Posts tagged with food

Nov 14 2019

Jane Austen's taste in snacks


The Spruce recently posted a recipe for Jane Austen's Favorite Bath Buns. I'm not sure how I feel about caraway seeds in a sweet bun (as a Czech person, I'm used to caraway seeds in stuff like cauliflower soup or braised cabbage), but my love...

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Aug 22 2019

How? Why?


I want to know so much about this, but I don't understand it at all. My questions include, but are not limited to:

Is it refillable?

Are you supposed to eat the pages...

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May 30 2019



Tea and literature are two of my favorite subjects, so I opened this recent NPR article expecting nothing but joy... only to discover a horrifying announcement about a link between hot tea and esophageal cancer...

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Apr 1 2019

Pride and Prejudice: Puffin Plated edition, by Jane Austen


As long time readers know, I frequently treat myself to special editions of various Jane Austen novels, mostly for the pleasure of complaining about their various bells and whistles. My latest acquisition is the Puffin Plated edition of Pride and Prejudice, featuring recipes for “modern teatime treats” by Martha Stewart...

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Apr 1 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice: Puffin Plated edition, by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is the Puffin Plated edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, featuring "recipes for modern teatime treats" by Martha Stewart. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/15/19...

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Mar 7 2019

There are worse ideas


Vogue just posted an article titled "What Jane Austen Can Teach Us about Wellness", centered around Bryan Kozlowski's upcoming book The Jane Austen Diet. (Spoiler: go for a lot of walks.) I'm deeply suspicious...

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Jan 30 2019

It claims to be the "easiest ever"


This article is a few months old, but it's about one of my favorite subjects: COOKIES. It is based on an excerpt from bestselling author Anne Byrn's recent book American Cookie, and focuses on the invention of blondies...

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Jan 17 2019

Shimmy shimmy shimmy


LitHub recently featured a snippet of writing and several illustrations from Lulu Hunt Peters’s Diet and Health: with The Key to the Calories, a best-selling exercise book from the early part of the 20th century...

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Nov 28 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #4


Gift Idea #4: Compassion for Mrs. Bennet's Nerves tea, by Bingley's Teas ($12)

And if reading Herodotus isn't cutting it, you might as well try a cup of tea. Described as a tisane of "plump chamomile flower buds, spirited peppermint, calming passion flower...

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Aug 28 2018



This Game of Thrones-inspired egg cup is... a thing that exists.

Okay, and it costs $16, and I don't think the crown is included...

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Aug 8 2018



Last month, cookbook author and food blogger Molly Yeh posted a recipe for Smoked Butter Shortbread with Violet Buttercream, apparently inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The cookies sound amazing, and I'm definitely tempted to make them, but I want all of my nearest and dearest to know that if I ever manage to pipe a single frosting decoration...

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Jan 4 2018

Anglophile foodies


I'm always attracted to yearly round-up posts, and this list of 2017's best food books is intriguing: I like the use of the word "splenetic", the cover art for The Folio Book of Food & Drink, and I definitely want to know more...

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Oct 5 2017

Cookie decorating not for beginners


The Kitchn just posted a list of 18 Harry Potter-inspired Halloween recipes. I can resist most of these ideas (they're very heavy on pumpkin and butterscotch flavors, neither of which are my favorite), but I am in love with the Weasley Sweater cookies idea...

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Sep 18 2017

Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard


I have a daily ritual: every morning, when it's still too early for me face the news, I skim glossy cookbooks while I groggily eat my breakfast. Sure, my actual breakfast is totally boring (black tea and an English muffin), but I find looking at pictures of beautiful food to be extremely soothing. That is why I am so fond of the popular website Half Baked Harvest, and why I decided to review author Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook...

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Sep 18 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard


This week's Book Giveaway is a little unusual: we're giving away Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest. But even if you're not the huge fan of Gerard's pretty, pretty website that we are, might we recommend her cookbook as an excellent coffee table option? There's something so soothing about staring at pictures of beautifully-presented food, and this book has 'em in spades...

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Jun 22 2017

With a little editing, sign me up


The Guardian is getting in on the upcoming Harry Potter celebrations, too: the most recent installment in their "Novel Recipes" series is a (softer) version of Hagrid's rock cakes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone...

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May 25 2017



In celebration of the 50th anniversary of E. L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, the Guardian has devoted one of its ongoing "Novel Recipes" segments to New York Pretzels...

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May 15 2017

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman


We mostly review fiction here at Wordcandy, but there are a handful of nonfiction topics we consider of universal interest: money, history, and (most of all) food. Michael Ruhlman's recent book Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America actually touches on all three of these subjects, so it's right up our alley...

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May 15 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman


It's been a while, so it's time for one of our rare nonfiction reviews: this week's Book Giveaway is Michael Ruhlman's Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. (That's a biiiig subject for a short book, but whatever.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Apr 12 2017



Someone decided to make an extremely detailed statue of Disney's Belle out of the world's second-grossest (after Circus Peanuts, obviously) candy: Peeps...

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Jan 24 2017

Now on TV


Deb Perelman, creator of the popular cooking website Smitten Kitchen, just made an exciting announcement: Food Network has launched a Smitten Kitchen digital series. You can watch the first episode via the embedded link, and...

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Jan 12 2017

Maybe too specific?


Two Harry Potter + food articles in as many days! According to the Gothamist, there's a new Harry Potter-themed pasta restaurant in Williamsburg. It's tough to tell from the Pasta Wiz website, but the Potter connection looks a little tenuous...

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Jan 11 2017

Their spelling is pretty terrible, though.


Refinery29 recently featured an article about the Llety Cynin bed-and-breakfast in South Wales, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by...

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Sep 21 2016

I'd use it


A Singapore-based design studio has created a project called "The Missing Dining Table", which explores a variety of futuristic dining tools, all aimed at the solo eater. This book/dish holder made me laugh, but...

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Aug 9 2016

Not the same thing.


In honor of the 56th birthday of Dr. Seuss's classic children's book Green Eggs and Ham, NPR just published an article about various restaurants' attempts to put the title dish on their menus. All of the featured recipes look very wholesome and impressive, but I feel like they're punting on a pretty critical issue...

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Jul 26 2016

"Sexless casseroles"


NPR recently posted an article called "Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking". I have long found Ms. Gurley Brown, the longtime former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, bizarrely fascinating, and I'm always interested in reading about food...

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Jul 19 2016

Vital questions of our times


The fine people at Lucky Peach recently put together a list of Nineteen of Roald Dahl’s Most Important Food Inventions. Sometimes I forget how incredibly messed up Dahl's writing was, and then a passage like this one, from The Witches, reminds me...

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Apr 19 2016



In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, NPR is planning a series of stories exploring the link between his plays and food. The first post—"50 Shades Of Shakespeare: How The Bard Used Food As Racy Code"—goes into the many times Shakespeare used food as...

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Apr 5 2016

Booze and time travel


If you're a big Outlander fan, TheKitchn recently posted a collection of four French cocktail recipes inspired by the TV adaptation's second season, which will be set in 18th century France. From what I understand, alcohol (well, alcohol taxation, anyway) was...

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Jan 13 2016

Cheese plays more of a supporting role


Okay, I'm not 100% sold on the idea that Heidi is primarily about cheese, but I totally believe that great children's literature is nearly always improved by a memorable food description, from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe's tea party with Mr. Tumnus to...

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