Our new favorite blog comes courtesy of book publicist and self-described literary fangirl Nicole Villeneuve. Paper and Salt, part historical discussion and part food and recipe blog, attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction.
The site is consistently excellent. Our favorite post is about Thomas Pynchon's recurring interest in Mexican food. Why, she asks? “Let’s just say he had done plenty of ‘research’ on the subject. As his friends’ memories, he was always seeking his next meal: ‘wearing an old red hunting-jacket and sunglasses, doting on Mexican food at a taco stand.’ Throughout the late 60s and 70s, Pynchon became a regular at El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach. Neighbors would frequently spot him chowing down—the notorious hermit, lured into public by a burrito.” Alas! If Pynchon does, indeed, reside in pleasant anonymity on New York’s Upper West Side, his options for good Mexican food are notoriously limited.