Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dinner and a Book

Make that a Book and Dinner. (I always save the best for last.)

I found this book at, of all places, the "New Fiction" shelf at our puny local library. I liked the title, the cover photo, the title font. (Yes, all three are key.)

I'm not interested in writing an unabridged book review, so I'll just say this: 3 out of 4 stars. I wanted to spend time with the book and had a tinge of trouble putting it down before bed, though I've certainly known worse (or better, as the case may be). The writing was more beautiful than the book itself, which was an interesting combination of novel and memoir. It read like a thinly veiled autobiography, which I really have no problem with. (James Frey - all you had to do was be honest! We still woulda loved you, man.)

*I feel compelled to highlight that this is not Christian fiction. It is not without a hearty dose of grit.*

And now that I am absolved of misguiding a well-meaning potential reader, I will share my favorite line. (There were many, but I know "the one" when I see it.)

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n60/n303800.jpg

"He honestly didn't see how his poverty-stricken heart could afford to lose the currency of her loving nature."

I'm telling you, the man knows his way around the English language. (Oh yeah, the author is a He. Always nice for a change of pace.)

Now - Dinner!

Cobb salad.

Red Romaine. Tomatoes from the garden. Avocado. Feta. Cooked and crumbled bacon (courtesy of Grandma's Pantry). Lemon and herb Rotisserie chicken (courtesy of Meijer). Balsamic Dijon vinaigrette (courtesy of Google).

Yum.

Just - Yum.

25 comments:

  1. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i need that salad in my life!!

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  2. The book sounds very interesting! I may have to check it out.

    The salad looks divine! I may have to google the dressing. It sounds delish!

    I love all your white in the post below. I also love white...in fact sometimes I think it's my favorite color. :)

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  3. Do you add a dressing to that salad? I had one like that at a restaurant once... and they added some dressing that completely wrecked it for me! Anyway..looks great though!

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  4. Sorry...I see it now! You added a viniagrette..reading too late at night to get the details! ha!

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  5. Yummy! That salad looks delicious! And with fresh tomatoes from the garden? Perfect! :)

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  6. oh that salad!!! anything with avocados and those sweet little yellow tomatoes is bound to be good...("oh, and the bacon too", she sheepishly admits). and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment!

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  7. I love a good salad. I love a good book even more!

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  8. That salad looks delish. I think my girls just might chow that down. Yummy!

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  9. Girl, seriously you can cook! What a wonderful imagination you have. I can not make a salad for the life of me, for some reason. Just can't!

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  10. your food looks straight out of a magazine shot - you make me sick!:)

    i wish i had the patience for food that you have...looks awesome good!

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  11. Dear Lord! That salad looks like fine eating! I agree it looks like magazine pic! The book sounds interesting and the quote you chose is awesome!!

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  12. yum. food for my soul. I have been in a major dinner rut around here. This is inspiring. thank you

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  13. ok, when i make a salad at home it looks nothing like that and believe me, it taste like yuck. you have some mad salad making skills.

    also, the book...what are books? i'm certain i haven't read one in forever. i don't know what's been up this summer, but i haven't even attempted to read one. sad, i know. maybe vacation will be a good starting off point for me.

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  14. Oh, that looks like a good read! Very romantic looking cover---I've got romance on my brain today (funny to read your post)--it's DATE NIGHT! Yay!

    You must be quite the cook because your plates always look so beautiful. I admire it as I am a "just get it on the table" kind of kitchen girl.

    Enjoy some time to yourself, my friend ;)

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  15. A good cobb salad is definitely one way to a girl's heart...I mean we do love our salads and that one looks fab girlie!!! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the book review :)

    T

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  16. hi!
    the cobb salad looks soooo good....i´m so hungry :)
    hugs,
    barbara

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  17. That salad looks fabulous! I think I may have to fix it. The book sounds like something I would probably like. The cover is beautiful. I'm always looking for a good book. Thanks! :)

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  18. Honestly, I can't tell which one looks more appetizing! Yum-o :)
    -Jill @ Barnes Yard

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  19. Yum, yum, yum!

    That looks delightful!! So much yummier then the left over (from my kid's kids meal) chicken strip and mushy french fries.

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  20. Oh no! That salad looks so good and I'm so hungry this morning. I have no idea why, but I love salad for breakfast. Another book to add to my list. How will I ever get any work done around here?

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  21. Salad looks great! I'm always looking for a new book to read, so I appreciate the book review!

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  22. that was your dinner?! at home?! it looks like a 5 star restaurant or the food network! yum.
    that book looks good....i wish i read more. maybe someday.

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  23. thanks for the book reco! that is exciting - always looking for good reads. Also, that salad looks amazing. My favorite kind of summer dinner!

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  24. Forget the book and on to that Salad!! Yum!

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  25. I swear I have read about this book, the title sounds familiar (or maybe it was you telling me about it). Thanks for a hearty recommendation, I need a good one! The salad also looks divine, and I'm not one for a cobb salad usually.

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