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8 08, 2014

Review: 125 Best Chicken Recipes by Rose Murray

By | August 8th, 2014|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: |1 Comment


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A while ago I was offered the chance to review a cookbook. Since chicken is a healthy protein to ingest and my wife and I like to eat it, we thought 125 Best Chicken Recipes would be right up our alley.

The cookbook starts off with a little information about chicken and with some wise warnings about raw chicken preparation. While chicken tastes great, not taking correct measures to avoid salmonella poisoning can ruin a great meal, or even an entire weekend!

The first thing that my wife liked about this cookbook is that not only does it give you a recipe to prepare chicken for a meal, it also gives suggestions for the entire meal. So one can find a tasty sounding main dish and have excellent suggestions for other dishes to compliment it.

Another plus – at least for the recipes

1 08, 2014

Review: Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors by Susanna Hoffman & Victoria Wise

By | August 1st, 2014|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: |1 Comment


BOLD a Cookbook of Big FlavorsReviewed by Shannon Trenton

Food is a central part of our lives, whether choosing what or where to eat or learning new dishes–even counting calories has us thinking in a fundamental way about the food we eat. Shelves of cookbooks in the store are an apt illustration of our culture’s love affair with food.

A good cookbook has complete recipes that a home cook can follow with minimal difficulty. A great cookbook includes interesting combinations of flavor and unexpected ingredients that elevate simple dishes to a new level. With Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors, Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise have surpassed these milestones and presented something even greater: a love story of food.

The book is divided as one would expect, including brilliant courses from appetizers to dessert and everything in between. As their focus is on quintessentially

11 07, 2014

Review: 125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals by Rose Murray

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: |2 Comments


FinalCasserolesCoverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

I was SO excited to find that I was getting this cookbook! Not only do I love one-pot meals and casseroles, but I was excited that the book had pictures to go with many of the recipes. So many times I will make a recipe that seems to be a failure and I get frustrated because I don’t know if it looks like it should. With 125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals I thought I’d at least have a chance! As a mother of three kids, we are always busy so I love meals that are “one-pot-wonders” and can be made quickly and easily. I was hoping for such a set of meals in this cookbook. When the book arrived and I began to browse through it, I thought that the book appeared very intimidating. Every recipe had so many

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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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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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

5 06, 2013

Review: Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook

By | June 5th, 2013|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: |2 Comments


kidskitchen2Reviewed by Christen Krumm

One of my goals this summer is to get my three year old daughter in the kitchen more helping me with meals. She is a big helper and loves anything in the kitchen, so Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook is the perfect addition to our cookbook library. As soon as I opened the envelope with Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook, she stole it, hid, and looked at it for at least an hour picking and choosing which recipes we were going to make first. While she is still a little too young for me to hand over the cookbook (and kitchen) to her, the recipes in this book are still fun for us to prepare together—and soon she will be able to handle cooking meals on her own (and believe me, she cannot wait)!

This book is perfect

29 03, 2013

Review: Six Sisters’ Stuff: Family Recipes, Fun Crafts, and So Much More

By | March 29th, 2013|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Six Sisters Stuff CoverReviewed by Jen Kulman

Six Sisters’ Stuff is a true family collaboration. Six sisters who had been close their entire lives found themselves being pulled away from each other geographically. As a way to keep in touch, they created a blog to which they could all post the recipes and crafts they were working on. The blog went from sisters, to family and friends, to a huge audience. Of course, the next logical step …. the cookbook.

I think the sisters are true to themselves and their background. It seems as though these dishes are a combination of dishes they grew up eating and recipes they have discovered on their own and are now feeding their families. Their recipe for Easy Homemade Rolls is the exact one that I was given by a family member and have been

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


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


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


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.