Feast of Words: TBR Fall Menu 2020
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"When the meat runs out, and the taters runs out, the only thing that will keep you going is the corn bread." - Robert Morgan, Gap Creek
Gap Creek is the story of a very young couple who move to Gap Creek to start their married life. In the book, Morgan describes the couple’s perseverance and resilience in the face of the challenges of marriage and difficulties of live in Appalachia towards the end of the nineteenth century.
We have found a great recipe for cornbread created by Karina at Cafe Delites. The recipe calls for the use of a cast iron skillet to ensure maximum crust crunchiness. Head to the site and look at the pictures, then let us know if you were able to resist yourself.
“Closing my eyes, I imagined Matanni and Patanni spooning up soup at the kitchen table. During the winter, Mattani made different kinds of soup each week. This week, she would be fixing butternut squash and apple cider soup.” - Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Icy Sparks
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“ ‘I was looking for chestnuts,’ I said. I didn’t want to say I went walking just to see the woods, to be outdoors in the fall weather. That wouldn’t have sounded right.” - Robert Morgan, Gap Creek
A middle-aged successful painter who grew up in Toronto comes back to the city for a retrospective of her work. Once there, she is confronted by how her past, in the form of childhood friendships, has influenced her as an adult woman. This idea is reinforced by the story timeline alternating between past and present, and by each chapter being named after one of the protagonist’s paintings.
“ ‘Melegris gallopavo’, he says, and Mr. Banerji leans forward; the Latin perks him up. ‘A pea-brained animal, or bird-brained you might say, bred for its ability to put on weight, especially on the drumsticks’-he points these out-‘certainly not for intelligence.’” - Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye
🍴Dessert: Mother’s Chocolate Pecan Pie
Errands has provided the inspiration for this seasonal dessert.
“‘…Now, what’s that you’ve got, Ryan Dougherty? You’re a guest here. I hope you didn’t think you had to bring your own food to Thanksgiving Dinner!’‘Small contribution,’ he says with a smile. ‘Made it myself. Chocolate pecan pie. my mother’s recipe.’” - Judith Guest, Errands
In Errands, Guest explores family dynamics in the face of adversities and grief with insightfulness and thoughtfulness. The book shows how the Browner family deals with love and loss, closeness and strangeness, pragmatism and spirituality, as a traditional family vacation is tainted by the recent departure of one of the parental figures.
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🍴Drink: Brandy eggnog
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