Taste

Books

What I’m Reading Now:

Body Politic: Disease, Death, and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900 by Roy Porter.

“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. Finished this, as well as “Left Neglect” by Lisa Genova. Quick reads that were very understated and powerful. Very unique writing style, I cried in both books. About to start “Through Black Spruce” by Joseph Boyden was AMAZING. It felt like it was happening outside my backdoor, with part of it set in Montreal and part a rural Northern community- really great stuff. Reading his other book ” Three Day Road” which so far is just as good.

Recommendations (NF):

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. This book is fantastic for any female who is around reproductive age, or anyone who knows said females. I consider myself fairly well educated in all things biology and reproduction, and learned so much from this book. It is currently one of my main tools in keeping tabs on “maybe-endo”.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I read this book in grade 12 and switched my university applications from Arts to Science. Engaging, funny, and wonderful no matter if you haven’t taken science since grade 9 or you’ve just finished your PhD.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. A perfect description of America in the 50’s, this book is always on my bedside because it is simply so funny.

Breasts by Florence Williams. This book was environmental science meets history meets breastfeeding. Interesting, and not so dense you had to break out a notebook.

Bonk by Mary Roach. This was a very accessible non-fiction study of sexual physiology. There are some funny gems riddled throughout!

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Good “intro to ancestral eating” style book, with lots of technique sections.

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz. An excellent book for covering fermentation as both an art and a science. Highly recommended.

Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie. Great read if you’ve heard that eating animals is always very bad for the environment. Pushes morality and nutrition aside to give a very economic appraisal.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. All the beautiful writing of Kingsolver, with a wonderful account of celebrating homegrown, local food. Read in the winter/fall so that you have plenty of time to plan your garden out for spring!

Podcasts

Stuff You Should Know with Chuck and Josh. The classic catch-all podcast where you learn a lot and get very attached to the very funny hosts.

Stuff Mom Never Told You with Cristen and Caroline. This is a loosely feminist podcast that highlights issues facing women, from health to politics. Very good hosts, and I have learned a lot going into the back catalog.

Stuff You Missed in History Class with Sarah and Katie. As a science student, I don’t get a lot of history in. This covers a wide variety of topics, with specials for Black History Month and some very interesting women’s history.

Definitely Not the Opera with Sook-Yin Lee. A story-telling variety show, this podcast has humiliated me by making me both laugh and cry out loud on public transit. Very well formatted entertaining show. The live shows are pure comedy.

This American Life with Ira Glass. I think I’m not alone in saying this is one of the best podcasts available. Every week there is a theme, with stories around that theme. I look forward to listening every week.

Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean. The Canadian classic. This podcast encompasses all the best parts of Canadian entertainment- music, stories, history on towns (small and large), and letters written in by listeners. We listened to so many driving across Canada, and I save them for my Friday bus ride home to conclude the week on a positive note.

White Coat, Black Art with Dr Brian Goldman. Great for anyone in the Canadian medical system. Deals with a variety of topics, and shows all kinds of care across the country.

WTF with Marc Maron. Sebastien and I are addicted to this. A comedian interviewing comedians. Crude and wonderful.

Meditation Oasis. Basic meditation tapes- great for study breaks.

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