1. I’m pretty smitten with these Meyer Lemon Buckwheat Pancakes that I made for Etsy. They’re a winning balance of wonderful, bright flavors: neither too much nor too little of anything. And lemon, strawberries and mint get along very nicely together. You should make them this weekend!
2. I absolutely love cooking with and for people. But I also really love to cook for myself – something that’s often disparaged or dismissed. Jay Raynor speaks up, hilariously, in defense of cooking for one. “I am always baffled when anyone announces they don’t bother bashing the pans about if they are the only person who needs to eat,” he writes. “My conclusion is they’re not greedy enough.”
3. Reading makes me feel good. And this article makes me feel justified. Neuroscience is discovering what those of us who enjoy reading have sensed all along: it’s profoundly good for us.
4. Love this thoughtful piece on thinking about color intuitively by Heath ceramics co-owner and creative director Catherine Bailey.
5. Pigeon keepers of NYC. Lovely.
6. My Cooking Diary. A refreshing change of pace from our conventional approach to food blogging.
7. In 1929, we spent 23.4 percent of our disposable income on food. Now, we spend 9.4 percent of our disposable income on food.
8. Catalyzing creativity. Seven great workbooks to foster creative thinking. Yay!
9. Amanda Hesser’s thoughtful, cautiously optimistic piece on the future of food writing. Some folks found it depressing; I found it inspiring. Regardless of whether you want to be a food writer, her piece is filled with solid nuggest relevant to any creative path. I think the takeaway is to be resourceful, determined, open and flexible. But above all, to stay hungry.