Experimental Cooking and Seeing Ghosts [Tinyletter]

This week is a half-read, or more maybe more accurately, a part-read week. This is normal state for me to be in. Having an audio, electronic and paper book on the go. I do tend to suffer the effects of the last book I’ve read so I like swapping genres to combat it – I’m also not too good with reading the same genre in a different medium at the same time. This is what I’ve currently got on the go:

The audiobook of Runemarks is 15 hrs and 18 mins long and audiobooks are commute or bath books. I have 7 hrs 23 minutes left which means I’ve been sneaking in extra listening time. I didn’t know what to expect. I enjoyed Joanne Harris’s take on Loki in The Gospel of Loki. I think I’m going to need to re-read The Gospel of Loki after Runelight has been re-released and consumed to see how they fit together.

I’m 42% through  on my Kindle with ‘Johnny Rev’, the third Jack Shade novella by Rachel Pollack. This time Jack’s past comes back to haunt him. Literally. It seems Jack has unfinished business with someone who is likely to be want Jack dead. I really can’t express how much I enjoy Pollack’s use of story and the power of her myth-making. If you like Urban Fantasy or myths used in a modern way track the series down.

On paper I’m on page 223/457 of The Lazarus War Book Three: Origins by Jamie Sawyer. The first two books delve into the missions of a squad of soldiers who can transfer their consciousness into simulant body. Unlike a videogame who feel what your body feels and when you die you feel your death just before the link is severed.  In the previous books the mission has been to retrieve or explore an ancient artefact that has the potential to turn the war that humanity is having with a bug-like species called the Krell. In this book they are fighting not only the Krell but face danger from another faction of humanity. It’s a bit of a shift from the other two books – ramping up the stakes and changing the focus of the story – so I’m reading it in chunks rather than reading chapter after chapter but enjoying it nonetheless.

I’m guilty of buying non-fiction book that require action and just reading them. I’m talking the books on writing, self-help and cooking that I have sitting around the place. This year is I’m trying to put more thoughts into action – like the thought of getting healthier. And one way I’m going to do that is cook more from scratch.

Have you noticed there is a trend towards more healthier cooking rather than exercise books over the last couple of years? I’ve picked up the three Lean 15 books, Tom’s Daily Plan and How to Lose Weight Well for inspiration and encouragement.

But I’ve also been going back over some of the other cooking books I’ve ‘read’ but not used that much.

This is pork with apple and maple syrup from eat by Nigel Slater that I made yesterday. It was lovely apart from I probably should have given it a bit less cooking time as it dried out a little.


I’ve got Slow-Cooked Beef Ragu from How to Lose Weight Well in the oven and I’ll let you know how that turns out next week.  What’s your favourite cooking book?

I was going to write about ghost writing and books but to be honest Joanne Harris has said everything much better than I would be able to – please do have a read of her tumblr post On Ghostwriting, Celebrity and That Guardian Review.​

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Until next time,

Happy Reading.

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