The heated months are over.
I gave myself goosebumps to feel the lake water one last time a handful of days ago. So long to drawn out afternoons that surprise us with a sunrise every time, glasses that never seem to be empty and eyes that sting happy from salty water. Let's dig for the silver lining and wrap ourselves up in the next months of wonder. The cruel, cruel, Summer has barely waved goodbye but we're easing into the Autumn season with warmth and inspiration. Here's a bit of direction for the coming months on everything from what to eat and drink to what to do with your breezy afternoon and what to listen to before bed. Featuring some of our favorite bloggers & recipes.
- Golden Chai / make Budget Bytes' recipe
- Blood Orange Mulled Wine / make Lau Sunday Cooks' recipe
- Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer / make Salt & Wind's recipe
- Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate / make Love & Lemon's recipe
- Rum and Ginger Beer Floats / make Salt & Wind's recipe
- The Boldest Bone Broth / make Laurel Street Kitchen's recipe
- Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy / make Minimalist Baker's recipe
- Milk Punch / make the Canal House's recipe, found on Lottie + Doof
- Apple Slab Pie / make Smitten Kitchen's recipe
- Curried Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes / make Son of a Southern Chef's recipe
- Moroccan Detox Soup / make Little Spice Jar's recipe
- Goat Cheese Black Pepper Popovers / make Seasons & Suppers' recipe
- Miso Rosemary Beans on Toast / make Tending the Table's recipe
- Vaal Nu Shaak / make Belly Over Mind's recipe
- Baked Brie with Wine-Soaked Blackberries / make Lemon Tree Dwelling's recipe
- Sumo Wrestlers' Stew / make What to Cook Today's recipe
- Applesauce Cake / make Belly over Mind's recipe
- Gnocchi with Squash & Sage Brown butter / make Cloudy Kitchen's recipe
- Pistachio Orange Blossom Banana Bread / make Cardamom and Tea's recipe
- Caraway Mac & Cheese / make Cardamom and Tea's recipe
- Grilled Cheese with Charred Scallions / make Not Without Salt's recipe
- Braised Pork Belly Kimchi Stew / make I am a Food Blog's recipe
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast / make the Cooking Jar's recipe
- Espresso Honey S'mores / make Cloudy Kitchen's recipe
- Stewy White Beans / make Alexandra Cook's recipe
- Spend a day in a bookstore
- Learn how to crochet
- Rent a cabin in the woods
- Take a train
- Make a bonfire
- Bake everything
- Buy yourself flowers
- Pretend you're 12 and go to an arcade
- Don't set your alarm
- Write a stream of consciousness for 15 minutes
- Drive to the middle of nowhere
- Have a picnic
- Replace all water with apple cider
A great classic. I reread this for maybe the 3rd time in early June and it brought something different to me than in the past. That's one of my favorite things about rereading one of your favorite books years later. Depending on whats going on in your head at that time, you might reflect upon it differently and be left with a new perspective on the story. This beautiful narration of love, fear, growth and discovery will open your eyes to the steps you'll take in your life when you wake up tomorrow.
I hope you've already read this, and if so, all the better. Reread it! Junot Diaz is one of my all time favorite writers. His voice is so strong that I forget where I am. This story is rawly romantic and makes you think about how all of your relationships brought you to where you are today with a new wave of optimism and respect for your past, the good and bad.
Another one of my all time favorite writers. Another powerful strong voice that brings his own personality into every line. Considering my heavy admiration for Alexie, I was not surprised to fall so hard into his memoir. The complicated relationship between mother and child can fill anyone with a powerful perception.
I picked up this book after hearing Zadie compared to some of the greatest writers of our time, but quickly saw her originality spewing from each page. This was the first book I read of hers, but it will certainly not be my last. White Teeth explores one of my favorite dynamics in one of my favorite eras, two unlikely friends in London mid 70's. The story centers around two wartime friends and the very different lives and families they have. Smith examines race, history, and culture amongst a backdrop of humor and intimacy. A must, must, must read.
You'll probably read this in one sitting. Robbins' has so much fun with his writing, sometimes he might lose you but you'll find your way back. People often call him a mad genius, and I think you either hate him or love him. I'm the latter. This story of a wacky group of gypsy-types who come across the mummified body of Jesus Christ at their roadside hot dog stand and zoo is just as bizarre as you'd imagine. Read it with an open mind!
Here's a new one that just came out in September. I'm actually still in the midst of reading this, but I'm feeling pretty confident thus far. Set in an eerie utopian small neighborhood in Cleveland, an artistic, mysterious single mother moves into town to throw everyone off their perfect lifestyle. Secrets start emerging and everyone seems to be enthralled by Mia and her daughter Pearl's easy going charisma. This is definitely a good reading choice to keep you occupied for an entire chilly afternoon.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks Jose Saramago is one of the greatest writers the world has seen, considering he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in ‘98 because “with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality”. This collection of short stories Saramago wrote in his earlier years as a writer reminds us of this. If you're new to his writing this is a great place to start, and a wonderful book to just keep in your backpack and revist. Jose's satirical imagination is unlike any other. Each of his stories is an evil, surreal take on life under dictatorship.
You've probably noticed by now that I'm a huge advocate of short story collections. Yes, short stories are my preferred narrative to write, but not always to read. I'm just as happy to sink into my couch and read a novel for hours, but I'm often moved more by short stories and I admire the way collections string together and often revolve around one consistent theme or idea. They're also perfect for when you're busy and only have a short amount of time to pick up a book. That aside, this collection of McBride's work is humorous, quirky, and genuine. I love his great attention to detail. His characters are always so unique and self-aware. The stories in Five-Carat Soul connect strangers starting with a treasured railroad box car set.
I picked up this book around this time last year at a random little bookstore on route one. I hadn't heard of Shange before but I flipped open a random page and sat down in a corner for 30 minutes or so flipping through with chills at the fearless writing. First published in 1975, The New Yorker reviewed, "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had". It reads as a performance, a theatrical piece. Truly beguiling with power.
I think I picked this book up the same day at the same dusty bookstore, which means I read half of it on the floor right next to the book shelf I tore it out from. I always get sucked right into diary-form written work. I feel so intertwined in the protagonist's life almost immediately, and this being a memoir I felt even more attached. This is a seemingly simple story of a woman's first year in graduate school studying dance and creative writing in Washington during the late 80's. She speaks softly of everything a woman in her early 20's has felt. I found myself relating to her varieties of creative expression and wanted to sit down next to her and have a coffee. Pick this book up for your next train ride.
This one comes out November 7, and I am ecstatic. I loved Warga's first novel, My Heart and Other Black Holes, so I plan on falling in love with this one too. Here We Are Now seems to be the music lovers next favorite book. From all of the praise it has already gotten, it's 2017's most anticipated novel in my mind. Counting down the days.
I'm only going to put one cookbook on here because otherwise I would trail off and talk about cookbooks for weeks. So, this is the one I'm choosing! Short Stack Editions is incredible. They publish small-format cookbooks by different authors all over the country. Each cookbook is a single-subject booklet filled with tons of recipes revolving around said ingredient. I was so excited that they put together their own cookbook so I could have them all at my fingertips (I still advise buying the booklets as they cookbook only pulls a couple recipes from each, also they're designed beautifully and look great on your shelf). In their full size cookbook, each chapter looks upon one of 18 of their favorite ingredients.