Reading may seem like a solitary pleasure, but we do not believe it is so. As we read, we intimately interact with writers, the worlds they create, and our own inner selves as well as the real world that surrounds us. Some of us are also blessed enough to have friends to share the experience with.

While discussing the idyllic village of Three Pines and the captivating characters author Louise Penny created in the Inspector Gamache books, we were aware of the sensory pleasure to be had in the meals described. Olivier’s Bistro, Gabri’s baking, and dinners at the Morrow’s can easily make us salivate while reading the books… Louise Penny's books, are a wonderful entrĂ©e into a sensual world, where each book is a season, capturing its mood and flavours, and contributing to the layers of meaning about the characters, who are marvellously revealed over the series.

At one point, a daydream of going through the series with a notebook in hand, writing down all these meals and later cooking them, took shape. This is our "notebook". We hope you enjoy this literary-culinary-sensory-philosophical journey.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our wonderful readers!


  1. Amy and a Libby, I hope both of you and your families had a wonderful Christmas. Here's to a wonderful 2017 and a new year of TNIAS posts and delicious recipes. Thank you for all your work to make this blog so successful and the Friday posts so anticipated by all the readers.

    1. Hi Lynn,
      We did have a lovely Christmas here. We've been away from family for the past many Christmases, so that wasn't new, but there's something fun and liberating about finding new ways to celebrate and that might be our "tradition" - a lack of expected traditions. We had a good day.
      Thank you for your kind words and I'm so glad you like the blog!

  2. Yummy strawberries. This fruit is really helpful and helps you in many health issues. Great to know and merry Christmas to you too. Great Share