Book Response

Book Response: The Beauty of Humanity Movement

A couple of years ago, I heard Camilla Gibb read from her book The Beauty of Humanity Movement. What captivated me about her story was her personal introduction. She based the story off her own visit to Vietnam and the particular pho seller that she visited on the street for many of the days that she was there.

There’s something about the repetition of visiting a place again and again, or eating the same soup over and over again that I feel represents as close as a visitor will ever get to knowing what a place is like.

Simply in Season: My First and Favourite Cookbook

My First Cookbook

Simply in Season is the cookbook that got me cooking when I left home for university. It was one of the first cookbooks that I purchased and it was probably my only cookbook for a while (besides the few photocopied and emailed recipes I had from my mother when I moved out).

Eat It: Tasty Food Lit

In the waiting room

Eat It was slim enough to fit in my purse and go with me wherever I went. Each contributor’s article may be just a page or a few, but I felt a connection to each writer and was laughing out loud in the waiting room and smiling to myself in public. I had to look around to see if anyone else caught me in my enjoyment.

 

At Word on the Street

Book Response: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

I remember getting my first copy of Charlotte’s Web when I was in grade 1. The Christmas tree was in the living room window and I lay down right in front of it on my back with the book raised in the air. I was so excited to read it. My Dad caught on to my excitement and lay down beside me to read it aloud.

One of the first illustrations in the book is of Avery Arable. It was exciting for me to find a book where one of the characters had the same name as me. It didn’t matter whether or not his role was big or small – he had the same name!

Book Response: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life inspired my own efforts in gardening. Currently, the dogs rule my small backyard, so I am limited to planters on my balcony, but I still plan to expand my efforts to herbs, edible flowers, and lettuce this year. I may even volunteer at my nearby community garden.

In her book, Barbara Kingsolver describes how she produces enough from her land to sustain her family for a whole year. This book is an engaging narrative of her year growing all the food that she eats.

Memorable Images:

- An asparagus plot
- “Agritourismo” in Italy
- Countertops covered with tomatoes

Three images stand out in my mind: asparagus, “agritourismo” in Italy, and tomatoes! I had no idea that asparagus takes a few years to establish itself before it can be harvested. Kingsolver sums up what most ...