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One Enchanted Evening – Charlotte Smith

2019-02-09T23:09:29+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
In 2004, Charlotte Smith inherited more than 3,000 vintage couture gowns from her Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell, who had spent a lifetime gathering her collection, which spanned 250 years of fashion. Every single piece had been given to her, by friends who knew of her passion and by strangers who wanted their old and precious clothes to be properly cared for. Doris Darnell also bequeathed her god-daughter her notebooks, which detailed the history of each item. She described these histories as "fascinating stories, sometimes full of joy, other times grief, sometimes bitterness, other times heartache."

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2019-02-09T12:01:12+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
Hopefully you've chewed through all those novels gifted at Christmas and are ready to jump into the 2019 reading year. As the saying goes, there's no rest for the wicked! Word of Mouth TV has three new book and three new cookbook recommendations which will surely take you through to the next episode in March. Guest author Charlotte Smith, a fashion anthropologist, recommends The Riviera Set - a portrait of high society between 1920 and 1960 and the authors who partied with them. And her cookbook recommendation is equally glamorous. Kate and Sarah serve up their favourites as well. Happy reading!

Charlotte Smith’s passion for food and fashion

2019-02-05T19:45:03+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Anglo-American Charlotte Smith inherited a vast collection of vintage and historic garments and accessories from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Along with 3,500 items of clothing came boxes of personal letters and Doris’s handwritten notes documenting the stories of the women who wore them. As custodian, Charlotte has expanded the collection to more than 9,000 pieces, to include fashion from 36 different countries - the largest in the world. She has written a series of books about the collection and talks to us about her writing journey.

Daphne du Maurier’s Christmas feast in Cornwall

2018-12-26T09:17:46+00:00 Categories: News, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
One of our recommended reads for the Josephine Moon episode was Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel - suspense on steroids. The book is full of food, herbs and tisannes, which in the hands of the irresistible Rachel are weapons of power - rituals that lift the world from the mundane to the sublime. The Christmas dinner is one of the most memorable scenes in the book, highlighting how life can shift around a dinner table; and to honour the mix of Italian and Cornish influences, we have created a pasty bolognaise.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-11-17T15:04:26+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
Crime, drama, historical fiction - the choice is yours from the Josephine Moon episode's round of recommended books. Suspense and ambiguity set the tone for all three picks. Josephine kicks off with The Music Shop, a novel by Rachel Joyce, set in Margaret Thatcher's dystopian England. From there, the Word of Mouth TV foodies roll out a luscious, mouth-watering round of cookbooks. The predominant theme is Italy, which is appropriate given the Tuscan setting of Three Gold Coins. Let us know your thoughts.

Josephine Moon shares her love of food and Italy

2018-11-17T13:41:18+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Josephine Moon reveals herself as something of a foodie in our author Q&A. Not only does food play a central role in all of her novels but at home as well, where she lives on acreage with her family and horses. She also gives us a sneak peak into her next novel, to be published in March, which is themed around coffee (for coffee addicts everywhere!), and shares some of her mother's tips on how to make the perfect potato salad. We'll be incorporating these tips into our Christmas repertoire this year for sure.

Three Gold Coins – Josephine Moon

2018-11-16T17:18:04+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A warm-hearted contemporary tale set in Australia and Italy, Three Gold Coins is the first book written by Josephine Moon that I have read but it won’t be the last. I just loved the skilful twisting together of romance and suspense, chick-lit and family drama. This is a novel which celebrates family ties, food and the importance of kindness, all things which I passionately believe in.

 Josephine Moon sensitively explores themes of depression and mental illness, psychological abuse and violence, which give her story extra gravitas to balance the charm.

Natasha Lester’s luscious lowdown on food and writing

2018-10-11T10:28:11+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Natasha Lester has answered our Q&A with gusto. She regales us with her journeys through Parisian ateliers, the Theatre du Palais Royale and the Hotels Particulier in the Marais. She was no doubt dining on glorious French baguettes and cheese all the way and we agree that no finer bread is to be found in all the world than the baguettes made in France. I am sure authors everywhere will be making a mental note to set their next novel in Paris.

Byron on the marriage of women and lobsters

2019-02-03T08:53:27+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Our recipe for this episode was a simply divine lobster and salmon mousse. A little bit of research on the subject revealed that lobsters have long held a rather peculiar and persistent fascination to the literary community. One only has to think of Lewis Carroll's Lobster Quadrille, Annie Hall, or the dark comedy Lobster. But the most iconic literary food moment would have to be awarded to Lord Byron, and we added a lobster reference from Elizabeth Gilbert for good measure.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-10-07T16:21:07+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
It's been raining - hooray!! And there's nothing better for rainy days than curling up with a great book. This week, Natasha Lester leads off Word of Mouth TV's latest book recommendations with Louise Allan's Sisters' Song, and we finish off with some fantastic cookbooks - because rainy days are also perfect for a bit of kitchen fun.

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