Archive | October 2011
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I’ve always wanted a job writing menus for restaurants. To me, menus are a form of word alchemy. Lumps of meat become braised lamb, loin of pork, rump steak. Stew is transformed into cassoulet or bouillabaisse. The humble spud is sautéed or gratinated. Cheese isn’t just cheese. It’s Crozier Blue, Peccorino, feta. And all these […]
Last week, I brought you my top five books of all time. This week, I bring you an alternative top five – my top five comfort reads. These are the books I’ve returned to over and over again through the years. They’re the ones with the dog-eared covers. They’re my old friends. It’s an unfortunate […]
Writers write. But writers also read. It’s their reading that forms the cradle for their talent, that inspires them to pen stories of their own. The books writers read shape their own writing. Books show them what goes on under the bonnet, how a story is put together. This week, I’m paying homage to the […]