10 Kentucky Restaurants Claim Sanctuary Status: The Courier Journal 

As of this week, 10 Kentucky businesses have placed their names on a growing national list of sanctuary restaurants, meaning they have "zero tolerance for sexism, racism and xenophobia," according to the movement's website.

"We believe that there is a place at the table for everyone," the website states.

The sanctuary restaurant trend aligns with a "sanctuary city" movement in which city leaders nationwide have opposed Trump's immigration ban by refusing to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.

Inventing a Theme: Brunching in the Pickle Palace: Lara Elena Donnelly

"Our house—which we dubbed The Pickle Palace—was in the back half of a disastrous duplex ridden with health hazards. Navigating the basement stairs was taking your life in your hands. The dishwasher flooded the kitchen. The washer flooded the basement. The grout in the DIY shower had long ago gone rotten, and I strongly suspected there was water leaking between the wobbly tiles, slowly destroying the structural integrity of the floor.

But the kitchen was enormous, and opened onto a screened porch surrounded by honeysuckle bushes and a tall privacy fence. I kept my potted plants outside in the summer, training the passionflowers to shade the huge wrought iron table.

Here was where we hosted our brunches.

I don’t remember when we started doing this. I don’t remember what the first theme was. But I think it was Sunshine’s idea—she wanted to have family-style meals in our house, invite our friends to drop in whenever they could and eat casseroles and Spanish tortilla and drink wine and chat. We were both pretty new to the city, and I think feeling a little lonely. We were trying to find a place with the things we loved—food and friends and laughter—and decided to make it ourselves..."

Amberlough’s Melting Pot: Book Bites with Lara Elena Donnelly

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing cousin. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. I was lucky enough to read Lara Elena Donnelly’s first novel, Amberlough, this summer – and this is what I had to say:

About the Novel

From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.