This & That: October 18, 2019

Oct 18, 2019

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Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger

Books and decor. If you are looking for not only inspiration for how to style your books, but also stories and insights into the lives of lovers of books, this is a new decor book to purchase. Having had the opportunity to enjoy my own copy, homes from around the world, including the owner of Paris’ Shakespeare & Company, welcome in Nina Freudenberger and her photographer into their homes, their intimate spaces and share what books mean to them.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

The bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything has just released a new book to teach readers in his own unique and engaging way how their body works. “Discover how the body functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail”. Knowledge is powerful and simply knowing the truths so we are able to communicate with those who will help us heal is a information worth having.

No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History by Gail Collins

As someone who enjoys Collins’ columns in The New York Times, I excitedly put her book on my wishlist. Released this week, her “social history of American women and aging . . . illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock, to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace”, Collins gives readers of any age a reason to get excited about advancing into our live with grace and courage.

Where to Begin: A Small Book About Our Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World by Cleo Wade

If a world and society “rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality” is a priority to you, you will want to check out Cleo Wade’s new book.

British Find

Agent Running in the Field: A Novel by John le Carré

British bestselling, long-time and well-known mystery writer John le Carré has just released his latest plot, and it is inspired by the current political situation in the UK: Brexit. Perfect timing indeed for some escape but also as a means to perhaps vent, or at least, through le Carré characters, letting them do the venting for us.

Boden Estella Sweater, Union Jack (and many more British designs)

Britain has been on my mind as of late for a variety of reasons (check out this week’s Petit Plaisir at the end of episode #264), and so this sweater just looked like a fun layering piece as we step into fall. With many different playful designs available (fish and chips for example and a pink Union Jack version as well), having it on hand when you just want to snuggle in may be just what you’re looking for this time of year.

Cafe Monico, London

Cafe Monico in London was recently recommended by a long-time blog I have been following for as long as I have been blogging, This Is Glamorous. Having just visiting this French cafe inspired dining destination, her description was inviting, and I look forward to checking it out the next time I am in the city.


Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple by Paul Kahan

If you are looking for low-stress cooking for friends and family but to be sure, delicious food, Chicago chef Paul Kahan’s new cookbook is worth taking a look at. His recent profile piece in The Wall Street Journal’s Off-Duty section caught my eye, and so I went to find his new book of recipes. What intrigued me, and is something I appreciate, is his inclusion in every chapter of “six to eight customizations for each core recipe for ways to make dishes seem new”. As well, he shares “simple recommendations for wine and beer styles to pour remove the fuss over beverage options”. Be inspired to step into the kitchen with more than 125 full-colored photographs that will make your mouth water, and enjoy stepping into your kitchen!

Tartine: A Classic Revisited, 68 All-New Recipes + 55 Updated Favorites (Baking Cookbooks, Pastry Books, Dessert Cookbooks, Gifts for Pastry) by Elisabeth Pruiett and Chad Robertson

Having had the opportunity to visit and enjoy the food of Tartine in San Francisco this summer, this cookbook is a resource to have on hand. Combining both of the talents from the couple that made this bakery such a standout success for the past 16 years, you will find everything they do so well in 150 beautiful photographs along with detailed recipes, from the classics to the professional awesome delights you know you want to try in your own kitchen.


Before You Know It

Judith Light stars in a film Rotten Tomatoes has been 84% and critics quite love. Having just arrived in Bend this past weekend, I am certainly intrigued and may go watch it this weekend if getting out of the house needs to happen. Read NPR’s review and have a look at the trailer below of a dysfunctional family at his best and finest.


Modern Love

Finally premiering on Amazon Prime is The New York Times’ Sunday column come to the screen – Modern Love. Broken up into individual episodes, each of the eight focus on one couple or individual’s love story, just as the column shares each week. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Sheet-Pan Chicken with Shallots and Grapes~

The weekend has arrived and with it some blustery fall weather – which means, snuggling in, reading, cooking, watching a good film and taking no time to look at the clock. 🙂

I hope this past week has gone well, and you are looking ahead to a wonderful next couple of days. Below I have rounded up articles covering France (quite a few), life, food and well, that’s it, but that kind of sums up so much, doesn’t it? I do hope you enjoy, and until tomorrow with the latest episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, bonne journée!

~In celebration of World Food Day, My French Country Home magazine shares four French recipes to please your tastebuds.

~Speaking of food! A Julia Child biopic is in the works by the creators of the documentary RBG! [Varity]

~Since we’re talking about France, a short, but worthwhile article on Monet’s kitchen [AD Pro]

~Tips for Slow Living in a City [A Considered Life]

~Have you perused the latest issue of Rue Magazine? Full of beautiful home tours, it’s worth taking a look.

~I found this article in The New York Times‘ Sunday Review and appreciated the writer’s choice to tackle a topic worth seriously considering – Enough Leaning In. Let’s Tell Men to Lean Out

~If you will be in Paris this fall, here is a list of what to do and enjoy this season in the city [Afar]

~An article to give us all pause if we feel we don’t have time to see our friends any more – Being Busy is Eliminating the Joys of Shared Free Time [The Atlantic]

~With the rain falling in Bend this weekend, I am going to vicariously slip away to France while watching this Youtube episode from Marie-Anne Lecoeur – French Chic Casual in the Rain

~And one more Francophile +Style video to enjoy! Thank you TSLL reader Amy for sharing this video with me. 🙂

8 thoughts on “This & That: October 18, 2019

  1. Hello Shannon,
    I am a devoted reader of your blog and books.
    This morning I wanted to look at the recipe for the Sheet Pan Chicken dish in This and That but the NY Times wants me to subscribe before I can see the recipe.
    That is a little frustrating!
    Thank you for everything you provide for us.

    1. It does look good. I can understand your frustration. While I do not subscribe to the cooking se toon of the Times, they included this week in the daily morning read fortunately. I am sorry about being unable to read it.

      1. Thank you for your reply, Shannon! Is the daily morning read something that would be available for any of us to access?

  2. I’ve loved seeing you talk about Derry Girls this past week! I watched it all for the first time earlier this month as well, and it has become one of this Fall’s television gems for me. It’s like a mashup of the antics found in Broad City and the (skewed comical rather than dramatic) teen angst found in Freaks and Geeks, made unique of course with the political and religious setting of Northern Ireland in the 90s 🙂 Did you have a favorite episode or storyline? I’ve rewatched the wedding/wake episode multiple times and have found new jokes each time that have me cackling more than the last. Anyway, thanks for sharing in my (and practically anyone’s who has seen it) enthusiasm for this show. Catch yourself on! 😉

    1. Erin, Thank you for sharing what you enjoy about the show. I agree, it is a unique and hilariously performed teen angst movie. The drama isn’t heavy and the storylines are a hoot. I loved so many of the episodes, but I think the first and the last episodes of season two were my favorites. I have no doubt in the season finale she was drawing our attention to the observation of how much more we have in common than we may realize and it is through not only the political union that occurs and the speech by the then US President in Derry that conveys this but James and the girls appreciation of his friendship. I cannot wait for season 3!!

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