The Week In Books, No. 51

After a long wait in the hold line (there were over 200 people ahead of me) I finally got to read Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
, a cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. Yes, she’s married to Jerry.

This cookbook is FABULOUS. I just cashed in some My Points earnings to get a gift card so I could buy my own copy. I love the idea of slipping mystery ingredients into my cooking to make it more nutritious. Beets in the pancakes! Spinach in the brownies! And if Josh looks askance at my ingredients, I can just smile and say, “But Honey, Jerry Seinfeld likes it.” See how great this is????

Best of all, the recipes were tested out so I don’t have to guess at how much I can get away with adding. And most of the secret ingredients are purees, which is convenient since I’m pureeing everything for Jack’s baby food anyway. I think we do fairly well with eating healthy foods, but there is always room for improvement, and I hope that using some of the recipes in this book will help me take it up a notch in the new year.

I was a little disappointed with Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
by Michael Chabon, but only because Chabon’s other books are so excellent. This story is all right, but it was thin in spots and lacked Chabon’s characteristic stylistic depth. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is the afterword, wherein Chabon picks up his usual pace and writes an essay about the concept of adventure as something that happens when you’re away from home/the familiar and how it is often not all it’s cracked up to be. Furthermore, Chabon concludes, although he initially wanted to title this book “Jews With Swords” but didn’t because people laughed, really the Jewish people are uniquely suited for adventure stories, because of the dynamic of exile, search for identity, and so on. I would almost suggest that you might want to check this book out and read the afterword, skipping the story entirely. If your time is limited and you want to read some Chabon, go for The Yiddish Policemen’s Union or something instead.

Also Completed:
So I’m a little burnt out from trying to blaze through the entire Old Testament in two weeks. On one hand, it’s interesting to read the Bible the same way I read any other book, straight through and in large chunks and fast. On the other hand, the Bible is not just any other book, and I feel like I’m not getting much out of reading it just for the sake of getting it done. I don’t like leaving things unfinished on Dec. 31, but I think I need to get a grip on that OCD tendency and go back to my usual pace. That said, I think I will go ahead and start at all the beginning places on Jan. 1, going with my normal reading schedule. Not that anyone really cared enough to read through this whole explanation, but hey, as Lady Holiday says, “It’s plot exposition, it has to go somewhere.”

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