The Month in Books - May 2009

At the start of 2009, I set a goal to read 30,000 pages by year's end. I am measuring progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid last year's bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in May:

  1. India - John Keay (review)
  2. Barbarians at the Gate - Bryan Burrough (review)
  3. The Smartest Guys in the Room - Bethany McLean (review)

Pages Read: 1,492
Year-to-Date: 14,318

Oatmeal Lacies


First of all, yes, I am still alive. My wife and I spent a very relaxing week in NYC early this month and my reading and baking, and thus my blogging, have simply not caught up. I'll have some pictures from our trip up later in the week. My ongoing effort to bake the Betty Crocker Cookie Book took one step back and two steps forward today. The oatmeal lacies, lovely as they appear, were almost impossible to peel off the parchment paper and serve. Whether they needed to be left in a few minutes beyond the recommended time, or what, I don't know. Fortunately the two recipes I chose to redeem myself with, fudge macadamia cookies and rum raisin cookies both turned out quite well. More on them later in the week.