the kitchen.

Polly, has a passion for baking bread. It was a skill she worked on during her weekends apart from Chris, when he was traveling, moody or otherwise unavailable. The US cover of this book is incredibly misleading with its picturesque cupcake. Polly bakes bread, not desserts. Very little, if anything is said of desserts in the book. There are 7 recipes at the end, although you will need to convert them from the metric system to bake in the US.

foccociaSince I started this book, I’ve baked two loaves of French bread and two loaves of Focaccia. The focaccia was ridiculously easy to make. It only took an hour from start to finish out of the oven. That recipe will be on steady rotation with my weekly meal-planning in the future. I’m curious to learn more about quick-bake yeast recipes. I love that I only had to wait 15 minutes for the focaccia dough to rise before putting in the oven. I need more recipes like that.

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Wolf Hall BBC v Wolf Hall the Book

So, did anyone else watch Wolf Hall last night on PBS? What did you think? I was so excited and then exceptionally let down. Particularly by the character of Cromwell in the show. He was so…bland and lifeless. Cromwell in the book was quiet and thoughtful, but there was a cleverness to him that the show completely neglected to highlight. I think the show overall did a good job summing up the high points of the book, at least the first half of the book. Costume and scenery were wonderful as well.  I’m curious to see how the next 5 episodes progress. I just hope that Cromwell is given an injection of life sometime soon. I’m not sure if its the acting or directing, but Cromwell is definitely not the powerful man he appears to be in the books. Maybe that comes later after Wolsey’s death? I’ll just to wait and see I suppose. His love and relationship with his wife is disregarded in the series, as is his relationship with his family. The entire show seemed choppy and problematic for anyone who hasn’t read the book. There is so much background knowledge and action that ease the flow of actions that take place in the book. I know not everything can be translated to film, but far too much was left out, in my opinion.