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Food and book links to love

By Ann | March 15, 2013

snow eiffel

It snowed again in Paris this week, a big snow. After my icy adventures there in January (and last week in New York) I have to admit, I wasn’t that sorry to miss it. Ah, March is a lion, mes amis, hear her roar! This weekend, I’m looking forward to having some friends over for dinner, and going to a reading at the venerable old DC bookshop, Politics and Prose (details below). If your weekend includes some relaxing internet browsing, here are a few lovely food and book links:

–Memoirs about life in Paris usually aggravate me because they so often get the city wrong. But Rosecrans Baldwin’s book, Paris I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, gets every single detail right, from his hilarious vocabulary lessons with French colleagues, to the expatriate’s wistful appreciation of the temporary.

–Have you ever wondered why so many great ideas appear in the shower? This article explains it all.

–Spring has not arrived, but for my dinner party on Saturday, I’m excited to cook spring-like food, like asperges mimosa and lemon cake (made with yogurt!).

–I just read this review of a new novel, Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar, a modern morality tale about two cats named Soybean and Tofu who live in Beijing. It sounds absolutely adorable.

–Win a copy of Kitchen Chinese! I’m excited to band together with 26 author friends for a big book giveaway. Find out more details on my Facebook page (click on the blue “win” button at the top), or via the blog of my friend, Randy Susan Meyers.

–*Shamless self promotion alert* I was completely bowled over to find my little old blog featured in the South China Morning Post!


–Isn’t this book cover gorgeous? I’m excited to hear my friend, Nichole Bernier, speak about her debut novel, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, 1pm, at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC). See you there?

Bon weekend, tout le monde!

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6 Responses to “Food and book links to love”

  1. Voie de Vie Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Ah yes, my favorite bookstore in D.C., hands down – good luck to your friend and her debut novel. How exciting!

    And enjoy your dinner party. Let us know how the cooking goes. :)

  2. Jill Colonna Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Sounds like you have a perfect weekend lined up, Ann. I’ll be thinking of your asperges mimosa and lemon cake as we’re braving the chilly Stade de France to watch France vs Ecosse at the rugby! Enjoy your dinner party.

  3. Everyday French Chef Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Ann, thanks for this delightful post! I definitely get my best ideas in the shower and just clicked on your link above. They’re really onto something – although personally I think that taking something called Aqua Notes into the shower might just block those creative synapses from firing. But it’s nice to know that all that creativity is happening for a reason. And by the way, it’s absolutely freezing in Paris tonight. Lucky you in Washington. Cheers.

  4. CK Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    That shower link was fascinating. Dopamine — who knew? I’m glad to know hygiene and creativity are connected!

  5. Emma Says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Love your links, always.

    I’m a sucker for pretty book covers and this one’s no exception, they always make me want to read the book, no matter what.

    I hope your dinner party went well, I’ve made that lemon cake! It’s gorgeous.

    Congrats on your blog feature!

    Have a great week :D

  6. Daisy de Plume Says:
    March 21st, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I completely agree on the Rosecrans Baldwin book. I never read memoirs set in Paris, but a good friend sent a publicity version and I surprised myself with gobbling it up. In fact I chortled my way on the metro, tears streaming down my face oblivious to anyone being around (let alone sardined in line 9). He’s both tender and wickedly funny/perceptive.

    And of course I was in love with that bobo colleague who ended up working on – what was it diapers or lactating or something insanely unsexy whilst he went on to vuitton.

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