Since the clocks sprung forward today I’m already anticipating a groggy feeling tomorrow morning when my alarm goes off. To help minimize this I decided to turn today into a relaxing Sunday so it feels like an appropriate time to share with you all of the media I am ingesting and loving. This is a happy mix of cerebral and light so that you have a book or show to watch whether you need a few diversions for pure entertainment or are looking to get serious. Keep scrolling for this month’s recommendations. I’d love to hear in the comments what you’re currently reading and watching!
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The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
Spanning 54 years, this novel takes you through the dreams and struggles of the Cleary family on a sheep station in the Australian Outbook. The interweaving of love stories from one generation to the next, the believable characterizations and dramatic plotting make this book a page-turner.
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Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
Living in New York, I eat out at least once per week so I was eager to read Anthony Bourdain’s tell-all book about his twenty-five years as a professional chef. Most diners believe that the exquisite food in front of them was prepared by a culinary artist. According to Bourdain, this is not true. He describes it as a team effort by “wacked-out moral degenerates, dope fiends, refugees, a thuggish assortment of drunks, sneaky thieves, sluts, and psychopaths”. This book provides entertainment along with a new perspective on the restaurant industry and practical tips for diners (ex: never order fish at a restaurant on a Monday because its from the shipment they received the previous Thursday).
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For most of us there are special memories attached to food but overtime people have lost connection with how the food got to their table. This four part documentary looks at food through the lenses of four natural elements- fire, water, air and earth. Instead of making you feel guilty about the way you eat like some food documentaries, Cooked celebrates the traditions of cooking and inspires you to get back into your kitchen.
4 of 5
Midnight in Paris
Based in Paris, this film follows a screenwriter, who mysteriously travels back in time to the 1920s each night at midnight. There, he meets Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and more. As he moves closer towards the time he defines as the “Golden Age”, he moves further away from the life he has built in the present.
Midnight in Paris was released in 2011 but I’ve had a hard time finding it on TV the past few years. Much to my delight Netflix recently added it to their streaming selection so if you have not seen the movie, or if you would like to watch it again, I highly recommend checking it out.
5 out of 5
When I was a child I did not understand why adults liked HGTV. Oh, how time changes things. Now it not uncommon to see me bewildered as to how couples featured on Fixer Upper or Property Brothers could pick tile floors with those cabinets.
When I saw the preview for Home Town I was instantly excited. I love southern architecture so I was interested in Ben and Erin’s mission of restoring instead of replacing the old homes in their small town in Mississippi. The first episode got me hooked and I can’t wait to watch more!