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  1. Oh Amanda, what a moving story. I can imagine how you felt about the house being sold, and I know how hard it is to let go of books; my mom still keeps many of our children books, “just in case”, as she says. When I moved to Lille, I took ALL my own books, most of them are in boxes in the basement as I don’t have enough room for them all in the appartment, but I like knowing I have them. I am curious about your Anna Karenina translation… 😉 My parents translated it some years ago!

    • And of course I love the sound of those stuffed pitas! We don’t have portobellos here (at least I haven’t ever seen any), but the combination sounds simple and delicious!

      • It’s okay to be moved more by the story than by the meal. It’s your lovely countryside and those mushrooms you recently posted that helped to influence the meal, but the story is more compelling. Of course like your post today, I had to incorporate the Middle East.

    • Aw thanks, Darya. I was starting to believe that I’m unnaturally attached to these seemingly inanimate objects. I’m a “just in case” person too, but especially with books. I too, like knowing my books are there. How cool that your parents did that. I specifically meant have this version, which never came out in hard copy ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anna-karenina-pevear-volokhonsky-translation-leo-tolstoy/1105958285), but I definitely have at least one other translation. Is this them? How exciting!

        • OMG. Amazing! It’s such a vibrant translation! How random. Of course we have another bizarre connection. Imagine me standing there trying to throw that out. I totally understand about the cover. It disrespects the story. My goodness we have a lot to talk about 🙂

          • I am so glad you liked it! It IS quite a random coincidence (I just couldn’t help asking when you mentioned it). I’ll let you know if they do a book signing the next time they are in New York
            😀

  2. Parting with books is very difficult. When we moved I put mine in storage, and there they stayed for a couple of years. I then moved them in our cottage and over six years culled them. If I was honest I don’t miss the ones that have gone. If I had a choice they would still be with me but I had to decide either to live surrounded by boxes full of books or have breathing space. Your stuffed pitas sound and look lovely.

    • Thanks, Maria. They were really simple and delicious. I actually feel the same way. If the books were to somehow disappear I wouldn’t be devastated, but I myself didnt want to do it. There is something about having space and not carrying baggage with you wherever you go…evolving anew with life, instead of hanging on.

  3. That’s a great pita. You can buy the lower grade truffles quite cheaply, sometimes for as little as 5 or 6€.
    I too find it hard to throw things away, especially books or anything pertaining to old memories 😉

  4. I understand your feelings, especially over special books, And now I saw the comments above from one of your commenters re the translation – what a wonderful coincidence! Gorgeous shots, beautiful food and I’d happily lend you my pups to go truffle hunting but think they’d eat them all (if they actually managed to find any) 😉

    • Gracias, Chica! How cool is all of that? I read in the book that you can distract the pups with another treat so you can take the truffles from them. Pigs are another story. Truffles are like crack to them and they get about as violent as I might if you dangled chocolate in front of me then took it away. Glad to know i’m not the only one with an unnatural attachment to books.

  5. – What a bright colorful post with a yummy stuffed pita. I bought couple of Portobello mushrooms yesterday… 😛
    – I am on the same page as Maria. About 10 years ago, I did a MAJOR downsizing. I could not believe how much a person can accumulate. Donated everything. Among them many books. If there is any regret, the cookbooks.
    Food for thought… Check out some of your books with book specialists. They may bring you some handsome money.
    We moved 5 years ago, and we have no space at all, period. My husband took boxes of books to a nearby bookstore, famous for carrying rare books. To our surprise, the bookstore took quite a few of his books and paid very fairly.

    • Thanks so much for this lovely comment, Fae. Your input is insightful. I’m so glad I put this issue out there. My mom, like you and Maria had a perfectly reasonable point. She didn’t need to keep my boxes of books in their downsize just like I don’t “need” them in my apartment. I was much less opposed to donation than to recycling. Good job by your husband in getting some money for the books at that cool store. I’m much less of a book hoarder now. I limit myself only to my favorite authors. Everything else I will get electronically or borrow from the library. There is something special though about having a book in your hand, but I’m trying so hard not to bring anything into this apartment that I don’t want to bring with me to the next. When you move you have to try not to get sentimental over the objects. Thanks again for your input!

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