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My Week: May 18 - 24

My Week: May 18 - 24

When I wrote this post back in January, it was because I wanted to make PAPER/PLATES more personal and to get to know our readers better. Since then, we've had some good conversations on these once-a-week posts, as well as some that didn't really resonate with you guys. That's okay—not every post can be a home run. For the sake of transparency, I'll tell you that I've experimented with all sorts of posts, some more personal than others, and I've found the ones I like the most are those that lead me to learn more about you. That's why I'm going to steer back toward those. I'm going to tell you a bit about what I'm up to, but I'm also going to ask you a bit about what's going on with you. Starting now.

RECENT READING Yesterday, I finished a beautiful book called TransAtlantic by one of my favorite authors, Colum McCann. As a senior in college, my book club read his National Book Award-winning Let The Great World Spin, which I had picked up on a whim while browsing through Borders (remember when that still happened?) and ended up loving. In fact, when my friends threw me a bridal shower last fall inspired by my five favorite books, that was one of them.

Like Let The Great World SpinTransAtlantic is moody and beautiful, each chapter told from a different character's perspective, allowing the reader to piece together the connections between a series of related but separate women. The stories are about McCann's home country of Ireland, but not limited to its geography and I truly enjoyed the mystery of things left unsaid, and the anticipation they created. This is the first book I've truly loved in quite a while. Look for my full review in two weeks.

RECENT COOKING With Shiraaz back on a normal work schedule, I've been cooking much more again—and I'm so happy about it! Nothing like the mind-clearing routine of putting a dish together. Plus, doesn't a good meal add, like, 10 bonus points to any day? Here are some dishes from my past week:

Moroccan Shrimp with Couscous from The Newlywed Cookbook. I got this book as a gift, and really love that the recipes are made for two people.

Baked tilapia with a romesco-inspired sauce (adapted) over couscous with sautéed haricot verts.

This one always makes people crazy on Instagram: slow-cooked honey sesame chicken.

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU What are you reading right now? Are you in the middle of a book? Perhaps the latest issue of your favorite magazine? Leave me a comment and let me know what you're reading. I'd love to get some new recommendations.

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