If I could go back in time, I would choose to live my life in Venice as a courtesan or as a Papal chef. Both of those professions seem to very romantic, though the reality is more difficult and disgusting than many fictional stories might indicate. Venice itself is an incredibly romantic, beautiful, decadent and … Continue reading Carnevale by Michelle Lovric
Fear Feasts Podcast Now Live!
My latest podcast, a collaboration called Fear Feasts with the wonderful Allie Pino, is an exploration of the connections between food and horror. We analyze the horror genre - specifically films and movies - through the lens of food, talking about themes of nourishment, obsession, terror, motherhood, eating, kitchens, jump scares, ghosts, final girls, haunted … Continue reading Fear Feasts Podcast Now Live!
Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham
Go camping, they said. It'll be fun, they said. Uh, no, it wasn't. I had to sleep in the crappy orange tent under the leaky section on the side closest to where the trash bags were, and yes, yes, that WAS a bear that wandered into our camp site that night to forage in the … Continue reading Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham
The City of Mist by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
If you haven't read any of the books of Carlos Ruíz Zafón, you're surely missing out on one of the true literary pleasures of this universe. A modern-day Cervantes, Ruíz Zafón spun stories about labyrinths, mysterious figures in black, magical pens, death and destruction and war, the beauty of love, the pain of romance, the … Continue reading The City of Mist by Carlos Ruíz Zafón
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
"The Anjou Wine" is the first chapter in this rollicking adventure tale reminiscent of Alexandre Dumas, the famous French author of The Three Musketeers saga, and plays a starring role in this week's recipe, too. The Club Dumas, in short, is the tale of Lucas Corso, an antique book dealer who is sent in search … Continue reading The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher
Being the former Goth girl that I am, I retain my love for all things dark, macabre, creepy, ghostly, horrific, and occasionally gruesome, which explains why I love this book so much. What Moves The Dead is a fantastic re-imagining of Edgar Allan Poe's story The Fall of the House of Usher, which is like … Continue reading What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
The revolutionary era of Mexico seems to be a popular literary backdrop these days, which I appreciate because it shines a light on an era that I personally know little about. Growing up in New Mexico, the connection with Mexico was of course a significant part of our culture, and I have a vivid memory … Continue reading The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
My Aim is True (Medium Raw) by Anthony Bourdain
The essay My Aim is True has to be one of my all-time favorites by the late, great Anthony Bourdain, who I affectionately have always referred to as my future ex-husband. I loved him in life and I love him in death. This essay, part of his collection of essays in the book Medium Raw, … Continue reading My Aim is True (Medium Raw) by Anthony Bourdain
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
So yes, this is totally a chick-lit book. I admit it. I also admit that I rather enjoyed it. So go ahead and judge me, all you literary snobs. Oh wait, I'm the literary snob! I forgot! Anyway, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is totally a rip-off of Alice Hoffman's wonderful book Practical Magic, … Continue reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Episode 7, Season 2 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!
The latest episode of the Cooking The Books podcast just dropped! We're taking on the big, bad granddad of monsters, Count Dracula himself, my favorite guest Allie Pino returns to discuss Gothic literature and food, and we give Keanu Reeves some much-needed respect for his role as Jonathan Harker in the film adaptation of Dracula, … Continue reading Episode 7, Season 2 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!