Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Soframiz - a middle eastern culinary extraordinaire

I was presented the opportunity to review this beautiful book, and oh my word, am I the luckiest girl ever. If you love shwarma, and baklava and the spices of the east, this will make you swoon. From the recipes, to the gorgeous presentation, this is one to keep. Also, the ingredients are easily found, and sources readily available. One of my favorites!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

CUBA!!! a delightful cookbook with gorgeous boho pics

loved this cookbook...full of cubano spirit, the photography is to die for. The recipes are intriguing but some have such high end ingredients they seem a little bit laughable to make (squid ink empanadas?!) but overall this book was exquisite to meander through and the tone and voice of the narrative is full of life and history. The cover is absolutely gorg, definitely one you could display in your kitchen or on your coffee table.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mindfulness: a journal

Ive become so obsessed with minimalism and simplifying my life, so when I received an invitation to review this journal I was very intrigued.
I love the concept of this journal, full of prompts that make you really think through an idea or problem and forces you to work all the way through it. I'm interested to see if I fill it.
It is very small and not spiral bound, so for someone who likes to write big and loopy, this is definitely a downside.
overall, I love the concept, and the prompts are very apropos for living a more intentional life.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

From the author of, "Against all grains", I present, "Celebrations"

I received this copy in advance, and oh my...I already loved her book "Against all grains". A serious paleo believer, I was still skeptical about the possibility of rave worthy paleo desserts. I am no longer a skeptic. Danielle Walker knows how to make eating clean, enjoyable and approachable. Celebrations is no different. Set to the tune of party food and get together s, she carefully plans an entire meal plan for each event, such as New years, game day, valentines etc. I already made the "beet of my heart" smoothie, and oh my...I hate beets, but this was phenomenal. Child approved, and the most gorgeous red I have ever seen.
What a delight. I cannot wait to cook through yet another masterpiece!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

VICTUALS - do yourself a favor and buy this asap

Victuals is one of those cookbooks you meander through slowly, you lose yourself in the stories and it inspires you to cook. I sat down and read through this book in one day. I read it like a book, each recipe prefaced with beautiful, sincere, real stories. An american tale really, this is full of heritage and rich with culture and context. What a jewel of a book. I can't wait to cook through it...the sort of recipes that stick to your ribs and and fill your heart as much as your belly.

I received this book, courtesy of, in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cook Korean!

Robin Ha completely nails the graphic novel-esque cookbook style that is cropping up more and more (i.e. nom nom paleo) I was a little skeptical at first, I really really have a strong aversion to cookbooks without actual food pictures. But somehow she manages to illustrate and walk you through in such a way, you feel your at home with your best friend, as she teaches you a recipe. She's that personal and warm. This is by far, one of my favorite cookbooks. I cannot wait to try it out, and I can already tell its going to be easy to follow. Thank you blogging for books, for the free copy. Truly a gem of a cookbook.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Oh my, this book...where to start? I was immediately captivated by the cover, a young cherubic boy, beaming with joy. And that begs to be explored. The author is a news correspondent, so the tone and cadence of the book is similar to a news story. It moves a little bit slowly at first, telling stories of different people, showcasing the heartbreaking cultural poverty
, and yet also glorifying the incredible might of the human heart, and what we can not only bear, but seamlessly turn into victories. But keep reading, work through that first portion, and soon you will be reading late into the night, ,stopping to put the book down while you let the emotion of it sink into your heart and process in your mind, before you can even move forward. And the ending....what a clincher. I found my eyes instantly filled with tears, and a lump in my throat I couldn't easily clear.
This book was a gem. Rob Schmitz is an incredibly story teller. His ability to paint pictures with his words in beautifully heart rending. I could almost tangibly experience each story. This was a profound read.
I received this copy free, from blogging for books, in exchange for my honest review.