Sunday, June 12, 2011

E-asy like Sunday Morning ...

This week, for the first time in the history of the world, I read an entire book on Kindle. The circumstances include being an immediate gratification-y person and Barnes & Noble not having a copy of the book I wanted to read and wanting to read that book NOW. I also knew this wasn't going to be a book that I'd really feel like clutching to my bosom and resting my cheek against while we snuggle on a blanket and watch the sun set together.

Here are my thoughts on it:

1. I didn't hate it. At all. Within the first chapter I forgot that I was reading it on a Kindle.
2. At one point I was able to do a search when a character's name came up and I didn't remember who it was. This has actually been something that I've jokingly said before, that I wish there was a Search/Find function on old fashioned books.
3. The note function is really intuitive.


I'm sticking with book-books, and I'm not going to buy a Kindle or Nook. I might use Chuck's Kindle when emergencies happen and the book I want to read just is not available within the city limits. This stands (until I change my mind). Not to mention that I have a stack of about a zillion and twelve book-books I'm dying to read. So.

In other news, here is what I ate, watched, listened to and read this past week.

Red Thai Tofu: Red pepper, tofu, shallots, garlic, ginger, curry paste, soy sauce, agave and Thai basil. Okay. I thought this was going to be just another curry-flavored mix of vegetables. But Chuck had frozen the tofu, which I never do, and Whoa Nelly. Total game changer. It just oozes with the marinade. Recipe from "Appetite for Reduction" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Then! He upped the business on this one. He made Herbal Guacamole with Spicy Jicama that was wrapped in Romaine Lettuce and eaten like finger food. That one comes from "Raw Food Living," a not-cookbook by Sarma Melngailis.

Second Avenue Vegetable Korma: This is exactly what you would expect from a mix of veggies, broth, Indian spices and coconut milk. Still good, though. I served it on mashed sweet potatoes instead of rice and put a little of the leftover lite coconut milk into the potatoes to make them fluffier.

Vegetarian Posole: I made this just because I stumbled on the word "Posole" this week and decided I liked it. Although, I've heard tell that making it veg-style pretty much negates the concept of the soup, I still thought it was a nice little bit of food. Nothing special. But I had seconds, so that's something. (Holla, hominy!)

Smokey White Bean Quesadillas: This is this week's winner! How can a person go wrong with my two favoritos: Nutritional yeast and corn tortillas. These quesadillas are filled with a mix of white beans and tomatoes pureed, then nutritional yeast, then liquid smoke and garlic powder and then it goes between two tortillas and gets all fried up and loaded with taco fixings.

American Splendor: Gah! This was so good. It's a mix of bio pic-documentary about the writer Harvey Pekar. That was so so interesting. Includes a fictitious version and the real live dude. Totally, totally loved it.

Demolished Thoughts: This Thurston Moore album is like taking a way-back machine to 1990s Beck. And since that is actually the sound I want to hear right now, I'll take it.

The Alcoholic: Totally liked this graphic novel with words by Jonathan Ames, pictures by Dean Haspiel. It's heavy on memoir-y.

Full review will be here.

Your Voice in My Head: A Memoirby Emma Forrest: This review will be a) thought about; b) written; c) posted here. Until then I have no opinion.


Kate Bee said...

Dave's been trying to talk me into a Nook or Kindle fore a while now and I've been completely opposed. But I hear it's difficult to manhandle a book while manhandling a newborn, so I'm putting one on my Christmas list. But I'm not happy about it.

Those quesadillas sound really good. Where does one find nutritional yeast besides at the co-op? Can a broad in suburbia find it at the supermarket?

Christa said...

I think the e-reader might be an easy switch out. It is pretty slick and convenient. My fear is that the books we've collected will start to be as annoying as all the old tapes and CDs. But hopefully not for a long, long time.

I'm not sure on the nutritional yeast. I've never seen it anywhere but at the co-op, but I've never looked. Maybe it would be in the section with the organic stuff? Otherwise, you can get it online. (Which I should do b/c I just noticed it costs less).