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20 11, 2010

Review: The Food Substitutions Bible by David Joachim

By | November 20th, 2010|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Jen K.

I would consider this to be less of a cookbook and more of a ultra useful kitchen utensil. You won’t find any recipes, glossy photos, or entertaining stories here. This is a thick, plain-jane, black and white 695 pager with a purpose, and I love it! As advertised, The Food Substitutions Bible contains over 6,500 substitutions for ingredients, equipment and techniques. But it does more than just provide straight substitutions – there are also descriptions of ingredients, units of measurement and a little bit of (unintentional?) humor. What I had imagined would be a book to pull from the shelf only when needed, instead turned out to be quite an interesting read.

Even though the layout seems very self-explanatory to me, there is still a nice little section in the front titled “How To Use This

14 11, 2010

Review & Giveaway: The Basic Book of Digital Photography by Tom and Michele Grimm

By | November 14th, 2010|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , , , , , |193 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda S.

The Basic Book of Digital Photography is a very detailed book, giving information to the consumer on how to maximize a digital camera to its fullest potential. It starts out with just a basic “why have a digital camera” section, but then leads into more specific areas such as choosing a digital camera, accessories, setting up your photo, exposure, organizing programs, and shooting video clips. Each chapter is so full of information that the reader has to be cautious not to get overwhelmed and take the book a little at a time.

One of the things the authors (Tom and Michele Grimm) do very well is explain all the features that are probably on your digital camera that you most likely were not aware of. Most people, they say, are only using a small percentage

25 02, 2010

Review: Who Owns the World by Kevin Cahill

By | February 25th, 2010|Categories: Economics, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , |2 Comments


who owns the world book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Who Owns the World was not exactly what I was expecting. I thought the book would be a narrated almanac or a list of facts followed by the author’s interpretations of the stats given about land ownership across the world. Instead, we are presented with the author’s poorly disguised agenda.

If you skip Part I Overview and Analysis, the rest of the book is an interesting almanac with lots of information and usually a quick piece of trivia about each country. However, if you actually read the first section, Cahill has a grand view