This & That: No. 156

May 01, 2015

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~The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food & Flavor by Mark Schatzker

Released next Tuesday, Schatzker reveals to readers the truth behind the obesity epidemic in our modern culture. To put it short and sweet: The flavor is being edited out of foods, therefore, we aren’t truly able to be satiated which prompts us to eat more. Check out the review in The Wall Street Journal for a taste of what the book is all about.

~Wine in Words: Notes for Better Drinking by Lettie Teague

Writer Lettie Teague is the weekly wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal. I always find myself learning something new about wine. So when I learned she had released a book this past April, and it was doing quite well with readers, I wanted to have a look. The excerpt I had the opportunity to read was centered on the topic of drinking wine alone: Some people oppose it; some people welcome it. Lettie proposes that it is a true luxury, and in fact, a toast to one self. I like how she thinks (here’s the article), and if this is an indicator of the content of the book, I will certainly devour it.


~Far From the Madding Crowd

I absolutely cannot wait to see this film. Starring Carey Mulligan in Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel and first literary crowd-pleaser,  the story is told by Gabriel Oak, but the protagonist is indeed Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan), six years his junior. As the story journeys along, Everdene acquires through an estate from her uncle and is truly a woman of her own means. With three suitors, and tragedy along the way, rest-assured, there is indeed a happy ending, which was rare for Hardy to do. The critics are raving and Mulligan will captivate. I look forward to your reviews as it opens today.


Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles has chosen as his new creative venture, the infinitely stylish 93-year old Iris Apfel. Being released to the public this month, Iris takes viewers behind the scenes and allows this woman-of-a-certain-age It Girl to show how she approaches fashion. The film certainly looks to be delightful. Have a look at the trailer . . . and be sure to read her interview with Vogue here

~Jose James, Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday

If you’re a fan of jazz singer Billie Holiday, you may want to take a listen to Jose James’ recently released album which celebrates what would have been the 100th anniversary of her birth. While Holiday’s end of life was tragic, her music was and is magnificent. Covering nine of her songs, James (to my ear), pays his respects honorably. Have a look and listen to the album trailer below:


~Mimi Holliday by Damaris, puffin silk crepe de chine robe

Luxury most certainly should extend to our most intimate apparel, and Mimi Holliday by Damaris’ certainly offers this luxury in spades. Available in black as well, there are many other beautiful items to have a look at, but an exquisite robe such as this, why not?

flowingchocolate ~recipe for Coulant de Chocolate (aka as a Flowing of Chocolate)~

Let me first begin with an apology. I had good intentions to write a Thoughts from the Editor post this week, and then my week and life had other plans. In the coming days and weeks I will be sharing with you all that happened, but at this point I’m catching my breath with a smile on my face. In the meantime, the weekend has finally arrived, and it looks to be a stunning few days. What do you have planned?

For me, I will be savoring a new arrival (which I will share with you soon – it benefits the blog, I promise!), doing a bit of planning and indulging in a whole lot of rest. Below are a few articles I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonjour!

~I must say, I did love this article. It is true, at least in my experience . . . The Other Side of Boredom is a good place to be.

~21 Subtle Shifts to Live Life in the Now . . . why not?

~Simple facts that are often forgotten . . . The Secret to Well-Being: The Keys to Happiness

~10 Things You Never See in Successful People 

~ And if you’re making your itinerary to the City of Light, you will want to read this: The Best Little Cheese Shops in Paris

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8 thoughts on “This & That: No. 156

  1. I believe the name of the movie is Far from the Madding Crowd, not Maddening. Easy to make that mistake, though.

  2. What a great way to start a Friday morning! Love your weekly newsletter. Thank you, Shannon.

  3. I am dying to make the Flowing Chocolate cakes but can only get the website/recipe to come up in Spanish (maybe it’s Spanish?!?! I don’t know the language it’s written…:-)..) Can you give us the translated version?

    1. I too looked for the translated version, but couldn’t find the option on the website. Try using Google Translate, and that should work. It looks delicious, doesn’t it?

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