Title: Da Vinci’s Tiger
Author: L. M. Elliott
Sub Box: OwlCrate, December 2015
Let’s switch this up and start with a drink so you can get good and toasted while we look at a book!
I don’t think there were really cocktails in 15th century Italy, but I could be
full of wine wrong. So, I looked up “Italy 15th century cocktail” and found out that the peach bellini, while a mid 1900s cocktail, was named after da Vinci’s fellow Rennaisance painter because “its unique pink color reminded him of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini.”
Reputably sourced from Wikipedia.
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1/4 cup peach schnapps
- 3/4 cup plus a slosh of Prosecco
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- peach slices to garnish
Blend peaches, peach schnapps, a couple of sloshes of Prosecco, the sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth.
Divide mixture between 2 glasses.
Top off each glass with equal parts of Prosecco.
Verdict: 5 stars! I chose this and then was like man now I have to go grocery shopping. Nope! Just found some old peaches in the freezer, and some nice house guest brought over sparkly stuff that was probably for mimosas and football one morning. The bottom left image is of the gross rusty rust that was on the metal! After carefully removing it, then still having the cork shoot across the room, I sampled the bubbly separately for quality control purposes.
Good drink, guys! I call my cat Bellini sometimes, so I thought this was fitting for that reason as well.
Bella is on my desk, between my body and the keyboard, trying to lick my neck as I type this. This is how she tells me it is bedtime.
*Semifreddo means “half cold” in Italian. Here it refers to the slushy mixture that brings texture and flavor to this classic Champagne cocktail.
I finished Da Vinci’s Tiger at the end of February, then decided to send it to my old college roomie who is now an art teacher, and whose 30th birthday was last month [mine is coming soon]. This book was in my OwlCrate, and I was a bit apprehensive because I am not big into historical fiction. It is based off of one of da Vinci’s muses for a [rather dull] portrait.
Should I put a disclaimer that the opinions are of the blogger and not the site, so ye olde da Vinci fangirls don’t come pitchforking??
It seems odd that they chose such a realistic portrait of this woman when it looks little like the painting. I do like the cover, though I saw the original cover and holy gorgeous!
The book is based off of this painting of Ginevra de’ Benci. The only thing I really like about this painting is her hair sheen. She looks pretty bummed out to me, but that was the style I suppose. Fun thing I learned: people didn’t all actually have outrageous foreheads back then–they plucked their hairlines back to make it look that way. I wonder what sort of beauty/hygiene things we do now that hundreds of years from now people will be all wtf dudes!?
Brazilian waxes no doubt.
My Review: 4 stars
I think one of my favorite parts about this book is that the author has a website set up so readers can go and see artistic works reference throughout the book! This is one of the reasons I sent it to my art teacher friend. She probably can’t put this into her middle school curriculum, but it’s something nice to have in an art teacher’s shelf for later, I suppose.
I am very visual, so I need all the pictures I can get [click to see photos that correspond to the book].
Ah, yes. I am in this book. My curls WOULD be hard to paint! Never hath anyone commenteth on mine hair in comparison to yonder eddy.
After reading Soundless [click for my review], I was quite happy to see a researched meal put into this book! Even if I have no interest in trying a peacock tongue, I would just eat around that and go for the carbs and goat cheese.
I think Pnut might show up too if I put out carbs and cheese! =D
This part I enjoyed because, while I am not religious, I do appreciate people who are open minded about other religions. I think it’s all different ways of worshiping the same entity, and the community and meditation aspects are what I view as most important.
Verdict: This story was really boring at first because there were a few chapters of a jousting tournament and boring people histories that I didn’t care about. After I flipped past all that, I got more into the story. I recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction or if you’re a da Vinci fangirl.
Congrats! You made it =) Is your pitcher of Bellinis all gone yet? Did you drink it alone?
I did… no judgments here. This is a safe place.
I just finished Dumplin from a previous OwlCrate [I swapped to get it actually], so we’ll be taking a peep at that next! Right now I’m reading Worlds of Ink and Shadows [from the January OwlCrate]. However, if you have a book you got in a box and you want us to review it, let us know! If you have any questions, comments, or other input, send a comment addressed to Onderria or email me at my username at gmail.
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