I had fun in the kitchen this past weekend when I made my first successful batch of flakey buttermilk biscuits. It was my third attempt and third recipe. The one I finally used (from Baker Bettie) resulted in tender, flakey, buttery and beautiful biscuits, and they were gone pretty fast. Baker Bettie – who is my online baking teacher – makes it so clear in her video all the things I’ve been doing wrong. Plus, she explains the scientific reasons for things like cutting the butter into the flour. I’m in baking heaven!

 

Another big win for me has been reading Percival Everett’s new book “James.”  I liked it so much that, now that Eddie is listening to it, I’m taking it in a second time. I’d heard from friends that listening to it was the way to go, and I think I might agree, even though I don’t usually listen to books. Hearing the dialogue is really an important part of this particular book. Whatever approach you take, it's a great read - a reimagining of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" told from Jim's point of view. I highly recommend it. 

 

I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions for a new book to read. I’m lucky to have a lot of interesting and well-read pals over there! I've already read several of these, but immediately started one I haven't. I think the suggestions comprise a great collection of titles. I've added some of my own recent favorites and thought it'd be nice to share the list with you!

The Women, Kristen Hannah

The Reading List, Sarah Nisha Adams

Frozen River, Ariel Lawhon

The Louise Penny series

Covenant Of Water, Abraham Verghese

Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus

How To Know a Person, David Brooks

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Bruce D. Perry

North Woods, Daniel Mason

Bee Sting, Paul Murray

Long Island, Colm Toibins

Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, Lisa See

The Wager, David Grann

The Wrong End of the Telescope, Rabih Alameddine

The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng

Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce

Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead

Crook Manifesto, Colson Whitehead

Deacon King Kong, James McBride

Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride

Yellowface, David Henry Hwang

Horse, Geraldine Brooks

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Five Star Weekend, Elin Hilderbrand

Little Fires Everywhere, Celest Ng

Our Missing Hearts, Celest Ng

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Gillian McAllis

Murder Your Employer, Robert Holmes

The Yellow Envelope, Kim Dinan

The Backyard Bird Chronicles, Amy Tan

The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

Tom Lake, Ann Patchett

These Precious Days, Ann Patchett

Wandering Stars, Tommy Orange

Wellness, Nathan Hill

Shrines of Gaiety, Kate Atkinson

Take My Hand, Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

The Searcher, Tana French

The Hunter, Tana French

Dogtripping, David Rosenfelt

The Eyes and the Impossible, Dave Eggers

The Collected Regrets of Clover, Mikki Brammer

The Berry Pickers, Amanda Peters

The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel

The Bohemians, Jasmin Darznik

Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner

Bye-Bye Bakersfield, Jan Baross

West with Giraffes, Lynda Rutledge

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Gabriel Zevin

Table For Two, Amor Towles

Leaving, Roxanne Robinson

Two Nights in Lisbon, Chris Pavone

Monsters, Claire Dederer

Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan



You’re welcome.

 

Love,

your book buying biscuit baking friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Blog

biscuits and books

5/6/2024

I had fun in the kitchen this past weekend when I made my first successful batch of flakey buttermilk biscuits. It was my third attempt and third recipe. The one I finally used (from Baker Bettie) resulted in tender, flakey, buttery and beautiful biscuits, and they were gone pretty fast. Baker Bettie – who is my online baking teacher – makes it so clear in her video all the things I’ve been doing wrong. Plus, she explains the scientific reasons for things like cutting the butter into the flour. I’m in baking heaven!

 

Another big win for me has been reading Percival Everett’s new book “James.”  I liked it so much that, now that Eddie is listening to it, I’m taking it in a second time. I’d heard from friends that listening to it was the way to go, and I think I might agree, even though I don’t usually listen to books. Hearing the dialogue is really an important part of this particular book. Whatever approach you take, it's a great read - a reimagining of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" told from Jim's point of view. I highly recommend it. 

 

I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions for a new book to read. I’m lucky to have a lot of interesting and well-read pals over there! I've already read several of these, but immediately started one I haven't. I think the suggestions comprise a great collection of titles. I've added some of my own recent favorites and thought it'd be nice to share the list with you!

The Women, Kristen Hannah

The Reading List, Sarah Nisha Adams

Frozen River, Ariel Lawhon

The Louise Penny series

Covenant Of Water, Abraham Verghese

Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus

How To Know a Person, David Brooks

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Bruce D. Perry

North Woods, Daniel Mason

Bee Sting, Paul Murray

Long Island, Colm Toibins

Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, Lisa See

The Wager, David Grann

The Wrong End of the Telescope, Rabih Alameddine

The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng

Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce

Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead

Crook Manifesto, Colson Whitehead

Deacon King Kong, James McBride

Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride

Yellowface, David Henry Hwang

Horse, Geraldine Brooks

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Five Star Weekend, Elin Hilderbrand

Little Fires Everywhere, Celest Ng

Our Missing Hearts, Celest Ng

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Gillian McAllis

Murder Your Employer, Robert Holmes

The Yellow Envelope, Kim Dinan

The Backyard Bird Chronicles, Amy Tan

The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

Tom Lake, Ann Patchett

These Precious Days, Ann Patchett

Wandering Stars, Tommy Orange

Wellness, Nathan Hill

Shrines of Gaiety, Kate Atkinson

Take My Hand, Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

The Searcher, Tana French

The Hunter, Tana French

Dogtripping, David Rosenfelt

The Eyes and the Impossible, Dave Eggers

The Collected Regrets of Clover, Mikki Brammer

The Berry Pickers, Amanda Peters

The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel

The Bohemians, Jasmin Darznik

Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner

Bye-Bye Bakersfield, Jan Baross

West with Giraffes, Lynda Rutledge

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Gabriel Zevin

Table For Two, Amor Towles

Leaving, Roxanne Robinson

Two Nights in Lisbon, Chris Pavone

Monsters, Claire Dederer

Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan



You’re welcome.

 

Love,

your book buying biscuit baking friend