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Books Are Like Ships

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea.” - Roald Dahl

Currently reading

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson
Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin
Cleopatra: A Life
Stacy Schiff
Attention All Passengers: The Airlines' Dangerous Descent---and How to Reclaim Our Skies
William J. McGee
Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Agatha Christie
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version
Philip Pullman, Jacob Grimm
Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat
Bee Wilson
Progress: 71/279 pages
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell

Who Invented Peanut Butter?

Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) - Jon Krampner

In the middle of reading this book.  Fascinating (no, it really is fascinating) look behind the scenes of how peanut butter came to be such an iconic staple of American cuisine. 

 

What I've learned so far is that George Washington Carver, the African-American scientist who is attributed with inventing peanut butter, DID NOT invent peanut butter and all of the things I was taught about him in school were false.  Very surprising indeed.

 

The downside, of course, of reading this book is that I'm now constantly craving PB&J sandwiches.