The Literary Horizon: What to Eat, Cook Food

I’ve started food writing recently. As a supertaster with a masochistic streak (wanna know what happens when you eat too many Shocktarts?), it’s a lot of fun to write about how much I hate caffeine (but love coffee) and try to recreate the experience of eating something wonderful. Of course, this interest in food is reflected in my reading list, and that’s why these titles are on my list.

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Giveaway: Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays!

Anastasia alerted me to this utterly amazing contest, and I’m quite grateful for it. Why is this contest so amazing, you might ask? Well, let’s let Chronicle Books explain:

Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!

That’s a thousand dollars worth of books in all–it’s definitely worth a shot, right? The only downside, of course, is that Chronicle Books sells Moleskines and other fabulous notebooks, but this contest is solely for books. (Moleskines are expensive but so lovely…) So I’ve been deliberating over what I’d like to haul in yesterday and this morning, and I’ve finally made a decision. Hopefully, you’ll want some of the stuff on my list!

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Review: The End of Overeating

The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler, MD

Like a lot of people, I have some mild issues with food. I’ve luckily never been out of the healthy weight range for my height, and during the last few years, I’ve really started exercising and trying to eat better. But there are a few foods that I absolutely cannot encounter, because I know bad things will happen. I will hork down meringues and Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummy Penguins like nobody’s business. I have decided to do the sensible thing and have ceased purchasing them. I’m not sure where I picked up the recommendation for The End of Overeating, but I added it to the list because I wanted to know more about how we eat and, hopefully, use it to help me make better and better choices with food.

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Booking Through Thursday: Gifts

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)?

Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?

For Christmas, I received a dairy free cookbook (I recently found out I’m lactose intolerant), Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom, a pair of old school fantasy novels, and a very lovely paperback of Graceling. While I love getting cookbooks, my dormitory’s kitchen consists of a fridge and a microwave, so I’m not going to get a lot of cooking done until I come home in May.

I do prefer to buy books myself. As a college student, I tend to keep an eye on my spending. Since I’ve got such a wonderful library at school, there’s really no reason for me not to rent a book before I buy a book. I will, however, buy books that aren’t available at a library and are hard to find–I’ve been wanting to read Marjorie Garber’s Vested Interests for ages, so I swapped for it on SwapTree, and I did buy Little Shop of Stories’ lone copy of Boneshaker. I will occasionally ask for books I know I’ll like or use, like Eat This Not That. (I was reading the latest edition in the supermarket yesterday–my God, there are children’s meals that exceed my daily caloric intake!) But overall, I enjoy adding to my library myself.