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My Paris Market Cookbook by Emily Dilling Book Review

I read this book as part of the 2017 European Reading Challenge.


My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes*, by Emily Dilling

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This might seem like an odd book to read, but I thought it might contain lots of fresh vegetable recipes that I could use and maybe some Parisian history to boot. And there were a lot of recipes. Unfortunately, I found exactly one recipe that worked with my plant-based way of eating – everything had meat or diary in it! And even though I took French in high school, the amount of French words that were throughout the book made reading it rather difficult.
If you lived in Paris and wanted a good guide to the fresh markets available in your area, this would be an excellent book for that purpose. And if you wanted some new recipes that included meats and cheeses and oil and such, this just might be the book for you. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the book for me.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson Review

I am participating in several reading challenges, one being the 100 Bestsellers List.  Here’s my review for The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.


This post contains spoilers.


The Orphan Master’s Son* by Adam Johnson

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The Orphan Master’s Son was an extremely difficult book to read in many ways. The book is divided into two distinct chapters. In Chapter One we meet Pak Jun Do, the Orphan Master’s son, who named himself after a Korean Martyr heralded for his loyalty, and thus foreshadows the ending of the novel. From Pak Jun Do’s early childhood well into adulthood, his journey felt disjointed, with jumps in time and location. We learn what life is like in present-day North Korea – the hardships, the loss of personal will, the disinformation, and the need for blind adherence to the rule of “Our Dear Leader.” In Chapter Two, Pak Jun Do assumes the life of legendary Commander Ga, who is married to the renowned actress Sun Moon and father of their two children. Also in Chapter Two we are introduced to a “soft-torture” Interrogator of Division 42, the interrogation headquarters where enemies of the state are tortured for confessions. Throughout this chapter, the story alternates between the Interrogator’s personal and professional life – including his interrogation of “Commander Ga” – and the flashbacks of Pak Jun Do’s life as Commander Ga.

I almost didn’t finish reading the book due to Chapter One. I didn’t like the voice of Pak Jun Do and found the time jumps disorienting. More than that, though, I felt like I was reading a dystopian novel of life on some distant planet. Surely this could not be taking place on Planet Earth?

Read the rest of my review over on It’s A Mystery Blog.

3 Quick Thoughts on Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Taxes.  We received our refund last week.  I paid down some more credit card debt instead of splurging.  We’re still on track to have all that nasty credit card debt paid off by the end of 2017, which feels awesome.


  • We are meeting with a second HVAC company Saturday morning to get a second quote on the proposed HVAC upgrade.  We’ll see whether company number one is as good as they say they are or are blowing smoke.  LOL


  • Saturday evening we’re meeting one of Bill’s coworkers and his wife for dinner in Denton.  I’ve met them a few times at function and they are both very nice.  We also got together just about a year ago for an afternoon of snacks, beer, and a beer tour, which was interesting, sort of.  I don’t drink beer, but learning how they make it was fun.  I saw lots of things that reminded me of our dairy farm bulk tank area and also some of the wineries that I’ve seen in the Finger Lakes area where I grew up.  Anyway, it should be a pleasant evening out.