Hello readers, it’s the first Tuesday of 2017! What better way to kick off the new year than a new episode of What Should I Read Next?
We’re in for a treat because today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, and I hope you do, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks and Bogel Family favorites Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights. But that’s just the beginning of her bio, which is one of the most interesting I’ve ever read.
She’s a retired Roller Girl. Prague is her favorite city. Duran Duran is her favorite band. And her life is also made better by her husband Dave, sports movies, leopard print, lousy truck stop (decaf) coffee, bear crawl, and Jane Eyre. Mel calls reading a constant in her life, and her love for books and reading shines through this episode. I think you’re gonna love it.
(And that photo up top? It’s Melissa’s Jane Eyre collection. Pre-move, she owned 19 copies. Kindred spirit, anyone?)
Melissa Joulwan’s cookbooks:
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
• The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
• The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
• The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson
• Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson
• author Daniel Silva
• author Louise Penny
• The Jack Reacher series, by Lee Child
• Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
• The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
• The Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million, by Daniel Mendelsohn
• The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
• Lexicon, by Max Barry
• The Golem & the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
• Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
• The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman
• author Neil Gaiman
• The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón