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Dilara

Dilara

Joined July 2019

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Maisons de mineurs: Patrimoine majeur du Nord-Pas-de-Calais | Yves Le Maner, Michel Marcq, Nama Maziz, Sam Bellet
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A whole book about traditional miners‘ housing in Northern France. It‘s not well-written but the photos are nice - they‘re focusing on the good bits and not showing grotty, dilapidated houses. The text is partially translated into English.

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The Tanners | Robert Walser
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A coffee and The Tanners in the courtyard on a lovely summer‘s morning.

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The Tanners | Robert Walser
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Green tea, cherries and The Tanners.

Graywacke I want to preface your comment with “Still life with “. It‘s such a comforting picture. 6d
Dilara @Graywacke I didn't realise I was going for the still life aesthetic, but now that you've pointed it out, I can't unsee it! (edited) 5d
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Rainbow Warriors | Ayerdhal
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I've read the first 105 pages out of 520. This book is not for me. The idea of a whole army made up of gays, lesbians, bis and trans people who get stuff done is fascinating. I understand why it's well-loved: there's action, pacing, quick-firing dialog with plenty of one-liners, but none of those things appeal to me. I like reflexive writing, and I couldn't face another 400 pages of this.

#LGBTQ

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Mid-morning coffee with a book in the park, before it gets too hot. We're expecting 40°C this afternoon 🌞 😵 - the hottest day so far this year. I'm home again now, and I've closed all the shutters to keep the sun and heat out.

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Rainbows Warriors | Ayerdhal,
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My book club read for June and Pride month

#LGBTQ

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I left the library with The Informers by Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and went straight to the park with my cup of Ugandan tea for a nice reading session under the shade of a huge cedar tree. Bliss!

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Colombia
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Graywacke Lovely! 3w
Texreader How awesome! Have a gorgeous day! 3w
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Lovers and Strangers is a history of post-war immigration to Britain. It‘s engaging, but I would have liked something less ”journalistic” and more academic.

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I'll be attempting to read La Expedición Botánica contada a los niños, a children's chapter book about Spanish Enlightenment heavyweight José Celestino Mutis's life and botanical expedition to South America, and specifically in what is now Colombia. I'd like to read Elisa Mújica's books for adults, but I fear my Spanish is not good enough (yet!)

#foodandlit #Colombia
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T mawon | Michael Roch
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Went to the park to read Tè mawon in the sun.

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The Abbess of Crewe | Muriel Spark
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Look what I found inside my second-hand copy of The Abbess of Crewe. A dot-matrix printed slip from 1992! What a rush of nostalgia!

merelybookish Fun to discover a little artifact like that. 1mo
rwmg Are you going to return it to Barmicoats? They have been waiting for 30 years. 1mo
Dilara @rwmg Believe it or not, I did look up Barmicoats on the Internet, just in case! 1mo
Dilara @merelybookish Isn't it! 😁 1mo
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The Abbess of Crewe | Muriel Spark
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I think I might be about to start on my first Muriel Spark. The Abbess of Crewe should be a welcome change after Bound to Violence!

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This graphic novel caught my eye because of the similarities between Rebecca/Lucie and my own daughter/granddaughter. I bought it as a Mother's Day present, but I couldn't not read it before giving it!
It's pleasant enough, but not a masterpiece.

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Bound to Violence | Yambo Ouologuem
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Last November, I read La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (Prix Goncourt 2021) by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, inspired by the disappearance of Yambo Ouologuem from literary life after his acclaimed novel “Le devoir de violence“ (Bound to Violence) was found to contain many plagiarised passages (arguably, as part of intertextual plays rather than literary theft) and removed from shelves. It was republished in 2018, and I am now reading it.

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Poemes & Poems | Kiril Kadiiski
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Reading a poem titled Storm over the city from a poetry collection (les cinq saisons et autres poèmes) by Bulgarian author Kiril Kadiiski. It‘s actually stormy outside. I‘m hoping for a poem called I won the lottery 😋

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Eternal Bread | Alexander Belyaev
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I wanted to read something by Belyaev - the Russian Jules Verne - because it was missing from my literary/SF culture, and all I could find at the library is this bilingual collection of short stories that includes Eternal bread. I can‘t read Russian, but the French translation stands pleasantly on its own.
#sf

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Possibly the most depressing graphic work I‘ll ever read, about - among other things - the great famine in Ukraine in the thirties. I tried to photograph a page that did not show corpses or famelic people.
#ukraine

jlhammar Depressing for sure, but so good. I‘m still haunted by many of those images. One of the best works of graphic nonfiction I‘ve ever read. 1mo
Dilara @jlhammar It's definitely more poignant than a few lines in a school book! 1mo
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That‘s the pile of books I picked at the English-language library sale. 1 euro each. Bargain!

merelybookish Great stack! 1mo
Dilara @merelybookish Thanks! 😁 1mo
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Look at that haul of kids‘ books from the English library‘s sale!

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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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About halfway-through Of Mice and Men, as one of the few readers who hasn't studied it at school. I'm rather underwhelmed so far. I know because I read the introduction that it was written as a play/novel hybrid, so I shouldn't complain, but there's too much dialogue and not enough depth for my liking.

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Kobane Calling | Zerocalcare
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Kobane Calling, about the battle of Kobane and the Kurdish Rojava region in Syria, where an autonomous democratic feminist, ecological and diverse self-government was created. The media has completely moved on from the war in Syria.
#Syria #Kurdistan

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Les Strates | Pnlope Bagieu
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In Les strates, Pénélope Bagieu tells us about defining moments in her childhood and early adulthood. I fount it very moving and relatable.

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Murmures la jeunesse | Christiane Taubira
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Tomorrow (May, 10) is France‘s national remembrance day for the abolition of slavery, and more recently, its recognition as a crime against humanity in a law named after Christiane Taubira, the member of parliament who carried it in 2001.

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Look what I found on my daughter's shelves: a children's book by an Afghan author written (in German) in the seventies or eighties (exact date unclear). Finding a book that a) I can borrow from scribd or the library; b) I haven't read already; c) is not misery porn; and d) is not written by an outsider or to pander to a Western readership, has been difficult! As the novel predates #Afghanistan 's current woes, I'm hopeful.
#foodandlit

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Face la menace fasciste | Ludivine Bantigny, Ugo Palheta
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Reading Face à la menace fasciste to try and make sense of the current political situation. Clearly, I‘m not the only one - there‘s a long waiting list for this book at the library...

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In this graphic memoir, Nicolas Wild tells us of his time working as an expat graphic designer / comic book illustrator for a NGO in Afghanistan. He's quite honest about the insularity of his life there, but still, why didn't they hire local people? I'm glad I borrowed this from the library and did not spend my my money on it.

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Afghanistan
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

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Le Monde sans fin, miracle nergtique et drive climatique | Christophe Blain, Jean-Marc Jancovici
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Christophe Blain‘s Le monde sans fin (the world without end) is a graphic non-fiction book about climate expert Jean-Marc Jancovici‘s takes on how to mitigate climate change. Very pro-electricity and nuclear power, with personal sobriety and a return to local production/consumption. Pragmatic and reassuring.

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La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono
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There aren't many Equatorial Guinea novels and beggars can't be choosers, but still... I wished the translation flowed better, and the writing was less didactic. It's probably going to be a soft pick nonetheless.

#EquatorialGuinea #Africa #LGBTQI+

Picture of the writer from Wikipedia

BarbaraBB I just read this one too. And you‘re right about the translation. At least I think it is the translation. I lacks dept at times. 2mo
Dilara @BarbaraBB Yes, that was disappointing. I'm not happy with the translation, and I found the translator's choice to keep some words in Spanish (abuelita, hija...) puzzling, since the novel is conveying the thoughts and speech of characters who don't communicate in Spanish in the first place, but in Fang.

Note to self: try Ekomo, au cœur de la forêt guinéenne (Spanish 1985, French 1995) by María Nsué Angüe
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BarbaraBB I was wondering about the Spanish too but didn‘t know if maybe they were colonized by Spain once. 2mo
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Dilara @BarbaraBB They were colonised by Spain, but Spanish is an institutional language. Having common Spanish words in an English text makes sense when you have a novel with Hispanic characters in an Anglophone setting, because they may use those words (family titles, etc.) and code-switch, even inside of an English sentence. Here, we have a novel written in Spanish and translated into Spanglish for no good reason that I can fathom... 2mo
Dilara ... where Spanish words are used for the concepts least likely to be expressed with Spanish words - family relationships. That's an odd choice. 2mo
BarbaraBB I see, that is interesting to know. Odd indeed. Disappointing that the translator didn‘t think of that. (edited) 2mo
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Pamir: oublis sur le toit du monde | Matthieu Paley, Mareile Paley, Ted Callahan
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I've borrowed a travel coffee-table book about the Pamir area of Afghanistan. The photos are stunning. but I suspect the text will annoy me.

(Lily of the valley in the foreground because May Day is Labour Day AND Lily of the Valley Day were I live)

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Afghanistan
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Texreader What a grand idea to see photos of the country! I love that! 2mo
Catsandbooks Very cool! 2mo
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So, for Afghan month, I made Kabuli Palau (that's the rice, carrot and lamb dish in the middle), Afghani salad, Afghani stewed spinach, a garlic and yogurt sauce, and a fresh coriander (cilantro) chutney (not in picture). It was lovely, and perfect for Eid, but also very much not for beginner cooks. My 30 years' experience of making biryani came in handy...

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Afghanistan
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Texreader Can I just say: WOW!!! 2mo
Catsandbooks Yum! Looks so good! 2mo
Nute Every dish in this photo looks delicious. I would have been so happy at the dinner table.😋 2mo
Dilara @Nute @Texreader @Cathsandbooks
Thanks for the compliment! 😁 The Kabuli Palau recipe was a bit involved, but definitely worth it!
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Les cuistots migrateurs is the cookbook of a charity working with asylum seekers in Paris. They make professional cooks out of them (or if they already were, give them local experience) and teach them French. There are recipes from Iran, Ethiopia, Chechnia, Nepal and Syria, with plenty of background information and nice photographs.

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Melmoth furieux | Sabrina Calvo
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Reading Melmoth furieux by Sabrina Calvo. It's set in Paris, in an alternate history nineties. There's a new Commune holed up in Belleville, fighting authoritarian capitalism, and a detention center under Disneyland Paris (or as it was called at the time, Eurodisney). Lots of nods to pop culture, 19th century writers (Hugo, etc.) and to medieval poet and robber François Villon.

picture of rue Dénoyez, Belleville, Paris from wikipedia

#Paris

catsuit_mango It sounds like fun, probably because I have read a lot of alternate history in London but very little in Paris 2mo
Dilara @catsuit_mango It's fun but also depressing!
Thinking about it, I don't think I've read any alternate history set in Paris apart from Melmoth. I've been meaning to read Parij by Eric Faye, and the first installment of Larispem, at least, but haven't yet. I *have* read The House of Shattered Wings, which I guess is more fantasy than alternate history.
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Ropa Vieja | Gonzalo Fernndez
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Ropa vieja and meatless arroz congri for my Cuban sunday lunch. Very nice, and hopefully not too inauthentic! And this time, the Cuban coffee had a decent amount of espuma.

#Cuba #foodandlit #foodandlit2022
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Tasty!! 2mo
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Piedra pulida | Nancy Morejn
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Next to my terrible first attempt at Cuban coffee, here‘s a poem titled Coffee by Nancy Morejón from my Cuban poetry anthology, originally published in Piedra pulida.

#Cuba #poetry #foodandlit #foodandlit2022
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

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I've discovered many different poets in this anthology of Cuban poetry, but the one that speaks most to me so far - apart from Dulce Maria Loynaz who I already knew - is Nivaria Tejera.

#Cuba #poetry #foodandlit #foodandlit2022
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Trout, Belly Up | Rodrigo Fuentes
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I was intrigued by this short story collection written by Guatemalan author Rodrigo Fuentes and published by Charco Press, a publisher I hadn't heard of before that I will be following closely. I'm trying to wizz through it before I lose my motivation, because it's not my cup of tea. It's very male and up its own fundament. If someone has recs for Guatemalan authors, I'm all ears!

#Guatemala #LatinAmerica

pic from fao.org ©FAO/Carlos Zaparolli

Dilara PS: I've already read Maladrón by Miguel Ángel Asturias 2mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I started The Enchanted April on the morning of Easter Sunday. Perfect!

IuliaC Happy Easter! The lilac and vase are amazing! 😍 2mo
Dilara @IuliaC Thank you! 😁 And a happy Easter to you too! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic! 2mo
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Ultramarins | Mariette Navarro
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Ultramarins is a very poetic book about a cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic. I can‘t say anymore without revealing the plot, but it‘s awakening so many of my fears and neuroses...

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I got a big book of XXth century Cuban poetry from the library. And in the absence of a specifically Cuban cookbook, I chose a Caribbean cookbook. The chapter on Cuba is tiny, so I‘ll probably look up recipes online...

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Cuba
@Butterfinger, @Texreader, @Catsandbooks

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Storm Diego was raging outside and was so noisy it woke me up and then I couldn't go back to sleep. So I decide to read something light and easy instead. It was fun and (very slightly) nostalgic, but inevitably perhaps, it had aged a bit.

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The Legends of Khasak | O V Vijayan
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About halfway-through the French translation of The Legends of Khasak, based primarily on the Malayalam original, occasionally taking into account the English rewriting the author did in 1994. This is my first Malayalam novel 🌞
#India #Kerala

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La Mer Noire dans les Grands Lacs (the Black Sea in the (African) Great Lakes) is narrated by a young woman whose mother is a Romanian academic, and whose father is a Congolese political activist. She has a rather uncharitable view of Romanians - and of her own mother. I don‘t quite know where to draw the line between the writer‘s voice and the narrator‘s. It‘s quite unsettling.

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Real Greek Food | Theodore Kyriakou, Charles Campion
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Greek lemon chicken for Sunday lunch. Will make it again, with an extra 15 minutes in the oven for the potatoes.
#foodandlit #2022foodandlit #Greece

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About halfway-through Six Nights on the Acropolis, the only novel of Greek poet and Nobel-Prize winner George Seferis, about a group of friends who meet at the Acropolis on every full moon from March 1928. It's not grabbing me so far.

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022 #Greece
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Photo by Nelly's http://www.webtopos.gr/eng/art/artists/n/nelly/exhibition_AthensNewYork_web/arti...

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Ce n'est pas toi que j'attendais (You weren't who I was expecting) is a graphic memoir about the author's difficulties at coming to terms with his daughter's Down's syndrome. All's well that ends well though. Thankfully. Because not being accepted by your parent is a terrible thing.

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I borrowed Le vrai goût de la Grèce (The real taste of #Greece) from the library. It looks like it has a good mix of recipes and information about the country and culture, with plenty of nice photos, but I only had a quick browse. I'll report back later on 😇

#foodandlit #foodandlit2022
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TheBookHippie Yum. 3mo
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For #foodandlit #Greece, I think I am going to go with Women in the Greek Myths, as I'm a fan of the author's BBC podcasts Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077x8pc/episodes/player). I'll read something by a contemporary Greek author later on.

#foodandlit2022
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Texreader That‘s perfect!! 4mo
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The Emissary | Y?ko Tawada
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Three years after everybody else, I am at last starting The Emissary!

aperfectmjk Never even heard of it. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Dilara Oh well 😊! It's a short dystopic novel about life in a polluted, self-isolating Japan, where old people live forever, and children are sickly and fragile. It won the National Book Award for Translated Literature in 2018, and deservedly so, I think! 4mo
bnp Gonna try his new one, Scattered all over the earth? 4mo
Dilara @bnp Very much shut in their local area and Japanese island, with limited contact with other Japanese islands, and none with the outside world! 4mo
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I asked for Black Sea last Christmas, as I like to learn about food from different parts of the world, and I heard good things about this book. Unfortunately, it‘s full of stylistic gymnastics, but short of actual, useable information.

bnp Lovely map. 4mo
Dilara @bnp It is, isn't it! It has a very original, striking style. And unfortunately topical these last few days, given current events in Ukraine. 4mo
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L'change | Eugenia Almeida
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My first homemade chicken and cilantro empanadas, as per the recipe in Argentinian Street Food. The stuffing was lovely, but the crust was on the hard side.
I'll be starting L'échange (La tensión del umbral) by Eugenia Almeida, an Argentinian writer whose other novels I loved, soon.

#foodandlit2022
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Texreader But they look amazing!! 4mo
Liz_M Beautiful setting 4mo
Catsandbooks Tasty! 4mo
Dilara @Texreader @Liz_M @Catsandbooks Thank you! First mimosas of the year too! 4mo
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