Do you mull things over quite a bit, or tend to go more with gut feelings and intuition?
Delicious cookies were baked a couple of days ago. They were healthy too, of course :) My favourite cookie to bake is oatmeal walnut dried cranberry with some wheat germ and sometimes chocolate chips (but not this time). Wholesome and still sooo very very tasty :) I use a quarter of the sugar that the recipe recommends, and find that it's sweet enough.
Speaking of cookies, I'm currently reading an interesting book called 'The Taste of Sweet' by Joanne Chen. Here's the little blurb on it from the official web site: "Why we're crazy about sweets, but hate to love them: a historical, scientific, and socioeconomic journey down candy lane for sugarholics, foodies, and lovers of pop science and culture." It examines a variety of topics relating to the realm of all things sweet in an easy-to-read, compelling way. So far, I've read about the science behind tasting (there's some fascinating info on how we all have different amounts of taste buds so some of us are non-tasters, some medium-tasters, and some super-tasters); the history of how desserts in various countries came about and evolved; a disturbing chapter all about "making flavours" (this one made me shudder, it was a bit like reading a dystopian novel in which real food has gone extinct).
Right now I'm reading a chapter called 'Sweet Tooths Anonymous'. It's very light, straightforward reading on an entertaining topic, and it's actually surprisingly thought-provoking since it brings in some deeper questions regarding our relationships with desserts. My favourite parts though have been about the history of desserts and also the scientific tid bits and examples of experiments. For example, in one experiment people were presented with two sets of orange juice. In the first set, the two glasses contained exactly the same juice, but one was dyed a brighter colour. In the second set, the juices had the same colour but one contained more sugar. When asked which set, A or B, contained juices that tasted differently, most answered that it was set A - the one with the dye.
I really like books that aren't only all about recipes and nutrition, but also about the story of food and how it fits into culture and shapes our day-to-day life. It's a fascinating topic and there are many stories to tell :)
Have a cozy day!