Written by: Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong

I am ashamed to say that I am not a reader, and the other day, as we finished installing tons of bookshelves in our apartment, my husband remarked how few books the both of us have as compared to our two-year-old. She loves books and even insists on sleeping with her books. And while restoration (at least for me) is also about being non-judgemental (even that needs a rest). I think there is power in reading and not being in front of our computers or televisions each night. So I have slowly started reading, and I find myself enjoying it. 

I have an abundance of cooking books. These are the only books currently taking up space on our bookshelves, and I must say I am proud of my collection of cooking books. As I find that cooking and trying new recipes also brings me a sense of calm and happiness that reading a book does. This is why it only makes sense that some of the books in my cart are cookbooks. So without further ado, here are six books currently in my cart that I look forward to pressing the “Buy” option soon. 

  1. Salad freak: Recipes to feed a health obsession by Jess Damuck: As someone who is always hesitant to eat or even make a salad. This upcoming cookbook that I have been seeing all over my usual Instagram feeds, and social pages has me excited to get outside my box. Especially as summer approaches and lighter meals will be necessary. 
  2. Modern comfort food: A barefoot contessa cookbook by Ina Garten: I am ashamed to say I own zero cookbooks by this home cook legend Ina Garten. And I want to change that with her latest release, which has over 14 000 five star book reviews. 
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: One thing that happens when you start diving into the world of books and reading is that you come across books that every book reader and their mother loves. This is one such book that I am looking forward to making my way through this summer. 
  4. The invisible man by Ralph Ellison: Another classic and supposed must-read is this one. And I, for one, am interested to see what all the fuss is about. 
  5. Comme un million de papillons noirs by Laura Nsafou: I am anything consistent and, as my husband likes to tell me, a feeder of our two-year-old book addiction. That is why this French bestseller which translated means “Like a million black butterflies” taken from a line written by acclaimed African American writer and poet Toni Morrison. This book talks about bullying and race, an important subject and story for our daughter to learn as a brown girl living in France to a black African mother and white French father. 
  6. She’s come undone by Wally Lamb: After reading about this book on Oprah’s book club, I was drawn to the description and quickly added it to my cart. It will probably be the first book I read after finishing my current and first read in years. 


Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong

Having been with She Evolves since its early days when it was called GirlZtalk. Over the years I have held several roles and was part of the brainstorming team for the She Evolves that exists today. ¿Questions? ¿Do you want to write us, or to publish an article with us? Please go to our Contact page!