His stories and writing style are so enjoyable that by the time I reached Potato Soup to Start With, my mood was better. The next day, not having the stamina to sauté celery, carrots and garlic, I cooked and then mashed 4 potatoes in the potato water, added the diced vegetables, my usual salt, pepper, parsley, mushroom powder and amino acids and let it simmer so it would be ready after I got back from an errand. It was, and then I remembered a ¼ cup of olive oil. Mmm, such joy.
In hang-around-and-do-nothing-mode, I watched many videos on You Tube on gardening, and Nancy Jolly’s TrueFoodTV shorts on How Does It Grow? After seeing a brief about gluten, I searched through our battered (ha, ha!) copy of The Tassajara Bread Book (1970) by Brown. My goal was to make a low-wheat sourdough starter, and I was off on a cooking adventure with my favorite fill-in, oat flour. An internet search revealed that Edward E. Brown, long going by the name, Jusan Kainei, has a birthday this week on the 24th. Very best birthday wishes, Dear Sir.
What a pleasure to read author Jonathan Evison’s Soap Box article, “A Lovely Taste of Normalcy,” (PW 3.7.22) about his recent book tour. His book rep volunteered to drive him all over the place to promote his latest book, Small World. Three days, 24 indie bookstores, and 500 miles later they returned home to Bainbridge Island, exhausted and happy! Kudos to all! In that same issue, James Daunt spoke in the News about B&N, of the importance of using BookTok, in which creators make videos about the books they read, often with a focus on YA fiction, YA fantasy, and romances. Something new. Happy spring to all!
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