BOOKS I’M READING & LOVING LATELY

Nothing beats a good book.

I’m talking I want the book, not kindle & not iPad, in my hand. It’s a nice way to escape to another reality & give your eyes a break from the screen.. though I do have blue light glasses for that 😉

All jokes aside, I wanted to share some books I’m reading and absolutely loving, as well as books on my list.

When it comes to my taste, I tend to prefer non-fiction, history, & autobiographies. As far as fiction, I like a good time piece: think life in decades past. I’m not huge into thrillers {tbh, I’d rather watch a scary movie} or 50 Shades of Grey-esque romance novels… for that, I love the app Choices LOL {boy ohhh boy a post for another day?!}

This may sound weird but I also LOVE to read cookbooks. I find a lot of the cookbooks actually read like Lifestyle blogs! It’s a mix of finding recipe inspo as well as other lifestyle tips. There so much more to it than just the recipes – not to mention, the photos keep me inspired.

I’ll also make this a regular series, like my Netflix one, because if you’re anything like me, I’m always looking for some new book to get lost in:

essellesse totally rad book club!

essellesse book club: my current favourite books! Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, Tex Mex by Robb Walsh, Power Entertaining by Eddie Osterland, Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis, Weaving the Web by Tim Berners Lee

{ ONE }: The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef by Marco Pierre White

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I am OBSESSED with this book! I can’t put it down. It’s Marco Pierre White’s autobiography all about chef culture in the 80s – 90s which was a hell of a time. Very much a sex, drugs, & rock and roll lifestyle. In fact, his career lead to the rise of chefs turning into celebrity chefs! I also recc the book White Heat 25, it’s a cookbook of very classic recipes with phenomenal photos capturing that 80s – 90s chef life. One of my fav coffee books!

{ TWO } Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles

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This is actually a fiction book but I absolutely loved it. It takes you back to the 30s, post-Depression in New York City, following 25 year old Katey Kontent. She meets a banker & she gets thrown into the upper echelon lifestyle where she sees that not everything is what it seems. I would LOVE to see this as a movie! If you like F. Scott Fitzgerald or the Great Gatsby, you will love this!

{ THREE }: The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos by Robb Walsh

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First things first, if you go to Houston, Texas, you must go to Walsh’s restaurant with chef Bryan Caldwell: El Real Tex-Mex. I love his books {Texas Eats is great too} – it’s equal parts history with authentic recipes. Being from Houston, this book is so nostalgic – especially since I can’t get that cuisine here – but it’s so interesting to know the origins of favourite dishes and even get actual restaurant recipes. A phenomenal read that I go back to time & time again. When I get that tex-mex hit, I always make a recipe from here but it’s equal parts Texas history. I’ve been pretty nostalgic for Texas {Houston, not Dallas lol #notsorry} so it’s been fun to revisit it in my mind.

{ FOUR }: Power Entertaining: Secrets to Building Lasting Relationships, Hosting Unforgettable Events, and Closing Big Deals from America’s 1st Master Sommelier by Eddie Osterland

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I love Eddie Osterland! He is such a class act & the first Master Sommelier in the US. In fact, I’ve looked up to him for a very long time. This read from his is SO good & fun! It’s a mix of personal stories, wine advice, business advice & basically how to just “WOW”! Fun fact, but this book was what I was reading when I was creating my blog back in 2014 so it means a lot to me. I revisit it often & it continues to be invaluable! This book also makes a great gift for literally anyone.

{ FIVE }: Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secret by Giada de Laurentiis

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This book is seriously like reading a lifestyle blog & I love it! It basically is all the recipes she makes for herself at home. They are very health concious but do not lack in flavor. I revisit this often and her quinoa pilaf is a weeknight staple here! I also love how it gives glimpses in her healthy habits, beauty tips, & skin tips. It’s a fun read full of easy, clean, delicious recipes.

{ SIX }: Weaving the Web : The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor by Tim Berners-Lee

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This book is next on my list & very appropriate as today is the 30th birthday of the internet. It’s written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet. It may be a bit dated as it came out in the 2000s, but honestly, it makes it more up my alley. It shows how fast time evolves. The internet is easily one of the most important things of our time so to be able to hear the intention of it from the inventor is such a treat. To hear it from his words? That alone gives me chills. If you are a blogger, I encourage you to read this. We are so lucky to have the internet & respect should be paid!

Hope you enjoy!! If you have read any of the books or buy any of them, let me know – tag me in your stories or posts.

Happy daylight savings!! Losing the extra hour of sleep is annoying but SURE makes up for itself for that extra hour of sunlight. As a content creator, this is worth its weight in GOLD!

It’s been so rainy in San Francisco, and we are finally getting clear, blue skies. It is revitalizing! I am so ready for Spring. Maybe a little Skinny Chicken Parmesan with a crisp Pinot Grigio on the patio for dinner?!

Any other reccs on what to read? LMK – ALWAYS looking to add to my list!

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⚜️2016 Pratt Vineyard {Sonoma Coast} :: the Sonoma Coast is my fav region up here. More on that another day but this was SO GOOD. Think lavender, violet, dark fruit, blood orange, & racy acidity... dying to be drank w some proscuitto
⚜️ 2016 Sundawg {Russian River Valley} :: bright juicy cherries with a toasty nuttiness and tomato leaf - seriously!! Each sip just begs for another and another and another...
⚜️2016 Stanly Ranch {Carneros} :: lush berries, Tahitian vanilla, & cigars. A pinot with some serious sex appeal. This wine is def one to impress... but make sure your company is worth it, like don’t waste this on a kcufboy lol
...we even got to taste a 2002 Carneros Pinot which was just SMASHING. It’s amazing how complex and intriguing it was.
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