Terry Walters' excellent book Clean Start. They are vegan, gluten-free and delicious. It amazes me how wonderful all the recipes I have tried in both Clean Start and her other book Clean Food are - without the addition of oils, gluten or refined sugars. I have also had other vegan cookbooks that require expensive specialty ingredients or processed meat substitutes - Ms. Walters relies on neither for her scrumptious recipes. This is the Zucchini Carrot Muffin from Clean Start. The recipe is not online, but I think that buying the book is well worth it - just for these!
portrait of Isabella Blow by Noble and Webster on Garance Dore the other day and I can't stop thinking about it. Beautiful, creepy, disgusting, inspiring. I think what I like about it the most is that it challenges all of my ideas of what a portrait is, and what it can be.
As a fan of the book Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights, and of Miss Sophie Dahl herself, I was thrilled to see that she has a show based on her book, which is currently showing Sunday nights here in Canada. She has a simple approach to making mostly vegetarian food - she doesn't eat meat herself, but will cook it for others - and is just a treat to watch. She cooks on a giant white Aga in a beautiful, vintagey kitchen that I would love to own. Some people have criticized the show because she isn't a chef - but I think that's precisely what I like about it. Sadly, I hear that the show has been cancelled by the BBC - so I am going to savour the existing episodes. If you'd like to try one of her recipes, I have made her flourless chocolate cake a number of times, and it's divine. Just use a really good chocolate, like Green & Blacks, and you can't go wrong.
"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie from Everybody Likes Sandwiches. Great blog, great cookie.
purple with tortoise-shell arms.