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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 2017-07-03 14:44
La caccia è aperta - Luisa D.

Avevo molte aspettative per questo romanzo, quale fujoshi non ne avrebbe per un M/M con protagonisti un vampiro e un leone mutaforma, cioè... un LEONE, si è visto qualsiasi animale mutaforma nei romanzi, dai cani ai gatti ai topi ma mai leoni, almeno non mi era mai capitato di trovarmi davanti un leone, meno che mai in un M/M quindi come potevo non farmi prendere dai deliri e impazzire alla sola idea di leggerlo? Non potevo e come mi insegna la legge di Murphy che regola la mia vita "Quando si hanno aspettative seppur minime tutto è destinato a finire malissimo" ed è così infatti che questo titolo su cui mi ero fatta mille castelli si è rilevato parecchio... meh. La storia di per se non è così malaccio, un vampiro si innamora di un leoncino mutaforma e da lì dovrà non solo riuscire a ritrovarlo (giustamente il leone non ha avuto la cortesia di lasciare il suo recapito telefonico)  ma anche aiutare lui e la sua famiglia minacciati dal solito cattivone senza scrupoli che vuole... mangiarseli, un'idea simpatica e perché no... originale che ahimè non è stata a mio avviso sviluppata nel modo giusto. Nonostante ami lo stile dell'autrice non mi sono sentita minimamente coinvolta nella lettura, tutto mi sembrava a momenti fin troppo noioso, si alternano momenti di... nulla in cui non succede niente di interessante, possiamo assistere a qualche scenetta hot random o qualche pensiero "Chi è il leone? Dov'è? Non posso respirare senza" a momenti più "action" e confusi in cui succedono mille cosette al secondo, veniamo a sapere tremila dettagli e "colpi di scena" e a malapena si riesce a mettere tutto insieme. I personaggi non mi sono piaciuti, Marius l'ho trovato il clichè del vampirozzo, protettivo in modo odioso e molesto, del tipo "Tu non puoi fare questo perchè no!" insopportabile e molto rompipalle e  neanche Alec, nonostante sia caratterizzato meglio è riuscito a farmi battere il cuore, l'ho trovato a tratti troppo bipolare, passa dalla completa sottomissione a momenti di scazzo con la scusa che il suo leone fa le bizze, a momenti giustamente si incavola per essere trattato come un bambino dell'asilo e non poter neanche andare a casa del suo amico e tre secondi dopo dimentica tutto e si sottomette nuovamente. Avrei apprezzato momenti più forti e intimi tra i due innamorati, vedere il loro cambiamento e crescita nel corso del libro, maggior struggimento e un po' di angst che in questa storia poteva ritornare utile e non solo il classico "La famiglia è brutta e cattiva e non mi accetta" invece no... il rapporto che si crea tra i due l'ho trovato fin troppo forzato, di fatto Marius si innamora di Alec solo perché è il leone e questa cosa mi ha disturbato, avrei preferito che Marius capisse meglio Alec, si innamorasse di lui, del suo carattere, del suo modo di fare arrivando quasi a sacrificare il suo amore (a momenti un po' zoofilo) per il leone, Marius si innamora subito del leone senza motivo, non ci parla, lo salva e basta, non ha motivo di innamorarsi di una "preda", lui si innamora neanche avesse avesse un imprinting alla Jacob di Twilight e se ne sbatte di tutto e tutti, conosce Alec, ci fa sesso e poi lo umilia "Amo il leone, Alec è un passatempo" e poi appena scopre che Alec è il leone tutto  è bello e luminoso... ma anche NO, va bene dire "Mah... ero confuso, mi piacevate sia tu che il leone, mi dispiace tanto" ma non ha senso ed è offensivo... avrei preferito a questo punto che Alec fosse si un leone ma non IL LEONE così da mettere sto vampiro demente di fronte alle sue responsabilità invece è tutto troppo... bello e semplice e mi ha fatto innervosire tantissimo, mi sono sentita male per Alec e al suo  posto avrei tirato un paletto nel petto del bellimbusto raccattando la mia dignità. So che non dovrei prendermela però non ci riesco sarà il fatto che ho già letto altro di Luisa e mi aspettavo di più, se fosse stata un'altra autrice a me sconosciuta forse l'avrei presa meno male e avrei chiuso un po' un occhio ma così... no... la lettura può anche risultare piacevole e per lo meno non mi sono ritrovata ad abbandonare completamente il libro, sicuramente altre persone potrebbero leggerlo in poco tempo e trovarlo anche adorabile ma quando conosci un'autrice, vedi che ha delle potenzialità, ami il suo stile di scrittura e la naturalezza in cui descrive già solo scene più erotiche (cosa che io non riuscirei a fare senza arrossire come una monaca) non prendersela quando butta nel cestino un'idea geniale fa...male al cuore. Sinceramente non mi è piaciuto, posso dare 3 stelline perchè apprezzo l''idea e lo stile ma... proprio non ci siamo. Se volete conoscere questa autrice vi consiglio di passare ad altro che questo libro a mio avviso non è proprio il massimo

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review 2017-02-10 00:00
The Pharaoh's Cat
The Pharaoh's Cat - Maria Luisa Lang Crystal's 5 Star Review
When a stray cat in ancient Egypt is abused by the Vizier in a pyramid, the goddess Bastet reacts. Now with human like qualities including the ability to walk and talk, Wrappa-Hamen becomes the favored of the Pharaoh and is under his protection. The two become fast friends and the Vizier does not like that he is not as close to the Pharaoh as he once was. As the two have many adventures, Wrappa-Hamen begins to notice things that the Pharaoh doesn’t about the Vizier, including his attitude, treatment of others, and overall jealousy. When the Pharaoh is murdered, the Vizier accuses Wrappa-Hamen and attempts to arrest him. With the help of an inventor, who is also the High Priest Wrappa-Gato, Wrappa-Hamen escapes. Now in a different time, can Wrappa-Gato and Wrappa-Hamen figure out what happened and how to fix it?

When I told my boyfriend I was reading this book and what it was about, he was a little concerned. You see, I have been fascinated with Ancient Egypt from the time I was a kid. I spend most days with the tv on watching documentaries about anything to do with that time in History. I know a lot about that time frame, which means I look for historical accuracy. He felt that I wouldn’t be able to suspend reality enough to get behind and review fairly this book. He was so wrong! I was excited reading this! You have a smart mouth being who is both cat and human, various gods, including Bastet, pharaoh’s, priests, etc. Besides, the writing is so good, I couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know what happened next. By the way, if you want to know where the cat and high priest end up when they flee (and you should), check this book out. It’s really good and I can’t wait to get started on the next one.
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review 2017-02-10 00:00
The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel
The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat No... The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel - Maria Luisa Lang Crystal's 5 Star Review
This is the continuation of A Pharaoh’s Cat, and I recommend you read it first. Wrappa-Haman and Wrappa-Gato are back. After everything happened in Ancient Egypt with the Vizier and the Pharaoh, the two fled again. They went back to modern day NYC, living with Elena, and getting used to the life there. Elena’s now had Wrappa-Gato’s baby and Wrappa-Haman smells the same scent on him that he got from the Pharaoh and knows that the Pharaoh, his closest friend, has been reborn. Now Elena has received an offer of a job from someone in England and heads there almost immediately with the baby. Since Wrappa Gato and Wrappa-Haman cannot travel the regular way, they must use the same means of transportation that got them from Ancient Egypt to NYC. Once in England they finally discover that the recluse that hired Elena is none other than Queen Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. She has been cursed to live forever and desperately wants to find the way to end it. She is hoping that they will be able to help her.

This book is even better than the first, in my opinion. I loved the weaving in of the 18th Dynasty, the Pharaoh Akhenaten, and of course one of the most recognized women in the world, Nefertiti. This book is well written and the characters are well plotted out. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. What a great ending to both this book and the storyline as well. Great job!
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review 2016-09-21 00:00
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen - Luisa Weiss Written with love and very yummy!
This one is Classic German Baking The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss. The cook book will be published this Oct 18th b Ten Speed Press.


Luisa introduces herself saying that, no, she didn't have any kind of German heritage. Half italian and American she grew up to Berlin and later Boston. In this melting pot atmosphere she tasted various diversified German recipes thanks to a bakery store located close to her school.
She discovered, eating these delicious German desserts that her main inspiration was the one to become a good baker, and here she is.

Married with another baker from Saxony, she started to discover important stories regarding German cuisine.
And Luisa is right when she says that German baking is the base of American bakery.

Christmas cookies, doughnuts and other recipes are German recipes adapted once the people arrived in the New World.

She is an enthusiastic, Luisa and she explains that most of these recipes are old decades or sometimes centuries. Some of these recipes require calm and before to see the final result it's necessary to wait also long time, but Luisa remembers that each recipes is for every occasions the most informal one or the special event, like it can be a feast, Christmas, Easter, or a birthday.
The book, after a first and sunny introduction at the main ingredients and how to treat them from eggs, to butter, passing through vanilla extract, yeast powder etc, the sections I guess will intrigue the most: cookies for starting.

You can try the butterkekse the most common but delicious butter cookies.
I love to bake them and once someone said me that they have the taste of childhood and this is true!

If you have some almonds go the Sandy Almond Sugar Cookies.

If you search for a touch of winter goes for the Cardamom Snap Cookies.

In the section you find also pretzels, bars and other wonderful and delicious treats.

Then it's the turn of cakes.

Many apple cakes for all the tastes, but also various cream rolls recipes, and fruits cakes.

The section of Yeasted Cake is for very consistent cakes. We find a sugar cake, a butter-almond cake, if you want to die of sweetness goes for a honey-almond caramel cake ;-) There are chocolate cakes as well.

A characteristic of Germans are strudels. Strudel is the most known and baked sweet treat during the Christmas time.
In tortes and strudels an apple strudel recipe, and some jam and fruit strudels and tortes.

Savories a portion of the book dedicated to salt recipes.

Breads and rolls will introduce you to the richness of German breads and rolls, made with a lot of ingredients, salt and sweet again for all tastes and occasions.

Christmas Favorite opens with the Lebkuchen the old-fashioned German gingerbread. Then you can find the sweet Christmas Bread, and many other recipes for a sweet Christmas.

I fell in love for this cook book immediately after I downloaded it. One if the first I requested to NetGalley. Many thanks again.

The author has put all her love, all her joy in writing it and you can see it reading it.

Recipes are explained with great enthusiasm. It's like to read a book "alive" thanks to the strong connection that the author is able to create with the baker or potential one.

It can be a great Christmas gift and it will become one of your favorite cook book!
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