Netherlands, Watership Down, Lonely Trees, The Recipe Project & More: Endnotes 11 November

Netherlands, Watership Down, Lonely Trees, The Recipe Project & More: Endnotes 11 November

Friday, 3 November, 2023

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.


The old fishing village of Volendam, just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, is one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands to experience traditional Dutch culture. You can eat eel and stroopwafels, enjoy a historic walking tour, take the ferry to the nearby island of Marken, and pose for photos in traditional Dutch costumes. Here are the 13 best things to do in Volendam. The colorful houses above are found in Marinapark. You can stay in them and take a pleasant stroll along the old dike and enjoy the peaceful waterfront.


  • Where are my food lovers? You need to know about The Recipes Project! It’s an international research community that collaborates to showcase research on recipes through time and around the world — a.k.a., food nerds, a.k.a., some of our favorite people. Their Autumn 2023 project is Recipes as Literature, featuring essays like A Recipe for Brown Stew: ‘Brown stew, as I know it, is a steaming hot, rich, and flavourful repast. It is redolent with a heady mix of spices, spiked with tangy Worcestershire sauce and generous portions of chicken, mutton, or pork. This dish is an ode to a successful marriage of culinary cultures.’ The archive is a treasure trove of food- and recipe-related thinking, like this essay about the show The Bear set in a Chicago restaurant and Tea Gardens in Early Modern London.

  • Whoa! Have you seen this new graphic novel version of the classic Watership Down? It is beautiful.

  • On the Artisanal Craft of Making a Globe. ‘The golden age of the printed and then hand-painted globe coincided with the age of European expansion, reaching its peak at the beginning of the seventeenth century. In this period, as astronomical, geographical, and cartographical knowledge developed apace, globemakers too were inspired to experiment and refine their art. In turn, the proliferation of printing presses made it possible over time to produce more globes at a less than exorbitant cost so they became more affordable to a greater number of people.’


New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each mini-podcast episode, we discuss two books at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

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In this episode, we get excited about two books: What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez and The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris. Then Dave talks about the soothing appeal of slow travel videos. [transcript]


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