Winter’s chill is in the air and so is the spirit of a good book. Here are a few suggestions from the Darling Team as to what to bury yourself in right now besides the snow:
“Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat
I asked for this cookbook for the holidays and am loving Samin’s storytelling and depth of knowledge around the science of developing these four core tastes. Wendy McNaughton’s illustrations and Michael Pollan’s introduction are a strong welcome to the kitchen. I didn’t grow up learning how to cook so I’m excited to gain a confident intuition in making one of my favorite things great: food.
“Kiss the Ground” is Josh Tickell’s incredible masterpiece compiling decades of research, data and life stories to paint a riveting and challenging argument for how soil (and our treatment of it) can effectively turn around climate change.
I was reading the back of this book in a store when a woman walked up behind me and whispered, “Yes, so good. So, so good.” So far, “The Power” by Naomi Alderman has not disappointed, detailing a world where women discover an innate ability to produce electric shocks from their fingertips and turn the hierarchy of dominance upside-down. It’s relevant, engrossing, unforgettable.
I’m once again on a Joan Didion kick and reading the last two books of hers that I’ve had yet to read: “The White Album,” a collection of works, some of which had been previously published in Esquire and Life, focusing on history and politics in California during the 1960s and 1970s and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” another collection of essays that describe Didion’s experiences in California during the same time.
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. A beautiful, historical fiction novel about two French sisters and their individual stories through World War II. The ending will leave you in tears, holding a second glass of wine, and contemplating returning to page one to begin their journeys again.
What are you currently reading? (For our previous reads, see here.)
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