I love a thoughtful link roundup as a way to discover the fantastic writing others are reading and sharing online. Here are my good reads from the week that was.
By now, you’ve already read this piece, but it’s worth sharing such stunning long-form again: Megan Phelps Roper and her slow untangling from the Westboro Baptist Church. Excellent, considered journalism.
I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about the central tenet of this article: that easy cooking is a myth. It takes time, effort and planning to cook dinner each night and I’m grateful to have that luxury during this season of life.
On that note, the 10 most memorable meals in literature. Many more examples have been shared in the comment section — and I would add this passage from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast:
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
What we already know to be true, verified: your adult siblings are the key to a long and happy life. I’m grateful to have best friends in my three adult sisters. So much of this article resonated with me: these are the women with whom I talk every single day, with whom I first share in the most glorious and devastating bits of live, without whom I would be lost and someone entirely else, lesser.
Rose quartz and serenity, Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year.
Long form: I love chef memoirs, so couldn’t wait to pick up Cat Cora’s new book, Cooking as Fast as I Can. We half-Greeks share a kindred spirit and I suppose I was predisposed to enjoy this read. But Cora’s candid look into her relatively private public life — growing up in the old south, adoption, coming out, the gruel of cooking school, opening successive businesses, a marriage and four children — made me like her even more on the other side.
Other Roundups to Love
Fathom’s Links We Love (updated Saturdays)
Food52’s Weekend Reading (updated Sundays)
101 Cookbooks’ Favorites List (last updated: 2015/12/02)
[lead image: Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year]
Good Reads on Some Infinite Thing is updated every Friday (or Saturday) morning.