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Book Review: Beanalicious Living by Elizabeth Borelli

First Place: General Non-Fiction “Beanalicious Living: A Healthy eating Guide & Cookbook” by Elizabeth Borelli is a book not only with useful information about eating healthy, but, cooking on a budget with wholesome ingredients. From the very first page I was immersed in a mixture of information on the industry and how they are trying …

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Macaron Magic

If there ever was an interesting background for a cookbook author then this is it.  “A NASA research engineer by day, a pastry enthusiast by night, Jialin Tian developed a passion for making pastries while she was working on her doctoral dissertation on the reconstruction of irregularly sampled interferograms in imaging Fourier transform spectrometry.  Since …

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Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health: Restore and Heal Through Nutritional Balancing

In the first chapter of “Joyful Cooking,” Joy Feldman tells the reader that something that we have heard often before: “For a healthy body as well as a clear mind, it is very important to start with high quality ingredients and whole foods.  Separating our physical health from the health of the environment, from which …

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Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes: A Collection of Indian Dishes Most Popular In India and All Over The World

Achala Kshirsagar’s “Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes- A Collection of Indian Dishes Most Popular in India and All Over the World” is offers around 250 recipes.  The book opens with an introduction to cooking techniques such as how to make ghee and chakka, and also gives instruction on tempering, deep frying, and browning.  After the basic …

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Comfortably Unaware – Global depletion and food responsibility… What you choose to eat

If there were ever a book that would convince one to adopt a vegan lifestyle, then “Comfortably Unaware” would definitely be it.  Dr. Richard Oppenlander’s book explores the connection between global depletion and our food choices.  His presentation of the research surrounding this topic is quite convincing and eye-opening. In the Introduction, Oppenlander tells us …

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SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey with Her Captain

After always working on other ships and playing second fiddle, it was time for Patrick and Victoria to set out on their very own ship.  Instead of playing the role of first mate, Patrick would finally be the Captain.  Victoria was experienced as a chef and that, among other roles, would be her position on …

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Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease

This book is an accessible and informative resource for every American concerning their most crucial investment towards personal health and overall wellbeing – their diet. Even though the main focus of the book, clearly conveyed through its title, is to prevent cardiac complications like a heart attack, the information and advice within is useful for …

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Book Review: The Cake & Cookie Closet: All Dolled Up in Sugar by Debra J. Mosely

Cookbooks are always fun to look at and “The Cake & Cookie Closet” is no exception. It is a delight for little girls to gush over. My little granddaughter was salivating at the photos! The Author, Debra J. Mosely, presents doll cakes (that is where those old Barbies went!) and decorated cookies that showcase her …

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Book Review: Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy by Elsiabeth Antoine Crawford

“Tucked away between mountains and sea in Italy’s extreme northeast corner, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a veritable melting pot of cultures.”  (p.15)  In “Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy,” Elisabeth Antoine Crawford not only provides us delicious recipes from various areas of Friuli, but she provides us with a useful lesson of the …

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Book Review: The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook by Yabin Yu & Jialin Tian

“The Bear and Fish Family Cookbook” is named as such because the author Yabin Yu’s father’s name means ‘bear’ in Chinese and her mother’s name has the same pronunciation as the Chinese word for ‘fish’.  The work is a compilation of favorite family dishes thus it is appropriate that the name of the book reflects …

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