Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Good Reads: “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life” by Kim Severson

Kimberly Houston | February 9, 2012

“ . . . food is the best antidote for anything life throws at you.”
–Kim Severson
I’d been wanting to read this book since it came out back in . . . . oh, April 2010, I believe. Kim Severson was a food writer for the New York Times for six years (she’s now Atlanta bureau [...]

Good Reads: Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julie Powell

Kimberly Houston | January 17, 2010

I’m not going to sugarcoat it:  I loved this book.  I guess I seldom write about things on this blog unless I like them, so that should be no surprise.  I read it inside four days back in August 2008, just after Julie and Julia, the movie it inspired, opened.  I’d read Julia Child’s book, [...]

Wednesday Dining and Wine Adventure, New York Times-Style

Kimberly Houston | December 9, 2009

It’s Wednesday, oh joy!  What that means for me is, generally, two things:  the New York Times Dining and Wine section — love! — and an easy blog post, as I often choose something from Wednesday’s section to post about.  I used to buy the New York Times every week on this day without fail, [...]

Good Reads: My Life in France, by Julia Child

Kimberly Houston | December 4, 2009

I started reading My Life in France several weeks before the movie “Julie and Julia,” based partly on the book, was due to come out in August 2009.  I knew I was going to see the movie — couldn’t wait to see it, in fact — and I wanted to have a frame of reference [...]

Who Else Wants to Cook Easy, Elegant Meals?

Kimberly Houston | November 21, 2009

Once upon a time, I lived on what felt like an isolated island.  I was working on a political campaign in Brunswick County, NC (another life), and my residence for that time was a charming little house on Oak Island, a few steps from the beach.  Perfectly wonderful.  Except, I didn’t really know another soul [...]

Good Wine Reads

Kimberly Houston | November 18, 2009

If you want some ideas for a few good wine books to read (or give as gifts, yeah!), check out Eric Asimov’s blog, The Pour, from November 17, 2009.  I have his blog saved to my favorites, though I seldom remember to read it.  But I do always make sure to read the online version of [...]

Good Reads: Anthony Bourdain

Kimberly Houston | October 13, 2009

The best books I’ve read in the last couple of years have been food and/or wine-related.  They are just about the only books I‘ve read of late, other than the occasional personal development or business book.  I mention this because I’ve always been an avid reader, was an English major as an undergrad, had to [...]