My brother gives me a specialty cookbook ever year for my birthday and Christmas. I also have the all the generational family hand me downs as well as my impulse buys from bookstores and all the cookbooklets from the different manufacturers over the years that I have collected from antique stores, etc… you get the picture, I have a ton of cook books. Anyway, the first thing I do when I get a new cookbook is sit down, read it from cover to cover and use one of those little 3M tabs to mark the ones I want to try and/or modify (I have a color code system that also includes the category “MUST TRY YESTERDAY” because it is so alluring). Once I have tried and or modified a recipe and decided if it is a keeper or not I then either post it to my blog or into my computer cookbook. I then ‘recycle’ the cookbook through a pay it forward or VFW rummage sale. I do have those pretty ones that are wonderful references that will never leave my bookshelf, which is vast, but you CAN’T keep them all and why would you want to if you don’t use them?? So, after that long wind, I agree with you Laura! I’m extremely organized and one of the best ways of accomplishing that is to simplify! I am saying it with you, Laura RELEASE THE COOKBOOKS!
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Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or the most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that. The book closest to me is Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini. The passage I came to is this:
I’ve really enjoyed this Elm Creek Quilt series a lot and recommend it highly. SPOILER: There is no Sex, Violence or vulgar language, just clean historical intrigue!
The Elm Creek Quilt series can be read alone as individual books in no particular order and they will still make sense, though there is quite a bit of history divulged in the Quilter’s apprentice that I believe provides us with an integral view into what we invest in the characters and should be read first. Her books are thoroughly researched and delightful. You become engrossed and invested in the main characters as if they were a member of your own family. I have learned sooooooooo much (without even realizing it LOL) about not only quilting, but centuries old historical events and their possible alternative outcomes and scenarios. She has a unique and insightful perspective way of writing that truly draws you into the story and era with a visualization of having been there.
The Elm Creek Quilt series can be read alone as individual books in no particular order and they will still make sense, though there is quite a bit of history divulged in the Quilter’s apprentice that I believe provides us with an integral view into what we invest in the characters and should be read first. Her books are thoroughly researched and delightful.
You become engrossed and invested in the main characters as if they were a member of your own family.
I have learned sooooooooo much (without even realizing it LOL) about not only quilting, but centuries old historical events and their possible alternative outcomes and scenarios. She has a unique and insightful perspective way of writing that truly draws you into the story and era with a visualization of having been there.
Don’t let the cover of this book fool you. It is not just about a few spices and flavorings. This meticulously crafted and photographed encyclopedic tome is for the serious cook, the culinary scholar, the passionate gourmet, the food historian.
It is for those looking to take their cooking and eating to a level beyond ordinary.
This luxurious, hardcover book deserves an honored place on the consummate food lover’s bookshelf, far away from kitchen grease. Keep it at the ready to pore over its delectable contents.
The Flavor Bible, passionately written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, photographed by Barry Salzman, is a superb and definitive volume not to be missed. It arrives in bookstores on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.
- Category: COOKING
- Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
- Publish Date: 9/16/2008
- Price: $35.00
- ISBN: 9780316118408
- Pages: 392
- Size: 7-1/2″ x 10″
Attention all readers you NEED to check out this giveaway contest at Bookshipper sponsored by Hatchette Books.
Hachette Book Group was generous enough to offer to send to the winners of this contest a total of 14 books (yes! all fourteen of them) to EACH winner. Here is a list of the great books you could win:
Hachette Book Group USA Summer Reads Giveaway:
Here is how you can enter! Simply leave a comment on this post about ANY of her previous book reviews. She will automatically give you one entry. If you post this contest on your blog page, you will get two entries and if you put my blog name on your permanent blog roll, she will give you an additional 5 entries. They will be picking 5 winners, using Random.org, and each winner will receive all 14 books – free of charge, of course. Hachette Book Group will mail them directly to the winners.
This contest closes on July 31, 2008 at noon Eastern time. Please note that this contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. So check back on the 31st of July.
I just got a great new futon for the family room and need a good book to read while trying it out. I found an opportunity for a great giveaway at S. Krishna’s Books for:
One day, Nan’s financial advisor comes to her with some dire news: all the money she put in a hedge fund is gone. Her best option now is to sell her property on Nantucket (called Windermere), which is worth several million dollars. As Windermere is the only thing she has left of her dear Everett (she had to sell off the rest of the property in order to pay his debts), she can’t bear the thought of losing the house. Therefore, she comes up with a brilliant plan: she will rent the rooms and run a B&B for the summer, inviting people into her home and slowly watching them become a part of her family.
While The Beach House’s central character is Nan, there are multiple storylines that slowly weave together to form a coherent whole, much as the various persons in the novel gradually come together to be Nan’s family. There are Bee and Daniel, a married couple with two beautiful young daughters who are having marital issues, though it is hard to determine exactly what the problem is. And then Daff and Richard, and their daughter, Jess, who has difficulty coping with what her parents are going through. And then there’s Michael, Nan’s son, and his complicated relationship with his married boss, Jordana. Green tells all these stories seamlessly; there is no jarring disconnect, as happens so often in novels with multiple storylines.
Green’s talent is evident, and shines through in her writing of the characters in the story. By the middle of the book, the reader is invested in each of these characters; it is important that they work through their problems and find a happier place. And at the end of the book, the reader is sad to leave these characters, to not be able to enjoy more of their stories.
The Beach House is the perfect beach read. It is a drama, and is very serious in some places, but it is never a heavy book. It never drags the reader down or makes the reader feel as if he/she has an added weight on their shoulders. Instead, even at the most dramatic moments, it is hopeful and uplifting – a breath of fresh air. It helps to redefine the genre of “beach read;” these books are no longer complete fluff with a lack of depth. Instead the nuances in The Beach House serve to give us a new view of beach reads (and women’s fiction in general). It is Green’s best work to date.
Head on over and check it out.
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Star Light Star Bright by Katherine Stone
Cut and Run by Carla Neggers
This giveaway will close on May 31st. I will send the books shortly after that in time for the beginning of summer. All I ask in the spirit of this book exchange, is to please pass them along to another reader after you read them whether it be by a blog giveaway, neighbor or library donation.
- 2 Large FIRM tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
- 1 bunch chopped green onions, chopped fine
- 1 celery spear, chopped fine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup celery seed dressing (see side bar for this recipe)
*The original recipe called for peeling the tomatoes.
Recipe (page 180) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron