TITLE | The Sisters Brothers
AUTHOR | Patrick DeWitt
STAR RATING | 4.5
ABOUT | An unforgettable tour de force tale — wearing a cowboy hat — about a pair of mismatched brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | The complex and compelling narration, and the eccentric cast of characters. Funny, brutal, and ultimately beautiful — I will read anything that DeWitt writes.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | That there isn’t a Coen brothers film adaptation.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who doesn’t like Westerns. This redeems the genre in every way.
TITLE | Blood, Bones & Butter
AUTHOR | Gabrielle Hamilton
STAR RATING | 4
ABOUT | Gabrielle’s unconventional journey through the kitchens she inhabited through the years before opening her acclaimed New York restaurant ‘Prune.’
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | I don’t think I’ve ever read a more authentic, gritty (yet tender) memoir before. In addition to that — she writes so beautifully — Hamilton’s prose deserves a Michelin star.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | The scene about the rat. It was an important scene and she was right to include it, but I’ve had a nightmare or two since reading it.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who loves authentic cooking and/or writing, especially if they are interested in Italy and Italian cuisine.
FAVOURITE QUOTE | So many — but here is one from the first chapter (p.7), when she is describing her mother:
She lived in our kitchen, ruled the house with an oily wooden spoon in her hand, and forced us to eat dark, briny wrinkled olives, small birds we would have liked as pets, and cheeses that looked like they might well bear Legionnaire’s Disease.