Favorites List (1.04.14) Recipe

The first favorites list of the new year.

Favorites List (1.04.14)

The first favorites list of the new year - I bought a stack of books mentioned in the New York Times Notable list, and look forward to working my way through them in the coming months. Let me know if there is anything you read over the holidays I should add. In fact, let me know if you have any favorites of your own that you think I'd like. It's great when you all give me book, and magazine, travel, recipe, and link ideas. I find myself discovering little pockets and places on the internet I had no idea existed, so thanks in advance. I have a particularly brilliant recipe, from a friend, to post a bit later in the week - just need a bit more time to process the photos. To my east coast friends, stay bundled. Thinking of you all! xo -h

- Watching: Top of the Lake (Jane Campion)

- Reading: this and this, cooking from this.

- Learning to draw: Love these - bought two of his books for my nephew this Christmas.

- 100 Notable Books

- For the new year: Kimchi Ramen, Green Curry Broth, Millet Porridge with Lemon Curd and Sunflower Seeds, Coconut Red Lentil Soup, Posole in Broth, Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl, Mustard Roasted Broccoli Pate with Leeks and Lemon, Fresh Tofu (part one & part two)

- Hand Painted Signs.

- Very Small Hotels (for ex: Uttaranchal, Pioneertown, Castro Marim)

- Found myself thinking of this article time and again last year.

HS: Lead photo: Colorful lunch in Marrakech, Morocco.

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For a book, have you considered "Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed?


I love getting a good stack of books ready for the year too. Also, I tried the Kimchi Ramen from Happy Yolk just last night and it was AMAZING. The poached egg is just perfect.


Best this year: "Come Barbarians" by Todd Babiak. It's a literary thriller that takes place in France. Excellent read! By the way, I gave two of your cookbooks to friends this holiday. Love your blog :)


I loved top of the lake, I wish there were more episodes. Currently checking out the Fall which is good so far. BBC makes the best shows

Casey @ Salted Plates

Top of the Lake was so freakin good! I hadn't even really heard of it until I just came across it on Netflix and then I binge watched it so hard. Great picks!

Jennifer S

I LOVED "Top of the Lake". Everything about it is just so, so good. Glad you enjoyed it. I saw Campion mentioned "Deadwood" in the article you linked to. Have you seen that? If not, I HIGHLY recommend it. The writing is very dense, but as soon as you get past the initial shock, you'll love it. And the density makes repeated viewings even better!


I have always loved your classic, effortless style Heidi. Whether it's your recipes, fashion, or the books and ideas you post in these lists, I think it's this authentic and unique style that wins us all over. The coconut red lentil soup you listed is a favorite of mine too! And re book suggestions, if you have not already read it you may enjoy Elizabeth David's "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine".

Katie @ Whole Nourishment

Thanks for the reading list from the NYT. Happy New Year.


Food - Laurie Colwin for a great read and terrific recipes (esp spinach w/jalapeno!) "Home Cooking" & 1 follow-up. Fiction - A. Munro's "Runaway"; J. Phillips's "Lark & Termite"; mystery- the outstanding Louise Penny (must read in order); Great 'thinking' reads - "Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation", Alan Watts (audio). Vacation Plus - Esalen. You'd love the gardens & food. Their book doesn't reflect it. Always enjoy your recipes & lists...


I loved* Ed Emberly's learn-to-draw books when I was little! Had totally forgotten about those.


Thank you for 'Live with Less from Zero Waste Home' article! I also agree with the thesis, but it is so difficult to achieve it... Good to hear I am not alone in trying! All the best form Poland!


Your favorite lists are my favorite! Thank you for posting the 10 ways to live with less. One thing that I have been feeling overwhelmed by is my blog feed, so I started over and now just have my 15 favorites to keep up with, which 101cookbooks is included in. Also I recently just finished "Where are you Bernadette" and really enjoyed it. Happy New Year! -Haley


I recommend THE LUMINARIES. By Eleanor Catton. excellent

Sara Graham

I'll go for the reading tips.

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

Thanks for the book recommendations - I am always on the search for something new to read! Happy New Year!


I think you might enjoy the Anne Willan memoir "One Souffle at a Time." I could not put it down!


Hi Heidi, I just have to say I have finally been able to start a blog. This is almost singly due to the joy I get out of reading yours! I am SO new to it that I feel like an idiot, so if you have ANY advice for a novice blogger, please share. I frankly change the title every other day and hope at some point I'll settle into something! If you care to have a laugh, it's called sliceofquince.com. I know you will take note of it with a gentle eye. Right now it is totally random, but if it even slightly resembles yours, that will be enough for me.

Barbara Bennett-Calkins

Happy New Year, indeed! I read "Tiny Beautiful Things" on Sara Forte's recommendation over the holidays and just loved it. You can always read a few of the online Dear Sugar columns first to see if you like it. But the book is very worth it. It's nice to step away from the computer and read. I'm also reading the new Gilbert book, "The Signature of All Things" and also enjoying that. 19th century botany! Gardening! Exciting. And if you haven't read it, I always recommend Anna Karenina. It's a project, to be sure, but my -- what a read!


That is a lovely table setting - great colors.


Happy New Year, Heidi! I feel the same way about your lists - they always introduce me to recipes that I want to cook and books that I want to read. If you haven't already read it, Adam Gopnik's "The Table Comes First" is a must. His writing is dreamy, his research is solid, and his storytelling is flawless. Other books that I recently enjoyed include "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander and the quirky and charming illustrated storybook "Peanutborough Cucumberland" which I picked up in Seoul.


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