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A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater — BOOK BEGINNINGS



Man! I have been off my blogging game for a while now! Do you go through blogger slumps? I just realized that my only blog posts for over a month have been Book Beginning posts. I love Book Beginnings! But There’s more to Rose City Reader than this one post every week. Or, there should be!

Oh well. Summer. Work. Life. Things happen. I’ll get my blogging mojo back one of these days. What do you do to get back in the blogging groove when you fall out of it?

In the meantime, it’s time again for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Let’s share the first sentences (or so) of the books we are reading this week. Or just books we feel like highlighting.


The mistletoe – magical, pagan, sacred to Norsemen and the Druids – is still hanging over the low doorway to the kitchen.

– from the first chapter, January 1, “A humble loaf and a soup of roots,” in Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater.

I’ve seen Nigel Slater’s name pop up as a favorite food writer on British blogs and Instagram accounts. But I hadn’t seen any of his books (other than his memoir Toast) at local shops until last week when I was poking around Vivienne, a darling cookbook store near my office. They had a copy of Notes from the Larderdescribed as the companion to his three volume Kitchen Diaries series. It’s my now-favorite kind of cookbook, a combination of essays or memoir and recipes. It looks absolutely wonderful! I am excited to add it to my cookbook library.


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Freda at Freda’s Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading – or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda’s Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Notes from the Larder:

I have always loved the color gray. Peaceful, elegant, understated; The color of stone, steel, and soft, nurturing rain.



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