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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

2018-10-07T23:40:57+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 the 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.

Natasha Lester’s lobster and salmon mousse

2018-10-07T15:32:53+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Natasha Lester's novel, The Paris Seamstress, is a gorgeous romantic story of intrigue, danger and love set in France and in the USA during WWII. In the book, her heroine Estella Bissette flies back to Paris on a dangerous mission in a boat plane on which she enjoys an amazing meal of piping hot soup, lobster and smoked salmon. That was all the inspiration we needed to concoct this delicious lobster and salmon mousse - with caviar of course! And champagne!!

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester

2018-10-07T14:53:42+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A dual-timeline novel that moves between the 1940s and contemporary times, The Paris Seamstress is a gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world. The story begins with Estella Bissette, a young apprentice seamstress working with her mother at a fashion designer’s atelier in Paris. She dreams of designing her own dresses but the Nazis are closing on France, and no-one knows what the future will hold.

Episode 8: Natasha Lester – The Paris Seamstress

2018-10-05T18:41:08+00:00 Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Word of Mouth TV interviews Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Seamstress - a feast for fashionistas and romantics everywhere. The Paris Seamstress has gained accolades from all corners of the world, which is appropriate given it spans the globe, taking readers from Paris to New York and Australia and back again. And it's not just a fashion feast; we served Natasha a divine lobster and salmon mousse with caviar, inspired by a scene in the novel. Enjoy!

Natasha Lester’s oh-so-chic and glamorous giveaway

2018-10-05T18:01:44+00:00 Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Paris Seamstress
Are you a glutton for glamour? Thanks to publisher Hachette, you'll love devouring this episode's giveaway pack. The temptation to just shut the door and curl up with a bottle of champagne will be overwhelming. What’s in the box? Three books from Natasha Lester: The Paris Seamstress, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother's Secret;  Kate Forsyth's The Beast's Garden and S.L. Mills' GOM’s Gold.

The pancakes revelations: Holly Ringland answers all

2018-09-22T16:25:51+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Author Q&A
Holly Ringland has generously answered Word of Mouth TV's Q&A and we think you'll find the answers very interesting. In the process, Holly uncovered an unholy obsession with pancakes, so much so, that from here on out, we are considering dubbing the Q&A the pancake revelations. This Q&A swings from the depths of trauma to the dizzying heights of culinary joy - perhaps there's a link?

D.H. Lawrence’s Figs poem very juicy in its day

2018-09-23T15:38:07+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Poets have immortalised food, particularly fruit, over the centuries, tantalising the senses at every turn. One thinks of Pablo Neruda's Tomatoes, or Thomas Campion's Cherry Ripe. For Holly Ringland's edition, we have chosen D.H. Lawrence's Figs, given it is a warmer climate tree, and because it reminds us that, at the heart of all existence, lies desire and passion.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-09-23T14:27:02+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
No doubt you have all polished off the last round of book recommendations and are hungry for more. Never fear, Word of Mouth TV is here. Holly Ringland serves up our first vegan cookbook recommendation, and a lovely non-fiction book about friendship, which is so fitting given Word of Mouth TV is about food, books and friendship. Happy reading!

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