friday faves: foodie edition


Disclaimer: we were extremely hungry when we put this post together.

1. This New York Times piece on novelist and food-writer Laurie Colwin had us dying to read Colwin’s work. 2. So we bought Home Cooking.  3. Oh look, two of our favourite things rolled into one! This edible flower cake came from the lovelies over at designlovefest. 4. We have to make a conscious effort not to re-post everything our friends at Cooking to Get Laid do, but we just couldn’t help ourselves with this Peach Cobbler in a Skillet.

Happy Friday, foodies.

the reading pile

We spend a lot of time with books. No really, it’s a full-time job. There are countless perks to a job in the book business, but it comes with a downside too. The reading pile. The ever-growing, never-shrinking reading pile. We hear about more good books in a day then we could read in a lifetime, so whittling our reading list down to something achievable has become a bit of an art. We’re starting this year off with six reads that have had every editor talking.

1. Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. 2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. 3. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee. 4. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. 5. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. 6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

friday faves


1. We swoon over a beautiful printed magazine. Anthology is the bee’s knees.  2. Of a Kind promotes on-the-rise designers by sharing their stories and giving you access to their limited and unique pieces – clothing, jewelry, home goods etc.  3. Sadie Stein recently left her post as Editor at The Paris Review, and lucky for us she’s now a regular contributor.  We lose hours reading her witty and often personal essays on The Paris Review Daily.  4. We love the look of succulents tucked into a floral bouquet – Spring is coming!

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a little taste of Paris

The French Market CookbookParisians do a lot of things right, and while we could go on and on about their impeccable style and fashionable bicycles, what we really admire is their talent in the kitchen.  We may never look as lovely on two wheels as a Madeline or an Amelie, but we’re pretty sure that with the help of The French Market Cookbook we can cook like one.

Inspired by French markets and fresh ingredients, Clotilde Dusoulier (of Chocolate & Zucchini) created seasonal recipes that call for a market’s best offerings.  Victoria is booming with farmers’ markets, but if you’re anything like us then you’re probably not sure what to do with eggplants or beets.  How about Ratatouille Tian or Pates rose vif?  The French Market Cookbook is your guide to turning the foods that grow around us into simple but spectacular meals.  The vegetarian cookbook includes 90 recipes ranging from root soups to fresh fruit tarts and everything in between,  so if you’re wondering what’s in a Bouillabaisse du pauvre (Poor Man’s Bouillabaisse) or how to make the perfect Ravioles ouvertes sarrasin et choux de Bruxelles (Buckwehat and Brussel Sprouts Open Ravioli) then this is your answer.  And while we picked up The French Market Cookbook for inspired fresh vegetable entrees, we were more than happy to find sweet recipes like Verrines “cafe libanais” (Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars) and Mousse au chocolat noir de trois facons (Dark Chocolate Mousse, Three Ways).

The Parisians really do have it all figured out.

listen up, gents

There’s a lot of dating advice out there in this big crazy world of ours, and 99% of it is terrible. Rather than commiserate over the countless pieces of horrific dating advice we’ve been given over the years, we’d like to share with you the 1%.

We think of Cooking To Get Laid as the unicorn of dating advice.  It’s the narwhal we’ve only ever heard tales of.  The elusive Sasquatch.  It’s everything that is right about dating/romancing/courting advice.  Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a guide of trickery and mind games for sleaze bags – Cooking To Get Laid is described by its creator as an ‘essential catalogue of confidence for men who are cooking for the women they want’, and we’d have to agree.

Watermelon SaladPiri Piri Chicken

Watermelon Salad with Mint & Feta, and Whole Roasted Piri Piri Chicken on the BBQ

The beautifully curated website and soon to be book offer recipes for at-home dinner dates, as well as style and grooming tips to make sure men are feeling their finest in the kitchen.  An at-home dinner date exposes the host’s most intimate living habits and that vulnerability can either make or break a new relationship. Cooking To Get Laid is here to guide you through the woes of date prep, with advice on everything from how to properly clean your bathroom (replace that grimy bar soap with pump soap), to what record to put on before she arrives (Marvin Gaye is an acceptable answer), to how to make the perfect French 75 (our favourite cocktail, coincidentally).

Gentleman, start taking notes.

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