Half of the books I mail-ordered from Indigo arrived promptly this morning, a day and a half after I ordered them with free (theoretically slow) shipping. Usually when I order from them, it takes a few days and arrives by Canada Post. Maybe because my order was larger this time, they hand-delivered it themselves rather than pay for my free postage.
And what lovely books they are! I gave in to a fit of food-related web browsing this weekend, adding all sorts of foodie weblogs to those I follow, and ordering some of the highlights from the Julia Child cookbook awards from the last few years. I like cookbooks, but even more than cookbooks, I like reading about food, so I've enabled my first two forays into culinary non-fiction with award-winning recommendations. The cookbooks came from the bibliography at the end of How to Cook Everything. (Jane Grigson's Fruit Book; Zigerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate; Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking; On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town; Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking from Al Forno; Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food; Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art)
This afternoon's IHPST talk was very well-attended, thanks to this weekend's Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, happening right here in town. It was also a reunion, a chance to see many people from out of town, and even from around town, that I don't see very often.
Also, if you read any Latin at all, however little, and don't know a poem called "Carmen Possum", you should read this entry posted by saffronjan.