Friday Recommends – Food and Flicks

I’ve been all around and about this week and found some good stuff.

While poking for my post at Fatal Foodies on hummus, I came across this lovely site with recipes for Middle Eastern food.

Found a couple of excellent book review sites for deciding what to read next or, if I’m wearing my author hat, for getting a book reviewed: The Book Boost Blog and Darlene’s Book Nook.

If you don’t feel like reading, try one of these movies I had never heard of before I found them at the library or had them loaned to me. I LOVED these off-beat wonders:

Inkheart – Brendan Fraser. Andy Serkis without CGI. Need I say more?

Let It Ride – Richard Dreyfuss as a sad sack who has a special day at the races.

North – Elijah Wood as a little kid and Bruce Willis in a pink bunny suit. What could go wrong?

Everything is Illuminated – Elijah Wood again. Hated the novel; didn’t finish it; loved this movie. I saw this before I saw Lord of the Rings.

The Burbs – Tom Hanks. Bruce Dern. Carrie Fisher. Corey Feldman. BROTHER THEODORE.

I’ll leave you with five. Hope you find them, and hope you enjoy them. They all make-a me happy.

WRITING PROMPT: What movie or public entertainment makes your main character happy? OR have a character unexpectedly charmed by a piece of off-beat entertainment.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Friday Recommends – Food and Flicks

  1. Cara Lopez Lee

    March 30, 2012 at 6:41pm

    “Everything is Illuminated” is one of my favorite movies. I think I’ve seen it three times and I have yet to tire of it’s quirky humor, sorrowful beauty, and visual lyricism. I cry every time. It made me want to read the book, so I could find out more, but now you have me wondering…

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      Marian Allen

      March 30, 2012 at 6:54pm

      As they say, “your mileage may vary”. Just because I didn’t like the book doesn’t mean you wouldn’t. And it doesn’t mean *I* wouldn’t like it, if I tried it again. 🙂


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  2. Claire Hennessy

    April 2, 2012 at 7:21pm

    I saw Everything is Illuminated a while ago and absolutely loved it. What a quirky film that is, but beautiful. Will check out your other recommendations (although see The Burbs of course).
    LOVE to be your friend – how fab 🙂
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