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review 2017-12-09 00:28
Great cookbook to learn more about Native American foods
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen - Se... The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen - Sean Sherman,Beth Dooley

Was very excited to see this book and the concept behind it. Author Sean Sherman gives us a cookbook that gives us recipes and foods of the indigenous people of the Dakota and Minnesota territories and without the ingredients that are European staples (wheat flour, refined sugar, beef, etc.). So there's no frybread here but there are definitely some mighty tempting recipes and great information to be had.


The cookbook is divided up into what food items you find where (fields vs. lakes vs sweets and what items are staples for the pantry). There are recipes that are broken up with pictures, tidbits of information about particular plants or other items and a little bit of a Sherman's backstory. The author also highlights other indigenous chefs at the end.


I really enjoyed this. I'm not much of a cook but I got what I wanted out of the book: to learn a bit more about the foods, meals and diet of the indigenous people (some of them) who lived on the land before it was the United States. I couldn't rate how good of a cookbook it is as a guide to cooking, but I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable trying these since I'm not sure about how to get some of the ingredients and as another review on Goodreads notes: it seems this geared towards intermediate cooks.


Of which I'd agree since I really only know enough to feed myself. I love lots of pictures and step-by-step hand-holding in cooking guides and so I wouldn't try most of these recipes. The book also doesn't easily open flat and given the quality of the book I'd say it's more of a reference than a cookbook you keep on hand in the kitchen surrounding by a mess. That's just me, though. Maybe more serious cooks are just fine with this format.


The book matched my expectations and I got what I wanted out of it. This was the perfect library borrow for me but it'd make a great gift for the right person.

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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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text 2017-12-03 16:26
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories - David Lebovitz

I'm loving this. The pictures alone are worth it!


He's a very good story teller and the recipes seem easy enough. I'm embarrassed I have done a few no nos he mentions such as washing your knives in the dishwasher. 

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review 2017-11-26 16:19
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

Quand on chemine sur un sentier de montagne sombre et désolé, la seule chose qu'on puisse faire c'est de trouver sa lumière soi-même.

Tout le monde est appelé un jour à se disperser dans le ténèbres du temps et à disparaître.

Je voulais toujours garder présente en moi l'idée que j'allais mourir un jour. Sinon, comment avoir la sensation d'être vivante?

Tous les gens qu'on aime meurent les uns après les autres. Et pourtant, il faut bien continuer à vivre.

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review 2017-10-27 10:50
Book Review - THE KITCHEN MISTRESS--Katherine’s Story—The Letter Series—Book 3 by Kathleen Shoop
The Kitchen Mistress (The Letter Series) (Volume 3) - kathleen shoop
Book Review - THE KITCHEN MISTRESS--Katherine’s Story—The Letter Series—Book 3 by Kathleen Shoop 'such an amazing historical and emotional series, the era, the characters, their struggles have been so captivating to follow'....
"I have waited so long for this book to release, it has been my most anticipated read of all the books I have. The Letter Series grabbed hold of me from the first book of this amazing historical and emotional series, the era, the characters, their struggles have been so captivating to follow. It's been quite a while since reading the previous book so I was delighted that the author had included past events to jog my memory and also great for anyone who hasn't yet read the book 1, although I urge you to do so as that is what started my love of this series and the amazing author, Kathleen Shoop.
After so much turmoil Jeanie and her children are together as a family should be, yet after another cruel blow they are left homeless in the town of Des Moines where past events are still held against them in many quarters. Living hand to mouth, desperate to find somewhere to live and be able to stay together, they find a glimmer of hope for better times in the shape of Miss Violet, who gives them jobs and a place to live. Jeanie tends to the gardens while Katherine becomes the kitchen mistress, and I could have sat and read about their daily chores all day long as the author brings them to life so vividly. Yet Katherine has a hidden talent, a talent that could save them all or reduce them to poverty yet again. When Miss Violet uncovers her secret Katherine feels the immense pressure of keeping the family together and will do anything she can to make it happen, she may have had to grown up very quickly but her young age still makes her vulnerable and unaware of the situations around her and the lies being told. Will her risk to save her family from further hardships be worth it or will it bring more heartache? Will they encounter even more despair as events unfold?
Absolutely unstoppable reading, The Letter Series has made such a connection with me, the characters, who now feel like family, warm my heart through their stories and their desperate times, my emotions were pulled as as I continue to want to keep them from harm after all they have been through. The author connects the reader to the past and brings the old era to life so vividly, it simply fascinates me, I didn't want to put it down, a never ending book is the only way to fulfill my needs!
Reading The Kitchen Mistress is like reading a film, the whole story is brought to life in the readers mind through Kathleen Shoop's magnificent writing, you are there in Des Moines watching the characters play out their scenes, feeling their emotions with them, gripped to find out more. A story filled with hope, love, despair and the power of never giving up, and I love every single moment with the Arthurs and am now desperately awaiting their next story."
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Book Description
For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most…
1892—Des Moines
Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.
Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn’t realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine’s gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.
Katherine’s loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what’s right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?
The Last Letter Series of novels by Kathleen Shoop is set in the Midwest of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. Shoop takes readers on an emotional journey through love, loss and redemption. Inspired by family letters, the novels pull from historical events and places and feature the life and times of the fictional Arthur family as they make their way in the world.
Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/book-review-kitchen-mistress-katherines.html
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