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The TBR List: June 27

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Late Sunday night, after we wrapped up the last wedding of the month (number four, for a total of seven events and four cities), we finally slept. That deep, near-dead kind of sleep. Then we woke up a few hours later and hosted brunch for all our visiting friends. We drank coffee and gorged on breakfast food and watched the World Cup. It was fun and personal and low-key. And so much better than trying to get a brunch table for 11.

Later that afternoon, before the USA match, we slept again. It was glorious.

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- My favorite brunch menu item was the above baked challah almond French toast, which I adapted from this recipe. Highly recommend.

- These metallic tumblers would look gorgeous on an open shelf.

- Malcolm Gladwell on criticism, a thought-provoking argument that I think applies to reviewing books as well.

- I haven't been reading much this month. Maybe I'll pick up The Appetites of Girls next.

- Ramadan starts this weekend. Here are 16 foods that help curb hunger and thirst.

Picnic DIYs I'll bookmark, swoon over and never actually tackle.

- Some people are proper enough for garbage bowls. Me? I just take out the garbage can so I can skip a step.

- These kitchen cabinets are the same color as mine, but somehow much, much cooler.

- Kandinsky on a plate: Gorgeous, art-inspired salads taste better.

Laini Taylor’s "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" & Homemade Elderflower Blush Liqueur

At The Table With....Valentina Solfrini of Hortus Natural Cooking