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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Great thread, Heidi. I've added several suggestions from the comments section to my Goodreads account (thanks, Daisy!). Might I suggest: Alif the Unseen by Willow Wilson So Big by Edna Ferber Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Also, there's an Australian series of documentaries similar to the British 7UP that follow three working class women from their teens to their mid-50s, The first is called "Smokes and Lollies." Compelling stuff.


Oh and one more "favorite" - if you EVER wear nailpolish, you must check out this website: www.llarowe.com that features mostly hand-mixed polisjh colors (favorite artists = CrowsToes - Peiades Collection, Enchanted Polish, NailNation 3000, Ozotic, Glitter Gal)

Jennifer Z

Books: The Untethered Soul and The Bone People Movies: Silver Linings Playbook and if you have not yet seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you must (though I suspect you may have already seen this) Restaurants: Pagan (Outer Richmond) and Source and Craftsmen and Wolves and Trouble Coffee (for their cinnamon bread) and the new NoPa in the Inner Sunset. Also, Koo has great veggies.


Spensermag.com. An online magazine on food and drink with beautiful photos and interesting articles. A must read for food bloggers!


I gobble up every episode of Gourmet magazine's Diary of a Foodie: http://www.gourmet.com/diaryofafoodie. TED talks (especially "5 dangerous things you should let your kids do" and any by Sir Ken Robinson) and it's new brain child, TED ed: lessons worth sharing: http://ed.ted.com/.


I can't wait to make the Ethereally Smooth Hummus! I had some of the best hummus I've ever eaten in Fresno, CA, in November at a small cafe with my sister. Sadly, the cafe has since closed, and I never got a chance to beg their recipe! This recipe gives me new hope that I've found the smoothness I'm looking for.


Hugely honored to be included in this beautiful collection - thank you for the Saag Paneer inspiration. :) The funniest book I've ever read is Sara Barron's People Are Unappealing. Like David Sedaris meets Sara Silverman - so funny. Currently enjoying listening to the soulful harmonies of Mamuse on Pandora. Love everyone's suggestions.


The lovely Leon cookbook series from the UK. Nathanael Johnson's new book, All Natural The Art of Mindful Gardening, published in a series by Ivy Publishers in Lewes, in the UK Smithsonian Folkways release of the Folk Songs of Vietnam, previously banned during the Vietnamese War. Here is Hat Hoi, performed by Pham Duy. https://soundcloud.com/smithsonian-folkways/hat-hoi-performed-by-pham-duy John Francis, the Planet Walker, on TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/john_francis_walks_the_earth.html "Tell all your friends I'm kind:" The Catherine Violet Hubbard Memorial Animal Sanctuary in Newtown CT http://articles.courant.com/2013-01-25/news/hc-newtown-victim-hubbard-animal-20130125_1_animal-center-business-cards-samantha Stephen Antonson By Hand: http://www.stephenantonson.com/

Elissa | PoorMansFeast

Hello Heidi, Love this idea of suggestions from your readers. Congratulations on all your success! Documentary- Soulfood Junkies from Independent Lens. I saw it on PBS. You can try their website they may have it up for viewing. Book-If you're into history I'm loving Team of Rivals: The political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. App-For organization and everything else I love Springpad Cookbook- Cooking In the Moment by Andrea Reusing


Musically, a new singer/guiarist from the UK, Lianne La Havas is phenominal. She's touring the US soon. Beautiful voice. http://www.liannelahavas.com/


-DNTO (definitely not the opera) is a great CBC (Canadian) radio show podcast filled with wonderful stories about people. There are a ton of episodes, every show tackles a different topic, episodes are free on iTunes, they are over an hour long and you just get to listen to people tell their amazing stories - funny, happy, sad, depressing and inspiring. -Also, I am sure everyone has heard of Radiolab (NYPR) but if you have not this is my favorite all time podcast. -Favorite latest documentaries: Beauty is Embarrassing, The Island President, Samsara, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Marley, Life in a Day, Touching the Void, and anything by Werner Herzog


Here is a site I love: Slowcoast. Nick Hand travels on bicycle through England, Scotland, Wales, & Ireland, and does soundslide portraits of artisans of all kinds. http://www.slowcoast.co.uk/


I loved Ann Patchett's State of Wonder; I also recently saw the documentary, The Edible City was great and local to the Bay Area.

Alice Dishes

On the book front, I recommend Language of Flowers by Vanessa DIffenbaugh. It is wonderful. http://www.amazon.com/Language-Flowers-Novel-Vanessa-Diffenbaugh/dp/0345525558/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359743046&sr=1-1&keywords=language+of+flowers And I second the suggestion of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man. My favorite documentary and a must-see for any music lover. If you find yourself enamored by Rodriguez, check out his tour schedule. http://www.amazon.com/Searching-Sugar-Man-Rodriguez/dp/B008JFUTT0/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1359743146&sr=1-2&keywords=searching+for+sugar+man

Marina Martinez

Ah, thank you for the reminder--I've been meaning to read the Katherine Boo book. I finally just read What is the What, which I imagine you've read but highly recommend it if you haven't. This Smithsonian article about uncovering the secrets to the best soup broth was great, http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2013/01/stocking-up-uncovering-the-secrets-to-the-best-broth/ as was this absolutely fascinating article about a Russian family cut off from all human contact in the taiga for decades: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html


Jiro Dreams of Sushi, beautiful documentary. Ottolenghi new book, Jerusalem - EXCELLENT! and one more thing a lovely inspiring blog http://bissim.com/


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