It’s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. Ubiquitous in the world’s most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss. Here, it finally gets its due.
After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself.
From its humble agrarian origins to its present-day artisanal glory, butter has a fascinating story to tell, and Khosrova is the perfect person to tell it. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of Ireland, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, and even spirituality and art. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, including beurre manié, croissants, pâte brisée, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, as well as practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home--or shopping for the best.
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I’m writing a new trilogy of books in the Peculiar Children series, and the first one, A Map of Days, is set in America, illustrated with color found photography, and comes out next week. Ask me anything!
I finished! Yay! Due to a general life slump, I got out of the habit of reading. I have enjoyed getting back into a routine and got to read some incredible books along the way.
Here are the books that I read and the days that I finished:
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green, February 22
The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman, March 6
Americanah, Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie, April 19
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado, May 1
The Power, Naomi Alderman, May 19
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, July 10
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, some time in August
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri, September 3
The Child Finder, Rene Denfeld, September 4
Sourdough, Robin Sloan, September 7
The Vegetarian, Han Kang, September 17
Baby Teeth, Zoje Stage, September 22
Americanah: This was captivating! Achidie’s sharp observations were really great to read. It took me a good amount of time but it was so enjoyable and worth it. This was probably my favorite in the list!
Unaccustomed Earth: Simply beautiful. This book was such a treat. Lahiri’s ability to write with such depth and insight about people and their relationships made this really stand out.
Low: The Child Finder. Ugh. I live in a small town. I had trouble relating to the commentary on small towns and their dynamics. Simply put, this book seemed a bit shallow and was my least favorite.
Not a low but a CREEPY: Dark Places & Baby Teeth. I could only read these during the day. These will probably stick with me for awhile. They were excellent and it helped having some thrillers on the list.
What’s next? Keep reading!! Who knows, maybe I’ll get to 18 or 20 by the end of the year.
Did you set out on a reading goal this year? How is it going? Where are you at? What has stood out to you so far?
Edit: I am overwhelmed! This community is a HUGE motivator for picking up reading again and staying interested. Thank you for all of your insights and well wishes. I’m reading all of them and will try my best to respond. Let’s keep reading!!
Edit 2: The dates! Hopefully this will clear up any confusion.
I've been working a job that has provided a surplus of down time that has allowed me to read all the books I had been meaning to read, and reinvigorated my love for reading. Below are some recommendations for anyone who might share a similar taste in literature.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I've written about this one on this sub before. Here Hesse attempts to write a novel that is about life as a whole in the form of a 150 page book with deceptively simple prose. Siddhartha is a book that is brimming with wisdom, and it provides an introduction to Eastern philosophy through the perspective of a Western oriented mind. This is the book I gift more than any other.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This is one of Reddit's favorites as evidenced by the daily posts discussing it, however this is not without reason. East of Eden is the product of a man summoning every ounce of talent that he, and channeling it into a literary work of art. The main theme of this book is the most ancient of all: the struggle between good and evil. One of the few books I consider a masterpiece.
The Count of the Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. This book is an absolute tank. The story of the Count rivals any epic in terms of it's scale. Although it is widely recognized as the quintessential revenge story, I was absolutely enthralled with the characters and Dumas' ability to render a world that feels so masterfully crafted despite taking place mostly in France.
Honorable Mention: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: A book I would wholeheartedly suggest to anyone with an interest in greek mythology. Miller possesses an enormous talent for characterization, and specifically making you feel exactly what she intends you to feel as a reader. It's a skill I haven't quite worked out in my head, but it's one that propelled me through this book at speeds only matched by Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: I met Jordan Peterson a few months back and he initiated a conversation with me, because at the time I was reading Meditations. He suggested that I read this book, and it was the best recommendation I ever received. Man's Search for Meaning is half an autobiography of Frankl's experience at a Nazi concentration camp, and half self-help book in which he details how he's found meaning and suffering and developed a philosophy to deal with life. It is probably the most important book I've ever read, and has helped me sort through some things I was struggling with mentally. I cannot heap enough praise on this book.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens is a 400+ page summary of the entirety of human history. As someone with an interest in anthropology and ancient civilizations I tore through this book. While it may not be for everyone, and I do believe that Harari is too opinionated at points, it's a fascinating read that's full of valuable information.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X: Malcolm X is a very polarizing figure within the scope of the Black and White community. His philosophies need to be examined very carefully to dissect what is the Truth and what is the consequence of his Elijah Muhammad's influence none of which I'll get into here. What I will say is that I admire Malcolm for his attitude of servitude, and his innate empathy for his own people. Malcolm was a true leader who did not seek to exploit the Black man in order to line his own pockets.
Honorable Mention: The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant: I've included this because I have a deep love philosophy, and it's a subject whose importance has been a bit devalued since the Scientific Revolution. This book is a fantastic introduction for those who seek to understand the progression of philosophy and the effects it's had on Western culture (the book does not include any eastern thinkers unfortunately). It has it's gaps, and it is dense at times, but it is a noble effort from someone who knows really knows his shit.
I loved it! By far the best robot book I've read so far. I, Robot was good, and The Caves of Steel was even better, but The Naked Sun really topped it. Solaria is such an interesting place.
I've already read all seven Foundation books so it was interesting to see Solaria again after Trevize visited it tens of thousands of years later in Foundation and Earth.
Up next will be Robots of Dawn! Asimov is such an amazing writer.
For some context I took a philosophy and ethics course last year and the writer that really caught my attention was Camus. I read the Myth of Sisyphus and after that I just had to read more. Before this point I never read since I wasn't motivated enough to find the time.
I have now read The Plague The Fall and The Stranger (the stranger being my favorite) and they have all really helped my depression. I used to be much more judgmental of people and had a resentment towards the world since I never really felt like I belonged. I possessed a strong cynicism towards everything, where I misconstrued nice actions for someone trying to take advantage of me and I was in this delusion everyone was out to get me.
After reading it I've realized there is no right or wrong in this world, the world just is. It's much easier to live with mistakes and not be overbearing on myself since nothing really matters and that's the beauty of it. I've found reasons to live life and feel happy doing so.
Even though some of the eloquence got lost in translation, it's just amazing and nothing calms me down more than reading his works.
Does anybody else experience this kind of feeling when you really want to be like a certain character of a book , movie or series ? I have this a lot and I’m afraid it’s a self esteem problem ... In General i have different styles but as soon as I read a book With an interesting character I want to completely change everything in my life to make it comparable to theirs.
I'm about halfway through Dostoevksy's Crime and Punishment. This is my first experience with classic Russian lit. Honestly, still not sure if I'm loving this book. There is some solid psychological depth to it (albeit nothing mind-blowing) but so much of it seems like melodramatic filler that I don't really feel like is adding much to the experience. For every clever insight into morality and crime, there is pages of Razumihin being a weirdo or random Russian dudes with multiple names talking about how strange Raskolnikov is.
It's not bad by any means, and maybe I'm just not "getting it", but these digressions don't really add much. There are stretches where the book is really compelling...and parts where it's really dull and tedious. I'll probably finish it but the inconsistency is a little weird.
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A few months back, I was at a Simon & Garfunkel tribute band (2 brothers called Scarborough Fair) and before they played I Am A Rock (a song I’d never given much thought to), the brother who sang Paul’s parts mentioned the lyrics:
I have my books And my poetry to protect me
My girlfriend whispered in my ear, “That’s you.” And then when they sang those lyrics, it hit me so profoundly, I had to fight back the tears.
*I have my books And my poetry to protect me I am shielded in my armor Hiding in my room, safe within my womb I touch no one and no one touches me I am a rock I am an island
And a rock feels no pain And an island never cries*
So, does that sound like anyone you might know? ;)
All my life, I've lived by the reading rule, "Don't start another book on the same day of finishing another." The idea was that it would let me settle into the book, and dwell on it. This worked well for 32 years. And then I found out about Libby. My library limits the checkouts to two weeks, and as I live in a large metro area, there's often holds on the ebook, and I can't renew. This has forced me to break my long-held reading rule.
Since then, my reading appetite has been voracious. It's like I'm in high school again, and I find myself reading two or three books at a time. I haven't decided how I feel about it yet, but I certainly enjoy devouring books left and right.
Do you have any personal reading rules? Why are they in place?
Currently trying to read one Hundred Years of Solitude for the 3rd time and I’m feeling again like I can’t get through it. I hate the lack of paragraphs and the jumps between characters/stories and the page-long sentences.
Why does everyone love this book??? Makes me feel like I’m missing out on something, but I find it soooo boring and hard to follow. I feel similarly about the LOTR series.
What beloved book do you hate?
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|Monday||September 24||What Books Did You Start or Finish Reading This Week?|
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|Tuesday||September 25||Simple Questions|
|Tuesday||September 25||TBA||AMA: Author Leni Zumas|
|Wednesday||September 26||Literature of Yemen|
|Wednesday||September 26||3pm||AMA: Author Peter Tieryas|
|Thursday||September 27||Banned Books Week|
|Thursday||September 27||3pm||AMA: Author Michael David Lukas|
|Friday||September 28||Weekly Recommendation Thread|
|Friday||September 28||TBA||AMA: Author Elaine Khosrova|
|Saturday||September 29||Simple Questions|
|Sunday||September 30||Weekly FAQ Thread : How do I stay focused and remember more of what I'm reading?|
|Sunday||September 30||4pm||AMA: Author Aden Polydoros|
I am in a bit of a reading slump and I am having a hard time getting out of it. I normally average a book a week but my last book took me over a month to read, even though I loved it. Lately, I have been having to force myself to read. Reading is my favorite thing to do besides listening to music but I hate that it has been more of a chore of late. I am wondering if it's stress of life that is getting to me. What does everyone else do to get out of reading slumps? I hate not reading but I don't want to force myself.
I will start with an explanation and end with my question....I am an avid reader and over the past few years have read many books. As to be expected, my experience with each book was different and varied. I have read some books that were OK, others that I struggled through, and others that were great. However, there are two that stand in a category all their own as far as my experience is concerned. The two books are House of Leaves and Infinite Jest.
The reason for this post is because during my readings of each, I had thought they were very good books. BUT after finishing the books and reflecting on each and remembering specific scenes, each book seemed to grow in stature, at least in my mind. Each seemed to jump from just being very good books, to being great books and potentially my favorite of all time. My mind yearned for more information and opinions on each book and the more I read about them, the more they stood out as my favorite books ever (they are now legendary in my opinion).
Perhaps some of it has to do with the depth of each, but has anyone else experienced this? With what books and why?
My god this book is beautifully written and for the first time I'm going back and forth between the actual book (Kindle) and the audible version because I want to finish it as soon as possible. And let me tell you Jeremy Irons could read me the dictionary and I'd be hooked. Now back to the book, it feels and read like a poem. It's so elegant and just.. amazingly well written. By far, in my personal opinion this is one of the most written books I've ever read and when it comes to audible it has to be one of the best reads ever!
But as most of you know the subject of this book is well, rather disturbing. And half way through the book I'm starting to feel like the charm of how beautifully written the book is. Same with Jeremy Irons voice work. I'm getting to the point where I can't justify listening to the subject matter anymore.
Having said all this, I do plan on finishing this book but honestly I don't feel so good about it. I almost feel ashamed of reading it. Not sure if I could ever recommend this book.
Having said all this is there a book you can recommend that is as beautifully written as Lolita or read as well on Audible?
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On the third book, about 70% of the way through.
I now have to put the book down and take a break when he uses a sentence with the word breasts in it. EVERYTIME he's used it, it seems SO unnecessary. Examples :
- She folded her arms beneath her breasts
- thing between her breasts (when referring to a relic on a necklace)
- necklace between her breasts
- was elaborately embroidered across her breasts
Couldn't he just use :
She folded her arms
the thing on her chest
was elaborately embroidered
Am I being unreasonable? I have nothing against breasts, but the usage here annoys the hell out of me.
When I was a kid I was an avid reader. I would read every day and from the moment I learnt how to read I had "exceptional reading ability" on every one of my report cards.
However, I have Adhd. As a kid that manifested in climbing trees for the good reading spots and losing the rest of the world. Reading made me look like I inattentive type Adhd because books were able to keep the hyper parts of my brain happy.
Now I am 31, a mum and after a horrible marriage/divorce I find it difficult to concentrate and make the choice to read. I am trying to get back into by reading books that are my favourites but I am not feeling as drawn to books as I used to. Also, I cannot read when my medication wears off (When I have the free time to read) So with adult life, mental restlessness I have found my old number one hobby very difficult to get back into and I really want to. A tried a few years ago and ended up reading on weekends and would finish a book in a day or two. But then my circumstances changed and I am finding it hard to find a day when I can just read. When I stop/start books it can take me weeks to finish them and I hate it.
I am currently re-reading (after twenty years) "Jurassic Park" because I figured with my signing up to study Palaeontology next year and I figured it would help me because Dinosaurs (and the film) are one of my most favourite things in the world, but I haven't read a page again since last week.
So are there any other people with Adhd with tips?
I cannot afford Audible more than the "Free month/free book" sign up offer so Audio books are not really an option.
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Last night my boyfriend was feeling ill and we had my niece over so we couldn't hang out in our living room because walls are thin so we went and laid in bed. I wanted to read the goosebumps book I picked up from the library for the nostalgia. I jokingly asked my boyfriend if he wanted me to read it to him and he said sure. I read him the first chapter with his head on my chest and it was fantastic. My dyslexia hardly effected me and we laughed and enjoyed different bits. When I finished reading he asked if we can read a chapter a night. It was wonderful.
There's a quote in The Club Dumas:
"There are characters in literature who have a life of their own, familiar to millions of people who haven’t even read the books in which they appear. In English literature there are three: Sherlock Holmes, Romeo, and Robinson Crusoe. In Spanish, two: Don Quixote and Don Juan. And in French literature there is one: d’Artagnan."
I would argue that Harry Potter has pushed his way into that company.
While I think discussing the list would be interesting I'm more interested to know if there are some modern fictional characters from languages other than English that have a life of their own. Readers and speakers of other languages do you have any characters to add to the list? Also preferably not children's book characters and this will be controversial but I believe that rules out Le Petit Prince.
I have an 8 week old daughter and the library I LOVE LOVE LOVE is 40 minutes away in another town. So, it's midnight here I'm doing my process:
1.Research books from book list and read their description(any recommendation of good books lists?
Search the book in the library catalouge to make sure they have it
Read reviews on Goodreads to make sure I'm not wasting precious time
If I decide I like it, make a memo on my phone with the title, author and my rank of interest in it
Y'all, when you're a book lover, mom, full time worker and volunteer firefighter, you do what you have to do to make the most out of your time lol thought this was funny and wanted to share
I call myself a bookworm for the sheer amount of books I read, but you know I had never read a Stephen King book. Horrors books weren't really a genre I had enjoyed in the past. I find when I say I'm a book lover people always expect you to have read and enjoyed certain authors, which to be honest I don't agree with. What you read and what authors you enjoy do not justify if you're a book lover or not (for example I really don't enjoy Shakespeare and Dickens) but I would get the "OMG you have never read Stephen King, but I thought you liked books?". Anyway I am travelling Australia solo with my trusty kindle which a friend filled with 1000 books for me (with the joke it should last a year, I read abnormally fast). On the kindle is the full collection of Stephen King's so I decided to at least give them a go. I read The Shining to begin with last week and could not put it down. I have never watched the film's (I'm not much of a film watcher) so it was all new to me. I could actually FEEL poor Danny Torrance's panic and fear and imagine those damn hedge animals. Now I have read The Running Man and this morning started Misery. So guys which do you think the best ones are? Also I think someone once told me some characters reoccur in other novels, does this mean some should be read in certain order?
Also any other authors you never tried and then were surprised when you did by how much you enjoyed them? I'm open to suggestions because I seem to have most books on this kindle 😂
I finished grad school last month and I was more excited about getting back into reading for pleasure than having my degree. 2 years of full time work and part time school while buying a house and getting married was enough that I decided to put off reading for pleasure until I had a week off school for holiday breaks. And I just finished the first book on my list! I haven't seen much on here about Kate Morton, but if you enjoy a good mystery I can't recommend The Lake House enough! I've been following this subreddit while counting down the years, then months, then days, and I'm so excited to be back!!
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Peter Tieryas Author of MECHA SAMURAI EMPIRE
Michael David Lukas Author of The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel
Elaine Khosrova Author of Butter: A Rich History - Time TBA
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Terry Brooks Author of Street Freaks - Time TBA
Spencer Wise Author of The Emperor of Shoes - Time TBA
Christopher Krovatin Author of Frequency - Time TBA
Pintip Dunn Author of Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow)
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Dessa Author of My Own Devices
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