Paying Homage to Gaskell’s Concerns About Women’s Issues

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Every time is a good time for classical literature especially those addressing women’s issues, a hot topic for modern women. We can count the works of Elizabeth Gaskell (author of the popular historical romance North and South) as an important … Continued

Tantalizing … Alluring … Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Review

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Review: 5 / 5–San Francisco Book Review Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies weaves an intricate narrative of sex, love, and murder with the food and the restaurant industry as the backdrop. The … Continued

Great Cook? Nah! Mindful, Happy Adventurous Foodie? Yes!

I realized I’m an adventurous foodie when someone asked me these questions. Any favorite ethnic foods (including French and Italian?) Why? Having been exposed to many cultures, my tastes are eclectic so I will try most things (see this article, … Continued

Adventurous Foodie’s Literary Inspiration : Dark Deep Secrets of Black Rice

I remember, as a child, eating dark, fragrant, and sweet rice cake so sticky it stuck to my teeth. I was three years old, and those rolls of black rice became my first delicious memories. Memories of standing past midnight … Continued

Cooking As High Art, Eating As Sensuous Experience And Food in Fiction

In the film Babette’s Feast, a highly-gifted chef schooled in cooking as high art escapes war-torn Paris. She finds herself living in gentle servitude to two good and pious  but dour, nearly  joyless, sisters. With no inkling who Babette is, … Continued

The Kiss On The Train Platform: Gaskell’s North and South

Thornton lifts Margaret’s bowed head gently and with great tenderness, touches his lips to hers. But that’s just how it begins. He kisses her a little more insistently. Not once more, but a few times more. She doesn’t pull back, … Continued

Making Beautiful Music in Fiction

I exercise to music. Don’t we all? Relieves the boredom of repetitive motions. Sometimes, of course, music is just a backdrop for thoughts. I do get ideas as I move to music. Like, why not write a post on music … Continued

John and Margaret Honeymoon in Mid-1800s Paris

Paris plays a crucial role in Margaret of the North. There, John and Margaret honeymoon in mid-1800s Paris: They gawked, dumbfounded but with great interest, at the spectacle of a city undergoing massive renovation. Debris from the demolition of old … Continued