What to Read on the Subway This Week: 8/12
Craving a little sweetness? Dive into the cupcake-scented mysteries of Joanna Fluke, rediscover the joys of Chocolat, or listen to a fun podcast about ice cream. Still epicurious? Learn about the history of kid’s menus with Slate.
On Your Kindle
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, by Joanna Fluke
The latest in a popular series of mystery novels focuses on a Minnesota baker named Hannah Swensen. Poor Hannah is always stumbling across crime at catered events, but now she’s central to a murder investigation in a whole new way. When her boyfriend’s old flame turns up dead, Hannah is the primary suspect. Can she clear her name or will her cupcake-sweet life get burned?
On Your Smartphone
“Feeding the Kiddie,” by Michele Humes
This Slate article confirms a surprising fact: American children were once gourmet eaters. As Humes says, “When the English novelist Anthony Trollope toured the United States in 1861... he was astonished to see 5-year-old 'embryo senators' who ordered dinner with sublime confidence and displayed ‘epicurean delight’ at the fish course.” The transition from fish to fish sticks in children’s menus is an interesting reflection of American cultural changes.
On a Podcast
“We All Scream for Ice Cream,” Stuff You Missed in History Class
Would you eat camphor ice cream? While the thought of eating anything that was once used to make mothballs makes me shudder, this podcast about the history of ice cream is a delightful treat. From Roman snow and fruit treats to George Washington’s astounding ice cream bills, our favorite dessert has a fascinating history.
Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
Harris’ finely wrought novel was the basis for the award-winning film starring Juliette Binoche as Vianne. A marvelous and magical chocolate-maker, Vianne awakens the sleepy French town of Lansquenet by unlocking her customers’ long-hidden dreams and secrets. Soon, she is the focus of town gossip: Is the new chocolatier really a witch? If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll find much that delights you in the more subtle and detailed novel.