Monthly Archives: August 2014

Recent Reads: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With OwlsI think I’ve read just about every word David Sedaris has ever written. As an aspiring author, I’m obsessed with his ability to turn a phrase in the most clever and subversive ways. I bought Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls as soon as it came out last year but, since I always have a mile-high stack of books waiting to be read on my nightstand, I only got around to reading it this summer. And as I suspected I would, I read the first page and immediately wished I’d gotten to it sooner.

Like his other books, Let’s Explore is a collection of essays, short stories, musings, and anecdotes, some likely true, some clearly fabricated by the author’s delightfully warped mind, all thoroughly enjoyable. One of the things I love most about Sedaris is how he doesn’t hold back: he shoots from the hip and says things that most of us (or at least I) would be afraid to say. This particular gift of his shines through throughout the book. More

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cheesecake Macarons

Cheesecake Macarons

When it comes to the kitchen, I’m pretty fearless. Very few recipes intimidate me. In fact, I love spending the better part of a day tackling something challenging like boeuf bourgignon (even if I don’t eat a bite of it ’cause I don’t eat stuff that had parents). Macarons, however, scared the bejesus out of me until recently. I haven’t taken very many cooking classes because I can usually figure out how to cook just about anything on my own. But after a terribly failed first attempt at making macarons (they didn’t even make it into the oven), I decided I needed professional intervention, so I wrangled my mother-in-law into taking a class with me at Sur la Table in Dallas a few weeks ago. ‘Twas a great success, as I’ve now successfully made macarons several times in the comfort of my own kitchen. More