Slightly Peckish Tuesday
12 April, 2011
This week on Umamimart: Slightly Peckish, I reveal how to cook up some lip-smackingly good wattalappan or spiced coconut custard pudding. So check it!
In bookish news, the 2011 Orange Prize shortlist was announced this morning. Congratulations to all! The prize will be announced on 8th June. Can’t wait.
I’m currently in the middle of reading Nicole Krauss’ Great House which I’m enjoying greatly. What’s not to like about a story involving a desk with 19 drawers that once belonged to a famous writer and has since passed on to different people with their own stories to tell? Intrigued? I am.
Of the shortlisted five, I’m probably most interested in reading Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife just because it sounds fabulous and I’m always interested in debut novels. I’ve seen lots of great reviews of the others and although I know Room is a favourite for many people (see Jackie’s post), somehow I’m a little reluctant to read it because of the subject matter. I know, I know, I’m probably going to regret it and curse myself for not getting to it sooner.
Of the books that didn’t make it on to the shortlist, I’d still like to read Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, Jennifer Egan’s The Visit from the Goon Squad (I’m probably the last person alive that hasn’t read this one), Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge and Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers. At least now I don’t have to rush, heh.