good reads | 41

george clooney esquire 2016I love a thoughtful link roundup as a way to discover the fantastic writing others are reading and sharing online. To that end, here are my good reads from the week that was.

Good Reads

The glass brick facade on the new Chanel building in Amsterdam is stunning.

I’m obsessed with Wine Folly’s new beautifully designed and super functional wine maps of the world.

Chef Mina Stone shares cooking lessons from her Yiayia. My Papou’s favourite dish is faki, so her memories felt very close to home.

This is what a great interview looks like. David Granger talks to George Clooney for the May 2016 issue of Esquire.

Farm-to-table: the term that’s become so abused and ubiquitous that it’s almost useless to a caring diner. This is a shame for the chefs who do commit the energy and expense to cook on a local scale with local ingredients.

On one of our Mexico trips, Austin and I spent a day touring the mountains of Jalisco and learning how racilla and tequila are made. I’d love to do the same for mezcal when we eventually make it to Oaxaca. 

I was never a big Sex and the City viewer, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this probing piece on its four genre-bending female archetypes. 

A primer on chili pastes.

Long form: I devoured Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Elevena post-apocalyptic novel that begins in my beloved Toronto, in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood I spent many of my formative years. This is one of those books I had on hold for a year at the library, but kept missing each time it would come in. It was worth the wait — crisp, elegant writing, gorgeously interwoven narratives and a haunting little glimpse into our shared humanity. I love post-apocalyptic anything — movies, books, short fiction — for what they reveal about the world in this moment. Station Eleven is the genre in its best form.

Other Roundups to Love

Fathom’s Links We Love (updated Saturdays)

Food52’s Weekend Reading (updated Sundays)

101 Cookbooks’ Favorites List (last updated: 2016/02/25)

[lead image: Nigel Perry for Esquire]

Good Reads on Some Infinite Thing is updated every Friday (or Saturday or Sunday) morning.

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