Friday, January 10, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 16) - Music, Food for Thought and Thoughts on Food


Whenever I go "home" to my parents' house for Christmas (or shortly thereafter), my mom and I watch The Sing-Off via the DVR.  I seriously love that show.  Whereas I still haven't determined the difference between American Idol and karaoke, the people on The Sing-Off have serious skills.  In case you need proof, listen to this. But feel free to close your eyes if the Hunger Games-esque styling is too distracting.

I am mid-week through my post-holiday eating detox.  Partially spurred on by some persistent eczema, I have cut out dairy and ramped up the vegetation.  I am not following any particular diet, but I did find this article to be quite helpful. 

Also, I heard yesterday in The Diane Rehm Show about intermittent fasting.  Sounds interesting.  Has anyone tried it? Is it doable? Or did you start nibbling on your own arm by midday?

As a part of this healthy eating kick, I've been cooking from the Forks Over Knives cookbook.  I've liked the recipes so far, but my one gripe is that I wish the author wouldn't bother titling recipes --Macaroni and "Cheese"-- or similar.  The sauce would taste better if it wasn't being billed as cheese-like.  Because let''s be real:  there is no such thing as a good cheese substitute.  Call it tahini onion sauce or something, would ya?

I am still reviewing books for The Kindle Book Review at a rate of about one per week.  You can check out the reviews on my Book Reviews tab above.  Some of the books are pretty good, and some are just okay.  To ensure that I remember what good writing sounds like, I always reading something of quality at the same time as my KBR books.  I just finished Frankenstein and loved it.  It was my first time reading it, but I hear that lots of people read in in college or even high school.  If you read it way back and didn't like it, I implore you, try it again.

Since I am now done with Frankenstein and waiting to hear of the next book club pick, next up is The Grapes of Wrath.  I last read it the summer before my sophomore year of high school and thought it was quite boring, but now I am older and boring-er, so I have high hopes.

Out last book club pick was Searching for Zion by Emily Rabeteau.  It was the perfect book club book, in my opinion, because I never would have chosen it myself, but it was great.  I don't generally read much non-fiction, but I got really into it.  It is part memoir, part history, and all good.

Have a great weekend!


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