This month, At The Table With is dedicated to the talented contributors who make PAPER/PLATES happen, week after week.
Today, we're getting to know Caryn Wille, a 25-year-old Chicagoan who regularly writes for our fair blog. These days, she works as a user experience designer, but in the past she's worked at Northwestern University Press, Graywolf Press, and Paper Darts Magazine. Her affinity for Graywolf titles is well-known, as is her love of Japanese culture and Moleskine notebooks.
Read on to get to know Caryn!
What is your all-time favorite book?
Who can pick just one? Some favorites include: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, Number9Dream by David Mitchell, and Vanishing Point by Ander Monson. I'm also reading Anna Karenina for the first time right now and it's shaping up to be a ranking favorite.
What meal do you love to cook?
I love cooking a simple dinner at the end of a long day. I'm also not a big lunch person, so I love cooking big dinners so I can eat leftovers for lunch.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
This is a tricky one! No particular scene is coming to mind, but that's something I always found a bit humorous in the Redwall books, Wheel of Time, and A Song of Ice and Fire— epic mealtime descriptions.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. I usually drink my tea unsweetened, but I have a soft spot for English Breakfast Tea with milk and sugar.
What is the last book you abandoned?
Selected Stories by Alice Munro. But, to be fair, it's over 700 pages of short stories so I think of it more as 'taking a break' than abandonment.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
David Mitchell. I'd order a bowl of ramen as an unsubtle segue into talking about the years he lived in Japan and the influence it's had on his novels.
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
I've actually had a lot of success finding new recipes on Pinterest, and I can always rely on Smitten Kitchen for something delicious and achievable (even if it's complex). For reads I usually rely on the Publishing Twittersphere and the lovely people at Graywolf Press to tell me what's new and worth a look.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
What is your favorite thing about contributing to PAPER/PLATES?
I love trying to figure out what recipe matches the read. I often write my review first to help sort out my impressions of the book, and from there it becomes a riddle of what recipe reflects those impressions best.