What better time to review a book about food than the week I am cooking enough food for two army battalions and gluttonously planning exactly what my Thanksgiving plate will look like. We rented a table, chairs and dinnerware this year, so all nineteen of our guests can have matching dishes, glasses and silver. That is the excuse we (sister Judy and I) gave ourselves, to hide the real reason. This life saving company delivers all of those goodies sterilized and wrapped, and allows you ( no...insists that you) return all dinnerware DIRTY...straight from the Thanksgiving table. After cooking for three days straight and hostessing all day, the thought of washing dishes was beyond awful, so thank you, Atlas Party Rental for giving our dinner that extra something to be thankful for this year.
The book I laughed through this month was written by Jim Gaffigan, stand-up comedian, actor, and bestselling author of Dad is Fat. The book, Food: A Love Story, was definitely a different take on food. He believes he is qualified to write this book because...he loves to eat and has the tummy to prove it. I believe he is qualified because he has the sense of humor to make us laugh at the most mundane things. Come on now...how funny can kale be. His take on the foods that fill our plates and thoughts is definitely worth your time.
On an entirely different note, married couple James A. McGoldrick & Nikoo K. Coffey McGoldrick (known as Jan Coffey) add a bit of suspense to our holiday season with the book, Trust Me Once. This thriller about an attorney who is thought to have been murdered is a fun read. Like all of Coffey's books, the protagonist is strong and the supporting cast likable. The police don't like her and make no secret of that, so we don't know who to trust.
Speaking of police, the decision is in, and the Ferguson grand jury choose not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. There are always two sides to each story, and not having heard all of the information, I can't know whether their decision was a fair one. I do know that young men need to be able to walk the streets without fearing for their lives, and police need to be able to protect us without fearing for theirs. No one is a winner here, and no one ever will be, until we stop fearing each other and start respecting and appreciating our differences as much as our similarities.
May you all enjoy your leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches as you begin your hectic month of shopping, and while you are shopping...remember that books make great gifts!
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