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text 2018-03-11 00:58
Still Reading
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up - Julia Eccleshare

So, I stopped posting reviews here after #70 last year. I did manage to read 100 books in 2017, but getting them reviewed, let alone posting the reviews in two places, proved to be too much for me. I knew that "something would have to give" when I became a mom in July, but it's still hard to actually make those choices and decide what to let go.

 

I am not letting go of this blog, but I will no longer cross-post all my Goodreads reviews here. You can still read them on my Goodreads page, of course.

 

Although I am writing less about books these days, I am still pursuing various book-ish projects. They include --

 

  • The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - Just for fun; I am not going to be crushed if I don't manage to complete it.
  • The Into the Forest Reading Challenge - Into the Forest is a Goodreads group I belong to for fairy tale/mythology enthusiasts. They do a 12-item challenge every year within the genre that is fun to keep me reading widely within one of my favorite book categories.
  • 1001 Books to You Must Read Before You Grow Up - I am working my way through the recommended books in this tome with my son. Right now we are just focusing on the age 0-3 chapter. I am really surprised by how many of these books are NOT in my public library! My plan is to buy my son a big box of any of the books we weren't able to find in the library at the end of the chapter. In the meantime, I've also begun scouring used booksales to help fill in the gap.
  • The cookbook project - In an attempt to actually USE more of my cookbooks, feed my family well, and save money on eating out, I've been marking recipes I want to try since I was pregnant. I rate every recipe I try, and eventually hope to pare down my cookbook collection by getting rid of the books with only a handful of intriguing recipes after I have tried them.

 

I am also working on a "book adjacent" project, which is listening to all 150 albums on NPR's women's music canon. The reason I consider this to be a book-adjacent project is because a) I am getting most of these albums from my local library and b) I am listening to a lot more music these days because my son is more content on drives with music than audiobooks. I am sad to have fewer audiobooks in this season of my life, but I am excited to start exploring music again, and to, you know, have a baby.

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text 2018-02-17 00:08
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook - Maya Joseph,Benjamin B. Lahey

You won my heart at sourdough. I love that this bakery uses a sourdough base for it's breads. Now it's time for me once again to try breeding my own baby sourdough starter. Wish me luck I've killed dozens before. I'm a bad sourdough mom.

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text 2018-02-10 21:53
My Home-cooked Meals Were Better Than From a Restaurant
Vegetarian Viet Nam - Cameron Stauch

Beautiful photos, each mouth watering and tempting. I took a long time to review this book. I tried almost all the recipes, and invited friends over to sample the dishes with me. I have been looking for many years for a vegetarian Vietnamese cookbook that spiced the dishes correctly. To me, the spices are the most important part of the dish. The authors of this book did their research, they got out talked to the people who made these dishes then took the ideas home and perfected them into easy to make recipes for everyone to make. I could eat from this book everyday an d never get bored. This is going on my favorite cookbook shelf along with Bowl by Volger. Fresh simple ingredients, healthy clean food, quickly made, with readily available items.

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review 2018-01-27 04:20
Revenge Never Tasted So Good
Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies - Heather Kim

The best after breakup book I've ever read. Fun, hilarious, tasty, healing and yet fill the wounded heart with satisfaction. I tried 6 different recipes all were very good, easy and well written out. This is the book I'm buying my broken hearted friends, it's perfect. Passive aggressive delightful comments and recipes. Winner 6 stars

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review 2017-12-08 18:52
I Savored This Book
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories - David Lebovitz

I had so much fun reading this cookbook/memoir over the past week. I didn't hurry, just enjoyed the recipes, the little stories, and the vibrant pictures that David Lebovitz included. 

 

I will say that I found the recipes intriguing and thought everything sounded great. I am now addicted to salted butter and found out things that I never knew before regarding duck fat. Also I now want to buy all the duck fat and make it with potatoes. Mmmmmm.

 

I would say that I wish that we had more stories included. The recipes are great, but the book comes alive for me when Mr. Lebovitz gives readers an intimate look at his life in Paris. Whether it is finding out where to get kale or how to purchase cheeses, he makes everything seem like a fun adventure. 

 

One warning. Do not read this book if you are even a little bit hungry. 

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