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

STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS

Oh my, this book...where to start? I was immediately captivated by the cover, a young cherubic boy, beaming with joy. And that title....it 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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beautifully refined sewing book > H O ME // S E W N

I so enjoyed flipping through the pages of this book. At first I was a little bit hesitant, it definitely has a muted tone, older, more refined look. But I was taken in by the materials and content, rich with linen and fibrous materials, articulate writing and gorgeous layout. I will definitely be making several projects (hello linen pouf!!!) and probably incorporating a younger, more modern approach. But this was worth every minute I spent pouring over the content. Its beautifully presented, clear details and none of the projects are so daunting a beginner couldn't accomplish them.
I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for my honest review by blogging for books. This in no way impacts the content of my review, I genuinely enjoyed this beautiful book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

// The Naked Cookbook \\ a minimalist's dream

I recently received this book for review, and oh my...it is a gorgeous, divine gem of a book. The aesthetic of the book is absolutely beautiful. It has a raw unfinished spine, bound with twine. The thick front and back cover, made of sturdy cardboard. It has weight and heft and the minimal typography is gorgeous. If you have followed Tess wards blog, as I have, then you already know her recipes are exquisite and simple. She exudes whole, clean, fresh eating, and this book lives up to her reputation. The photography, the tone, the recipes...they have a minimalism to them that I was immediately drawn to. Gorgeous book, cannot wait to cook my way through and soak up all her knowledge.

ABOUT THE NAKED COOKBOOK

A transformative approach to healthy eating that strips back one’s diet to simple, clean, and pure foods that cleanse, restore, and nourish the body, featuring 60 recipes and a chapter on detoxing.

In The Naked Diet, author Tess Ward shares her personal prescription for renewal: a collection of deliciously simple yet flavorful recipes composed of the most nutrient-rich and simple foods. This is not a deprivation diet but an achievable lifestyle where food is enjoyed and celebrated in its purest form. Lamb Meatballs with Rhubarb Sauce, Smoked Tofu Panzanella with Figs, Hot and Spicy Seafood Soup with Crispy Shallots, Soba Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Mango–these delicious dishes support and fuel the body while encouraging optimal health.

Friday, June 10, 2016

LEGEND - a beautiful, harrowing story of a green beret hero.

I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down. The story of Roy Benavidez, is an incredibly compelling one, and Blehm doesn't fail to give all the context you need. I was skeptical. Most historical recounts, have a clear bias and agenda. This does not. at all. I felt like I read an honest, very insightful, very thorough and unbiased account of one of the most controversial wars in our history. Blehm has such a wonderful narrative, you feel like you're being told a story by a good friend, over coffee. Please read this. It will change your perspective and you'll be better for it.

*I was given a free copy of this book, by blogging for books, in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Whimsical and beautiful, a coloring wonderland


This coloring book is a dream. Absolutely captures the whimsy and magic of Alice in Wonderland. It tells the story throughout the pages, with chapters devoted to each theme. My one criticism, is that the graphics are a little bit juvenile and not as intricate as I had hoped. But the attention to the story and thematic s outweigh this one area. I would recommend this to anyone, young and old!
*I was given a copy of this book, by blogging for books, in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The whole coconut- An honest review

I wanted to make and review several recipes before I left a review, and without further ado, here is my honest review.
The first recipe I made was the caramelized cauliflower in coconut oil. Absolutely amazing. I followed the recipe exactly as she said and was so glad to have a result that was absolutely perfect.
The second I attempted, was the creamy polenta with veggies. Again, I followed the recipe explicitly and the results were excellent. The flavors and consistency, and clear instructions were perfect. 
Third, I made the coconut yogurt and was very surprised at the texture and flavor. If you have not made or tried coconut yogurt, you MUST.
I attempted the creme brulee and it failed, but I was rushed and think I skipped a step or missed an ingredient. 
I really loved this book. Natalie not only provides so many recipes for every single course, she also explains the various coconut products and their uses. I.E. coconut amino s, coconut oil, coconut milk, palm sugar etc. It was an incredibly fascinating read. 
My one criticism, is that there are not very many pictures accompanying the recipes, something I really appreciate when trying a recipe for the first time. I need a visual reference to know what the end product should look like. 
Other than that, this cookbook is gorgeous, and well worth the buy. I was given this book ARC in exchange for my honest review, by blogging for books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nathalie Fraise is a natural foods chef and nutrition educator, and the creator of the cooking app and food blog Vanille Verte (www.vanilleverte.com) where she shares tasty and healthy, nutrient-dense recipes. Her mission is to inspire people to reclaim their kitchen and cook for themselves and their families, as she firmly believes that this is the very best road to health and vibrancy.