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Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity

The Orthodox Christians obey fasts that sometimes last as long as 1/3 of the whole year. Fasting one does not consume meat or meat products. So, tell me again, what was/is the problem with the vegetarianism within all these Christian countries when their Monks and Saints supported vegetarianism as a physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial diet? 

Source: community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/christian-saints-and-vegetarianism
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review 2017-07-12 14:15
Fun idea but not executed well.
The world on a plate: 40 cuisines, 100 recipes, and the stories behind them - Mina Holland

Had this book for awhile and decided to continue on my food theme to get rid of my to-read piles. The book is what it says in the title: recipes from around the world and the stories behind them. From pho to jerk chicken to gomen stew, etc. the author looks at foods around the world, gives us sample recipes and talks a bit about the specific regional specialties, quirks and sometimes why a food is special to her.

 

It sounds like a fun, thoughtful idea but the book is awfully boring. Her writing isn't particularly engaging, there are no pictures of the recipes (which didn't bother me but I'm sure it would be a concern for others), and her breakdown is well, bizarre. France, Spain and Italy get specific regional breakdowns while India is divided into North and South India, the US is represented by California and Louisiana (??? as someone who can really only speak on US cuisine this was far too few and narrow of a selection) and many countries like Brazil, Ethiopia, Korea, etc. don't get any region-specific cuisines either.

 

Yet we get countries lumped together with sections for "West Africa" and "Eastern Europe". I fully realize that many foods can carry over across borders but I just wasn't sure exactly how or why she chose to organize her book the way it was. I suspect it has to do with her familiarity (she lives in London and works for the 'Guardian' newspaper according to the flap) with the country/region but that was odd.

 

That's about it. It might be a fun book but I think it might have been better if the author had made it more of a memoir of her own personal experiences rather than trying to be general and cover everywhere. She shares some nice memories like how her grandfather used to travel to Thailand and the food she associated with visits. Those bits and pieces were nice but they were also rare (she spent time studying abroad in California, for example, but I really don't know about the recipes she chose).

 

It was a bargain buy but as you can probably tell I wasn't enthusiastic about it. It might be fun if you really like exploring cultures and countries via food but I'd be skeptical. There are other books that do this better so I'd recommend the library if you're really that curious.

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text 2017-07-07 17:53
Cookbooks planning to borrow from library
Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share - Kathy Gunst,Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen - Luisa Weiss
The New One Pot Cookbook: More Than 200 Modern Recipes for the Classic Easy Meal - Adams Media
One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table - Molly Gilbert
A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's - Frank Bruni,Jennifer Steinhauer,Marilyn Naron

We actually like soups, stews and chilis year-round.  I like quicker ones in hot weather (it's not the cooking time or cooking heat— it's just that I get less inside time plus in winter smelling a slow simmering soup is comforting, but in summer it's somehow not).

 

One Pan & Done  is by the chick that does the sheetpan supper books.

 

A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's  sounds like it will be fun to read and useful.  Description says

"The definitive guide to an American classic though the lens of New York Times journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer's culinary friendship. 

Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer share a passion for meatloaf and have been exchanging recipes via phone, email, text and instant message for decades. A MEATLOAF IN EVERY OVEN is their homage to a distinct tradition, with 50 killer recipes, from the best classic takes to riffs by world-famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali; from Italian polpettone to Middle Eastern kibbe to curried bobotie; from the authors' own favorites to those of prominent politicians. Bruni and Steinhauer address all the controversies (Ketchup, or no? Sauté the veggies?) surrounding a dish that has legions of enthusiastic disciples and help you to troubleshoot so you never have to suffer a dry loaf again.

This love letter to meatloaf incorporates history, personal anecdotes and even meatloaf sandwiches, all the while making you feel like you're cooking with two trusted and knowledgeable friends."

 

 

NEXT READS PLANNED

 

Five chapters a week for this July's bookclub read of Old Man's War.

 

Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows) (Volume 3) - Joshua Palmatier,Benjamin Tate  Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows)    

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist plus binge-ing some series, currently Drink Deep in Chicagoland Vampire series is checked out) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free (mid-month?) plus 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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review 2017-06-30 17:10
Caramel Crush (Cupcake Baker Mystery #9) by Jenn McKinlay
Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay

Click here to  see my thoughts on Caramel Crush. Should open in new window. 

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Featured Author with Book Reader Magazine: Nataša Nuit Pantović
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A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Just published! Featured Author with BOOK READER MAGAZINE!

"My fiction book “A-Ma” lived with me for around 10 years and non-fiction books were inspired by my endless search and fascination with meditation, prayer, music, dance, singing, within questions: Who am I? What is our purpose on Earth? What is consciousness? Alchemy, Love and Mindfulness found their merge within this mission: Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training..."

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