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July 2015

In a faceoff between avocado toast and rose, the Californian in me has to pick the avo. 

Welcome to July! Here are some good, mostly food-related (surprise, anyone?) reads to peruse with an iced tea in a cool place (though obviously not air conditioned in my case because Northern Italy isn’t quite ready for that).

The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West by Michelle Goldberg

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I read a review of this book a few weeks ago in The New Yorker, so I decided to give it a good ol’ whirl on the Kindle. Warning: there is nothing fluffy in the Lululemon yoga matching outfits kind of sense about this book. I would describe it as a winding biography that has to do with fame/rich Europeans philosophizing about stuff. This woman did some serious globetrotting/schmoozing in her time and while I’m not super convinced that she is the reason that I have a yoga practice today, it’s a solid read for a nerdy, active type such as myself.

From Man Repeller: Instagram Death Match: Avocado Toast v. Rose
I stumbled upon this article via Facebook the other day and after laughing out loud only a few sentences in, I was befuddled as to why I seemed to have forgotten about Man Repeller. While the site has expanded quite a bit from its humble beginnings where Leandra Medine would post selfies of her borderline hideous/crazy outfits (and her impressive eyebrow lifts), some of the content is still quite hilarious.

From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Cover Letter of Every College Graduate with a Liberal Arts Degree
This made me cringe a little bit because the made-up major in this piece, Ancient Latvian Pastel Art Interpretation Through Lithuanian Chamber Music and Hungarian Novelists, is just too perfect and almost equally as long as my actual major (International and Global Studies with a disciplinary focus in Political Science and a regional focus in Latin America and Spanish). And I admit to having written so many cover letters in the past few months that talk about my critical thinking skills and my overall well-roundedness. Oops.

From GrubStreet: Here’s All the Food at Brooks Headley’s Superiority Burger
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You’ve gotta respect a guy who leaves the head pastry chef position at a Michelin star restaurant behind to start a vegan/vegetarian kind of burger place in the Lower East Side. The internet is blowing up about this joint, which I can’t wait to visit when I’m in New York (hopefully the line will have died down a little bit by then too…)

From Lucky Peach: Juice It Up!
Aaron Thier’s Food and Consequences is one of my go-to inspirational food writing sources and the timing of this article is quite perfect as I find myself unable to eat more than anything besides raw vegetables and fruits as I swelter away in my apartment. The kicker: “If you really are too busy to eat food, you might have bigger problems than can be solved with juice.” Truth.

Happy reading!

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