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text 2017-03-16 18:50
Big Library Read: Starts Today
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani

This year's selection for the global buddy read, today thru March 30.  Public libraries using overdrive for ebook loans will have this 100% available to every member reader for free.


Join the discussion!  Hear the author interview!  


Source: biglibraryread.com
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review 2017-03-14 12:43
The Avocado Cookbook: Fun and Easy Recipes - Michael Holtby

The Avocado Cookbook: Fun and Easy Recipes  by Michael Holtby
This book is broken up into chapters for appetizers, salads, salsa,  soups, main dishes  desserts and drinks. Each recipe has a list of ingredients and directions. There are NO pictures and NO nutritional information but remember avocados contain healthy fat. It's the other items combined that might not make the dish so healthy, especially if you have to deep fry the dish.
Chocolate avocado muffins look to be the healthiest due to the ingredients=-i'd use olive oil or canola, NOT coconut.
Not much else struck my taste buds as I don't want to go out and buy special flours or oils to make one dish.

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review 2017-03-04 16:22
The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook
The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook - Helen You,Max Falkowitz

I really love Chinese dumplings. I have made them a few times using various recipes. The recipes from this book were made with the help of a friend who frequently make Asian cousins and rocks at it.


I have found that it is difficult to find a recipe that has the measurements right for the ingredients. These are way off. The dough was too liquid, too sticky, just not right. After trying five or six time, only a few items came out as they should have, and only after I tweaked the recipe. The items we were able to eat just tasted strange, bland, doughy, all around not good.


If you're looking for a good Chinese dumpling cookbook you may fair better looking elsewhere. I had high hopes when I saw who wrote these recites. I was disappointed. 


About the Author


HELEN YOU is the chef and owner of Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing, Queens, which started as the Tianjin Dumpling House, a stall in the Golden Shopping Mall basement food court. Helen and her dumplings have been lauded in New York magazine, Serious Eats, Eater, and and the New York Times, which named Dumpling Galaxy a Critics' Pick and awarded it one star. She lives in New York with her family.

A native of Queens, MAX FALKOWITZ is the senior digital editor of Saveur and previously worked at Serious Eats as a senior features editor.
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review 2017-02-23 17:34
So lovely!
Vintage Tea Party: So gelingt die perfekte Tea Party - Angel Adoree

This is definetely one of the most beautiful cookbooks (and more!) that I have ever seen. Highly recommended to everybody who is interested in the traditional English Tea Party, English lifestyle and everything vintage.

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review 2017-02-15 11:10
Review: Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion - Taymer Mason

Published by: The Experiment (13 January 2017)


ISBN: 978-1615193608


Source: NetGalley


Rating: 4*



There's so much more to Caribbean cuisine than pineapples and coconuts. The real secret is in the herbs and spices: With the right sauce or seasoning blend, everyday ingredients transform into unforgettable Caribbean delights. Taymer Mason welcomes vegan home cooks to this rich tradition that combines African, French, Asian, and Indian influences with an unmistakable local flair. Covering a remarkable variety of tropical flavours and ingredients, Caribbean Vegan serves up 175 recipes--for every meal--that will spice up your diet like no other cookbook.



I'm always looking to try different meals and really liked the local food I tried on honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, most of the catering in the hotel was towards the American/British diet but this book has given me the opportunity to try lots more delicious Caribbean food. Most of the ingredients were quite easy to source either in a supermarket, online or in a health food store, but it does seem to be aimed more towards the U.S. market than U.K.

There are options for every meal time, which is great if you want to try something a little different. The recipes are easy to follow and the author is clearly passionate about this type of food. Having the recipes for the seasonings at the beginning is brilliant, as they can be prepared in advance, thus avoiding being held up/loss of mess in the middle of a recipe. My only criticism is that more pictures would've been useful, if only to know if what I was doing looked right! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy in return for my honest opinion.

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