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The TBR List: January 2017

The TBR List: January 2017

What. A. Month. It hasn't taken long for it to feel like we're in a different world. With things changing so rapidly for us Americans it's easy to get caught up and temporarily forget that there's life beyond politics. But that's exactly what we should remember at any time: Serious events take place across the world every day — we can and should turn to the delights and lessons of food and literature to help us through them.

In that spirit, here are some of the best things I discovered this January:

- How the blind cook

- Roxane Gay: “Basically, I love reading things that make me feel the same way I feel when listening to Beyoncé — slayed."

- In other Roxane news... 

- This food distributor and produce company removed food waste as an option. Impressive.

- Library-laden public buses. Lovely. 

- This Chrome extension will tell you if the book you're browsing on Amazon is available at your local library.

Teach me how to poke.

- "During his eight years in the White House … books were a sustaining source of ideas and inspiration, and gave him a renewed appreciation for the complexities and ambiguities of the human condition."

- All the books Barack Obama recommended while in office.

- I made these chicken kofta meatballs over the weekend. They are [fire emoji].

- "Unfortunate" literary recipes. Is anyone watching the Lemony Snicket-inspired series on Netflix?

- All the books coming to TV this year.

- I kind of want this weird kitchen gadget.

- A lot of people are reading 1984. I must be a hipster, because I re-read it last fall (before it was cool). 

- Do you bicker with your significant other over books — specifically, how many to keep at home?

- I'm new to meal prep/planning and I LOVE IT. It's part of my goal to create less waste.

- These star charts of famous first sentences are stunning.

- My birthday is a long way off, but please get this for me anyway.

- Um... avocado-bun burgers look really unappetizing. And awkward.

- Women's Marchers came up with some pretty clever bookish signs.

- Easy-to-grow vegetables.

- Find your spirit library on this list of the most beautiful from each state. It's so hard to choose but I'm loving Oregon's and Washington's. 

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's thoughtful review of two new books about Muslim identity.

- The Little Free Library model, but filled with food and personal care items.

- Fruits, vegetables and ice cream defrosting in the most mesmerizing timelapse.

- The Millions' most-anticipated books for the first half of 2017. So. Many. Books.

- "In Chicago, war refugees have a hand in the city's most famous handmade cheesecake."

Catching up on the month at PAPER/PLATES:

Literary recipe: Black and white cookies inspired by "Rich and Pretty"

Book club guide: "Rich and Pretty" by Rumaan Alam discussion questions and menu

Literary recipe: Nectarine and berry upside-down cake inspired by “1Q84”

Literary recipe: Nectarine and berry upside-down cake inspired by “1Q84”

Book club guide: "Rich and Pretty" by Rumaan Alam discussion questions and menu

Book club guide: "Rich and Pretty" by Rumaan Alam discussion questions and menu