in hand: what wild is reading


Wild, ever the planner, had feathered her nest with a stack of books to peruse over the last month of her pregnancy, however, the wee one had other plans and made his appearance three weeks early, cutting short the homemaking and baking journey Wild had in mind.

Now spending her days getting acquainted with the new babe and learning along with her husband to navigate the world of parenting two under two plus dog and poultry, Wild has just enough energy to watch an old sitcom before falling asleep at night.

Realizing that she will probably get to crack open this particular group of books in a couple of months after things settle down, Wild would like to share her picks with you this weekend in hopes that you will enjoy them in the meantime:

  1. Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson
  2. Blackbird Bakery by Karen Morgan
  3. Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni
  4. Four Kitchens by Lauren Shockey
  5. The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking by Kate Payne
  6. A Year of Pies by Ashley English
  7. Onward by Howard Schultz
  8. Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi
  9. The Scandinavian Kitchen by Camilla Plum

What are you reading this week?–wild wren


in hand: what wren is reading

Wren's Reading

Having recently moved with her husband into a tiny flat in town, Wren has finally dug her sewing machine out from storage and is desiring to learn how to sew. And to sew well, if possible.

Stealing moments between applying for jobs in her new city, she is feverishly making toddler-sized ties for her discerning young nephew and finding inspiration in library books about fabrics, sewing, screen-printing and of course, food and love.

Here are the books she (and little Domo, above) is submerged in now:

  1. Lotta Prints
  2. French General: Home Sewn
  3. Material World
  4. The Nest Newlywed Handbook
  5. Print Workshop
  6. Cesar: Recipes from a Tapas Bar
  7. Material Girls
  8. The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  9. Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear

What’s on your reading list this week? Share your picks in the comments below!

wild wren

in hand: recipes for an inspired life


I stared, mesmerized, at the cover of La Tartine Gourmand‘s new book, Recipes For An Inspired Life, for three days before I could bring myself to turn to the opening page.

The recipes and stories are equally fascinating once the cover has been cracked. Focused on whole grain flours, whole foods and the freshest produce of the season, and most of all, the sheer enjoyment of nourishing food, family and friendship, they are indeed inspiring.

But, oh, those colors, that light.