This & That: April 16, 2021

Apr 16, 2021

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Food, food, food! From books about food travel, food from the past, chefs from today and a podcast about moments around the table. Also, a celebration focused on all things Julia Child, a long-running comedy series premieres its final season; everyday, timeless capsule wardrobe accessories and a film to remind us all that Monday will arrive, but what can we do about the wonderful weekend we experienced? Hmmm – thinking positively! Oodles to explore, and I do hope you enjoy.


Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic Fermentation in England, Italy and France by Katie Quinn

Being released on April 27th (so we’re planning ahead for some delicious food exploration!) is Katie Quinn’s new book exploring Europe and its fermentation deliciousness. “Quinn spent months as an apprentice with some of Europe’s most acclaimed experts to study the art and science of fermentation. Visiting grain fields, vineyards, and dairies, Katie brings the stories and science of these foods to the table, explains the process of each craft, and introduces the people behind them.

“Part artisanal survey, part travelogue, and part cookbook, featuring watercolor illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Cheese, Wine, and Bread is an outstanding gastronomic tour for foodies, cooks, artisans, and armchair travelers alike.”

Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story, Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French

Released last week, “Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, shares in her new memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up” in her book Finding Freedom.

Go Lightly: How to travel without hurting the planet by Nina Karnikowski

Having the opportunity to read Nina Karnikowski’s new book, I found it to be an approachable, inspiring and clear guide for being a conscientious travel. Karnikowski, who lives in Byron Bay, Australia, has experienced an abundance of travel – Mongolia, Namibia, Antarctica. Without question, she is a world traveler, and now she is reassessing how she goes about experiences this beautiful world we all love.

From tips on eating, connecting with the culture, packing, interacting with the wildlife and even how to return lightly, beginning with the dream of travel, she details directly and gently how to do so well so we all can continue to see, travel and experience the world we love.

Released last week, pick up your copy now as you begin to plan your next getaway.

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain

Being posthumously released next week on April 20th and with great anticipation, Anthony Bourdain’s World Travel: An Irreverent Guide. “In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.”

British Find

The Kitchen Front: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan

The setting: a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition. The contenders: four women who enter for a chance to better their lives. “Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.” Released this past February from bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, The Kitchen Front may just be her second title to rise to the top.

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin

Released last week and an Amazon Editors’ Pick, The Last Bookshop in London looks like a wonderful read.

“August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

“Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.”


Julia Child Jubilee, Cherry Bombe

Beginning next Thursday, April 22nd and running through April 29th, visit the magazine CherryBombe and celebrate all things Julia Child during their first ever Julia Jubilee. From chefs such as Ina Garten, cookbooks authors Dorie Greenspan just to begin the list, and many other culinary stars, join in virtual conference meetings on a variety of topics, and welcome so much of what is offered in their new issue of the magazine avaialble now (I just received my copy yesterday). Purchase the special edition magazine ($20) here.


Not A House, But a Home, Bunny Williams documentary

Back in early March, American esteemed interior designer Bunny Williams was the focus of PBS’s Design in Mind series in a 30 minute documentary titled “Not a House, But a Home”. Williams shared details here on her website and Veranda shared a first look back in February. You can still watch it with your PBS Passport streaming account.

~Bunny Williams~



Being released today, a film of a different sort, but one that piqued my interest. Set in Greece, this “sultry romantic drama can be enjoyed on your streaming service or in theaters. ‘A spark on a Friday can lead to a sizzling weekend fling, but what happens when you get to the inevitable Monday?’ The film follows the love story of Mickey and Chloe, two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens who meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend.” Have a look at the trailer below. Happy weekend viewing!

Francophile Find

The Lost Manuscript: A Novel by Cathy Bonidan

Told in letter form, this epistolary novel about the love of books and magical ability they have to bring people together, begins when “Anne-Lise Briard books a room at the Beau Rivage Hotel for her vacation on the Brittany coast having no idea this trip will start her on the path to unearthing a mystery. In search of something to read, she opens up her bedside table drawer in her hotel room, and inside she finds an abandoned manuscript. Halfway through the pages, an address is written. She sends pages to the address, in hopes of potentially hearing a response from the unknown author. But not before she reads the story and falls in love with it. The response, which she receives a few days later, astonishes her…”


Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Recommended to me by a TSLL reader, Jessie Ware and her mother sit front and center in their podcast Table Manners. Focusing on “food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from Ware’s very own dinner table with a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing guaranteed.”


Cult Gaia Bara Shoulder Bag

A simple shoulder bag. A not-too-small, not-too-large shoulder bag to go with just about everything for day or night. Yep, Cult Gaia’s Bara shoulder bag checks every box.

UGG Navee Espadrille Wedge Sandal (more colors)

Summer is just around the corner, and I am assessing my sunny and warm weather clothing. Having a pair of brown-hued sandals with a bit of height is always a must-have in my closet and these look classic and comfortable.


The Great Pottery Throwdown, HBO Max

Last spring at about this time, I shared with you my discovery of Britain’s Great Pottery Throw Down. I loved it. What these talented indivdiuals can do with clay is amazing. Add competition into the mix and then it gets interesting. I am not much of a fan of the competition part, but it is more GBBO than Survivor, so I am good to tune in. 🙂 The competitors are supportive of each other and their unique approach and artistic eyes are as different as their individual backgrounds. HBO Max just began airing the series, and you can have a look at the trailer below.

Younger, season 7 final season

Last night I began viewing and enjoying the first four episodes of the final season of Younger on Paramount+ (you can also watch it on Hulu). My mind was ready to relax and I did not watch anything too serious. Younger was the perfect viewing choice. (Paramount+ is the renamed CBS All Access just in case you, like me, were curious). You can enjoy viewing the series for free on Paramount+ for one week. Check out the trailer below.

And just like that, after a year’s worth of planning, deciding, working and gradually seeing the pieces come together, a room customization is complete (view this post to see the progress as of this past February). Above is a peek into my primary bedroom having just finished adding the final detail – the curtains. During the last week of April (tentatively on April 28th), I will be giving an exclusive tour here on the blog, complete with before and after pics, sharing with TOP Tier subscribers all of the details, links and insights I learned from a woman I trust completely when it comes to décor decisions especially European aesthetics.

On top of that, the office is beginning to take shape, or will after this weekend, as the Arts & Crafts wallpaper arrived on Tuesday which means I get to wallpaper this Saturday! I cannot wait. And as we don’t have school today, I will be like a kid waiting for my birthday to arrive as I will be knee deep in compost, feeding my yard, planting hellebores and lupines, repairing my yard and just generally smiling like a fool all day.

I don’t know about you, but I am grateful spring is here, and while there are only so many days in each season, I am doing my best to soak up each one. From early morning walks with Norman before I head to school (Oscar comes on the short ones we take), to just sitting still and listening to the birdsong, spring is absolutely lovely.

I hope your week went well, and I hope you are settling in for some time to relax, unwind and just be as you prefer. I am incredibly appreciative for your choice to stop by TSLL blog, and may the weekend be full of more wonderment and awesomeness than you imagined. Below are a handful of articles and posts you might enjoy. Until Monday when a new episode of the podcast goes live, bonne journée.

~Just eight hours after posting last Friday’s This & That, I learned of Prince Philip’s passing. I decided to wait until this week to include links for readers to explore (although no doubt, you have already done so). His funeral will be held this Saturday April 17th and while scaled down tremendously due to Covid-19, involves much thoughtful planning by the Queen and family. [1st link – WSJ; 2nd link – The Guardian]

~Is it possible to let happiness sneak up on us if we just would stop chasing it? Perhaps! [Tiny Buddha]

~The Notre Dame Cathedral is on schedule to open in 2024 [The Local]

~In just over two weeks, the Oscars will be handed out (April 25th), and I found this news article on NPR interesting regarding how What Difference A Pandemic Makes which speaks to what films were chosen to be released this year and thus, what and who was nominated.

~How to have a healthy relationship with social media in 2021 [Shondaland]

~So true! So true! Anticipating a good time is half the fun. [The Guardian]

~8 important life skills for adults to build [Life Hack]

~I am already looking forward to this year’s Le Tour de France! Check this article out to stay in the know on this year’s race [Complete France]

~It is the ideal time to be a flâneur! Why cities emptied by Covid-19 are perfect for exploring by foot [The Guardian]

~What are the most popular French villages searched for online? Find out [Complete France]

~I have a feeling you won’t be surprised by this news – Interior designers are busier than ever in the times of the pandemic [The New York Times]

17 thoughts on “This & That: April 16, 2021

  1. So looking forward to the tour of your completed primary bedroom–and hopefully one of the office as well??😁

    Thank you for the link to the Bunny Williams documentary, very excited to view that.

    And the Julia Jubilee from the magazine, CherryBombe,(which looks fabulous, think I might have to subscribe!)–I’m definitely signing up for the Stanley Tucci + Ina Garten Conversation!

    Sounds like your weekend is all ready off to a wonderful start. Isn’t Spring-time delicious??

    All the best to you & the boys–

    1. Delicious indeed Rona! Aptly described. 🙂 The conversation with Tucci and Garten will no doubt be a good listen. And yes, when the office is done – which will take awhile as the wallpaper is just the start 🙂 – I promise to share. Have a lovely spring weekend as well and thank you for stopping by.

  2. So much wonderful here! It has been a difficult week, heart-wise, with everything in the news and I appreciate being able to pause and enjoy all that you’ve collected. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, while this week has kept me quite busy and with little time to check the news, from the snippets, it certainly was heavy. Stepping out into the garden all day yesterday helped tremendously and reading comments like yours brought much appreciation. Grateful TSLL can be a destination for you to calm your mind and find a breath. xo

  3. This weeks list is just filled with delights. Anthony Bourdain, what a treasure, I cannot wait to read this book and enjoy more of his passion about food and travel.
    The books The Kitchen Front, The Last Bookshop and The Lost Manuscript are all added to my list to read.

    It’s funny you shared the Monday film – which looks great – as here in the UK the lead actress Denise Gough has just appeared in a drama shown in ITV this last week, Too Close, with Emily Watson. I’d never heard of her before but me and my husband both commented on what a good actress she is. I think she British.

    So glad you shared Table Manners too, it’s such an enjoyable listen – with plenty of interesting guests, Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue?! My favourite listen was with Lydia West – star of another UK drama shown recently called It’s a Sin about the AIDS crisis in he 1980s. Such a sad subject but the show was fantastic.

    I can also highly recommend another podcast called ‘Let’s Grow Girls” hosted by Sarah and Nicole both amateur gardeners interviewing a host of flower growers and gardeners about various topics. Nicole recently appeared on Gardeners World – she had as an allotment FULL of dahlias.

    Looking forward to seeing your finished bedroom decor. Have a lovely weekend

    1. Sarah, you have shared your own T & T for us all, including me! Thank you so much for all that you have shared! The podcast especially caught my attention. I will certainly be adding it to my listening list. 🙂 Thank you so much again and wishing you a wonderful gardening, spring weekend.

  4. As always Shannon, I’m loving ‘This & That’. I thought I could recommend a blog to you and your readers. You may already follow her but, “That’s Not My Age” by Alyson Walsh is a terrific read. Alyson espouses that women are stylish, gorgeous, creative and relevant- whatever their age. Indeed age is immaterial. She features many inspiring women who follow their own paths, not one dictated by others. I am sure you you would appreciate it. Take care- Gabrielle

  5. And while I am at it – I can also recommend ‘My Scandinavian Home’, by Niki Brandtmark. Real homes of creative people from all over the world but largely Scandinavia. I recently culled my Blog bookmarks down to 3 as I am time poor! Yours, ‘That’s Not My Age’ and ‘My Scandinavian Home.’ It was big cull, but these 3 as pretty special I must say. Gabrielle X

    1. Ohhhhhh, this one sounds wonderful as well! Thank you for sharing with us all. And I am greatly appreciative and chuffed to be part of your narrowed down few blogs you read. Thank you for your interest and time Gabrielle. 🙂

  6. Eeekk!! The movie Monday is right up my alley, so glad you shared it! I also love the show Younger and I didn’t even realize season 7 was released!! This & That posts always save the day…

    Have a lovely week, Shannon!

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