Two of her favorite books are Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë and Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. She also likes reading cookbooks, like an old collection of recipes of an Austrian family. She starts with the introduction, and then jumps around with the recipes. She hasn't been cooking the recipes lately, though because she's just moved to London. She grew up here and has now moved back.
While we were talking it came out that we're both ESL teachers. I asked her, as point of interest because I find this difficult, if she ever recommends fiction to her ESL students. She said that, for example, she once recommended a version of Sherlock Homes to a student, and agreed that recommending was difficult. "I don't want to recommend something too difficult, and put them off reading," she explained.