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The Alchemists of Loom

The Outs

The Promise Kitchen

The Crooked Sixpence

Food Anatomy

Friday, December 22, 2017

[Food in Books] The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game #2) - Evelyn Skye

  • Ch. 1
    • A chakchak cookie
      a cluster of fried dough piled together with syrup and walnut bits.
  • Ch. 3
    • What Pasha drank
      Damn alcohol. It was probably closer to samogon—homemade moonshine—than real vodka.
    • A platter of black bread and smoked herring
  • Ch. 7
    • Baguettes
    • Pains au chocolat
      (both Galina’s daily order from Madame Boulangère, a French bakery)
  • Ch. 25
    • Vika's tree with sweets
      Vika snapped her fingers, and deep-violet sugarplums appeared all over the tree, hanging by black licorice stems. The lower boughs of the tree grew heavy with enormous candy pinecones, each a different color and flavor, from strawberry red to marmalade orange to honeysuckle-berry blue. And tufts of white cotton candy, like sweet snow, floated down onto the branches. Wherever a child could reach, a treat could be found.
  • Ch. 31
    • A fresh tureen of borscht
    • Tarte à l’oignon
      a plate of miniature tarts, filled with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and thyme
      (both poisoned)
  • Ch. 33
    • Syrniki pancakes (with cottage cheese and honey; poisoned)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

[Food in Books] The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) - Evelyn Skye

  • Ch. 1
    • A tray of oreshki cookies, and the caramel-walnut confections
    • What Vika carried
      Ludmila laughed as she fetched a Borodinsky loaf, the dense Russian black bread that was Sergei’s daily staple. She wrapped the bread in brown paper, creased the corners, and tied it with cotton twine.

      Vika paid and tucked the bread into her basket, which contained a few sausages from the butcher and a jar of dill pickles from the grocer two streets down, where she had stopped earlier.
  • Ch. 4
    • Several crates of apples
  • Ch. 10
    • Kvass
    • A stale slice of bread
  • Ch. 16
    • A tray laden with bouillon, chicken à l’estragon, and apple tarts
  • Ch. 17
    • A croissant spread with strawberry jam
  • Ch. 21
    • A pitcher of beer
    • An ice-cold bottle of vodka
    • A cutting board filled with rye bread, smoked fish, and cucumber pickles
      (all from the Magpie and the Fox)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

[Food in Books] The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) - Adrienne Kress

  • Ch. 3
    • Tea service Sebastian was invited to, by Myrtle Algens
      Before her was a full tea service: teapot, cups, saucers, milk and sugar, and a three-tiered display of little cakes and sandwiches.
    • Sebastian's tea (served by Myrtle)
      She added the milk, plopped two sugar cubes into the drink with the aid of a pair of silver tongs, and passed it over to him.
    • A cookie
  • Ch. 5
    • Gaseous carp
      "Gaseous carp. They smell and taste like rotten eggs. They are fantastic. Would you like to try?" Tobias held up a small flaky pastry and Sebastian shook his head.
  • Ch. 6
    • Brussels sprouts (Sebastian's favorite)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

[Food in Books] The Chocolate Comeback (Love at the Chocolate Shop #7) - Roxanne Snopek

  • Ch. 1
    • Lasagna with lots of cheese and spinach
    • Garlic bread
    • Caesar salad
    • A gallon of rocky road ice cream
    • Lemon-meringue pie (made by Joanie Cash-Henley)
    • Chocolate cheesecake (made by Joanie; DeeDee's favorite)
      The crunchy cookie crush contrasted with the smooth cream cheese, which made the bittersweet dark chocolate layer even more intense.
    • Salted-caramel chocolates (from Copper Mountain Chocolate)
      (all for DeeDee's welcome-back dinner)
    • Frozen yogurt
    • Oatmeal (with raisins)
    • Milk
  • Ch. 2
    • An apple
    • Coffee
    • Copper Mountain Chocolate
      The dark shell broke apart to reveal a smooth buttery center that melted on her tongue and made her forget all her problems for a moment.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Picture Book Reading List [UPDATED on July, 2017]

Hi all! Originally, I had intended to post all book reviews on Goodreads, thinking that, hey, I have an account there, why not? That being said, I've been firm from the beginning to exclude reviews when it comes to manga or comicbooks, due to how the majority of stories in those formats won't conclude in small amount of volumes; long story short it will blow my rating ratio out of proportion, and I don't want to give people the impression that I'm one of those people who would only give out high ratings, because that really ISN'T the case, just that if factoring books in those form, it could easily seem that way.

I became a NetGalley member on Sept. 6, 2016, and tentatively (at the beginning) ventured the world of ARC provided by them since then. While it adds pressure (for books with a set archiving date), I'm opened to so many books I wouldn't have known about had I not joined, so I was very eager to share how I came to know those books in my GR reviews. Including ARCs of picture books I got from them. Until I realized it was doing the same thing I foresaw with manga/comicbooks; my rating ratio quickly landed on the higher side. Which was why I decided to stop including picture books (the ones that are less than 50 pages) on my GR account on Feb., 2017.

Like for manga/comicbooks, I intend to review picture books on this blog instead. Unfortunately, I read slow, but I write even slower. I haven't had the time to create individual posts, and the picture books are gradually piling up waiting to be reviewed. Hence I decided to do the next best thing, at least compiling a list of the books, just to keep them organized, and if people happen to be passing by, there'd get to see what I've been reading.

(NOTE: I will NOT be removing what I've already added on GR.)

Books I've already reviewed

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Monday, May 1, 2017

[Food in Books] Charmed by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #6) - Steena Holmes

  • Ch. 1
    • A mug of tea
    • Fresh-baked chocolate chip oatmeal muffins
    • Cinnamon buns
      (all made by Leah)
  • Ch. 3
    • Sage's hot chocolate
      Leah followed Sage to the counter and watched as the woman stirred the drinking chocolate with a wooden spoon before filling two mugs.

      “Don't you skimp on that whipping cream, you hear?” Grams called out.

      “Never.” Sage covered the large helping of whipped cream with fresh chocolate shavings before setting the two mugs on a tray.
    • A mint melt and a truffle
      (all from Copper Mountain Chocolate)

Monday, April 17, 2017

[Food in Books] The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5) - Melissa McClone

* Note:
In Ch. 4, Nevada and Dustin was tasked to make chocolate, but other than knowing how they failed the first two times, and some tips on what to avoid doing, there wasn't exactly anything specific mentioned about the chocolate they were making. The only known ingredient is chocolate itself, which is why I didn't list the whole ordeal below.
  • Ch. 1
    • Heart-shaped pies and cakes
    • The Valentine display of Copper Mountain Chocolates
      Molded heart-shaped chocolates on sticks, covered with cellophane, and tied with red and pink ribbons were arranged like flowers in a pretty red vase. Fancy heart-shaped boxes and white doilies held pyramids of gourmet chocolates. Shoppers would be enticed—or guilt tripped—into spending a fortune on their valentine.
    • Hot chocolate with swirled whipped cream and sprinkled chocolate shavings on top (made by Dakota)
  • Ch. 2
    • Beer
    • A bag of chips

Sunday, March 5, 2017

[Food in Books] The Devil's Feast (The Blake & Avery Mystery Series #3) - M.J. Carter

I almost feel like I'm spoiling too much, for there really are tons of food mentioned in this book. But then I feel like it wouldn't be fair if I didn't treat it the same as I did all my "list of food in books" posts, alas, you are in for a treat.

I feel obliged to mention that the text copyright obviously belongs to the great M.J. Carter, and DO READ THE BOOK, because not only is the food in it great, the actual plot is also very savory. I myself first read it through a digitized US ARC provided by NetGalley, then got the UK ebook, THEN ORDERED the UK HARDBACK. Don't say I didn't go out of my way to support it. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

  • Ch. 1
    • Three large oranges
    • A covered bowl of cooling but tasty stew
    • A pewter mug of beer
  • Ch. 2
    • What was brought to Avery when he had the private talk with Matty
      A large brown teapot, two cups, a plate of soft white bread and butter, another with slices of seed cake, and a saucer on which there were four tiny pairs of slightly crushed meringues pressed together with purple jam and a lick of whipped cream.
    • Descriptions of the meringue
      She watched as I placed a meringue in my mouth. It crumbled and vanished like a sugar cloud.

      ‘Chef calls them “a little piece of the divine”.’
  • Ch. 3
    • Champagne
    • A plate of chicken
    • A splendid jar of vivid green peas
    • The dinner, part 1 (the wine is white burgundy)
      Mr Percy, the steward, whom I had met earlier, arrived and poured the wine – a deep, transparent gold – into eleven small glasses. A waiter served each of us with a morsel of lobster in a buttery sauce flavoured very gently with Indian spices laid inside a small, crisp, layered pastry case or vol-au-vent. It was so light one almost inhaled it. The wine, scented with butter and honey, was gone all too soon.
    • The dinner, part 2
      How shall I describe it? Vivid, surprising, complicated, delicious. I had never tasted the like. We began with a soup of early asparagus, light yet intensely flavourful, then turbot in a delicate pink sauce of lobster roe, then a whole salmon trout, remarkably suspended in aspic as if at the moment just before it took the hook.

      Then the first of the ‘removes’ arrived: braised pigeons with asparagus and peas, and an extraordinary construction made of pastry in the shape of a crown, stuffed with small poached chickens which had in turn been stuffed with mushrooms, ox tongues and sweetbreads. Into the pastry crown’s sides had been stuck little golden skewers on which were strung slices of truffle and pink crayfish tails. We applauded wildly. Soyer described it as his little
      trompe l’œil, and said again that he was confident no one had ever seen anything like it and it would astonish the guests at the banquet.

      There was a small pause while we were entertained with hors d’œuvres – among them a fresh salad of celery, young onions and sliced radish, another of
      haricots verts, early green beans dressed in a warm brown butter, and tiny crab rissoles.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

[Food in Books] The Infidel Stain (The Blake & Avery Mystery Series #2) - M.J. Carter

  • Ch. 1
    • Stew with pieces of rotee
    • A steaming bowl of curry
  • Ch. 3
    • Bread
    • Cheese
    • Some wrinkled apples
    • Small beer
  • Ch. 4
    • Cress
    • Cup of hot coffee (bought by Avery for Matty)
    • Bread and butter (bought by Avery for Matty)
    • A ham sandwich
      It turned out to be a slab of grey flannel set between two slices of something not far off cardboard.
    • Claret
  • Ch. 5
    • A bowl of kitcheree

Monday, February 20, 2017

[Food in Books] Rosie's Little Café on the Riviera - Jennifer Bohnet

  • Ch. 2
    • Cheesy baguette
  • Ch. 3
    • Coffee
    • Champagne
    • Rosé
    • Café Fleur's opening night
      People were helping themselves to the plates of finger food laid out on the bar. Smoked salmon blinis, fois gras on crisp toast, slices of quiche, individual pissaladières and lots of bowls of nuts, crisps and peanuts were scattered around. For those with a sweet tooth there were tiny individual tartes abricots with rosettes of crème frêche piped on top, demitasse servings of chocolate mousse and a bowl of fruit salad.

      Tansy had placed the cheese board, with its selection of brie, roquefort, boursin and cantel on a separate table. And Rosie knew that, out in the kitchen, a cauldron of home-made parsley soup stood on the stove, ready to be heated at the end of the evening as people left.
    • Mackerel pate
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