Monthly Archives: November 2016



Alton Brown
Everyday Cook: This Time It’s Personal
Alton Brown is willing to give his adoring public a peek at how he cooks and eats at home. If you are fan, this is the cookbook for you. Not only is he considered private and southern (an interesting combination), he’s also considered by some a genius. He presents readers with a hundred recipes and photos from his compound. Myself, I’m interested in his recipe for Breakfast Carbonara and following him on Twitter. My guess is the book will also have a handy serving of scientific cooking information.


Marcus Samuelsson
The Red Rooster Cookbook
Samuelsson fed the Obamas braised short ribs when they ate at his Harlem restaurant, The Red Rooster. I don’t know if Obama’s Short ribs (I believe this is what they are called on the meny) were as tasty and tender as Paulette’s Short Ribs but Samuelsson served them with lobster salad and corn bread. Seems an odd combination. The corn bread I can manage but the lobster salad probably not. Wait, this blurb is about the cookbook. Other than a fantastic cover, what does it have to offer? According to Amazon there are southern comfort foods and multicultural recipes. The biggest draw may well be essays and photos to give readers the flavor of his restaurant. Probably, fun to read, too!


Ina Garten
Cooking for Jeffrey
This woman is a Food Network favorite and her cooking show Barefoot Contessa is in its 24th season. Her husband Jeffrey is her biggest supporter and has been for nearly 50 years. Her latest cookbook is aptly named. She shares traditional recipes for food the two enjoy eating at home together. Her food is always interesting, doable and delicious. Recipes for Tsimmes, fried oysters, French 75’s and the section on her pantry caught my eye. This one is very tempting. I want to buy it.



Established science and recent research suggest these likely benefits.

1. Boosts vocabulary
2. Sharpens reason
3. Expands intellectual horizons
4. Improves Emotional IQ
5. Betters the ability to understand different situations
6. Increases empathy
7. Inproves your mental health

So what about you? Are there books you read in the last few years, or anytime, that you felt brought new understandings about your life? What titles are you very glad you read? Which ones opened new pathways in your thinking?

I have been deep in a series lately, two in fact. It is years since I read a series of books with some connectedness between settings and characters. I had quite forgotten the deep enjoyment, the calm of having the next book available. Six books and I’m not tired of it yet. And it happened at an opportune time: disruption of home and health.

Do share. Readers out in blogland want to know about therapeutic reading. Maybe you are not yet convinced of the curative powers of reading. What about downright comfort?

Why do you read and what do you see as benefits? Let us hear what you have to say.

Source for the above list: Time Magazine, Nov. 7 issue, “Read a Novel: it’s just what the doctor ordered” Sarah Begley.