Puttering around the kitchen, I am almost always listening to an audiobook – often while consulting a recipe. But until recently, I had never heard of a cookbook, which was as enticing as listening to read a phone book. Then i hit play Cook, EAT, Repeat (HarperAdio, 11 hours, 42 minutes), By Nigella Lawson, the author recited her lazy BBC in English. I was transferred
Those who think that Lawson’s success stems primarily from her beauty have not spent enough time with her writing, which is funny, incidentally abusive and seductive. It also expresses a generous and unique philosophy of life. “In fact, the world is not always rich in opportunities for happiness,” Lawson says. “I know that when I say that I might find it sour, I look at every meal, every mouthful as a celebration of life, but … I try. It’s such a waste otherwise.”
In this condolence, almost stream-of-consciousness book, Lawson leaves no room for food snowberries. “Eating is great and elemental pleasure,” she says. She describes with such enthusiasm a humble fish stick sandwich that I immediately made (tasty) one, and a roasted chicken served on a bed of potato chips, “crisp and crunchy” around the edge of the plate. Had suggested, “beef sticky and sodden heart juice with” under the meat (I’ll make it soon). His recipes are interactive, written in a genial prose that brings directions to life (“Squeeze slices of cucumber in the bowl with your hands to get rid of excess water. Leave a sparkling vibrant green pond at the bottom of the bowl Give “). This is not an audiobook for a road trip, as you would question why you are not coming back home, pouring some “savory intense, dark liquorice sauce” over a Basque burnt cheesecake or a “sweet-tart cherry.” “To crumble to pieces.” By boiling the fruit in the butter-soft apple citrus pulp. “
Some writers have Nigella’s flair for recipe writing, and my mind wanders as John O. Morrisano or Mashma Bailey, bypassing prosecution instructions for fixing, said, eggs, Black, White, and Gray (Random House Audio, 12 hours, 33 minutes). Luckily make the recipes, but a small part of this audiobook about friendship, race, and the restaurant business. In 2014, Morisano, a white entrepreneur from Staten Island, and Bailey, a black chef from Queens, opened Ga in Savannah at the “dilapidated, Jim Crow-era greyhound bus terminal.” Previously, Bailey says, “Whites. Not everyone was put in the trustworthy category – unless proven otherwise,” and Morrisano had his own bias: “No matter how tolerant I consider myself to be , I had inadvertently absorbed the message that we should only trust our own. “The fact that neither author describes like a pro is part of the appeal: it sounds like you’re about those ways. Their partnership has been tested, which is listening to a real conversation. Her personality emerges as much through her voice as through her words, with Morisano sounding a bit lethargic and curious, Bailey looking more guarded, with a small-scale blueprint for racial support. We do.