Loving | Reading & Watching

BOOK | Blood Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. Lots of books on my nightstand right now seem to be memoirs. I read about this one in a couple different places and picked it up in Charlotte. I have thoroughly enjoyed this one - it's raw and interesting and her writing about food and the happenings in her life and in the kitchen I found really fascinating.

Next up is either A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough by Wayne Muller (he wrote another book I loved last year - Sabbath) or Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer.

MAGAZINE | Anthology. I got my first issue while I was away and devoured it on Sunday afternoon. Loved the articles. Loved the images. Love the size.

TV | Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Something about this season has really pulled me in. I'd never watched his show before this season but have been DVRing it and love it. He's raw and the places he's been going this season are really interesting - I especially liked the first episode when he was in Hati.

ONLINE | Here's a few recent favorites:

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30 thoughts

  1. tina.b - Half of What I Say

    2011-04-04 10:17:07 -0400

    Ali, I too read Blood, Bones and Butter, thoroughly enjoyed it. I will check out your other book recs. And have loved Tony since the start, have yet to see the Haiti episode, don't think it has aired in Canada yet.

  2. Kristen

    2011-04-04 10:32:43 -0400

    Thanks for those links, Ali--esp little Buddha!

  3. Roberta

    2011-04-04 11:13:49 -0400

    We are also fans of Anthony Bourdain's and love his real take on trying different things. We also DVR it and catch up on it on the weekends...the only thing is that it makes me want to eat...so I only watch it when I'm not hungry...same with all food shows ;)

  4. Michele in Texas

    2011-04-04 11:55:01 -0400

    Ali, thank you for introducing me to Tiny Buddha. It certainly had some wisdom that I needed right now.

  5. Kimberly L.C.

    2011-04-04 12:09:56 -0400

    I've really been enjoying No Reservations this season also. I think that he's added more of himself and his actual emotions to the food experience, which has made it much richer for me. The Haiti episode was just phenomenal.

  6. Cindy Andrews

    2011-04-04 12:20:09 -0400

    Ali - your stack of "to read books" looks nearly as tall as mine and I keeping adding! Thanks so much for sponsors - I've purchased a couple things from Lisa Leonard - love her designs! I've tried to buy from Studio Calico, but I'm just not fast enough...

  7. Carrie

    2011-04-04 12:28:02 -0400


    A while back you'd either tweeted or posted about a new healthy eating site you discovered. I visited the site a few times, but didn't bookmark it, and now I can't find it. The site posts weekly heathy eating tips on a little note card that you can print as reminders...any ideas on which site this was? I'd love to find it again.

    Thanks so much. Great post as usual. I hope you had a great weekend!

  8. Teresa

    2011-04-04 12:35:20 -0400

    I miss Anthony Bourdain. No satellite right now. My husband thinks I had a crush on him. Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. kelly X

    2011-04-04 13:07:39 -0400

    Hi Ali! My nightstand looks the same way :-) I've been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for awhile. Have you read any of his books?

  10. Denise K.

    2011-04-04 13:33:58 -0400

    Thanks for sharing your reading material, Ali! I'd love to hear what you and Simon are reading...since I love your pics for adults and need some ideas for insightful books for a 3rd grader. Thanks!

  11. Liz Ness

    2011-04-04 13:55:30 -0400

    Thank you so much for including a link to GP+ in this awesome list! I'm sending HUGE, GIGANTIC HUGS your way, my friend!!!

    =) Liz

  12. Judy Webb

    2011-04-04 16:02:17 -0400

    I have a face book friend. Famous Women. She sends quotes that educates every day. Some are signed and some are not. This one is not, "Forget your weakness! Think courage." I am loving her Facebook and your blog. Yea!!

  13. Christine

    2011-04-04 16:04:20 -0400

    Great reading selection. I was wondering if you ever considered owning a Kindle or other e-reader?

  14. Paulette Sarsfield

    2011-04-04 18:29:10 -0400

    Ali, I would like to know what you do with your books after you read them? I read a lot too & had to purge awhile ago but it's even harder than Scrapbooking supplies... just curious! Thanks for sharing, Happy day:o)

  15. Rachel

    2011-04-04 19:27:09 -0400

    Thanks for the great reading recommendations! Be Different, Adventures of a Free Range Aspergian, is a new release by John Elder Robison that I am currently enjoying. (Oh, and I've enjoyed your recent website links, too!)

  16. Deb Wisker

    2011-04-04 22:00:28 -0400

    That's quite a stack of books! Don't forget to update your Goodreads! ;)

  17. Patricia

    2011-04-04 23:06:20 -0400

    Glad to see I'm not the only one with a pile of books on my nightstand almost as tall as my lamp! Happy Reading!

  18. Brooke

    2011-04-04 23:23:09 -0400

    I'm always envious of your book pile. But I have to ask, as a busy Mom of two how and when do you fit it all in?

  19. Bev

    2011-04-05 09:01:46 -0400

    Just a quick note to thank you for your wonderful blog. Everything you post is so thoughtful and inspiring and this blog is no exception! Thanks again!

  20. Lindsey

    2011-04-05 12:44:26 -0400

    My husband and I are reading Moonwalking with Einstein right now, and we are both absolutely loving it. It's fascinating!! (Really. I probably don't say that about a lot of books. Especially since I'm not much of a nonfiction person). I'm about 2/3 of the way through, and I can't recommend it enough.

  21. Prathima

    2011-04-05 14:01:53 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    Not sure if you know about it, but there's a wonderful show on NBC called Parenthood. Its about one family of three generations and their individual struggles and successes in life as well as how they all come together. In addition, one of the main characters son has Asperger's and they address the challenges and wonderful moments with his learning and growing process. It's a fantastic show full of heart and I would love more people to watch it so it stay on the air! :)

  22. Marian

    2011-04-06 02:04:32 -0400

    Ali - I just finished Blood, Bones, and Butter last night. I really enjoyed it also. She s a terrific writer. Also, my favorite TV show right now is Parenthood. Such an intense so but also very funny. It just really seems to flow like real life.

  23. suzanne

    2011-04-06 13:30:21 -0400

    hi ali!
    just stopped by to see what your up to : )
    i love your book suggestions- i saw the Blood Bones & Butter just featured in the Oregonian and put it on my list. Glad to know it is good. Also just started Mama Zen- keep the suggestions coming.

  24. Angie Lucas

    2011-04-15 00:47:44 -0400

    I see "Peace Like a River" on your nightstand, and I have to say it is one of my FAVORITES. It's amazing. The voice is so unique, and you know you're in for something different from the very first paragraph.

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