Category Archives: Food

Give a Girl a Knife by: Amy Thielen

Give a Girl a Knife

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Cookbook Review: Food 52 Ice Cream & Friends

Ice Cream & Friends

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The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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Heat by: Bill Buford

Heat

Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of a “celebrity” chef’s kitchen?  In this book, Bill takes us to Babbo, a NYC restaurant owned and operated by Mario Batali.  Although, I am not too sure as to how this came about, Bill winds up working in Mario’s kitchen, starting from the bottom and sweating his way through the different stations.  Along the way, he has the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn different techniques and butchering methods.

The story itself was good but it was very wordy.  This book is huge and each page is filled with smallish font.  I did listen to the majority of this book on audio and that kept me from giving up.  I think that if I read it from start to finish, I may not have made it.  This was part memoir, part gossipy, part travelogue, part foodie fascination.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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A Year in the World by: Frances Mayes

A Year in the World

I love Frances Mayes writing style.  It is no secret that I loved Under the Tuscan Sun and this was just as good.  She has such a way with worlds.  I was able to visualize what she saw and taste what she ate.

This is a travelogue of her trip with her husband that lasted a year.  The visited many countries and were able to learn and experience so much form the native people.  I loved that this book had a mix of locations and foods.  It brought the book to life.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Rice & Rocks by: Sandra L. Richards Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.

Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

My Review:

This is such a wonderfully, vibrant book that takes children on a journey to learn about the similarities and differences of other cultures.  Using a simple thing as a meal with rice and beans, we see young Giovanni learn about the traditions of his multicultural friends.

This book is beautifully illustrated and captivating.  It not only gives little tidbits about other cultures but other countries as well.

I gave this children’s book 5 crowns.

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Eight Flavors The Untold Story of American Cuisine by: Sarah Lohman

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