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Simona Carini
Northern California
An Italian transplanted in California
Interests: creative cooking, cheese making, bread baking, food writing, blogging, book and box making, kayaking, photography, classical music You can contact me at simosite [AT] mac [DOT] com
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I am hosting another edition of Novel Food, the culinary/literary event with a long history, going back to the fall of 2007. I read a lot and cook a lot and although many things in my life have changed in the years since, those two pillars still stand. So, here I am announcing another edition of Novel Food, a little voyage of literary discovery and also a delightful party with the literary-inspired dishes contributed by event's participants. I hope you will join. I am looking forward to learning about a published literary work (a novel, novella, short story, memoir, bio, poem,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at briciole
Please, do, Cathy. It's a lovely salad.
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You are welcome, Wendy. I was moved by the story you shared. Her Soviet cookbook is great.
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You are welcome, Claudia. I love the cookbook: it has great recipes, but also information on the culture of the various Soviet republics.
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Von Bremzen tells a lot of details about life during the Soviet era that are quite interesting, including the story of corn cultivation in Russia. I can't say whether Russians would welcome your pudding, but I am not surprised you always bring back your dish empty: it looks wonderful! Sweet corn season has just started here and I am looking forward to eating it. Thank you so much for your contribution to this edition of Cook the Books :)
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2017 on Fresh Indian Corn Pudding at Delaware Girl Eats
Thank you Evelyne. I am glad you enjoyed reading the book. I agree that the title did not prepare the reader for its rich historical and social stories. I'll remember the part about the mayonnaise jar for a long time :)
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Yes, you can, Debra. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2017 on Novel Food #30: the finale at briciole
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Wow, what an experience, Frank, to be there at a time of big political changes. The book gives an interesting perspective of events that I saw from the outside.
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You are welcome, Deb. Thanks for contributing :)
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2017 on Novel Food #30: the finale at briciole
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Do it, if you can, Deb: it is a beautiful country and the people are wonderful. And you can adopt a skyr diet (which is what a did ;)
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Thank you so much, Ali. I am so glad you enjoy Novel Food. This tart is quite versatile: you can use other vegetables or a mix. It's good also reheated :)
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I will take a look at the author you mention, Claudia. I have read about Dill, but have not been there. I have not been to Reykjavik, actually. I had a plan of doing it the last day I was in Iceland, but then drove around the Reykjanes peninsula, south of Reykjavik. It reminded me a lot of the Big Island because of its lava fields :)
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It's always a pleasure to participate in Souper Sundays, Deb. I hope you'll enjoy the book :)
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Thank you, Debra. The story about mayonnaise jars is so funny that I had to make something with that condiment. Indeed the book becomes more focused on her personal experiences as it moves forward.
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Welcome to the roundup of the 29th edition of Novel Food, the literary/culinary event that Lisa of Champaign Taste and I created in 2007 and that I continue to host with great pleasure, as it brings together two of my passions: literature and food. Novel Food is about literary works (prose or poetry) that inspire the preparation of dishes. Below I present a set of lovely posts, each describing a literary work that the blogger read and the dish that the reading inspired. Please, follow me on a short literary/culinary tour. For each contribution, I will offer a small bite to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at briciole
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a pretty bowl of mushroom and egg salad I simply loved Anya von Bremzen's Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food & Longing1, the current selection of our Cook the Books Club. The story is interesting: von Bremzen describes her and her family's life in the context of the political changes in Russia, the Soviet Union, then Russia again. Her style of writing is engaging — with the right balance of humor and seriousness. The food she describes is intriguing: even when we don't feel like we want to taste it, the emotional context comes alive in her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at briciole
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Thank you so much for contributing, Debra!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2017 on Announcing: Novel Food #30 at briciole
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Thank you so much for your contribution, Deb!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2017 on Announcing: Novel Food #30 at briciole
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from zucchini and skyr to the finished tart Last month, I spent some time at Gullkistan1, residency for creative people in Laugarvatn, a town in southern Iceland (Islanda) on the shore of this lovely lake: Laugarvatn on a sunny day While there, I read a review2 (recensione) of the memoir The Stones Speak by Icelandic author Þórbergur Þórðarson (Thorbergur Thordarson)3 This is the first book in Þórbergur’s bulk of autobiographical writings dealing with his formative years growing up on a farm on the southern coast of Iceland at the brink of the twentieth century. Þórbergur’s love for his natural surroundings and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at briciole
I like the idea of making individual portions and of using what's in the crisper (I just did something similar myself to make a savory tart). I can see them showing up at a picnic or potluck as well :)
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Rice cakes -Torta di Riso at Delaware Girl Eats
I bought one bunch at the farmers' market yesterday afternoon and the young woman told me this is the last week for asparagus. I bought another bunch :)
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Thanks Cathy! We still have asparagus here so I keep eating them :)
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I am hosting another edition of Novel Food, the culinary/literary event with a long history, going back to the fall of 2007. I have a deep attachment to Novel Food: I read a lot and cook a lot and although many things in my life have changed in the years since, those two pillars still stand. So, here I am announcing another edition of Novel Food, a little voyage of literary discovery and also a delightful banquet made up of the literary-inspired dishes contributed by the event's participants. I hope you will join the party. I am looking forward to learning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at briciole
Thank you, Claudia. That's the nice thing about reading clubs: it nudges us to go where we would't go by ourselves with reading choices. And it is good to think about why a certain narrative does not "work" for us. I find that it usually makes me discover something about myself :)
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