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Something to Eat and Something is a podcast about cooking and reading, and reading about cooking. Hosted by food writer Sophie Hansen and Bibliotherapist/Psychotherapist Germaine Leece; we believe that you should never go anywhere, or for too long, without something to eat and something to read.

So every episode we’re going to dive into a book we’ve both read and talk about the ’shape’ it left on both of us. And because this is a podcast about reading about cooking; these books will all have a strong connection with food (of course). Part two will be the listener letter which we’ll select then read out loud. Germaine will prescribe a book and I’ll recommend a recipe.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy putting it together for you, Sophie and Germaine x

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Something to Eat and Something to Read Sophie Hansen and Germaine Leece

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Something to Eat and Something is a podcast about cooking and reading, and reading about cooking. Hosted by food writer Sophie Hansen and Bibliotherapist/Psychotherapist Germaine Leece; we believe that you should never go anywhere, or for too long, without something to eat and something to read.

So every episode we’re going to dive into a book we’ve both read and talk about the ’shape’ it left on both of us. And because this is a podcast about reading about cooking; these books will all have a strong connection with food (of course). Part two will be the listener letter which we’ll select then read out loud. Germaine will prescribe a book and I’ll recommend a recipe.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy putting it together for you, Sophie and Germaine x

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    Summer Reading Special 📚⛱

    Summer Reading Special 📚⛱

    Hello, and welcome back to Something to Eat and Something to Read for another year!
    We have a lot of cooking and reading-related things to talk about so we thought we’d start with an episode full to bursting with the books we have been loving this summer, plus a few recipes to help nourish and soothe as we hurtle into the new year.
    We talk about the idea of guilty pleasures (boo), what actually is ‘summer reading’, what we have been reading this summer and what to cook when you need to bolster your people and self.
    These podcast episodes will always be free to listen to and all recipes, links and book recommendations will be sent to our lovely paid subscribers later today (click here if you would like to support us too). Happy listening, reading and cooking,
    Germaine and Sophie. x
    Thank you so much to Smith and Jones for allowing us to use your beautiful song Small Town Woman in this episode. And to producer Kristy Reading for putting the ep together.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Christmas special, 2022!

    Christmas special, 2022!

    Welcome to our Christmas special!
    Also special as we recorded this episode in front of our first audience at the Henley Community Garden with the Gladesville Happy Hens. We hope you enjoy listening to us talk about our book advent (list below) while also prescribing something to eat and something to read for two letter writers. The list of books discussed is below and there will be more information about this and the recipes discussed in the Shownotes.
    Thank you for listening to us this last year, and we look forward to returning with a Summer special in January. Until then, happy holidays to all.
    Sophie & Germaine xx
    We started our episode by offering a couple of sweet treats taken from books we have both loved and talked about this year.
    Sophie and Nigel Slater’s Christmas Cake
    It was always going to be a Christmas cake for me. And always, my favourite recipe by Nigel Slater from the Christmas Chronicles (but also available here online).
    Germaine and Ella Risbridger’s Three Ingredient Brownies
    I was intrigued to try such an easy recipe after we read The Year of Miracles: Recipes about Love, Grief and Growing Things in Season 2, Episode 4 so decided to try it. It is easy. And tasty! Simply Nutella, eggs and flour. Here is a similar recipe to Ella’s if you haven’t read her book.
    Book List
    * Advent by Anja Dunk
    * Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson
    * Festive Spirits by Kate Atkinson (Lucy’s Story)
    * How to End a Story by Helen Garner
    * Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    * The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
    * The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater
    * Seeing Other People by Diana Reed
    * Small Things Like These, Clare Keegan
    * Overheard: the art of eavesdropping by Oslo Davis
    * Wombat Divine by Mem Fox
    * Cooking for Claudine by John Baxter
    Letter 1
    Thank you for this! I am emerging from a marriage break up and I need some lightness and happiness in my life. Maybe a bit of courage too.
    Germaine’s book prescription
    Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty is one of my favourite books that I return to whenever I am feeling in need of a reminder that life always contains lightness alongside the need for courage. Kalman is perhaps best known for her children’s book illustrations and as a contributor to the New Yorker magazine, however this illustrated memoir is a different way of reflecting and understanding the meaning of her life. Her quirky illustrations, existential questions and melancholic observations are very powerful. I prescribe it as a completely different way of reading about life. Kalman walks the streets of New York and draws the people she sees. Her daily walks in Central Park with an old friend also impact on her sense of wellbeing. She reminisces about her childhood and the past. It’s a visual journey through her mind!
    Sophie’s recipe
    I think it has to be cake. Specifically, a sponge, though one with structure so it won’t deflate on you or be finicky about travelling. Something you can cut and come again and keep in the fridge. Take to work to share, take to a morning tea with your friends. You can’t not be cheered by a sponge. And you can take courage that this recipe will work! As Nigel Slater says in Christmas Chronicles, “there was something about the way my mother would put a cake on the table that made me feel all was well. Safe. Secure. Unshakeable’
    Here’s my sponge cake recipe, please try it, fill it with jam, cream, curd, love, whatever you have to hand!
    Letter 2
    I am going ‘home’ for Christmas for a number of reasons. It may well be our last - or only-  ‘family’ holiday with all 6 of us that we will remember, as my eldest is 19 and will be moving on with his life - a fact we celebrate and mourn, and my youngest is 11, and therefore too young to remember our trips before the Covid years.  Included in the trip are 2 weeks in the UK to have our first English Christmas with my family, and our first one all together in 7 years. It

    • 50 min
    Episode 5, season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Episode 5, season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    This episode takes us from contemplating the ways the kitchen can be the “endeavour of serious thought”, the good meals that heal, to the bad meals that haunt us (we’ve all got them!), into an examination of the possibly problematic word lovely (a bit of a problem for Sophie), cooking to make yourself appetising to others, cooking to say what you can’t say, the sensuality of aprons, the golden beauty of baked rice pudding and A LOT more.
    It’s a juicy one, full of juicy threads pulled from this episode’s book Small Fires by Rebecca May Johnson.
    Plus, we answer a listener letter that sings with joy and prescribe some things to read and cook that celebrate our precious friendships.
    We hope you enjoy listening to this one,
    Germaine and Sophie x
    Ps - All the inks to everything we mention, plus all the recipes and book recommendations, will be sent to our lovely (whoops, she did it again) subscribers today. If you’d like to become a paid supporter of Something to Eat and Something to Read for $5/month and receive all of the above plus more, please click here Thank you so much.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 4, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Episode 4, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    This one is all about recipes with story arcs, the wonderful writing of Ella Risbridger (her latest book, The Year of Miracles, is our episode's book), finding comfort and consolation in poetry and recipes and reading and eating recommendations to buoy the tired and uninspired.
    Recipes, links, books and more will be sent to our beloved supporters very soon. Thank you to the growing community who have already signed up to this subscription level (the cost is $5/month). Your support means we can keep recording and writing to you. We so appreciate it.
    Germaine and Sophie x







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    • 50 min
    Episode 3, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Episode 3, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Welcome to Episode 3, Season 2!

    This might be my favourite episode so far (Sophie talking here!); a really gentle and hopefully comforting chat about breaking out of boxes we or society put us in, about taking cooking seriously and treating yourself with infinite courtesy (thank you MFK Fisher for that wonderful turn of phrase, as always).

    Also, is listening to a book ‘as good as’ reading it? We discuss.

    Our book this episode is Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry, and our letter is, as they always are, beautiful. This one asking for some recommendations for things to read and cook to bring lightness and joy to a heavy time.

    This episode really is choc-a-block with good things to read, listen to and cook. My wishlist of books tor read (or listen to) is ever-growing!

    As always, the shownotes, links and recipes will be sent to our wonderful Subscribers shortly. You can become one to the tune of about one coffee a week. Thank you so much. We are so grateful for your support.

    Germaine and Sophie. x

    Thank you, as always, to our producer Kristy Reading for putting these pods together. And to Smith and Jones for allowing us to include your beautiful music in each episode.


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    • 52 min
    Episode 2, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Episode 2, Season 2 - Something to Eat and Something to Read

    Welcome back! We’re so happy to share this episode with you, a conversation between two book and food lovers, for our fellow book and food lovers!
    In this episode, we come back to the idea of “faction” and, when it can be problematic, the fantasy of elaborate dinner parties that take days to prepare and the reality of “Life Among the Savages”, aka everyday chaos. Sophie waxes on about the pleasure of cooking for “one stomach”, and we both agree with our beloved MFK Fisher when she writes about the joy of “being a guest of yourself”.
    Plus we answer our listener letter with books to read and recipes to cook and share with ages from 6-70.
    Something to Eat and Something to Read is a listener-supported podcast, and while it will always be free to tune in to every episode, our shownotes, plus recipes, Germaine’s book recommendations, and Sophie’s step-by-step Souffle recipe (with videos just to prove they’re really not hard) will be emailed to our subscribers separately (later today).
    If you’d like to support our podcast for the cost of $5/month, please click through below.
    Something to Eat and Something to Read is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.


    Many many thanks and happy listening!
    Sophie and Germaine x




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    • 57 min

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