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29 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Dishing Up the Dirt by Andrea Bemis

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , |1 Comment

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dishing up the dirt book coverPlease join Andrea Bemis, author of Dishing Up the Dirt, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Sara Dalton

I love new book day. When my books arrive for review, I take some time to sit and open the envelope and revel in each title.  This book came all by itself but I took as much time as I would have for three books. The first thing I noticed after opening it was the texture of the pages. It was not what I expected but it’s exactly what was needed. Though this book is well bound and has gorgeous, full color illustrations on almost every page, they are not slick and glossy. The feel of the pages is perfect for this book. Dishing up the Dirt is written by Andrea Bemis and she, along with her husband, is a farmer. Farming is not an easy life of leisure that will leave you with baby soft hands and clean fingernails. Feeling my baby soft hands rasp over the pages of the book gave me a tangible connection to the author. It felt like a friendly handshake. 

7 03, 2016

Review: The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Entertainment, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |7 Comments

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the chef next door book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

It is never easy to review cookbooks since they are so different from normal books. I decided that I had to read The Chef Next Door because I have been a fan of Amanda Freitag for several years, since I first saw her on the Food Network. She has always had such a kind and knowledgeable demeanor, and I knew that her expertise would translate into a fantastic books. I was not wrong.

I should start by saying that I am not the typical reader for a cookbook like this. I am a vegetarian, and even the thought of fish or anything seafood makes me squeamish. But I do have people in my life who enjoy meat, and I figured that I might be able to learn something from this book. I am

10 07, 2015

Review: DudeFood by Dan Churchill

By | July 10th, 2015|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For Men, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |5 Comments

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dudefood book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

I’ll admit that I am not a member of the target audience for Dan Churchill’s DudeFood: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food. Being a creature of habit, I tend to make the same thing over and over (and over) again; I just never feel I have the time to find something new, do the shopping, then actually cook it. I picked up DudeFood because the recipes looked appetizing, the ingredients were common (I didn’t have to find a specialty store for something I’ve never heard of), most of the recipes come with a beautiful full color picture of what the final dish should look like, and very impressively, Churchill has selected ingredients that place a variety of color onto the plate.

Churchill’s rhetoric is humorous. Most recipe books break down the food by main dish,

4 12, 2014

Review: Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker

By | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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coconut 24/7 book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

For those who love to cook and try new things, Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker is an excellent cookbook full of tasty and unique food, drink and skincare concoctions. Included are over 100 recipes which all use at least one coconut-based ingredient. Focusing on the health benefits of coconut, the author does an excellent job of describing all the different coconut derived products available and the advantage (or disadvantages) of each one.

Over the last few years, our family has switched over to coconut oil as one of our main cooking fats, but I really enjoyed learning about the health benefits of other coconut ingredients. Besides coconut meat, she discusses coconut water, oil, cream, vinegar, sugar, nectar, milk, flour and more. Many of her recipes have a distinctly Polynesian flair, but I so appreciated that most of

28 11, 2014

Review: Best of Bridge Home Preserving

By | November 28th, 2014|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |1 Comment

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best of bridge home preserving book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

I *love* cookbooks!  I enjoy just reading them and browsing through the different categories and seeing which recipes I might want to try. If a cookbook has pictures to coincide with the recipes, even better! In Best of Bridge Home Preserving we get many recipes to preserve and can sweet and savory treats, pictures to go with several of them, and very practical home canning instructions.

The cookbook starts out with the basic instructions on canning, but offers them in such a way that makes canning and preserving not intimidating, as it is typically viewed by many first-timers. Equipment needed, basic terminologies, and tips for success are just a few of the aspects covered in this introductory section of the book. The only negative I found in terms of the way this particular

7 11, 2013

Review: Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

By | November 7th, 2013|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |4 Comments

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61OWX18TbtL._SY300_Reviewed by Christen Krumm

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an inspirational, fun cookbook.

While it is true I am not hard core vegan, and my husband runs at the sight of beans (or tofu), I still love vegan recipes and eats. And coming in at over three hundred pages thick, there are plenty of recipes that I will enjoy making and my husband will enjoy eating in this new guilty pleasure of a cookbook. Isa Does It covers everything from soups and salads to desserts. Happily, most of the recipes have ingredients that are easy to find, which is always a plus since I live in a small town that lacks creativity when it comes to stocking the grocery store shelves. I am especially looking forward to trying

30 06, 2013

Review: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

By | June 30th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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9780310328179_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Christen Krumm

More than just a book of essays or simply just a cookbook, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is an amazing addition to any book and/or food lover’s library. Written by Shauna Niequist this little book of essays is rich and full of life. Each essay is accompanied by a new recipe for you to try in the kitchen. In the introduction, Niequist suggests that you read the book in its entirety before diving into the recipes in the kitchen, but if you are anything like me, you will find it very hard to do! I devoured this book like no other and then went back and read my favorite essays over again. This is a book that will be well loved for a time to come. Written in a conversationalist

11 12, 2012

Review: Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni

By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Jen Kulman

A few months ago, I had a Twinkie for the first time in about ten years. I was really looking forward to tasting it, but in ended up being a huge disappointment. The cake was slightly greasy and the filling was thick rather than fluffy – not at all the treat that I remembered from my childhood. It wouldn’t surprise me if Lara Ferroni had a similar experience, giving her the inspiration for this book. Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk is all about making those treats that you so fondly remember in ways that use more nutritional ingredients. The end result is much better tasting snacks and a lot less guilt.

The first half of the book, Real Sweet, contains snack cakes, cookies, frozen treats, and confections. Real Salty follows up with

7 11, 2012

Review: Pure Style: Recipes for Every Day by Jane Cumberbatch

By | November 7th, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Style: Recipes for Every Day takes you through her favorite things of each season. I enjoyed traveling through these joys: weather, pastimes  and cooking (BBQ to stew). In each, she presents recipes for the life she lives and enjoys. The recipes are not reserved for food, but include rituals of daily life like composting, hanging linen, beach picnics, sewing and paint colors for interiors and exteriors. If you are looking for a traditional cookbook, this may not be the book for you. If you are looking for a colorful book to prop up on a wire stand to show off the wonderful photography that captures the peace and calm of a European garden, order this book, you will not be disappointed.

Cumberbatch’s recipes are very simple; some have small twists to make them unique. The ingredients

29 10, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver

By | October 29th, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Nonfiction|Tags: , |45 Comments

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Please join Jamie Oliver, author of the cookbook Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

Reviewed by Jen Kulman

Jamie Oliver always comes across as such a genuine, likable person. His down-to-earth, friendly personality really shines through in Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain too. Of course Jamie has written several cookbooks before, but this one is special because it focuses on his heritage. This book is a compilation of foods that Jamie grew up on and are commonly offered in Britain. He writes in the introduction that he wanted to offer pure comfort food, dishes that aren’t a bit fussy or complicated, but will just make the diners incredibly happy.

The introduction and explanation provided for each recipe is a huge part of what makes this cookbook so fascinating.