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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 in the new book Voracious, A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books, author Cara Nicoletti explores the relationship between eating and reading. Nicoletti is a cook who loves to read, and a reader who loves to cook. In Voracious, the link between the two passions takes on a life of its own. Part memoir, part cookbook, each chapter is inspired by a particular book, complete with a recipe drawn from its pages. Have you ever wondered how to make the salted chocolate caramels from Anne of Green Gables? Or the pea and bacon soup from Charlotte's Web? How about the crab-stuffed avocado from The Bell Jar? Then this is the book for you. Or have you ever wondered how books shape our lives? How they can help us weather tough times and find our place in the world? Then this is also the book for you. Nicoletti, a butcher, food blogger, and former pastry chef, grew up in Wellesley. From a young age, she was heavily influenced by both food and books. Her grandfa- ther was a butcher who owned Salett's in Newton. Nicoletti spent many childhood afternoons in his butcher shop, curled up on milk crates reading books as her grandfather slipped her snacks of corned cow's tongue and chicken liver pate. Her father was an English teacher, and her mother would regularly leave interesting books on her bed. "The two most important things that my parents did for us growing up," recalls Nicoletti, "is they read to us every night before we went to bed, and we all sat down together for dinner every night." After attending the Wellesley Public Schools through middle school, Nicoletti went to Rivers School in Weston for high school. She fondly recalls teachers like Ms. Walker at Hardy Elementary and Mr. Mitchell at the Wellesley Middle School who recognized her love of reading and went out of their way to foster it. "The way I was educated was hugely impor- tant," says Nicoletti. But that doesn't mean Nicoletti's childhood in Wellesley was an easy one. "I never felt that I fit into the town," she says. "And Wellesley is not an easy town to be a weird teenager." Looking C O U R T E S Y O F L I T T L E , B R O W N A N D C O M P A N Y ; I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y M A R I O N B O L O G N E S I library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors A Butcher, A Baker, and a Hit Book Maker J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer books

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