Fanny Singer's 2020 summer reads

Seira Wilson on August 24, 2020
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Fanny Singer's 2020 summer reads

Fanny Singer has had a unique vantage point from which to witness the evolving culinary world. The daughter of renowned chef and restaurateur Alice Waters, Singer grew up immersed in a world of food and travel, experiencing a farm-to-table life that most of us can only imagine.

In her beautiful memoir/cookbook, Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories, Singer chronicles her culinary coming-of-age, and—alongside gorgeous recipes—shares stories and recollections about her mother, friends, travels, and discoveries.

While we're enjoying Always Home this summer, we wondered which books Singer is diving into. Read on to find out.


Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

I love Aminatou and Ann’s podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, so I was thrilled to hear these two have taken all the learnings from their friendship and work and funneled it into this big-hearted book. Friendship—even if experienced virtually these days—has never felt so urgent.


We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

We might be in the midst of a pandemic, but one thing I feel more tangibly than ever is that we cannot take nature for granted. Jonathan’s tone in We Are the Weather is pragmatic and good-natured, and his advice on how to change our habits to benefit the environment will—I hope—help all of us come out of this period as better stewards of our planet.


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca is one of my favorite writers, someone who creates limpid, eloquent—and rigorously researched—prose with seeming ease. I can’t wait to delve into her memoir for insight into what helped shape her early on, and led her to become one of the Bay Area’s great thinkers.


Luster by Raven Leilani

Raven’s first novel is gorgeous, sexy, impossible-to-put-down, and—best of all when a pandemic is sapping most of your focus—utterly transporting. It’s beautifully written too, which is not something books as engrossing as this one can usually boast. It’s also about the ways in which we care for one other. A perfect summer read for these strange times.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe



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