No Angel by Penny Vincenzi. A melodramatic tale of power, family politics, and passion set in New York and London in the early 1900s. It stars Lady Celia, a strong-willed, beautiful young woman from a wealthy, aristocratic family that is used to getting her way, often with devastating consequences to those around her. I, for one, am intrigued. But be warned – this is a long book.
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. I recently included Ottolenghi’s Plenty More in our October reading list, talking about how excited I was with a cookbook full of vegetarian recipes. Well, my sister surprised me with the original must-have Plenty cookbook with over 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations. To top it off, I recently got a food processor, which of course makes everything more exciting.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Nine Americans and their epic quest gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was an unlikely quest from the start. “With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.” (amazon.com)