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As we usher in my kids favorite time of year, there are a few things I like to do. Buy new swimsuits and pool gear, stockpile sunscreen, organize a few new farmer’s market recipes to try out, create a family summer bucket list and assemble a reasonable reading list for me and the kiddies. I too love the sleeping in/lazy day quality that summer routines promise, but I’ve found that some early organizing of recipes, activities and good reads helps to ensure that the continuous relaxed days, don’t become our eventual undoing. Below is a list of a few books that I will be reading over the next few months. They focus on food, environmental issues, and American fiction.
Written by sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen, this book features over 60 pie recipes that are categorized by season. The Black Currant Lemon Chiffon and Salty Honey are two that I cannot wait to try! This book is especially good when summer fruits abound.
My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz
Food Blogger David Lebovitz offers up over 100 recipes along with many stories in My Paris Kitchen. The recipes, both sweet and savory are mouthwatering and embody the way the modern Parisian is currently eating.
Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai
In Unbowed, Wangari recounts her journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to her eventual Nobel Peace Prize. She started the Greenbelt Movement in 1977 to fight deforestation and this book recounts her fight to save the forests and restore democracy to the land that she loves.
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
A fictional and suspenseful narrative that discusses climate change. The story focuses on a young mother who discovers something unexpectedly that she cannot explain. Her discovery energizes competing factions around her; religious groups, climate scientists and politicians, placing her in the center of the conflict.
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, by Molly Wizenberg
A funny, honest memoir about how the opening of a new restaurant created crisis in a young marriage, but also the opportunity to learn, change and grow together.