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text 2017-06-10 03:03
Baking Powder Wars by Linda Civitello
Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking (Heartland Foodways) - Linda Civitello


 I find history truly fascinating, from the changes we can read and see in people, culture, places. One thing that connects us more is none other then food. Food history is just as rich as it showcases the culture impact every day food such as Baking Powder had on us,that today we take for granted.

 Linda Covitello packs in so much history from the 19th century to today in how Baking Power changed the way we cook and in some cases changed the world.
Covitello just doesn't talk about baking power, but takes the reader along as you see how women, homemakers,bakers and later inventors used to cook before baking powder with old recipes, dairy entries and digging deep into our history from America to Britain and all over.

While I truly enjoyed the history, at times I felt that Covitello put a little to much info, making the reading at times a bit slower or something we had to slog through to get at the meat of the matter. This was a double edge sword though. One had to understand this to understand how it effect that. While this balancing act was troublesome, it didn't take away to much from the book overall.

  For those who love history to cooking, this is a fun book to dig into and learn how something as simple as baking powder changed the world around us.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-16 03:08
A Feminist View of Women vs. the Islamic State
A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State - Meredith Tax

This is a good book though it got immensely better in Chapter 7 and stayed that way until the end.


This book is written by self-described feminist, Meredith Tax, whom I have never heard of before picking up this book.  I admit I picked it up because it had a woman on the cover with a Kalashnikov slung over her back and I love reading War books about the the recent Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to understand why, the outcomes, larger geo-political, and societal ramifications and destabilization which the United States has now inflicted on the region and I thought this book would be very different than what it was really about.


This book will give the average person/American a pretty good understanding of what has happened in the region and a history back to 2001 and even before then that the layperson can understand.  This being said there are many things Tax writes in the book that I disagree with and find befuddling which I will address here.


1. Page 26 which says that conservatives are opposed to gay rights [LGBTQ rights], Roe v. Wade, and abortion. I would disagree with this and say that many modern conservatives are not against these things they just don't want the taxpayer to have to pay for abortion and many have no issue with gay or LGBTQ rights and many are cringing at what current President Trump is doing with respect to these things.


2. Page 28 ..."women's unpaid work caring for children and the elderly props up the whole economy."  I'm not sure I follow this logic or argument and while I agree many women in this country do lots of unpaid work in these areas I am not sure the economy would collapse if women no longer did these things and I wonder if this is the argument Tax is making?


3. Page 144 "...there are no attempts to outlaw marriage, which still remains globally the central apparatus to ensure sexual access and unpaid reproductive labor." I interpret this mean that men want to have sex with women to make them have children and that having children will result in free labor.  I really don't believe this to be the case in Western society and I find this statement and logic appalling.  


Other parts in the book where I made notes are not arguments about or against Tax are:


1. Page 126, the requirements to join the PKK sound like that of a cult


2. The CIA armed and helped Turkey to defeat the Kurds and now we are arming the Kurds to defeat Daesh which is what we did in Afghanistan to help them defeat the Soviets and we armed and helped UBL and the mujahadin defeat the Soviet Union and then armed another group of Warlords in Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban 12 years later. Why have our Politicians and our CIA not learned that meddling in the affairs of other countries and arming different factions never seems to have a good outcome for The United States?


3. There was a comment and story about the State building up and beautifying the public squares (what we in America would call downtown areas) and pushing the poor people to the outskirts of town.  This is the very model the IOC and Olympic host cities have taken, spend lots of money to build and beautify infrastructure, attract the world or really the wealthy of the world to watch sport, which allows a select few to make money from the tourist dollars and then they pack up and leave, leaving the infrastructure behind to fall into disrepair or hope that the local community can start or continue to fund the upkeep of the infrastructure so that it doesn't fall into disrepair.  


4. The Turkish Government and other State's have set up lobbying organizations to lobby The United States Congress and pay for trips to the region to help Turkey and Syria which is part of the problem with the US Special Interest money system and this money could better help the Kurds.  


A very interesting book that I recommend reading.  


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text 2017-04-10 08:16
Book Blitz and Giveaway for First to Fight Box Set Books 1 – 5 by Nicole Blanchard

First to Fight Box Set

Books 1 – 5 by Nicole Blanchard Publication Date: April 10, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Military, Box Set
Enjoy four full-length novels and a bonus novella at a discount price for a limited time from the thrilling military romance series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Blanchard. Book 1, Anchor Gabriel Rossi has never met her, doesn’t even know her name, but the former Marine turned Coast Guard will do anything to rescue the woman who saved his daughter, even if it means risking his career, his life–and his heart. Book 2, Warrior Benjamin Montgomery returns home from his last tour in Afghanistan a broken man and learns the night he shared with his best friend’s little sister resulted in more than just smokin’ hot memories. Book 3, Survivor Jack Walker doesn’t want anything to do with the woman who broke his heart–or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself as they embark on a poignant journey through the secrets that tore them apart. Book 4, Savior Logan Blackwell has never let a suspect–or a woman–get away and made it his own personal mission to solve the recent attacks plaguing his small town with the help of his intriguing new neighbor. Book 5, Honor (a First to Fight novella) Scott Green doesn’t believe in second chances, until he’s caught off guard by a kiss from a beautiful woman and is determined to win her back.

About Nicole Blanchard

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Mississippi with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business. Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.
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review 2017-04-09 00:08
ARC Review: Fallen Angel by Eden Winters
Fallen Angel (The Angel of 13th Street Book 2) - Eden Winters

In this sequel to The Angel Of 13th Street, we catch up with Noah and Jeremy shortly after the ending of the first book.

Jeremy is trying to help a meth addict off the streets, Noah is struggling with memories and haunted still by whom he couldn't save while he's trying to save another teenager, and Doc is making plans to turn the mission over to Noah, formalize it more, and get more volunteers.

And Jeremy is about to graduate from high school with plans to attend college on a scholarship, which will likely take him away from Noah.

In this book, Noah stumbles hard and nearly falls, and it's the Angel himself who needs saving this time around. Stuck in the memories from his former life on the streets, Noah lets his anger and his grief nearly consume him, full of doubt that he's doing any good at all, because he couldn't save Billy, not realizing that he's approaching an emotional meltdown.

This book is primarily Noah's story, whereas the first one was primarily about Jeremy finding his feet. We see flashback after flashback to Noah's life with Billy, his time as a rentboy, a drug addict, and the fall that nearly killed him but ended up saving him. We watch Noah fight his demons, and struggle with depression and hopelessness when he can't save Chip from the clutches of his pimp.

Eden Winters doesn't mince words here, and there's no fluff inside either. This is raw and gritty, showing the seedy underbelly of society that most of us don't want to see.

But there's love and hope too, and there are successes, such as Lark, who finds the strength to leave Tina behind and pull himself out of the mess his life has become.

We also get a full glimpse into Noah's and Jeremy's domesticity, and it was lovely to see Jeremy maturity level increase even more. I really enjoyed seeing him be so patient with Noah, not pushing, but also not allowing Noah to completely self-destruct either. I think that Noah's burned out emotionally, and he's not yet fully realized that Jeremy is an equal partner in the relationship, and not just the kid he saved and who's now running the Tub Of Suds next to the bar. The fact that Noah keeps things to himself and, even worse, keeps things from Jeremy is super not cool, but also understandable within Noah's frame of mind.

There are some intimate scenes, and these further the plot, showcasing how Jeremy catches Noah when he stumbles, which really drives home the point how much Jeremy has grown into himself.

Again, this is not a fluffy book, but it feels real, it's superbly crafted, it has fully fleshed out, three-dimensional characters, and the author is never afraid to call a spade a spade. I, for one, appreciate that.

I look forward to Lark's story.

** I received a free copy of this book via Indigo Marketing and Design. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-04-02 14:56
Not the worst reference but don't be fooled by the high ratings.
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace - Jessica Bennett

Not familiar with fight club but I liked the idea of reading a book specifically geared towards women about how to survive in the workplace. You've heard of the subtle and not so subtle signs of sexism. Visitors who assume the woman is the secretary or intern to make coffee/take notes. Women remain unsure of how to best promote themselves without overdoing it. Trying to navigate office politics (involving BOTH women and men!). And so forth.


It sounded like an intriguing take: how to fight back and how to both survive and thrive. The book discusses some of the various situations women find themselves in and tactics on how to "fight" back. Some of the advice is "edgy" and might not go over too well in a conservative environment (throwing back comments about being on a menstrual period). And as mentioned in other reviews, there are quite a bit of references to anatomy and body functions. Personally I've never cared for humor regarding bodily functions and it *was* uncomfortable to read: the book is really not for someone who is not cis, differently-abled or part of a minority group.


Is some of the advice useful? I would say that yes, it was, especially if you're new to the workforce or want to educate yourself more on what women face in the workplace. But the criticisms of the narrowness of audience (which is also targeted for the US) this advice applies to are definitely on target in my opinion. 


Overall, though, I'd say the book is just skimmable. I had wanted *more* (it can be difficult to translate advice of a book into a real-world, you are actually in that situation scenario). It struck me as rather gimick-y rather than something to read, keep as a reference and/or something that would be genuinely useful to a wider range of readers.


If it's the only reference you can get ahold of then it's not the worst resource. But if there are other books that seem to be a better fit then this book is absolutely skippable. Glad I got this from the library.

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