Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves: Women in the Kitchen

There’s that old patriarchal saying that “a woman’s place is in the kitchen,” but in an industry dominated by men, it’s actually a lot harder to “get in the kitchen.” Just last year the Department for Labor Statistics showed that only 19.7 percent of restaurant kitchens are run by women. Things are changing, but it’s a cultural shift – kitchens have been notoriously unfriendly places for women between sexual harassment, long work hours, and lack of parental leave.

Here are two memoirs of women who have pushed against the norm and are changing the way we think about food. Continue reading “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves: Women in the Kitchen”

Wild Sourdough

Meet my starter: Neko!

I love bread, but more and more it just tastes like filler. My husband and I started going to a neighborhood Farmer’s Market open year-round to incorporate more whole foods and seasonal finds into our meals at home. One of our favorite vendors is a sourdough bread baker. I started doing a bit of research into wild yeast and thought this is bread I would be more than happy to eat! After trying a few loaves, I started to wonder how I can do this myself Continue reading “Wild Sourdough”

Bus Reads for February

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time.

Here’s what I read on the bus in February:

Book cover image for BrassBrass by Xhenet Aliu. A story of a mother and a daughter and how one’s path sometimes winds it’s way differently than expected. Chapters were told in alternating voices of the mother and the daughter. I loved that you could see the mom’s path unfolding to bring her daughter in the world and the daughter attempting to discover her father and who she is. It was a beautifully told story, one I couldn’t put down. Very much a story of the “American Dream”.

Book cover image for The Other EinsteinThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. A fiction book that enlightened me to a real person I knew nothing about…I honestly didn’t even know Einstein was married once, let alone twice. And while it’s fiction based, you really have to wonder if Einstein’s success was rooted in his relationship with his first wife, Mileva Maric. A brilliant mind herself, she gave up so much for her relationship with Einstein. Einstein was also someone I knew little about, but from this read I now consider him a completely selfish person. Too often throughout history men have taken credit for a woman’s work—and I can see how this may be a repeat of that very case.

What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads.

~posted by Kara P.

The World is Your Oyster

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest the winter season wasn’t something that stopped us from doing what we enjoyed as a family. Sure cuddling by the fireplace and reading books was one way to enjoy it since we are a family of readers, but this is also the season of crabbing, clam digging, grilling oysters, and taking advantage of non-peak camping rates!

Here are a few items in our collection to get you started on your Winter adventures:

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Bus Reads for January

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time.

Here’s what I read on the bus in January:

The River at Night by Erica Ferenik. Every year four friends, Wini, Pia, Sandra, and Rachel plan a trip, to spend time together and get away from everyday life. This year it’s a five day white water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Wini is not too keen on the idea and everything is telling her not to go, but these are her best friends. Together these women set off on this once in a lifetime adventure; however, all does not go as planned and it will take everything they have to try to survive. A fun read, quick and exciting. It had moments of predictability, but the language and writing was fantastic. She really captured place and setting well. While the narrator Wini, was definitely my gal, I would have liked to hear more from the other women, maybe chapters back and forth. However, you get their stories throughout so they become known to you. Continue reading “Bus Reads for January”