Reading List


Writing this post somewhat makes me feel like the pot calling the kettle black, given the sorry state of my diet as of late.  But before I went off the rails this past weekend, I have been good.  Oh, so good.

Eating at least one salad a day, snacking on vegetables instead of my beloved tortilla chips and queso, restricting meat-containing meals to a few times a week (versus daily)…I honestly couldn’t tell you who I had become.  Me, the girl who used to live on pizza and wings, Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts.

Lately, I’ve been devouring (in addition to copious amounts of green juice) impeccably researched, well-written tomes on the sorry state of the S.A.D (Standard American Diet).  Naturally, these books would frighten anyone into a plant-rich diet – but what’s shocking that after eating so clean for a while, you really can’t handle the bad-but-so-good foods you once craved.  These days, my taste buds salivate over a spicy qunoa and vegetable salad, cold buckwheat noodles tossed with tamari and filled with a rainbow of bell peppers, and chia seed pudding made with almond milk, raw cacao, and stevia.

Hell, I’m even making my own sushi.

This isn’t to say that I’m going to say goodbye to my beloved indulgent foods.  But they’ll be consumed more like a treat (and not a regular meal).  And while I first balked at the thought of saying goodbye to my weekly pad thai delivery, I quickly began to crave my own healthy take on it.

I’ve read stacks of books focused on bad foods and new ways to eat healthfully, but here are my favorites:


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Reading List – Creativity

January 22, 2013

2013 The Creative Year

I didn’t set New Year’s resolutions this year.  Rather, I set this year with a theme – to become more creative.

I spent my childhood unintentionally creative – I danced, sang, drew, played instruments, and wrote.  I didn’t realize it then, but pursuing these creative endeavors allowed me to perform better at school.  It also made me happier.

While this blog does serve as a creative outlet of sorts, it’s also become a bit of a second job (which I love).  However, I need something more.  And I wasn’t quite sure what more was – until I read these books:

Reading List Creativity

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Confession #1 – I am a Bravo show junkie.  Housewives, food shows, real estate…I love it all.
Confession #2 – If a Bravo person writes a memoir, I will most likely purchase and read it.

There are a bunch that have come out recently.  And here are my favorites.  They all make for perfect summertime reads – but I advise to keep What Remains for a rainy night in…

Apron Anxiety – While she’s not a direct Bravolebrity, Alyssa Shelasky’s tome of love, life, and the pursuit of finding her way through the food world involves one of my favorite Bravo personalities, who she dubs “Chef”.  I’ve had the pleasure to interview Alyssa before, and her book reads as if she’s telling you the whole story over a steaming bowl of fresh pasta and a (few) glass(es) of wine.  The recipes are fantastic (THE pasta is delectable), and the story is addictive.

I Never Promised You A Goodie Bag – I wish Jennifer Gilbert was made a permanent cast member of Real Housewives of New York City – I always enjoyed her quick wit and easy grace in handling all the crazy that was Jill, Ramona, and Kelly.  After reading her book (on my iPhone during spare moments in Russia, no less), I wish even more that she was added to this new season (which I love, but more on that later…).  Jennifer suffered a hellacious start to her post-college life, but her tenacity and grace in bouncing back and becoming one of NYC’s top event planners is nothing short of inspirational.  Hey Bravo, if you’re looking for a new show to replace the Atlanta Housewives (so over them), I suggest throwing one in Jennifer’s and Save The Date’s direction…

What Remains – Time for Confession #3 – A large part of my 60s obsession is with Jackie O and Lee Radziwill.  So when the new NYC Housewives were announced, I immediately downloaded Lee’s daughter-in-law’s memoir, and immediately inhaled it.  Her heartbreaking story of the loss of her husband, best friend and her husband within weeks of each other is tear-jerking, but also incredibly hopeful.  I’ve already deemed her my new favorite Housewife, and can’t wait to see her aptly tame the crazy this season.

Most Talkative – You can’t be a Bravo diehard fan without adoring the executive on the front line, Andy Cohen.  When waiting in some airport, I quickly devoured his funny stories of celebrities and poignant musings on coming out.  He dishes on everything you’ve wanted to know about your favorite Bravo personalities.  Read with your favorite cocktail and pick your own word to play the WWHL drinking game (assuming you’re of legal age, of course!)

What are you reading this summer?  Share in the comments below – I have some long flights, and need to stock up on my Kindle app.