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June 27, 2018


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You seem to have liked the book Olive Kitteridge but not the title character. I agree with you about the book but actually found Olive pretty sympathetic when I read the book. I'm not sure what the bread you baked has to do with the book, but it sounds nice.

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You didn't put olives in the bread?? :) Sounds good though. I just made a batch of crunchy peanut butter scones with chocolate chips. We're on a roll here. Ordinarily I don't go for short stories, but there are exceptions, and I'll give this one a go.


I'm not a big short story fan but sometimes I pick them up when life is busy and I only have a few minutes to read.

Debra Eliotseats

That is a delicious looking loaf, Simona!

Simona Carini

I loved the book and found Olive interesting and challenging as a character, in other words, deeply human. I chuckled when Olive takes a little revenge on her daughter-in-law and also understand Olive's son need to move far away from her. I think it is hard to say "I like Olive": she is not easy to like, but if one is patient and manages to go past the thick armor she seems to always wear in public, there is a reward in having her as friend.

Simona Carini

I confess I didn't even think about it, Claudia, but I will work on a version of the recipe with olives and walnuts, then let you know. Thank you for the suggestion :)
The book is quite well structured: it is a series of short stories, in chronological order, so you follow Olive's story from the initial view of her, her husband and young son to many years later, with events big and small occurring along the way.

Simona Carini

I suggest you give the book a try, Wendy. As I mentioned in my reply to Claudia, the stories follow the arc of Olive's life so there is an overall sense of a novel, though the form is in short stories.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. I don't know why it took me so long to think about making chocolate bread. There is no turning back now ;)

Delaware Girl Eats

Olive in a way sounds typically British to me, but I may be applying stereotype. As usual, your reading voracity just amazes me. I'm trying... Somehow I heard of this teeny little volume by AJ Liebling called Between Meals, which is a memoir of his eating experiences in Paris between world wars. Will let you know how it turns out unless of course you've already read it.

Simona Carini

An interesting view, Cathy. I read every day. We don't watch TV and reading is how I end my day, in silence, usually with one cat sitting next to my legs and the other on the arm of the couch, close to my head. Our cats are not the lap kind. I know the Liebling's book and I believe I read part of it some time ago. If it can tempt you, Olive Kitteridge is also slim ;)

Delaware Girl Eats

My golden retriever wishes she was a lap dog, but sadly she's too big :)

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