Aprons, Audiobooks and Aperitifs

By Beacon Staff

Maybe I’m a weirdo, but I look forward to putting on an apron, fixing a drink and cooking while listening to an audiobook. If this doesn’t sound like torture to you, read on.

Weeknight quick dinner.Crack open a cold beer and throw together a quick stir-fry, or drink a margarita while making tacos. Pretend you don’t have to work tomorrow with captivating fantasy or science fiction like “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins or “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

Weekend brunch. Savor a mimosa or bloody mary and cook up fried potatoes and omelets with fresh fruit on the side. Start the day out laughing with a humorous memoir like “I’m Over all That” by Shirley MacLaine.

Leisurely Saturday night. Pour a big glass of red wine and make pasta sauce from scratch, or mix a gin and tonic, grill a steak and toss together a crisp salad. Sink into another time with lush historical fiction like “Equal of the Sun” by Anita Amirrezvani, read by Simon Vance.

All-day extravaganza. Want to stock your freezer with soup and casserole, or bake a heap of cookies and muffins? Throw on some comfy clothes, add an apron and plan for a bevy of beverages: coffee or tea to start out, then sangria alternating with iced tea or sparkling water to avoid getting too buzzed. Get caught up in an epic true story of World War II survival like “Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff.

Now excuse me while I escape to the kitchen.

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