Friday Round-up

Five no-cook summer dinners. How soon can I get me some of that up there? (Photo by Romulo Yanes.)

Marion Nestle + Cartoons + Food = A Book I Just Pre-Ordered.

Forget dinner and a movie — Abby and I just had our 2nd annual documentary-and-a-shackburger lunch date. We chose (and loved) 20 Feet from Stardom* playing at Lincoln Center, followed by a visit to Shake Shack up the block.

Speaking of world-class burgers, a very kind reader (whose name and email I lost!) sent along a recipe link for replicating that Hatch Burger I loved so much at Umami last year. Thank you reader whose name and email I lost.

When she’s not baking cakes, she’s watching really good summer movies with the kids.

Is everyone else as in love with the “Jenny’s in the Kitchen column on Food52 as I am?

What Happy People Do Differently.

Everyone wants it. (Show this to the kids.)

I think TeamSnap (and its attending app) has the potential to change my life as I know it.

Oh my god, have you read this book? I feel like she’s my kindred spirit.

From Andy:

Mick Jagger singing a so-good-I-want-to-weep, outtake version of Keith’s song, You Got the Silver.

A really nicely written essay about the joys of traveling solo (containing an excellent Clark Griswold reference) by Ben Loehnen in Slate.

Maybe the best thing I have ever seen on film.

We are so bad about television. Here we are, in the Golden Age of the medium, and the only thing we watch right now, in real time, is So You Think You Can Dance. We do eventually make our way to most of the good stuff, though — we joined Friday Night Lights in Season Two, Breaking Bad in Season Three, and Homeland halfway through Season Two. Our latest one came via a recommendation from a reliable (in the taste department) friend: Top of the Lake, which was created by Jane Campion. Has anyone out there seen this? We loved it, loved the acting, but maybe loved, most of all, the scenery. I wanted to press pause on every frame of this thing. Insanely beautiful.

This piece from Bill Buford is just fun to read, and it makes me hungry.

You’ll be hearing more about this book next week on DALS, but if you feel like getting out and you live anywhere near Brooklyn and you want a free drink and enjoy listening to great writers read from their work, then swing by Powerhouse on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 to hear Michael Paterniti (and me) talk about — and read from — his new book, The Telling Room.

*Parental warning: As to be expected in a documentary about the music industry, there are a few unsavory word choices used here and there, but I found it navigable for a nine-year-old.

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It was me! I’m the reader whose name and email you lost! You’re very welcome 🙂 Please let me know how it goes so I can enjoy it vicariously. I have two tiny kids and another on the way and all my meals have to take 15 minutes or less to put together, which thankfully includes that gorgeous tomato-mozzarella thing you linked to and your MIL’s cobbler recipe.


Oh awesome, Rachel. Thanks again. I will definitely let you know how it turns out. Good luck with the tiny kids.


I’m so glad to see that someone else loved Top of the Lake. I came across it on Netflix, and it’s been a great series.


YUM to the first photo! Recently saw your blog on A Cup of Jo–I can’t believe I’m just finding this gloriousness!