Great Recent Reads

Memoir:

Where in the OM Am I? One Woman’s Journey from the Corporate World to the Yoga Mat by Sara DiVello, 2013. Absolutely hilarious, well-written and rings oh-so-true. I could not put this down and devoured it in a day and a half, just in time to take a workshop with the super-fabulous author herself.

Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness by Dominique Browning, 2010.  By the former editor-in-chief of House and Garden magazine. 

The Butcher and the Vegetarian: One Woman’s Romp through a World of Men, Meat, and Moral Crisis by Tara Austen Weaver, 2010.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton, 2011.  Interesting story, well-told.

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer, 2010. Beautiful writing.

Fiction:

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 2011.  Compelling characters, a protagonist I cared deeply about, a storyline that kept me turning pages: what more could I ask? Loved this book.

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 2011.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, 2011. After the first few chapters, I dare you to put it down.

 Non-fiction:

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter, 2014. Beautifully written and touching. Can’t say I understood all the physics of quantum theory, but I think I have a better understanding as a result.

American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation/ How Indian Spirituality Changed the West by Philip Goldberg, 2010. Fascinating and timely.

Cooking:

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler, 2012.  Proudly not a cookbook; more a meditation on cooking and eating, and living.  No less a luminary than Alice Waters, who wrote the preface, gushed “Tamar is one of the greatest writers I know–her prose is exquisitely crafted…in the thoughtful spirit of M.F.K. Fisher. This is a book to sink into and read deeply, relishing the quiet way Tamar fits profundity into the smallest of moments.” Enough said.

Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila, 2012. Buy it for the recipes, love it for the writing.

Photography and Blogging:

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Hélène Dujardin, 2011.

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