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Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.

With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. The answers lie in smart techniques and a light touch. Here are dishes so simple and quick that they feel more intuitive than following a typical recipe; soups for year-round that are packed with nourishment; ideas for maximizing summer produce; hearty fall and winter foods that are all about comfort; impressive dishes fit for a party; and tips like knowing there’s not one vegetable that doesn’t perk up with a sprinkle of salt. No matter the vegetable, the central lesson is: don’t mess with a good thing.

Hardcover, 272 pages

The hopeful treasure seeker in me will scan a cookbook to see if there can be a recipe that I would actually want. I only have a dozen or so recipes that I have actually kept over the years. I like simple things when it comes to a meal. Good food. Simple prep. Getting back to the review of this cookbook, I find it’s just a bunch of recipes that I won’t ever make. It’s a clean appearing cookbook with plenty of ideas for those wanting to cook with vegetables. I found the page “How to wash, store, and make your veggies last” to be helpful. The “Barely Recipes” were interesting; a couple of broccoli recipes and a green bean recipe caught my eye. Surprisingly the brussels recipes is exactly how I already prepare mine! 

While I am not impressed, I would recommend it for those who like cookbooks. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Oct 10, 2017 | 256 Pages

It’s the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Large hardcover makes a classic looking cookbook. Nice if you like to display books in your kitchen and especially nice if you like pink.

Super feature is that every recipe has a full page photo. But- the recipes do not suit my culinary style. Not at all. Overall I found the recipes lengthy. Lots of the recipes were the kind I know I would never try. But maybe you would. (Garnet Yam Pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar). And a few were just too common (chocolate chip cookies) My style is simple and healthy (and maybe a bit unique) so this cookbook is not for me. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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The Loving Kitchen. Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

By LeAnn Rice 

Published by Thomas Nelson

paperback, 272 pages

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

The contents include: Morning Fare, Bountiful Breads, Starters and Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Reaching Out and Gathering In. These are easy to make recipes with easy to find ingredients although it isn’t a “healthy eating” kind of cookbook. LeAnn includes a short remark before each recipe and I enjoyed her humor, insight, and inspiration.

A big must have with any cookbook is the photographs. This cookbook has them but they are not the best quality images. Overall, I give this book an A+ for author’s writing style/attitude, B for the variety of recipes, C for the nutrition aspect of the recipes, and a C- for the photographs. 


BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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This is my October book choice from Storey Publishing

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Gwen Steege

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a chocolate chip cookie truly perfect, but with 101 recipes, you are sure to find a favorite, or two, or three!

The 101 chocolate chip cookie recipes in this book were selected from the contestants that entered the Orchards Inn national chocolate chip cookie contest in 1987. From this collection you can find, or create, your favorite chocolate chip cookie.

This paper back book has two parts. The first part tells the history of chocolate and of the chocolate chip cookie. It also has some basic information about baking chocolate chip cookies Then the rest of the book contains a categorized listing of the recipes. Included in the recipes is the original Nestle Toll House recipe – the first chocolate chip cookie.

The book has two color print and an occasional generic cookie photo (none are from any of the actual recipes).The recipes are presented one per page making it easy to read and convenient to lay the book open and bake.

This book can be a great resource for a baker of any skill level. I recommend adding it to your kitchen library collection. Or giving the book as a gift, along with an empty container. hint 🙂

My thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Share the Bounty. Finding God’s Grace Through the Spirit of Hospitality.

Benita Long


pages 208

Share the Bounty : Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality, Benita Long

Book Description

When people come into your home, what do they see? Have you prepared for their visit? Are your gatherings imbued with the sweet spirit of charity? Whether you’re celebrating a joyous occasion with your dearest friends and family, welcoming overnight guests, or comforting someone in need, your home can be a sanctuary of Christian fellowship. Discover the scriptural basis for hospitality through this compilation of menus, each designed to complement life’s most important occasions with the people you cherish.

This is a very large size book  (12″x 9″). It includes menus and recipes, full page photographs, quotes, and bible verses. It could be a coffee table book in addition to a cookbook. And if I liked it, it could be a kind gift for a generous host/hostess. However I didn’t like this book and here are my reasons.

First, the photographs mostly depict scenes and table settings that are upscale and not what the average hostess would offer. This comes across cold and stuffy. Next, the writing style I find to be awkward. In an attempt to be eloquent perhaps, the vocabulary choices make the reading difficult when it could have been more relaxed and down to earth. And the biggest reason I don’t recommend this book is because of many of the quotes. Shockingly many are from secular people (Yoko Ono, Lionel Richie, Led Zeppelin, and others). There is a sprinkling of bible verses but this book is not completely scriptural or Christian guided.

(Additionally, I noticed what I believe is an error omission in the Potatoes Annette recipe. The directions say to peel and cook the potatoes but it never says to slice them before combining them with the other ingredients. I don’t think I’d mix 3 lbs. of whole potatoes into a casserole.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was provided, by Booksneeze, in exchange for an honest opinion. No other compensation was received.


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