As you might know, I’m challenging myself to read 20 books before the year is up. So far, I’ve read six (including one of the ones I’ve listed below…) (so I’m a bit behind at the moment) and that’s why I thought it was time to commit myself to another handful.
Tom Mitchell – The Penguin Lessons
If you follow me on Instagram (here!), you’ll know that I’ve actually read and finished this book! I thought I’d add it here as it’s one which really shouldn’t be missed off the list. To be completely honest with you, I switched this book in for Tim Parks’ Italian Ways which became a little repetitive and made me miss Italy! I stumbled across The Penguin Lessons when I was on one of my Waterstone-based lunches in Basingstoke. I browsed the bestsellers and randomly picked this one up, probably drawn to the cute cover. In short, it really is a true story about the a time in the Author’s life when he was living in Argentina and decided to rescue a penguin from an oil stricken beach, where his fellow penguins were no longer alive. As he struggled for breath, Tom managed to take him back to where he was staying and formed a strong bond with the creature, who became the friend of everyone! It’s a beautiful book as it tells a wonderful multi-layers story, posing important questions about sustainability and our actions on the environment. If you’re stuck for something to read, you couldn’t go wrong with this!
Tristram Stuart – Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
Peter bought me Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal for my birthday this year after we both became interested in the problem of food waste. I’ve started the book and boy it packs a punch, with some truly startling facts. The book is split into three parts: firstly, Tristram explores the problem of food waste from retailers and manufacturers; he then goes on to explore in more detail each food group, in terms of food production, farming and how waste occurs; in the third section, Tristram looks at the waste cycle and provides ideas as to how to curb the scandal.
Green Kitchen Stories – Green Kitchen Travel
I’ve been following David and Luisa (of Green Kitchen Stories) for a while now via their blog where they share their beautiful vegetarian based recipes, inspired by their travels and day-to-day life. And so I was over the moon when Peter surprised me with their book, Green Kitchen Travels, which is a collection of recipes inspired by their experiences abroad and the people they’ve met. I’m particularly excited to get stuck into this one as I’m looking forward to learning how to keep the flavour and satisfaction in vegetarian cooking, something which I imagine you really only learn once you’ve experienced a variety of dishes from all over the world. The book isn’t just a collection of recipes, there are stories of how each recipe evolved and tips for eating abroad.
Madeleine Shaw – Ready Steady Glow
As you know, I’m a big fan of Madeleine’s first book (Get the Glow) and I wrote a series of posts sharing my experience of her Get the Glow Challenge. And so, I was pretty stoked when her second book came out, Ready Steady Glow. From a brief flick through, it’s got a big upfront section all about her food philosophy and eating principles which I’m looking forward to learning about.
Alain De Botton – The Art of Travel
After enjoying Alain De Botton’s The News, I thought I’d get another instalment of his, in the form of The Art of Travel. I’m looking forward to learning from this book on how I can get the most out of travelling. Not as a travel book per se, but as a guide for why I enjoy travelling and how to mindfully travel. Alain explores the reasons why we travel and how we can get more fulfilment from our journey.