Yes, I know I haven’t done a Friday Links in a while… but let’s not make perfection the enemy of the good, kay?
So, since the book is my life now, let’s start with that. Somehow I missed this when it first came out on Monday. And then my team and I stumbled on it and ::jaw drops::. I was included on Bookish’s Fall Fiction to Watch list among the likes of Elena Ferrante, David Mitchell, Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Franzen, as well as buzzy debut novelists Bill Clegg and Garth Risk Hallberg. Aaaaaaa.
Also, Will Goldbarb had some very nice things to say about Food Whore and me (see above). Will, as you may know, is one of the world’s foremost food innovators. I ate at Room4Dessert when it was briefly stationed in ABC Home & Carpet (and where there’s now a little ABC Kitchen overflow room). It was insane and magical and eye-opening in a way that few things in this jaded world can be. This WSJ profile does an excellent job of describing Will’s journey from savory to sweet, rat race to calm, NYC to Bali. Warning: you will get hungry.
And... fashion week! I’ll do a separate post of the looks I liked from NYC, but for now I'll say, it’s a LOT more fun to look at fancy dresses now that I’m in the market for one (though Dave is a traditionalist and thinks it should be white… wah). Here’s a look that caught my eye at Oscar de la Renta...
And then basically all of Marchesa...
Speaking of weddings, you basically saw the extent of our planning: looking at dresses. We have a general guest count (100 or under) and a general vibe goal (outdoors, special but not too stuffy). And then that's where it ends! Actually not really. I did sign myself up for some wedding planning emails. DYK know that "champing" is a thing? I dunno, seems like it'd be...inhibiting.
I'm LOVING #kitchensofthegreatmidwest by @jryanstradal. 1) it's funny in an I-was-the-weird-kid-in-school kind of way, and 2) it's about food! I'm only 5% in and have already highlighted so many lines. A fav: "Cynthia's sensitive nose couldn't handle the smell of her daughter's poop, but for Lars, after a decade of making lutefisk, it was easier than flipping an omelet." // shown here with a soft-boiled egg with pesto on a @firehookbakery multigrain flax cracker. #fridayreads
I'm currently reading J Ryan Stradal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest. I really love it. It's dry and funny in a way that I'd never be able to pull off. The characters are quirky without being precious. Odd Midwestern dishes are described with warmth and crackle. I also love the shifting POVs.
Also, I have to say I'm in awe of the #bookstagram community. From @thereadingrebels, a dream team of book Instagrammers from all around the world, to beautiful photography (and styling) like that of @foldedpagesdistillery and @novelsandnailpolish (a kindred-spirit account if there ever was). These ladies are supportive and creative and I don't get that one-upsmanship vibe that sometimes leaks into other Instagrams.
Anyway, tomorrow I have my friend's Sip 'n' See for her littlest one. And on Sunday, gonna dive into a day of reading at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Maybe I'll see you there?