138: Voracious

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti

Part memoir, part blog posts, part cook book, wholly delightful. I’m not sure how this got on my hold list, and I almost DNF’d it at the 40% mark, but when I’ve made it that far in a book that’s only a 3 hour read, I feel committed.

I saved a few recipes, learned was ‘leaf lard’ is, and a new way to start pastry for biscuits and pie crusts. So all in all, a pretty successful read.

Cara gives a recipe for many of her favorite (or most influential) reads. They’re delightful, but not as intriguing as I thought it would be. All in all a fun read.


76: Delicious!

Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

I don’t know what made me look up Ruth’s books on Libby the other day, but I did and noticed that she had a work of fiction I’d never read (or even heard of). I downloaded it and immediately texted my sister-in-law asking if she wanted to buddy read it with me. She said yes, then started it before I managed to.

It’s delightfully delicious. I know you shouldn’t use a word to define itself, but the adjective defines this book by the same title. Billie (also Willie in the book) goes to NYC to find herself. And find herself she does. I laughed, I teared up, I gasped out loud, I helped solve a mystery, I got hungry, I longed to travel, and much more.

If I made a top ten list of books I’ve read in a year, this would make the 2020 list. Go get it, you won’t be disappointed (unless of course you hate good food, then this book isn’t for you)!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meal Delivery Food Services: Hungryroot

I saw Hungryroot on Instagram and thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did, but one box was enough. The foot was ‘super healthy’ but not really all that good. I learned what Kolrabi noodles were and cooked them, but didn’t like them.

This is what came in my box – the medium sized one!

The black bean brownie batter was a DELIGHT! Also the Spinach Garlic Sausage and the Hot Salmon were both delicious too. Plantain Linguini is alright … a little chewy. I’ve had cauliflower rice a hundred times, so that wasn’t anything new. And those flatbread things were okay – but Sprouted Wheat isn’t on my “must eat list.”

This was my first meal:

Also my first time cooking butternut squash noodles (above), but the sauce they recommended with them wasn’t all that good. It was a chickpea pesto.

The best thing was this:

Why has no one else packaged almond butter in a squeeze bag? I mean, it makes it so much easier to mix (note all of those marks in the package) and squeeze!!

In the end, I only ate the sauces for one serving and ended up throwing some things away because they just were not for me.