Looking for your next great read? Try a cookbook. At Bon Appetit, Amanda Shapiro makes a case for reading cookbooks for more than just their recipes, especially during a quarantine. “Since How To Cook Everything became my panic-reduction strategy,” Shapiro writes, “I’ve found myself flipping through it, and even other cookbooks, in calmer moments too. It’s the kind of soft-focus activity that I think a lot of us are craving right now, like knitting, coloring, and looking at photos of Stanley Tucci. I’m still not reading cookbooks cover-to-cover and probably never will, but I am sorry for judging all you people who do.”
Two newlyweds who hated The Little Prince held their marriage reception in the restaurant where Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote the book. Read about how their experience changed their opinions of the book. You could also read our own Matt Seidel’s essay on non-traditional marriage proposals in literature.
John Domini reviews Joseph McElroy’s Cannonball in the pages of Bookforum. In our Great Second-Half 2013 Book Preview, our own Garth Risk Hallberg wrote that, “this, his first novel in many a moon, concerns the Iraq War, among other things, and it’s hard to think of an author more suited to reimagining the subject.”
Nancy Jo Sales, author of The Bling Ring, talks about her latest book, American Girls, at NPR. “In the 2 1/2 years she spent researching her book, Sales interviewed more than 200 teenage girls around the country about their social media and Internet usage. She says girls face enormous pressures to post ‘hot’ or sexualized photos of themselves online, and she adds that this pressure can make the Internet an unwelcoming environment.” You could also read Sarah Labrie’s essay on social (media) anxiety.