Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review "Something to Food About"

I saw the cover of this book and was instantly intrigued by it...aren't you?

I love the veggie art

I read this synopsis and couldn't wait to start in on the book:

Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profound interest in creativity. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought. 

Then I cracked open the book and was instantly disappointed.  Perhaps as the numerous Amazon reviews have stated "I don't get it."

I wanted a history of food but really it was just heavy and too verbose to my liking.

I am sure this book is for someone...but that someone is not me.

I received a copy of this book for review from Blogging for Books.  However the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review: Home Cooked

I love cookbooks and typing that doesn't really relay how much I enjoy perusing the pages of recipes and pouring over pictures of delectable food.

I have a fairly large collection of them ranging from strictly vegan to a book that teaches you how to cook everything and everything in between.

I have reviewed a few cookbooks in the past and have always been excited to try a couple of recipes and see how they turned out (we all want them to look as good as they do in the book), but this time I have to say I was not so excited.

I received a copy of Home Cooked by Anya Fernald

The book is lovely.  It is a fantastic hardbound book with a linen cover.  You hold the book and expect very rich and delicious food to be made from these words.

I looked through the recipes and couldn't find one that I wanted to make and was particularly turned off by one recipe, tallow fries.

I am sure that there is a market for the recipes that Ms. Fernald has published but I am not in that market.

I received this book for review from Blogging for Books.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: Growing Up Social...but not like you would think!

Gary Chapman (of Five Love Languages fame) and Arlene Pellicane have written Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World.

I was very excited to crack open this book.  As a mother to three children, who all love screens of various types (iPods, tv, video games, etc), I was curious to see what Gary would have to say about this.

I was not disappointed in the least as Gary and Arlene present research as well as events from their lives and struggles with screens (Arlene is a mother with young children).  The research will scare you just a little bit, which is probably a good thing because screen exposure for everyone (not just kids) seems to be out of hand for the majority of people.

The effects on kids brains are almost immediate with screens and can take a very long time to correct. Things such as a lack of attention or anger/rage by playing violent video games.  Have no fear though Gary and Arlene present a list of their 5 A+ skills for each child to master, they are:

  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Discover what's working for families that have become screen savvy
  • Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
The book is eye opening and will make you think twice about turning a screen may find you would rather spend your evening reading a book and letting your mind relax or go enjoy some outdoor time and allow your mind to absorb the sounds of birds instead of the sounds of the Real Housewives.

I was given a copy of this book to review by Moody Publishers.  The opinions and thoughts are my own.