Book Review / Coffee Talk

For someone who was recently unaccustomed to the aroma of such an intoxicating subject, it is hard for me to believe I have taken such interest in coffee.  Not fond of professing my love to something I don’t understand, I took it upon myself to learn all about the substance that has charmed the world for centuries.  Guiding me in my journey was the book Coffee Talk by Morton Satin.

coffee talk

A book jammed packed with the history of the little red bean to the numerous ways people extract the flavor and jolt today, Satin solidified himself as a coffee connoisseur.  Although there may be some points where the information runs a little too deep for the home hobbyist, there certainly was no lack of information.  For example, did you know that American coffee met its demise in quality by the introduction of the bottomless cup at diners and truck stops?

As a person who only a year ago had never brewed her own cup of coffee, I am now a happy user of both the Chemex and French Press.  It amazes me to believe that this plant was only discovered after a goat herder found his goats, young and old, frolicking in a field upon eating the “coffee cherries” in Ethiopia, and today we enjoy the beverage to its utmost delight.

I look forward to learning much more about the subject, and chronicling my journey of different brewing methods, coffee origins, and the like on Hungry, Mostly, and also look forward to your input.

Coffee Talk is a wonderful read for any who enjoy science, history, culture, or just plain coffee.  It is a great companion to understanding the wonderful world of coffee, and how much the average American is missing out on.


The Kitchen is for Dancing

Cooking in silence is for some people.  I’d like to think that silent kitchens are only for those who use tweezers to saute onions and cut their chives on 30 degree angles.  For the rest of us, music is just as necessary as non stick pans.  When I lived near Wrigley Field in Chicago with roommates, three out of the four of us enjoyed spending time in the kitchen.  Regardless of our cooking styles, music was always present.  Below are a few suggestions from me, Michael, and Kyle.


Birdhouse in Your Soul-They Might Be Giants

Scarlet Begonias-The Grateful Dead

Lend Me Your Love-slackstring


Pepper-Butthole Surfers

Love or Leave Me Drowning-Blitzen Trapper

The Baker-The Aquabats


The Weakerthans-Exiles Among You

Defiance, Ohio-The Year

Radiator Hospital-Our Song

-Keep dancing, friends!

What Five Things are Always in my Fridge?

Sharing a refrigerator among four people can sometimes be difficult.  Between the half empty pizza boxes, stacks of dog food, and piles of vegetables, things can become a little unorganized.  Not to mention, living within two miles of a dozen grocery stores (and loving to grocery shop) and the greatest farmer’s market in this area can keep the fridge fully stocked at all times.  Here are a few things we make sure to never run out on.

1. Organic eggs

2. A new vegetable to try, usually from the farmer’s market (this week it’s okra!)

3. Almond milk

4. Carrots, for Trapper’s morning snack

5. So much garlic!

I think Trapper has some sort of sixth sense for the fridge door.

I think Trapper has some sort of sixth sense for the fridge door.


What do you always have in your fridge?