What I'm Reading :: July 16

It's quiet, and early, in the beach house, which is my favorite time for reading, reflecting and working.  I find it challenging to do any of the above while people are talking, the TV is on and breakfast is being prepared.  Plus, I enjoy time to myself each day and I appreciate the stillness.

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Time spent at the beach or by the pool, means I usually have a book or magazine in my hands, but when I'm reading at home or on a plane, it's usually on my iPad.  As a person who always enjoyed the feel of a book or magazine in my hands, I was surprised at how easy I transitioned into reading from an electronic device.  Even more so when I travel -- it's a lot easier to download books and read magazines from Next Issue than it is to carry a bag full of reading materials. 

Here are some pieces that I found interesting this week:

  1. This is the time of year for sales! Every window I pass, screams "40% off" or "An additional 20% final sale items." While one can find great deals, we can all, myself included, get wrapped up in the excitement of the sale (can you believe I bought this for $10!?) before realizing that we don't really love it.  The Wall Street Journal has a great piece titles "Five Ways to Avoid Shopping Mistakes" and comes with a funny cartoon to boot.
  2. Whether you're a novice or have been cooking for years, we've all added one to many pinches of salt or spice to a dish.  Food 52 has a few suggestions on how to salvage a dish so you don't have to toss it and start all over.
  3. I'm a huge fan of coffee, espresso or anything java related, but I'm not sure about these.  What are your thoughts?
  4. It's human nature to select the best looking apple from the bunch -- one that's firm, free of bruising and ripe.  But what about the "ugly fruit?"  The Atlantic has a great piece, in which they share that approximately $161 billion of usable food gets tossed every year, while 48 million people in the US don't have access to healthy foods.  One grocery exec has come up with a plan on how to use the less than perfect produce.  I hope it works.
  5. The Farm-to-Table or Farm-to-Fork movement started in the 1970's, when a chef and crusader for organic foods named Alice Waters launched the idea of bringing food strait from the farmers to the people in California.  As it's spread across the country, it's no longer a niche market, but one in which has been refined and streamlined for everyone to enjoy.  Whether it's a local farmers market or delivery service, more and more people are sourcing their foods from local farms and vendors.