Reading with . . . Kelsey Banfield of The Naptime Chef

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Kelsey Banfield is one of those people I'm hoping to become when I grow up. Instead of crashing on the couch with a Yoo-hoo as her daughter takes a nap, she whips up penne with artichoke hearts. Yes, really. Even better, she shares her methods, successes and failures with all of us while inspiring impromptu schnitzel-making.

I've personally tested The Naptime Chef's simple but sophisticated recipes, and my family couldn't get enough of Kelsey's corn pudding with parmensan crust. I'm getting hungry just thinking about the creamy deliciousness. Mmmmm . . .

When Kelsey does have downtime, here's what she cracks open and clicks on:


The mags:

Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, Vogue, House Beautiful.


The New Yorker is perfect for me since I rarely am able to sit for long periods of time these days.They are full of concise, well-written stories that I can read in one (brief) sitting.


I also love magazines that have strong visual voices. Pictures can speak a thousand words, especially when it comes to food and decorating.



The Girl Who Played with Fire (Steig Larsson) -- I love psychological thrillers involving puzzles and whodunnit scenarios. The more complicated, the better.


Amarcord (Marcella Hazan) -- A gorgeous autobiography written by the godmother of Italian cooking whom, incidentally, is the author of some of my favorite cookbooks.  


The Walking People (Mary Beth Keane) -- A hauntingly beautiful tale about an Irish family coming to America.  

Madeline and The Bad Hat (Ludwig Bemelmans) -- My daughter and I read a Madeline book almost every night!


World Wide Web:,, The New York Times. I also love great food websites written by friends including Unplanned Cooking, Big Girls, Small Kitchen, Food52 and Last Nights Dinner.


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