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By Margaret Moon

Book Chat - Issue #5

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Hello friends,
If this is your first issue, let me give you a warm welcome. I am truly thrilled that you have subscribed to my little newsletter.
This week I’ll be sharing some great links and a lovely recipe. If you have any comments, just hit reply and your thoughts will magically appear in my inbox.

What I've been reading
My friend Emily had this piece published in Entropy Magazine. It’s a great read.
Food and Covid-19: the Ups and Downs of Pandemic Cooking – ENTROPY
I also really enjoyed this piece about starting over after a major life event (or a pandemic). As the author says, if we are forced by circumstances to stop and re-evaluate our lives, we might just decide that we want a different (better) life.
How to Have a Happier Post-Pandemic Life - The Atlantic
What I've been writing
I wrote a short piece on the passing of Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and 75 other books. You can read it here . I find it very amusing that my grammar checking software keeps telling me that “very hungry” is weak writing and that I should use a stronger adjective like “starving”, but it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?
What I've been listening to
LeVar Burton Reads: The Best Short Fiction, Handpicked by the Best Voice in Podcasting
What I've been cooking
I had this delicious smoked eggplant dip at a Lebanese restaurant a couple of months ago and it inspired me to make it myself, but I forgot to take a picture. I took this photo at the restaurant but mine looked and tasted just as good. I didn’t have the tools to char the eggplants, so I just baked them in the oven and it turned out fine. It’s a very easy recipe and suitable for vegans.
Mutabal - Middle Eastern eggplant dip
Mutabal - Middle Eastern eggplant dip
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Thanks and have a great fortnight!
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