STARRED REVIEW
July 2022

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
STARRED REVIEW

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

July 2022
A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
STARRED REVIEW
July 2022

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

July 2022
A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
STARRED REVIEW
July 2022

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
STARRED REVIEW
July 2022

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
July 2022

3 wonderful books about food, drink and other creature comforts

A warm loaf of bread, a mythologically charged tipple: These and other delights give readers something to look forward to in this month’s lifestyles column.
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 Breadsong

Kitty and Al Tait may not be the first to write of the redemption and delight that can come from watching yeast and heat transform mere water, flour and salt into beautiful, delicious creations. But their memoir-cum-cookbook, Breadsong: How Baking Changed Our Lives, is the most charming version of that story I've yet come across. In it, the father-daughter team tells their origin story in alternating points of view before sharing over 50 recipes, both savory and sweet. As a young teen, Kitty began experiencing terrible depression and anxiety. Nothing seemed to help, until Al baked a no-knead loaf, sparking Kitty's curiosity. In no time at all, the duo had opened what has become a tremendously successful family bakery in their tiny village in Oxfordshire, England. Their story is as heartwarming as it gets, accentuated by Kitty's lively voice and infectious grin splashed across the pages along with her dad's adorable illustrations. There's a recipe for a caramel-covered Happy Bread here, which says a lot about this joyful book. Definitely follow Kitty, who's now 17, on Instagram @kittytaitbaker for dopamine hits, too.

Things to Look Forward To

When my daughter was young, we enjoyed many books featuring Sophie Blackall's cozy illustrations; the Ivy & Bean series was a particularly big hit. How fun to come across Things to Look Forward To, Blackall's new picture book for all ages (that best and rarest of all genres). Not surprisingly, this project grew out of bleak days during the COVID-19 pandemic and was nudged along by community input via social media. Some of the assembled things to look forward to are as common as the sun coming up; in fact, that is literally one of them. Who can argue with coffee, finding something you thought you'd lost or seeing the sea? Other experiences here are a bit more nuanced (doing your taxes, looking at maps) or whimsical (drawing on eggs, flowers that look like brains!). What's certain is that you can't page through this book without feeling a renewed sense of appreciation for the everyday, and that's something all of us can use, every day.

Nectar of the Gods

For a decidedly elevated sort of toga party, be sure to consult Nectar of the Gods. The work of mythology podcaster Liv Albert and beverage consultant Thea Engst, and brought to colorful life by illustrator Sara Richard, this book pairs inventive cocktail recipes with soupçons of Greek and Roman myth. Take, for example, Pandora's Jar (yes, in fact, it was originally a jar, not a box!): a gin, blueberry and creme de violette concoction. Calypso's Island Iced Tea, designed to bring out the sexy nymph in each of us, seems like the perfect poolside sipper: hibiscus iced tea, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. For a more complex and decadent drink, try the Phaedra Phizz, and pour one out for its ill-fated namesake.

Nectar of the Gods
By Liv Albert, Sara Richard, Thea Engst
Adams Media

ISBN 9781507217993

Things to Look Forward To
By Sophie Blackall
Chronicle

ISBN 9781797214481

Get the Books

Breadsong

Breadsong

By Al Tait & Kitty Tait
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781635578041
Nectar of the Gods

Nectar of the Gods

By Liv Albert & Thea Engst, illustrated by Sara Richard
Adams Media
ISBN 9781507217993
Things to Look Forward To

Things to Look Forward To

By Sophie Blackall
Chronicle
ISBN 9781797214481

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