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April 4, 2011

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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  • 1.
    Sue said…

    Wow you are one busy woman. How wonderful to constantly renew and “growing” yourself.

  • 2.
    Courtney Carver said…

    Ali, Thanks so much for including me in your post today. Redefine Your Lovely Life has become so important to me. Not because of what I wrote, but because of how readers have responded. The comments are heart warming and heart breaking, and their honesty and realness are incredible.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Did you notice I didn’t get down to one book next to my bed? I thought about you when I was taking that photo -

  • 3.
    Lori said…

    Here’s a book recommendation: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. A really great and life changing read.

  • 4.
    Stephanie said…

    Loved the post on “redefine your lovely life”. Thanks for sharing.

  • 5.
    Tamara said…

    tiny buddha and be more with less are to of my favorite reads…they always provide excellent food for thought. :) i haven’t heard of anthology? i always love your recommendations so i’m going to check it out today! happy monday!

  • 6.

    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.

  • 7.
    Kristen said…

    Thanks for those links, Ali–esp little Buddha!

  • 8.
    Roberta said…

    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 ;)

  • 9.

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

  • 10.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    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.

  • 11.
    Cindy Andrews said…

    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…

  • 12.
    Carrie said…


    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!

  • 13.
    Teresa said…

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

  • 14.
    kelly X said…

    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?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No – are they good?

    • ….
      Kelly X said…

      I’ve only read A Cook’s Tour and Kitchen Confidential and both were really good. I think he’s a great story teller.

  • 15.
    Denise K. said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      He’s been making his way through The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Right now he likes to just read the captions so we are working on getting back to the “other” words in the books. It’s ok with me for now – I’m more focused on him embracing the routine of “reading time” vs. arguing about what it is he’s reading.

  • 16.
    Liz Ness said…

    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

  • 17.
    Judy Webb said…

    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!!

  • 18.
    Christine said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Christine – I’ve thought about it but not made any move just yet.

  • 19.

    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)

  • 20.
    Rachel said…

    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!)

  • 21.
    Deb Wisker said…

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

  • 22.
    Patricia said…

    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!

  • 23.
    Brooke said…

    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?

  • 24.
    Bev said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Lindsey said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cool – I’m looking forward to it!

  • 26.
    Prathima said…

    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! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi! I’ve seen it a couple times – I need to add it to our DVR list.

  • 27.
    Marian said…

    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.

  • 28.
    suzanne said…

    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.

  • 29.
    Angie Lucas said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It was recommended recently and it was one I’d never heard of before – excited to read it.

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