What is PAPER/PLATES?
This is a blog for readers and eaters by people whose idea of indulgence is a good book and a satisfying meal. We serve up content that’s part book recommendations, part recipes, the latter inspired by the former. We see PAPER/PLATES as an opportunity to explore worlds beyond our own, whether through a new book or an unexpected recipe. Now that’s food for thought.
Amina Elahi | Founder/Editor
I reviewed my first book in spring 2010, around the time that I started cooking as well. Since, I’ve reviewed dozens of books for Divanee and cooked countless meals–mostly with success. I live in Chicago, write for Built In Chicago, love my Pakistani heritage and am incurably obsessed with Sour Patch Kids.
I’ve paused from eating just long enough to write about it for RedEye, Who’s Hungry? Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Serious Eats. 90% of the time I can be found reading, eating, or drinking coffee, and my most prized possessions are an inscribed copy of The Cheese Monkeys and my heirloom spaetzle press.
My obsession with both reading and writing has led me from stints with Northwestern University Press, Graywolf Press, and Paper Darts Magazine to reading, designing, and championing books at my company, Bowtie Book Promotion. Not-so-secret loves: Moleskines and Achival Ink Pens. Japan. Fermented Grapes.
I once won a prestigious award for child authors (involving a free book and ice cream cone). I’ve stopped earning fancy accolades, so I hold down a job as a strategic planner in order to support bookstore sprees. I consume hot sauce irresponsibly, but try to keep dinner guests unscathed. Still…beware.
Publishers, care to pitch us?
Wonderful! You can get in touch via our contact form. Please keep in mind that we cannot review every book we are pitched and we prefer solicited ARCs. Also, we aren’t necessarily looking for strong culinary themes in our literature; we’re happy to translate books into food ourselves.
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