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1 December

Book of the day

cookforsyria#Cook for Syria Recipe Book
Clerkenwell Boy (curator) and Serena Guen

The supper-club that became a global movement …

Traditional recipes donated by Syrian families – passed down from generations. Syrian-inspired recipes lovingly donated by celebrity chefs, Great British Bake Off alumni, and award winning cookbook authors. Stunning photography, artwork and design – all 100% donated.

All profits from the sale of #CookForSyria the recipe book will be donated to charity – in aid of UNICEF’s Children of Syria Fund. If you love Middle Eastern cooking, this recipe book is perfect for you.

Jamie Oliver says: ‘Food has the power to unite people, families, communities, and this beautiful cookbook exists to make a difference. Full of colour and life, it’s packed with authentic recipes donated by Syrian families, and fresh twists from contributing chefs and cooks. It’s a keeper.’

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (#Cook For Syria Recipe Book)
Available in the USA via Amazon (#Cook For Syria Recipe Book)

bokati%e2%88%82indi-3-santaFacts of the day

1 December

1918 The Kingdom of Iceland became a sovereign state within the Danish kingdom.


Many Icelanders believe in elves.


US scientists calculated that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.


The longest sentence ever printed is found in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. It is 823 words long

Writers birthdays

1722 Anna Louisa Karsch (Germany)
1726 Eggert Olafsson was born (Iceland)
1766 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin was born (Russia)
1873 Valery Bryusov (Russia)
1886 Pierre Kemp (The Netherlands)
1886 Rex Stout (USA)
1886 Willem E Crown (Antilles)
1893 Ernst Toller (Germany)
1895 Henry Williamson (UK)
1897 Manuel A Neat (Curacao)
1905 Charles Finney (USA)
1909 Jan Koplowitz (Germany)
1942 John Crowley (USA)
1944 Tahar Ben Jelloun (France/Morocco)
1944 Daniel Pennac (France/Morocco)
1959 Billy Childish (UK)
1971 John Schlimm (USA)

Jokes of the day

My parents gave me a really cheap dictionary for Christmas.
I couldn’t find the words to thank them.

Cartoon: Marc Anderson on picture books

Quote of the day

Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood: ‘If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.’