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This is a bread technique I've wanted to try for some time. I actually like kneading. I started doing this in January when I moved into an apartment with a kitchenette and almost no counter space. I have wanted to own a dutch oven for a long time too. Yeast: Unless otherwise stated, I used Fleischmann's Traditional Active Dry Yeast. I didn't proof it before using. Salt: Fine sea salt or kosher salt. Water: Room…

I started this 1970 time travel novel on the day of “Mad Men”'s 7B premiere. This book does excel in its details about 1882 New York City. It was an interesting historical novel to read about 1970 as written by a writer of that time. It had some interesting moments about how someone would think about it. There was even a line about “seeing Negroes... and I prevented myself from going over there to tell…

This was such a simply yet nicely written memoirs. There is such a deep humbleness to Hadfield even though he admits to being an overachiever. He is very self-aware about life and goal setting. There was a big emphasis on being prepared while enjoying the journey. At times, it felt like a good self-help book does. I wanted to emulate this man. I definitely admire him more so now after reading the book. I also…

Robinson's Gilead was one of my favourite novels of the last decade. I found it had some of the best prose of modern literary works. I knew I had to read Robinson's other works. When I started this novel, I had a feeling I would not love it quite as much as Gilead which is a tall order for any modern novel. I did really enjoy the writing though. Robinson's unique storytelling and voice runs…

I've had this in my library pile for awhile. I am not sure why I put off reading it because it's a novella more than a novel. The only other time I've read Tóibín was his translation of Beowulf. With that and this novel, I can't deny he is talented and writes well. However, he is one of those authors whose prose I respect and deem talented, but I don't find his characters particularly engaging.…