Jonathan Safran Foer and Smitten Kitchen FTW!

I haven’t updated in over a week. eeeeee…

I was off work from the 13th-25th working on a project of sorts (not really vacationin’) which resulted in long, late nights and a pitiful amount of sleep so I’m just getting back on my feet now. I did however have a bit of time to read.

I finished the Wiz of Oz, read the ridiculous Twilight Director’s Notebook, breezed through Wuthering Heights and then ate up Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close:

This was the selection for my book club this month and I went into it without the author’s name ringin’ any bells. But the second I had a copy in my hands, the lightbulb finally went on. Foer wrote Everything Is Illuminated. I haven’t read the book (yet), but I did watch the film at TIFF (Toronto International Film Fest) a couple of years ago and I fell in love with it. That year I think I recommended it to anyone who would listen.

Extremely Close is such an amazing book. It was delicious.

It’s the story of 9 year old Oskar Schell dealing with the loss of his father during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But don’t let the premise influence your opinion. 9/11 definitely has a certain stigma to it. This story doesn’t focus so much on the event but on Oskar specifically, his feelings and his unique way of dealing with his grief.

I love the detail that Foer puts into telling you about Oskar’s relationship with his father. His characters jump off the page- they live and breathe. I really, really, really recommend this book.

The design in particular also made me pretty giddy. Photographs, and visual elements are littered through the book and add to the tone and overall feeling of the story. Oh Foer, <3!

I've also been cooking a bit more lately. I tried out the broccoli slaw via Smitten Kitchen a little while ago and then last night I gave two recipes a shot:
Asparagus Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta-

Rasberry Buttermilk Cake-

Both turned out pretty good- the cake needed to linger in the over a bit longer but other than that it was still pretty damn delicious.

K

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6 Responses to “Jonathan Safran Foer and Smitten Kitchen FTW!”

  1. adc Says:

    dude. we need to cook something! or you and Neelam need to cook for me! XD
    thoughts, re: wuthering heights?

    and that book cover is so Saul Bass.

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Wuthering Heights I really dug but I think going into it I had entirely the wrong idea.

    I was expecting a love story between this woman Catherine and a man named Heathcliffe. I was expecting so many things that didn’t happen- it was weird.

    But after I got over my expectations and just allowed myself to get into the actual story I was game. But it’s so sad- and it’s so dark. I had no idea that it would be such a somber tale.
    You feel like so much heartache and so much of the bad could have been avoided if people would have given up on their pride, jealousy, etc. It’s not really a compassionate story y’know. It’s not really a story (for me) of true and honest love. It’s more one of loss and desperation. But I was so pleased that it had an upbeat ending. Otherwise… I dunno.

    Maybe you can explain it better to me- I did enjoy it. But not as much as I thought I would have. I just kept wishing that they would just get their damn shit together haha

  3. Kayla Hillier Says:

    PS- It is very Saul Bass- I think my like of Hitchcock played into my glee over the cover.

  4. ADC Says:

    okay, it’s almost 3am. bear with me…

    You’re response is so interesting. To me, the book’s such a true representation of Love. Epic love. Maybe I’m a cynic, but I see love that’s not realized is just as powerful as love that is ‘experienced’. It’s a catch 22. We need love to be complete humans, but the human condition keeps us from letting ourselves love. WH captures that. Catherine and Heath’s love, pure as I think it to be, is hindered by the baggage of being people. I think the compassion was there, just not communicated. But perhaps I’m projecting.

    The obsessiveness, the loss of love, I’m betting more often than not are the feelings more commonly associated with the concept of love, rather than joy. Again, projecting my teenage experience?

    The last time I read it was in high school, and of course, I totally thought I was Heathcliff. And I loved the darkness, the obsession, the star crossedness. I’m all about the star crossedness.

    Fun fact: The female character in the story I’m currently writing is named after Catherine. Like I said, one of my top 3 fave books of all time!!!

  5. Tova Says:

    You and your culinary masterpieces. I’m definitely going to check out this website! I’m jealous of your defined aptitude for cooking and baking. Both looked incredible!

    Safron Foer is a great writer, and I did enjoy Everything is Illuminated by shock/horror, I enjoyed the film more. I’d definitely be interested in reading this book as well, let me know what you think.

  6. Kayla Hillier Says:

    See I have no doubt in my mind that Heathcliff was ALL about Catherine. (As in loved her hardcore)- but I just felt like his love drove him to do some really hurtful stuff and not just to his competition but to Catherine’s own daughter. Which in my mind even though he didn’t father the child- I would assume that he would view it as his lover’s own flesh and blood and not treat her like shit y’know? I don’t know. blah blah blah.

    I love star crossedness too.. but I dunno haha.

    Thank you Tova! I’m kinda new to the cooking scene. I just threw caution to the wind the last year or so and decided to just go for some recipes even though I was ridiculously worried that I’d mess ’em up.

    I’m so excited to read Everything is Illuminated! I also have to read Wetland still… It’s on the list!

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