This & That: May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

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Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi

With a dose of Italian history and a large helping of the country’s recipes (790 to be precise), this classic cookbook is an impressive resource for Italophiles to have on hand. Pellegrino Artusi originally wrote Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well in 1891, and during his life, it was reprinted 13 times selling 52,000 copies (each time with more recipes). While he passed in 1910, it wasn’t until 1997 that it was printed in English. And now even more of the world can enjoy his insight and expertise of Italian cuisine.

A Tribe Called Bliss: Break Through Superficial Friendships, Create Real Connections, Reach Your Highest Potential by Lori Harder

Podcaster Lori Harder (Earn Your Happiness) just released her book A Tribe Called Bliss earlier this month, and as a self-love expert, she shares in A Tribe Called Bliss how she was able to “grow from the anxiety-ridden, unhealthy, introverted underachiever” into a “confident woman who takes risks and leaps out of her comfort zone”. The key ingredient in her book is content that includes inspiration as well as how to put it all into action. I certainly am intrigued and look forward to having a peek, beginning with her podcast (which is listened to by more than 6 million).


Kaymet trays

If you are looking for a classic metal tray that is top quality, streamlined, but subtly chic, check out Kaymet trays from England. While not sold directly to customers from the company, a variety of businesses online sell the many styles and finishes as John Lewis does here. They certainly would be both beautiful decor and functional for serving breakfast in bed, tea service in the afternoon or sweets in the evening.

Lobmeyr Bud Vase

I initially saw this bud vase in one of my decor magazines, and immediately wrote down the brand. For me, having a few bud vases is a budget friendly idea as it enables beautiful flowers to be purchased without having to purchase so many, and at the same time, showcases them in a way that illuminates their beauty. Available in three different sizes as well as engraving if you’d prefer, be sure to have a look. As well, they would be a lovely gift to give as a housewarming present, complete with the new homeowner’s favorite flower.

Teapots at

Come early Saturday morning (tomorrow), I will be tuning in to Meghan Markel and Prince Harry’s wedding, and having a pot of tea at the ready is certainly going to be one of my companions. This particular teapot, along with many more available at are unique, yet simply beautiful.


Book Club

A wonderful film to kick off the upcoming summer book reading season if only for the women cast in the Book Club. While the talented cast of women star in a film inspired by their most recent book of choice which inspires them to ramp up their romantic lives (50 Shades of Grey), it is the comedic pairings that I look forward to. While I have reservations about the depth of the script as The New York Times speaks about in their review, for a feel-good, laugh-out loud movie starring talented women who have excelled in their acting careers, I look forward to supporting it and having a glass of wine afterwards to celebrate (evidentally, wine is the fifth co-star). Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters today.

Francophile Find

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris by Àgnes Poirier

Released in February, if you enjoy history and especially if you want to learn more about history and the world of art, literature and culture that Paris inspired in the mid 20th century, pick up Àgnes Poirier’s book. Going behind the scenes of some of the most well-known pieces of works such as Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, as well as the social and literary movements Existentialism, New Journalism and French feminism, Poirier reveals the history that is lesser known of the lives, ideas and creations that brought Paris back after WWII.


Midsomer Murders, 20th Season

Often in the winter I will watch past episodes of Midsomer Murders as there are so many that I sometimes forget the resolution of the mystery. And primarily I want to watch again to simply enjoy the English countryside and the small town’s “going-ons”. Well now, new episodes have arrived after the 19th season was released more than one year ago in 2016. British television viewers were able to begin the 20th season this past Sunday on the 13th, so be sure to look for it to come to PBS and Netflix soon.

~recipe for Meyer Lemon Marscarpone Dutch Baby Cake~

While I have set my DVR to record the Royal Wedding of Ms. Markel and Prince Harry, I have a feeling I will be waking up well before I typically might on a Saturday morning.

For those in the Pacific Time Zone, two in the morning is when the national channels will begin their coverage (some even as early as 1:15). With the wedding taking place at noon and the procession to begin at 1pm in England, I look forward to this rare occasion in history to take all of the tradition and celebration in amongst the rest of the world (yes, even if from afar). It was seven years ago on April 29, 2011, that I also woke up early along with many of you to watch then Kate Middleton (now Catherine Dutchess of Cambridge) marry Prince William (see my post here). While I shared my opinion in today’s weekly newsletter sent out to subscribers about the my own reconciliation of gawking at a monarch’s marital procession and pageantry and upholding the ideals of feminism in our modern world, it is Meghan Markel, the individual, who gave me great pause and prompted me to indeed be celebrating and applauding her choice. Because it is indeed her choice (as well as Harry’s, but . . . I think you get my point). So if you too will be pouring a cup of tea early tomorrow morning, just know I will be watching right along with you. And if you want a dose of inspiration (and haven’t read about this in the constant news coverage about the Royal Wedding already), watch the video at the end of today’s post of Meghan Markel’s UN Women’s speech regarding gender equality.

And whether or not you will be viewing the wedding this weekend, I do have some articles and blog posts you might enjoy. With a few inspired by this weekend’s festivities and a few more for TSLL’s Francophiles, like myself. Wishing you a lovely weekend and until Monday bonne journée.

~Writer Lauren Collins of The New Yorker Royal Wedding offers a history lesson of royal marriages and insights into how Meghan Markel and Prince Harry’s may or may not be different. 

~If you’re going to be visiting England in the future, save this NYTimes travel article about spending “36 Hours in the Cotswolds”

~Amuse-Bouches (I just love this French phrase). Learn from the expert of French cooking Susan Hermann Loomis as she shares this Art of the French Welcome

~And if you’re a fan of Julia Child’s, love traveling in France and love cooking (or even if you don’t, but want to learn how to love it), go Inside the Cooking School at Julia Child’s Summer Home

~Let’s stay in France and shop in Paris – Places to Shop in Paris to Look Like You Live There

~For future reference on those days that we will overcome, but after reading 5 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself on Hard Days, we can overcome them far more quickly.

One thought on “This & That: May 18, 2018

  1. One of the yummiest amuse-bouches that I’ve had was a candied cherry tomato. An amuse-bouche is not really an appetizer–it’s a little nibble. Often very delicious and you wish you got more! An appetizer is called une entrée–an entry–which often confuses Americans. The main dish is le plat–the plate or dish.

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