Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Those of you who have followed my blog since its inception know of my great and abiding love for the works, and for he himself, the late, great Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya, and particularly, today's literary choice of Zia Summer. Rudy, as he was affectionately known, was not only someone I admired greatly, he was … Continue reading Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Episode 15 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 15 of my podcast "Cooking the Books" has dropped and it's a good one! We're traveling to post WWII Barcelona and exploring a mysteriously alluring Cemetery of Forgotten Books, searching for a scarred man in black with a secret in his past, and making a deliciously decadent Spanish appetizer, so please give it a … Continue reading Episode 15 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of the "Cooking The Books" podcast just dropped, so give it a listen! We're talking the Godfather of Goth literature and my own literary boyfriend, Edgar Allan Poe, his unique and fever-dream style of writing, the Spanish Inquisition, and trying out a tasty Spanish-inspired pork dish in an Amontillado-cream sauce, so check … Continue reading Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 13 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking The Books" just dropped! Lucky #13 and we're taking on the King of horror literature himself, talking about the book that is arguably his masterpiece and the equally iconic film version, and making some good comfort food that will get you through the winter at a haunted hotel, … Continue reading Episode 13 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 12 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking The Books" just dropped and it's a good one! We're talking South American politics, poetry, and the joys of the humble and sensual tomato, so check it out at: https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/Pablo-Nerudas-Ode-to-Tomatoes-and-the-Sensual-Pleasures-of-Tuna-Stuffed-Tomatoes-eockfo https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/Pablo-Nerudas-Ode-to-Tomatoes-and-the-Sensual-Pleasures-of-Tuna-Stuffed-Tomatoes-eockfo

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I will probably get a barrage of hate mail when I say this, but I kinda thought Wicked by Gregory Maguire sucked. I can't really say why, other than I've never really thought of The Wizard of Oz as a fairy tale. It was, I don't know, too American somehow? For me, the trappings of … Continue reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Episode 11 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking the Books" just dropped! We're taking on one of horror literature's greatest and most classic novels of all time, discussing the nature of hauntings and the concept of home, and sharing this delectable and unusual recipe for chicken with plums, so give it a listen at: http://www.anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/The-Haunting-of-Hill-House-and-the-Spooky-Joys-of-Chicken-with-Plums-and-Radishes-em1dbo https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/The-Haunting-of-Hill-House-and-the-Spooky-Joy-of-Chicken-with-Plums-and-Radishes-em1dbo

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

I'm as guilty as the next person of judging. I judge wine by the label on the bottle, musical artists by genre, and of course, books by their covers. In this case, can you blame me? The cover for Mexican Gothic is stunningly beautiful and hits me on all my levels: aesthetic, moody, mysterious, and … Continue reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

Episode 8 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Check out the latest episode of my podcast "Cooking the Books" and join me as we talk about vampires in 1990s Charleston, how one Southern belle wife and mom takes on this blood-sucking fiend, and make some delicious Southern party food, at: https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/The-Southern-Book-Clubs-Guide-to-Slaying-Vampires-and-the-Bloody-Thrill-of-Cheese-Straws-ei0quq

The Heartbreaker by Susan Howatch

You wouldn't normally think that the Church of England would make for scintillating reading, but you'd be sooooooo wrong if you start reading the "Church of England" series written by British author Susan Howatch. I stumbled across one of them going on 15 years ago now, and was hooked. The series is broken up into … Continue reading The Heartbreaker by Susan Howatch