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We Hope You’re Hungry (Food in Pop Culture + Guest Sonali Dev)

Posted on July 22nd, 2021

This week, Gwen got to see friends who came to visit and she started composting! Danielle survived her family vacation to Michigan and changed her social media handles to @DJacksonBooks to start changing into her author persona!

Food in Pop Culture

Do we ever stop talking about food? NOPE! Do we have a TON of recommendations? YES!

Gwen’s Chef Shows: Celeb chefs like Ina, Martha, Tabitha Brown, plus Giada and Bobby Flay’s forbidden love. 

Gwen’s Food Competition Shows: Top Chef is the OG! 

Gwen’s TV/Movies: Chocolat, Hook, Kitchen Confidential, A Matter of Taste; Controversy over Roadrunner

Gwen’s Books: Louisa Edwards’ “Recipe for Love” series featuring chefs and restaurant owners. And I back Danielle’s choice of Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev. 

Danielle’s Chef Shows: Nadiya Bakes, Chef Show, and I’ve been known to just turn on the Food Network and watch whatever comes on

Danielle’s Food Competitions Shows: Top Chef, Chopped, Great British Baking Show, Nailed It!

Danielle’s TV/Movies: Chef, Ratatouille, Dinner Rush

Danielle’s Books: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev, Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera, A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, Accidentally Engaged by Farrah Heron

Recs from Sonali Dev

The first Austen novel that Sonali read was Pride and Prejudice.

There was a very 80s, very awesome P&P retelling called Trishna that she watched when she was younger.

The Raje Series: Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors, Recipe for Persuasion, and Incense and Sensibility Coming soon: the 4th book in the Raje series, based on Emma.

Head to for more information. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, join her Facebook Reader group, Dev Nation, and sign up for her newsletter!

Goals/Comfort & Joy

Gwen did not find a GP or a vet, but she did go to the dentist! This week, Gwen would like to find a “fried” chicken recipe for her new air fryer! Gwen has found immense comfort in oat milk lattes.

Danielle survived family vacation, and wants to find a new baking recipe to perfect (she is leaning toward puff pastry). Danielle LOVES this Crushed Oreo and White Chocolate Chip cookie recipe!

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