ahh, reading some books!
i've just started this one, and it's very interesting -- i'm a little fascinated with the precision of baking, what a delicate science it is. i am already tempted to buy myself a good baking scale. i find things like leavening pretty intriguing after playing around with egg substitutes for a while. but i do need some good fiction to offset the scholarly nature of this book (see below).
not fiction, but this book was a quick read on another two of my favorite topics: driving across the country, and small, aesthetically pleasing houses. karrie jacobs was the founding editor of dwell magazine, and in this book she muses over what her perfect $100,000 house would look like, who might be convinced to help her build it, and where it ought to be located. she looks at pre-fab and other less expensive options, and at the end she's leaning toward a modern a-frame house. the question of whether she can get a well-made, modern, interestingly designed 1,000 square-foot house that inexpensively is ultimately unanswered. or, rather, the answer is "maybe."
dancer lady loaned me this, and it was rough and beautiful and i read it in about five minutes. no, i'm exaggerating. but you know what i mean.
and finally, a mystery novel which lisa loaned to me after my snooty anti-da vinci code blathering. it's international (in fact, translated from spanish), it involves art, it's a mystery, and it's not badly written! i really enjoyed it -- thanks, lisa!