Favorites List (1.31.13) Recipe

A favorites list for January 2013 - lots of stories, and saag paneer, and soda bread, and shibori.

Favorites List (1.31.13)

Let's switch things up a bit with the favorites this time around. I'm going to put a few things out there, and I'd be incredibly thrilled if you leave a suggestion or two for me. Don't feel pressured, just throw it out there if you've come across something you were particularly excited about, Something you think I might like. Sound o.k? I'm turning the final pages of the book I'm reading, so any new book suggestions would be great. Podcasts? Yes please, I go through so many when I'm doing dishes or pre-packing for QK. What else? I'm always on the lookout for good documentaries and also cookbooks published outside the U.S. (I see most of the U.S. books), or music playlists. One last thing before we get to the list - for those of you who like to get the heads up - we're aiming to open the shop with new items(!), and a restock of a number of the items that sold through quickly last time...Monday morning, Feb 4. at 8:30 a.m. PST. I posted little glimpse here. xo for now -h

- Shibori DIY

- To visit.

- Watching this | Reading this

- Todd Selby | Michael Harlan Turkell (scroll to bottom to listen) &(!) another Selby link with Nancy Singleton.

- Have to try this version: Chard Saag Paneer

- Cardoons.

- To visit!

- Flickr is still great.

- Ethereally Smooth Hummus & Tassajara's Cardamom Lemon Soda Bread

- A Day in India

- APM : Discovering Leonardo ("listen now" link, bottom left column)

- Pages and pages of What I Read.

- Continuing the ongoing discussion about marble...(more here)

- Vintage Magazine Covers from Japan

- Veg. bentos from Peko-Peko

Lead photo: This time last year, through the window of Du Pain et Des Idées in Paris - it was closed, and it was very cold, so I walked down the street and sat in the sun next to the frozen river to try to warm up a bit.

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I think you would really like the pottery from Cley in Norfolk - we were given a teapot as a wedding present and it is beautiful - and Stella's work is a new favourite.


Heidi - I know how much you love to travel, so I think you'll like Sandy Leonard's travel blog. I'm addicted to his daily posts.


I have been to Paris two weeks ago for the Edward Hopper exhibit. The city was covered in snow and extremely cold. we were staying very close to République, and exactly in front of Du Pain et Des Idées. A life-changing experience: their pain des amis is the best bread I think I have ever had, ditto for the brioche. I curiously didn't know about Edible Selby and I noticed that he mentions this bakery as well! Anyway, I have been liking everything Seth Godin has been writing and saying as of late, especially this TedTalk and an article on the Harvard Business Review. On the side of cookbooks published outside of the US, I have been liking this one a lot both for the recipe and for the photography (I am originally from Veneto and Asolo is a little hidden gem, where homes like this truly still exist). And Polpo, the cookbook of the (sort of modern reinvented) Venetian osteria in Soho, London.


I fall in love with the Chard Saag Paneer version you suggest.


Home made is a beautiful cookbook from the netherlands, made by yvette van Boven. Ther's also home made winter and home made summer


I have recently discovered the website goodreads.com and it's been wonderful. I've discovered books I would otherwise probably not have read and they have been wonderful reads. The two I'll recommend are "The History of Love by Nicole Krauss" and "Eventide" by Kent Haruf. I'd love to hear if you read and like them.


A little bit of music instrument in Parisian flare? I highly recommend 'The piano shop on the left bank' a book that is actually written by American in Paris. An eye opening book, not only on the piano, but the life in Paris.


Well, it's a bit unrelated to things you requested, but I've spent a good chunk of my evening drooling over the vintage (from the 20's to the 60's) fully restored waffle irons at Toaster Central. There are great write-ups on each one, discussing the time period, manufacturing, developments in engineering, etc. I'm not much of a kitchen appliance person, but I love waffles and would dig owning one of these restored irons someday.


I highly recommend the podcast from On Being (public radio show) from late November 2102, when the guest was Brene Brown. It is a life-changing interview. I wish everyone would listen to it (and watch her TED talks and read her books, etc).


I love the 'Kicking and Screaming' podcast that Jenna Elfman and her husband Bodhi Elfman do, it's light and very funny!


Try the 7 Up documentary series. It follows fourteen British people from different walks of life and has had a "sequel" every seven years. They're on 56 Up now, meaning it has spanned 56 years! I know that they're all on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. :)

Diane @ Vintage Zest

I've just recently acquired a juicer as well and have been really enjoying the vegetable fruit combinations in the Big Book of Juices:)


I'm not sure if a Canadian publication is as exotic as you were perhaps thinking of, but my go-to Indian cookbooks are written by the owners of the best Indian restaurant here in Vancouver - Vij's. Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala have some truly inventive and delicious recipes, both vegetarian and with meat. Here are the Amazon links: here & here.


If you're after a music documentary, I saw Sound City last night and it was amazing! I highly recommend it if you like good old rock and roll... and who doesn't!

Heidi, Since you asked, the absolute loveliest book I have read in some time is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I think you would like it very much. And because I think you're never actually too old for this story, E.B. White reading Charlotte's Web is a treasure. Liam loves it, as do we. I think it would be something fun to listen to when Jack came to visit you :) xo lynn


I recommend the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man".


Hi there Heidi, I've got two Australian suggestions for you. A cookbook I've just bought, Feasting by Karen Martini and a novel called Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. I love your favourites list and stoked to be returning the favor, I hope you enjoy!


I really want that Paneer! It's been on my bucket list of recipes to make and no time like the present to start I suppose!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Arcadia. Best book I've read in five years.


On the documentary front..."Genetic Roulette" may be one of the most compelling health-related documentaries that I have ever seen. Definitely worth watching!


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