I have been thinking about all the ways in which the books I read inspire my day to day. For a while now, I’ve been toying with this idea as I’m reading a book thinking about what it inspires me to do. Sometimes I read books that make me reflect, question and even change my attitude. There’s also books that inspire my fashion, my food choices, and even make me try new things. I read a lot of books, this year alone looking back at the Goodreads Reading Challenge I have read 67 books and the year isn’t even over. Many times I’m reading more than one book at the same time, which for the purposes of blogging can make it tricky. I have not devised a system yet, but I wanted to blog about one particular book that was standing out of the others.
I read a little bit of everything, specially now that I have gotten into literary/book related podcast, I have many list of books I want to read. This book in particular might not be everybody’s cup of tea, specially if you think it’s meant for a younger audience, which is ok, but you would be missing out in a cool book.
Here is the Book:
The Inquisitors Tale or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
By: Adam Gidwitz
What is it about?
This book follows these three children, all have felt alone in their respective villages/homes and now find themselves together under weird circumstances. They are pretty unique, each has a sort of gift and their paths unite. I have not finished this book, so right now the story is being told by different people who have encountered the children, I don’t know if they will also have chapters. I’m more than half way done and this has not been the case. This is sort of a medieval tale with characters retelling the adventures of the children. It’s a funny book with a message. It’s fast paced and never boring.
What did it inspire me to do?
Most of the retelling of the kids story is happening at an Inn, where all these characters are drinking beer and sharing their respective parts of the story as I guess the Inquisitor (in the title) listens and tries to make sense of the story. We recently hosted a dinner party and our fridge is full of beer and cheese, so I decided to make Beer Cheddar Soup. I felt it would be something the people at the Inn would probably have eaten.
I searched the internet for a couple of recipes. I went for the crock-pot version of this soup, here are a few recipes for it:
Family Fresh Meals
Crock Pot Ladies
My Crock-Pot is a tiny one and I didn’t have heavy cream, so I had to adjust the recipe some what, but the main ingredients were there.
Most Important Ingredients; Beer and Broth.
I also added some potatoes and chicken
The cheese doesn’t get added until almos the end.
The end result, goes awesome with bread.
The end result was a rich soup, not creamy but heavy in flavor. I could picture the people at the Inn eating this, in really cold weather, specially if there wasn’t much meat to go around. It was definitely fatty, but I’m not complaining, it was delicious with a slice of bread.
If you read the book or make the soup, I would love to hear your thoughts.