Today’s Nonfiction November is hosted at Sarah’s Bookshelves. The theme this week is fiction/nonfiction book pairings:
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
I will heartily recommend two books where it’s all about wine.
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker was one of my favorite nonfiction books this year. A perfect pairing to me is Peter Mayle’s A Good Year
This quote below is from the fictional book. Yet you learn something. There is more to the story than wine but it plays a healthy role along with food, relationships and a bit of mystery.
“See the diagonal cut on the stem? That’s a cut made by secateurs. And look – there are bunches all the way along this row…..They cut off two or three bunches so that the bunch left gets all the nourishment. This makes it concentrated, with a higher alcohol content. The fancy name for it is vendage verte. It’s slow and expensive because machines can’t do it.
“This is a great spot. The exposure is right; facing east, the stony ground warms up slowly, which is better for the roots and there is a perfect slope for drainage. Land like this would fetch a small fortune in Napa.”
Now to move on to another love of mine, food and cooking. You see a theme here, right?
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is a fictional accounting of strangers coming together to learn to cook. Some carry emotional baggage and this learning process and creating meals together helps them heal. As in real life, not all wounds are visible and the emotional scarring can be very well hidden. I loved this book.
Currently I am reading The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn. This is about heartbreak, healing, moving ahead with very liberal passages of food and recipes. It’s good so far but I have to say, I am already concerned about the dog Maggie. If a dog is in a story I will worry about it’s demise, guess I will find out as I read.
Join in or check out the pairings at Sarah’s site. Thank you for hosting, Sarah!