Category Book Review

Book Review: Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn

My friend Brian and I used to work together for this terrible company. As a joke one day I suggested we start playing the glad game, a la Pollyanna….. “The game was to just find something about everything to be glad about, no matter what ’twas….. you see, when you’re hunting for the good things, […]

Book Review: Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix

So this book is a little different to the usual recipe book. The blurb states: “For years, Mark Bittman has shared his formulas, recipes, and kitchen improvisations in his popular New York Times Eat column, in which an ingredient or essential technique is presented in different variations in a bold matrix. Accompanied by striking photographs […]

Book Review: Near and Far by Heidi Swanson

Let me start off with some straight up honesty. I have followed the blog 101 Cookbooks for many years, it was, after all, partly responsible for me starting my own blog – to stop buying books and start using them. I also own Heidi Swanson’s first two cookbooks, so was really excited at the prospect of […]

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

A bit of a change from the usual books I read, as I usually pretty much exclusively tend toward cookbooks, crafting books, and mind-candy fiction, but we have a major clutter problem in our house, and I was hoping for inspiration as to how to get rid of it. It arrived and I read all […]

Book Review: Einkorn by Carla Bartolucci

I thought this book might me a bit of a gimmick. An entire book based on one type of flour? Seriously? After reading the introduction, and hearing the author’s story of how she came to embrace using this grain, I can’t entirely discount it. I am lucky in that, as far as I am aware, […]

Book Review: Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady

Seven Spoons was not a blog that I had come across before in my reading. It is a very wordy blog, with recipe posts interspersed with tales of life. the book is much the same, along with a book introduction, each recipe begins with a tale of how it came about and background. You can […]

Book Review: My New Roots by Sarah Britton

I have a fairly large, and getting bigger, collection of books dedicated to natural and vegetarian cooking. Before selecting this book, I did a bit of research into what it would add to my library: Sarah Britton is the lady behind My New Roots, a blog, recipe site, and now book dedicated to what she calls “all-inclusive” […]

Book Review: Bread and Butter by Erin McKenna

A few weeks ago we went to Florida with some friends. On our last day we had run out of regular bread, so had to eat some of my friend’s Gluten Free bread. I now feel the pain of Gluten Free bread. It is a tragic thing. So for my next book to review I […]

Book Review: Yogurt by Janet Fletcher

As a Microbiologist, I am a big fan of growing stuff. I am not green fingered, I will kill any plants that you might place in my care. I also don’t drink, so making my own beer or wine holds no allure. But I did keep going my own sourdough starter for many years, nourishing […]

Book Review: Fika by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall

Until I moved to the US, most of my exposure to Swedish food came from IKEA, much like I imagine it does for most people. But our relocation agent that helped us find a place to live and do battle with Social Security and the DMV is Swedish, and invited us round to her house […]