Month: April 2019

S3E7: Does Love Conquer All?

S3E7: Does Love Conquer All?

This week we’re exploring the world of historical fiction where we are transported to the most infamous of the German concentration camps of World War II. But before we dive into that, we’re doing our usual tea drinking and food noshing!

What We’re Eating and Drinking

This week, we’re drinking Harney & Sons Organic Assam tea from the Sipsby subscription:  A classic black tea. You can try out Sips By by clicking through and filling out a profile and AND get $5 off your first box!  You will get 4 different teas customized to your preferences with over 40 cups o’ tea to enjoy.

Cori was feeling a bit conflicted about eating as we read and talk about life in concentration camps, where food was minimal.  However, Robert made some delicious blueberry scones with some lemon curd on the side.

What We’re Reading

Alright, so the book. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is fiction, but based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. His captors realize he speaks 12 languages and so they decide to make him the tattooist, even though we’re pretty sure he doesn’t actually talk to any of the prisoners he is tattooing…

ANYWAY, Lale is imprisoned for more than two and a half years and witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. This is also a love story–Gita, prisoner 34902, gets her number tattooed on her arm by Lale and from the moment he saw her, he has vowed to stay alive to marry her when they get out. Even after Auschwitz is liberated, things are challenging for these star crossed lovers.  You will have to read for yourself to see how things turn out.

Coming up Next Time
Next up, the exploration of historical fiction continues with Cori’s pick To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.

S3E6: Midwest Food Adventures

S3E6: Midwest Food Adventures

This week, we’re continuing to explore one of Cori’s favorite genres of foodie fiction! So, let’s talk about the tea we’re drinking and the food we’re eating to go along with another food themed read.

What We’re Eating and Drinking

Kyrie is finishing up a month of Whole30 (crazy gal), so she made some super delish bacon-wrapped dates. This is an easy recipe to find on the interwebs.  Kyrie does have one smart trick with this classic snack: you only use half a date and half a piece of bacon. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty!!

To go along with this scrumptious snack, Kyrie and Cori drank Sweet Chestnut Chai from our pals at Plum Deluxe. It’s a delicious tea that has essence of chestnut, vanilla, and love! As Plum Deluxe Ambassadors, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and our link to get 10% off your first order

What We’re Reading

With an accidental midwestern focus, next week we take on another foodie book mainly set in Wisconsin with Cori’s pick of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal.  This book has a unique format in that each chapter is almost a mini short story.  At its heart, the central character is a young woman named Eva who becomes an acclaimed chef due to her extraordinary palate.  However, Eva is sometimes a secondary character who orbits in the world of each story’s main character. The other main character is the food traditions of the midwest.  It makes for a strange and intriguing narrative.

Coming up Next Time

Next month’s genre is a favorite of both Kyrie and Cori:  Historical Fiction. First up is Kyrie’s pick, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.