This is a great list of books.

the starving artist

Here is a list of my top twelve favorite books, out of the small fraction of total books in the world that I have actually read. I am an avid reader, but I just don’t have tons of time to sit around and read. Plus, there are plenty of books I have enjoyed, but they wouldn’t make this list. These are, indeed, the books whose stories, genius, and prose have stuck with me over time. They are in no particular order.

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien. A real classic. The best war book. And such a discussion starter. One of those books as much about writing as it is about other things, although it’s the war metaphor that will haunt you at night and populate your preaching.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I suggest keeping a sheet of paper with notes regarding…

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RealisticChef

Some tirades: spelt flour, pancakes, pancake toppings, and pancakes-made-doable.

I love spelt flour. I may have already said it before, but I just do. Now, I know that spelt flour is not the cheapest flour that you come across, if you come across it at all. But let me just tell you, whole grain spelt flour has a non-obtrusive, sweet nuttiness to it that makes it ideal for any sweet baking (from cupcakes to cakes, pie crusts, muffins, whatever). It is not nearly as overpowering as whole grain wheat flour and has a more tender crumb. It is, in a word, awesome. As for the cost: it’s easy for me to forget spelt flour costs a lot because I have found a supplier near Durham where I can buy bulk spelt flour on the cheap. Perhaps you could look around, too? Or just use it as an occasional flour. You…

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