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Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

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A meal from GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY Natasha Ngan (YA fantasy)

Quotes:  “…the palace food is delicious […] steaming bowls of coconut rice… […] sugared glutinous rice-balls […] we have breakfast—usually rice-balls […] The fragrance of coconut-steamed rice rises out.”

“I don’t dare touch the bamboo basket, even though the smell of the d…

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Working as a food writer

I have recently assumed the position of food writer at Curiositales ("the magazine for all things bookish") and people often ask me what being a food writer entails. My work consists in creating and photographing dishes based on the books written by the authors interviewed. Step-by step, it means:…

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Romancing with books and movies

 

The days when the workday ends early or starts late, my love and I meet at a coffee shop and play a little game: the first one orders her/his drink under one name and the other orders her/his drink, trying to find the complementary one. The baristas are super nice and very understanding of our…

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Summer: reconnecting with spooky children's literature

There is nothing like cold chills to survive a hot summer, and with a light work schedule, I am happy to be able to reconnect with my childhood love: "spooky" children's literature (it can be found in your bookstore under "Contemporary fantasy/horror/ghosts/ wizards & witches/historical”). 

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San Diego Comic Con

Here are a few highlights from the convention:

 

          

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Niçoise Salad from SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty (non-fiction)

“I was beginning to doubt that my own body would be well cared for were I to die young. The very idea of Bayside Cremation crushed me with loneliness. I was burdened with the thoughts that any of my Facebook friends would be quick to comment “Yummy!” on a photo of my Nicoise salad, but wou…

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A meal from MALICE by Keigo Higashino

The book: Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga and teacher-turned-children’s-book-author Osamu Nonoguchi investigate the murder of a famous writer, but have a very different take on what the true facts really are.

"I was eating some instant udon noodles and watching TV when I saw a close-up of m…

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A meal from CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

The book: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. A young maji/outcast and a princess become unlikely allies on a quest to unlock the power of the gods and allow maji to reclaim their place in Orïsha.  (YA fantasy)

“[...] I sprint fast, almost knocking a basket of plantain off he…

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French Tapestry and Memes

It was announced last week that the Bayeux Tapestry will leave France for the first time in 950 years and travel to London where it will be exhibited in 2022.

The Bayeux Tapestry (la Tapisserie de Bayeux) is a 9-century-old, 230-foot-long and 20-inch-tall embroidered cloth that depicts the battle…

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Wishing you all a healthy, loving, and successful new year!

 

Meal from THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman

The story: The life of Coralie  Sardie (the daughter of a Coney Island “Freak Show”)  intertwined with the life of Eddie Cohen (a Russian immigrant photographer) in the late 1800s.

“[…] I could remain soaking under water in the claw-foot tub […] I felt comfortable in this element, a sor…

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The Beautiful, the Strange, and the Scary

Not a kill but just a thrill; not a gore but spooky lore; I want October days to be, hair raising and scary, haunted but also funny.

Photo 1: If Death approached you with a bouquet, would you invite her to dance? (Shadow selfie)

Photo 2:  Call me Dimewise* because I'm worth it.  (*In r…

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Insects on the Menu

My fascination with food started at a young age and sampling as many foreign dishes as possible when travelling has always been one of my goals ("discover, do not judge, and learn" is one of my family mottos).  So when I was given the possibility to try insects, I couldn’t refuse (granted—I agreed a…

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ComicCon Blade Runner 2019 Experience

 

ComicCon2017 provided visitors with the opportunity to enjoy an immersive, physical experience into the dark world of Blade Runner 2049—complete with landmarks and props from the original movie (spinner car, noodle bar...), live actors, and the sampling of noodles and three varieties of whisky…

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Neurology Research Meets Writer's Research

When Neurology Research Study and Writer's Research collide.

Getting fitted with QUASAR's EEG headset, which measures electrical activity in the brain.

QUASAR = Quantum Applied Science and Research; EEG = electroencephalogram

  

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Birdseeds and Cheese grits

The young boy knew exactly what to do with the $20 bill he found buried in the muddy snow. He asked his mother for a ride, not to go purchase a replacement for his pair of pants that was thinning dangerously at the knees or a pair of gloves that would keep his…

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New Year Tradition

Lentils to Welcome the New Year

Did you know that the world’s celebration of the New Year is a somewhat recent phenomenon, which couldn’t have been possible without the acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar?

Before the 17th century, many countries had their own calendars, establishing …

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Brunch à la Six of Crows

The book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six outcasts involved in an impossible heist, battling the duality of existence. (YA fantasy)

"Kaz liked the omelet stands where you could choose what you liked to put in them. The man [… ] gave Kaz all the hot chocolate he could drink. His wife [……

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Eggshell dolls: Japanese culture and craft.

A visit to the Mingei International Museum reminded us the importance to play with food.

 

In the exhibit on Japan, artist Yoshiko Teraoka’s egg dolls (omasa-sushi) (see above) inspired us to plan our day around eggs. This is how our eggshell dolls turned out:

 

Ninjas & knight

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Jane Dare Mystery (work of FICTION): a short-order murder-mystery

Yes, this is a dead body. Let me explain...

I am Jane, a 35-year old private chef in San Diego, California. This morning, as I was perusing the beach for Pokemons (weird, I know—I’ll explain more about this later), I stumbled upon a corpse. Yes, the un-breathing body of a young woman. Of cour…

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