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Review: A Bowl of Olives

January 15, 2015

A Bowl of Olives

A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory by Sara Midda is a gorgeous little book that was a pleasure to read.  It combines Midda’s beautiful watercolor paintings with food related quotes and reflections as well as a recipe or two.  The book is printed on high quality paper and includes an attached ribbon bookmark.

While I liked this book a great deal, I didn’t love it the way most readers have.  It’s hand lettered and some of the print is very small and difficult to read.  I thought some of the quotes and reflections were wonderful and others not so much.  Still, I’d love to frame just about any page from the book and hang it in my kitchen.  If you enjoy food related books, you’ll want to give A Bowl of Olives a try.

weekend cookingI will be linking this up to Weekend Cooking which is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.

Review copy provided by Workman Publishing.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2015 6:13 am

    There was something about the cover that appealed to me and I have added it to my wishlist over at LibraryThing. It also reminded me, at least by the cover of The List of my Desires by Gregoire Delacourt –

  2. January 15, 2015 7:06 am

    This sounds lovely.

  3. January 15, 2015 7:34 am

    I loved the water colors in this book!

  4. January 15, 2015 7:51 am

    I haven’t heard of this book, but it sounds quite lovely for all its quotes and pictures.

  5. January 15, 2015 8:49 am

    New to me as well. Sounds eye catching.

  6. January 15, 2015 10:32 am

    Sounds like it could make a good book gift but the small print would be an issue for me.

  7. Patty permalink
    January 15, 2015 10:47 am

    It does sound like a lovely food gift!

  8. Literary Feline permalink
    January 15, 2015 1:08 pm

    This sounds like a beautiful book. I have trouble with small print too, Kathy. 😦

  9. January 15, 2015 4:25 pm

    I do like recipes, still not for me

  10. January 15, 2015 6:51 pm

    I love cook books. I don’t like small print either. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. January 15, 2015 8:43 pm

    This sounds like a lovely book, which would make a nice gift. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, Kathy.

  12. rubyport permalink
    January 16, 2015 10:58 am

    I totally agree. The book was lovely, but some of the print was too tiny to be comfortable. It was a nice way to kill time on a short flight, and I know some people who will enjoy reading it after me.

  13. Ryan permalink
    January 16, 2015 11:10 am

    I may have to get this just for the experience of reading it. Sounds like a nice little book, and anything about food has to be worth one read at least.

  14. January 16, 2015 9:18 pm

    I live these types of books!

  15. Beth F permalink
    January 17, 2015 7:01 am

    I loved the illustrations.

  16. January 17, 2015 8:59 am

    Absolutely like the all of theme of the book, i’m a big fan of Carol Drinkwater’s olive series and enjoy reading about the harvest & food. The small lettering might be a problem for my bad eyes though.

  17. January 17, 2015 9:10 am

    Sounds like this could be a good “gift” book. More to be flipped through rather than read cover to cover?

  18. January 17, 2015 10:24 am

    I’ve seen this book around and it looks lovely. I’m not sure I’d buy it for myself but it’d be nice to receive it as a gift.

  19. January 17, 2015 12:46 pm

    I like cookbooks, but I’m not sure about this one. Sounds beautiful though!

  20. Janel permalink
    January 17, 2015 6:54 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book before. It sounds charming! I just got the 40th anniversary edition of The Moosewood Cookbook and I love the handwritten recipes and illustrations in it.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    January 24, 2015 9:38 am

    Sounds gorgeous! You should check out Pinterest and gather some ideas for book art. That’s how I spent last night!

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