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Dilara

Dilara

Joined July 2019

LibraryThing member Dilara86

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Literary fiction, poetry, social sciences, food and nature writing, art. Oh and cookbooks. All the cookbooks...
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Pkin 2050 | Hongwei LI
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I am enjoying this Chinese SF novel, which turns out to be speculative fiction rather than dystopia, as I previously thought. This is why I read translated fiction: to discover other cultures and see how people whose thought process is different from mine see the world. I don't necessarily quite follow every reflection (how I wish there were translator's notes!) but it is still intellectually stimulating.

#SF #China

Dilara Can you see how foggy it was outside when I took this photo? You can't see anything but white! 17h
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Pkin 2050 | Hongwei LI
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A Chinese dystopic novel and a cup of lavender and pineapple tea to fend off the (relative) cold.

Bookwomble I just noticed your bookmark - it's lovely 😊 2d
Dilara @Bookwomble Thank you 😊. My daughter got this bamboo bookmark for me when she visited China. I love it! I just hope the writing doesn't say anything offensive... 2d
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La Stupeur | Aharon Appelfeld
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The weather has definitely turned autumnal: it's grey, windy and wet outside. And cold, but my thermometer is stuck at a balmy 25.8°C, to add insult to injury.

Just starting La stupeur, Aharon Appelfeld's last book before his death in 2018.

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Remember Ruben | Mongo Bti
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It turns out Ruben is a real person: he's not the book's main character - that's Mor-Zamba (who as far as I know is fictional) - but his unseen presence permeates the whole novel. Ruben Um Nyobe was the leader of the Cameroon independence movement UPC from 1948, until he was killed by the French authorities in 1958 in appalling circumstances.

#Cameroon #Africa

Photo of UPC leaders from wikipedia - Ruben is the one with sunglasses

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Remember Ruben | Mongo Bti
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A hard-hitting novel set around the Second World War and the struggles for independence in Western Africa. Mongo Beti needs to be better-known.

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I've just finished a short book about a novice teacher's first year in her home town's secondary school, in the Innu reserve of Uashat. She teaches French (the local population's first or second language) and the Head gets her to put on a play (Corneille's Le Cid). Many teenage mums and older pupils. Difficult family situations, deaths and suicides. Bleak and uplifiting. The usual Teacher In A Deprived Area story.

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The Perfect Nine and a bowl of githeri, a hearty red bean and white maize stew from #Kenya, which I will definitely make again.
#foodandlit #foodandlit2022
 @Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Sounds like a great comforting dish! 2w
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I started Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's epic poem about the Gĩkũyũ people's origin story for #foodandlit #Kenya. Loving it so far, but then you can't go wrong with wa Thiong'o! When will he get his Nobel Prize for Literature?

@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

PS: there is something geological about the book's illustrations...

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A Bit Lost | Chris Haughton
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We‘re reading a book about losing and finding mummy to ease grandbaby‘s separation anxiety.

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Think Big, Little One | Vashti Harrison
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Another book for the grandbaby 💗

#feminism

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Zaha Hadid inspires so much and so many! What a great book 😍 4w
Ann_Reads Love the background fabric too, with the lavender. Pretty! 4w
Dilara @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward There is a different inspiring woman on every page. Choosing just one was hard! 3w
Dilara @Ann_Reads Thanks! I love those Provençal-inspired fabrics! I have another one with a blue background. 3w
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You're Safe With Me | Chitra Soundar
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Look what I‘ve found for the grandbaby today! And as it happens, the skies have turned dark and the night is growing stormy as I‘m typing, but you‘ll have to take my word for it because my camera can‘t take a decent photo of a sky at dusk...

Jari-chan Beautiful 😍 1mo
kspenmoll It looks lovely. I love illustrations in children‘s‘ books. Your grand baby will adore these! 4w
Dilara @kspenmoll I certainly hope so! She'll see them in a couple of weeks now... 3w
Dilara @Jari-chan Thanks 😁 3w
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I don't know what to make of this book. I suspect it might be a pastiche of Cuore (Heart: A School-Boy's Journal) by Edmondo de Amicis but I'm not sure because I haven't read it. It's just that none of the characters' behaviours make sense in a contemporary setting...

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Encabanée | Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba
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A novella about a woman who spends winter on her own in a cabin in the woods in Kamouraska (Québec) in very rough conditions, inspired by Thoreau & Anne Hébert's Kamouraska. It's the first of a trilogy, and I feel it might be more satisfying to read all 3 books as a whole.

#Canada #Quebec

This picture has the best backdrop I could find where I live, but thankfully, the book's cabin was (marginally) more weatherproof than this hut!

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I‘ve been waiting so long for this book! The previous reader returned it over a month late to the library 🤨

Ruthiella A reminder to all of us to return our books when they are due! 1mo
Dilara @Ruthiella Indeed! 1mo
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I haven't had to research so many things (Baltic geography, the various people that live there, WWII in Finland, Sami cultures, the difference between a Finn and a Finlander...) for a book in a long time and I'm enjoying it, although I do wish they had gone for footnotes! Thank all that is holy for Wikipedia!

#Lapland #Finland

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LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES. | PETRA. RAUTIAINEN
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As today is International Dog Day, and I had a parsing malfunction involving this dog breed in my current read, here's a picture of a Lapponian Herder dog... (The French said “bergers lapons“, and I first pictured human shepherds, not dogs, which didn't make sense in context.)

#Finland #Lapland

Picture of a Lapponian Herder from Wikipedia

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Voyages dans mon jardin | Nicolas Jolivot
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And a picture for the coming month: September. It's making me wistful: this year, where I live, the hollyhocks are already dead and have been for the last couple of weeks. Thanks to the heatwaves brought on by climate change.

#naturalitsy

Suet624 I heard some geese leaving, heading south, and I felt that inner feeling of “oh no, winters coming”. 1mo
Dilara @Suet624 That's got to be early! 1mo
Suet624 It sure seemed too early to me. 😩 1mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm These illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! 😍 1mo
Dilara @Suet624 I hope you'll still get a pleasant autumn before winter sets in! 1mo
Dilara @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm They are! And the whole book is like this: all pages are fully illustrated 😁. 1mo
AllDebooks Oh wow, what beautiful illustrations. I know what you mean @Dilara our garden has finished early this summer. There's been no sign of all the anemones I planted 🥺 1mo
Dilara @AllDebooks That's a shame! It looks like autumn's early this year in a lot of places (I'm in Western France). 1mo
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Voyages dans mon jardin | Nicolas Jolivot
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One of the pages for the month of August
#naturalitsy

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Quel beau livre ! Il fait très envie. 1mo
Dilara @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Il est très beau en effet : toutes les pages sont entièrement illustrées. 1mo
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Voyages dans mon jardin | Nicolas Jolivot
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I like that the author pictures not just pretty flowers and birds, but also insects, as he observed them on plants.

#naturalitsy

Blueberry Pretty illustrations 1mo
Dilara @Blueberry They are, aren't they! This book was a chance find at the library 😁 1mo
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Voyages dans mon jardin | Nicolas Jolivot
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Nicolas Jolivot watched and drew his garden over a whole year. I love the illustrations, but the writer comes across as a bit grumpy and negative in the text...
#naturalitsy

Lindy Lovely watercolours 🖌 1mo
Dilara @Lindy Yes 😁 I'll post another picture later! 1mo
Lindy @Dilara 👍 1mo
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Mother Ireland | Edna O'Brien
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You know a book about Ireland was written before the nineties when it‘s depressing 😑

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Temporary Homes | Mohamed Warsame
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Well, I downloaded this poetry collection thinking it was by Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, the Somali poet whose obituary I'd just read in the Guardian, and it's not, but it's OK: it's very readable and I'm happy my money is going to a living poet! I do wish I could get hold of a book written by the other Warsame, though...

#poetry

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Mmoires d'outre-haine | Kofi Yamgnane
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Reading the memoirs of Kofi Yamgnane, who became mayor of a small Breton village in 1989, the first Black mayor of a mainland French commune born in Africa (Togo in his case) elected after decolonisation. The hate mail he received is unbelievable.

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Yoko Tawada is better known as the author of The Emissary and Memoirs of a Polar Bear, but she has a long backlist of titles, originally written in Japanese or German, and I like a bi- or multi-lingual writer!
The narrator of Train de nuit avec suspects (Night train with suspects) is a dancer who takes the train to various European and Asian cities for work. There is a chapter for each journey, and they're all high- or low-key stressful...

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La puissance des femmes: Une autre histoire de la philosophie | Sven Ortoli, Julie Davidoux, Octave Larmagnac-Matheron
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A map of feminism(s)

IuliaC This looks so interesting 😀 1mo
Dilara @IuliaC It is! I took a photo of this double page because I thought I might want to refer back to it once I've returned the book to the library... 1mo
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Hot chocolate duly drunk! (See my previous post.) The tagged book is an international history of tea, coffee and chocolate.

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I found something I liked on Wikipedia's On This Day page today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xicolatada . It's Hot Chocolate Day in Catalonia today, as a hangover cure after Assumption festivities. I know what I'm going to drink today 😁 ☕

Graywacke Nice. (But why in August?) 2mo
Dilara @Graywacke It's true we tend to associate hot chocolate with winter. I guess (but anybody whose tradition it is, please chime in) there are 2 reasons for doing it in August:
- Catalans like their chocolate;
- Thick hot chocolate is a traditional late breakfast all over Spain (and also in French Catalonia?) all year round, and breakfast foods are often consumed after late-night parties. And the feast of Assumption is celebrated on August 15th.
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Dilara The heat coming from the wood fires in the middle of the day in August must be something. (Because of course, the chocolate's done in copper cauldrons over wood fires!) 2mo
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Slightly disappointing. I couldn't empathise with the narrator (a good part of the novel is taken with descriptions of past and present “romantic“ encounters with women who are never fully characterised, which was rather unpleasant), and the translation was awkward.

#Turkmenistan #GlobalChallenge

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I like a good description of the natural world.

#naturalitsy

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Japanese rice, kelp salad, salmon, stir-fried courgettes and homemade ponzu sauce for lunch. Based on ideas from Bento Boxes, tweaked with what I had in the fridge.

I am reading an interlinked short stories collection by Yoshimura Akira. It's not as dazzling as Shipwrecks or The Water Convoy (if that's the right title in English?), but it's still good!

#foodandlit #Japan @Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Looks great! 😊 2mo
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Ultimatum Orangutan | Khairani Barokka
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This poetry collection was a fantastic find on scribd. It's quite intense and almost brutal, and although written in English, very Indonesian.

#poetry #Indonesia

(photo of the author from the book's back cover)

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I've taken my 2 Japanese cookbooks - Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art and Practical Japanese Cooking; Easy and Elegant - out of the bookshelves to leaf through, but I have to say Shizuo Tsuji is a professional chef and his cookbooks are informative, but “simple“, “easy“ or “practical“ they are not 😏

Oh and in case you're wondering, the shutters are halfway down because it's scorching today 🌞
#foodandlit
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Stay cool! And good luck with your cooking! 2mo
Dilara @Catsandbooks Thank you! The heatwave should last 3 more days, and then a storm has been forecast and we'll lose 10°C overnight... 2mo
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Ultimatum Orangutan | Khairani Barokka
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Am reading Ultimatum Orangutan, a poetry collection by Indonesian poet and artist Khairani Barokka. I suppose it's like this on purpose, but what an awful cover!

#Indonesia #poetry

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La puissance des femmes: Une autre histoire de la philosophie | Sven Ortoli, Julie Davidoux, Octave Larmagnac-Matheron
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I found a book about women philosophers at the library. Its presentation is very textbook-like, but I'm not complaining: I'm learning 🙂

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The Mussel Feast | Birgit Vanderbeke
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I know we did #France in July and we're now in August, but here's one last #FoodAndLit post for the quintessential Northern French (and also Belgian) meal we had for lunch today. I'm allowed - I had an early Japan post in July 🙃

Graywacke Uh, yum! 2mo
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Le Jardin Des Silences | Melanie Fazi
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Back from the big open-air market. Everything is put away. Time to relax with a cup of coffee, blueberries straight from the punnet (I did wash them!) and an SFF short story collection, before I have to start on Sunday lunch...

LitStephanie What a great way to start a Sunday. 2mo
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Why did I borrow this compendium of first-world problems? If you like reading about a Louboutin-obsessed young Parisian mum with impossibly long legs and not a real care in the world, this is the comic book for you...

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Interesting cookbook but the French translation is terrible.

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Srikanta | Saratchandra Chattopadhyay
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Reading Shrikanto (Srikanta), a Bengali classic written in 1917 - a lucky find in the sales held by my local library. No idea why there are Buddhas on the cover...

#India #Bengal

Bookwomble That sounds interesting 😊 2mo
Dilara @Bookwomble It is! I saw you stacked it: looking forward to reading what you think of it when you get your hands on it! 2mo
Bookwomble @Dilara Well, I'm on a (rather unsuccessful) book-buying ban for at least two months, so it may be a while 😄 2mo
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South Riding | Winifred Holtby
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That was a fantastic book - very modern in its outlook.

(picture of Bridlington Town Hall - as a stand-in for Kiplington - from Wikipedia)

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Mrs. A.B. Marshall's Cookery Book | Agnes Bertha Marshall
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South Riding is emotionally draining - I'm taking a break and reading a vintage cookbook on PDF. So many ridiculously complicated recipes!

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South Riding | Winifred Holtby
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Oh Lydia! I‘m so worried for you! You‘ve just started school again on a scholarship, but if your mum stays pregnant, you‘ll have to leave high school to help her and say goodbye to your dreams. I hope that plot gets resolved soon because I couldn‘t bear to be strung along for another 350 pages. My heart couldn‘t take it. I‘m rooting for you!

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Tala | Gabriela Mistral
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Working my way through 1945 Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral's poetry collection Tala (French title: Essart). It's quite long for a poetry book: I hope I'll have finished it before I have to take it back to the library...

#poetry #Chile #NobelPrize

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South Riding | Winifred Holtby
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Have started South Riding and enjoying it very much so far! This is my second early 20th-century small-town (gentle) social satire this month (the other being Ces dames aux chapeaux verts).

batsy I love this book! And a reminder to myself to read more Holtby. 2mo
Dilara @batsy I've heard so many good things about this book ! It's such a shame Holtby died so young. 2mo
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I read an article about this collection of dystopic graphic short stories by Ersin Karabulut, a Turkish artist who fell foul of the Erdogan régime. I was intrigued and decided to borrow a copy from the library. It's thought-provoking and the art is stunning, but I can't say I enjoyed it (too graphic!), except for the last story.

#PoliticalWorks #Turkey

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Petite fleur du ghetto | Jean D'Amrique
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Having discovered Haitian poet/playwright Jean d'Amérique a couple of weeks ago through Opéra poussière, I am now reading his bilingual French/Haitian Creole poetry collection Petite fleur du ghetto / Touf flè nan pikan. It's very accomplished. And I found a video on YouTube of Gaëlle Bien-Aimé reading his poem (p 22-23) in memory of actor and photographer Régina Nicolas, murdered in 2015.

#Haiti #poetry

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The Virago Book of Wicked Verse is an anthology of poetry by female authors, mostly, but by no means all, writing in English. Very enjoyable. The male-gazy, orientalist cover does not at all reflect the content.

#poetry

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Sekiguchi is a Japanese poet, translator, artist and food writer.
I loved her essay about nagori (definition below) so much when I read it in 2019, I knew when I returned it to the library that I'd have to get my own. And now I do. I love it just as much on its second read 😁. It's about food, poetry, nature and seasons, cultural habits, and language: that's about 3/4 of my interests all in one book!

@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Dilara Nagori means remains or traces in Japanese. Also the sorrow of parting or the feeling of nostalgia at the end of an era/season. This speaks to me.
I think my bookmark with autumnal rosehips in a wintery landscape is a perfect example of what she describes.
Sekiguchi explains how some Japanese cooks like to build a dish around a food coming into season, one in full season, and one about to go out of season (or one that keeps or is preserved).
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Dilara I find this fascinating and thought-provoking!

ETA: I see there is a German translation: Nagori: Die Sehnsucht nach der von uns gegangenen Jahreszeit. I'll keep my fingers crossed for an English version.

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Japan
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La cuisinire du Nord | Charline Svin
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Potato and cured, smoked herring salad. With raw beetroot juice. Not an imaginative menu, but very local to the North of France and all I could bear given the temperature!

#France #foodandlit #foodandlit2022 @Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Texreader That is an unusual dish. I tried pickled herring while visiting my mother in law in Norway. Not really my thing. 2mo
Dilara @Texreader LOL I love it, but it certainly is an acquired taste, which is why there is herring on one half of the dish only 😋 Although I'm not sure Norwegian pickled herring is the same as what's on the picture. Mine is salted, then smoked, then preserved in oil with bay leaf, thyme, onion and peppercorn. 2mo
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Thank you @Pip2!

1. Not voluntarily. 2/3 of my bookshelves are in my living-room, so they are effectively part of the décor, and I try to keep them reasonably tidy, but I'm not sure they are *decorative*. In an ideal world, I'd have a separate library, big enough that having 4 walls of shelves does not feel suffocating.

2. The Internet, I'm sorry to say (and work, I suppose). Also the grandchild when she is around.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView I too would love to have a big library room. Not in the cards. Thanks for playing! 2mo
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