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review 2016-04-22 00:00
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More - Marisa McClellan A few notes on the structure of the book, as that's one of the draws for cookbooks. The book has no slipcover, the image I posted here is printed onto the hardcover of the book. I like this because I find slipcovers just tend to get damaged when dealing with cookbooks. As for what's inside, I find it to be a nice balance between gorgeous pictures of the finished product and the pretty clear recipes. The pages are on the thicker side meaning they're less likely to tear as you flip through the book. It has a strong binding, and the pages feel like they will stay open on the page I want with only a little assistance. They're not glossy either, which I'm kind of iffy on. It means they won't wipe easily if you spill something on them, but neither will they reflect light and become hard to read. All in all, it's a sturdy little book and definitely feels like it could stand up to the rigors of a kitchen. I mention all of this because I think these are all important factors when considering buying a cookbook. Nothing is more annoying then a cookbook that won't stay open when you're trying to make something from it.

The book has seven sections, and starts with an introduction to canning chapter. Which means that if you've never picked up a canning book (or never canned before) this book contains enough information to get you started. I think the procedures she lays out in this introductory chapter are fairly easy to follow so if you're looking to get into canning but don't want to buy a book full of sugar-heavy recipes, this is a good one to pick up.

After the introductory chapter the other six chapters are each dedicated to a different sugar. So the first chapter is honey based canning recipes, the second is maple sugar/maple syrup based, and so it goes. While most canning books are laid out in seasons, as her previous books are, I like this format here as the purpose of the book is to explore canning with different sugars and thus highlight those sugars. In addition to the actual canning recipes, she includes a few (not many) recipes that use the canning product. I'm particularly interested in trying the fruit butter granola. However, in addition to these recipes she includes a brief "I like to use this product this way" in her introductory paragraph before each recipe. For someone like me, who often cans because it's super fun but then has no idea what to do with the finished product, these paragraphs are immensely useful.
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text 2014-12-26 02:22
TBR Thursday - the Christmas edition!
Persuasion - Jane Austen
84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
Tales of Two Cities - Jonathan Conlin
Small Space Organics - Josh Byrne
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir - Kristin Newman
Little Leon: One Pot: Naturally fast recipes - Leon Restaurants Ltd
Hummus Bros. Levantine Kitchen: Delicious, Healthy Recipes Inspired by the Ancient Mediterranean - Hummus Bros. Levantine Kitchen

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope all of us celebrating the holiday received loads of good books!  And for those who don't celebrate Christmas - I hope you got loads of new books too!

 

Since Christmas fell on Thursday this year, it coincides neatly with TBR Thursday, so here's my holiday haul and the newest editions to my TBR:

 

Persuasion - Jane Austen:  I've read this one already, but this is the leather-bound edition put out by Barnes and Noble and it's just gorgeous.  I love it.

 

84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff:  After reading so many good things by so many of you, this one found its way onto my book list and I am very pleased I received it.

 

Tales of Two Cities - Jonathan Conlin:  Also a book I found from recommendations here on BookLikes.

 

Small Space Organics - Josh Byrne: a gift from a brother-in-law and a title I've never seen before.  I have a small experiment I call a garden in the back and I stick to organic ways of doing things so this book is a great fit.  I leafed through it yesterday and it looks very comprehensive and easy to use, so I'm looking forward to digging into it.. so to speak.

 

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir - Kristin Newman:  Another BL find - for the title alone I had to read this one.  Hope the rest of it is as entertaining.

 

Little Leon: One Pot: Naturally fast recipes (Leon Minis) - Leon Restaurants Ltd:  I do my best cooking when I'm limited to one pot - I don't have the attention span to juggle more than one thing cooking at a time.  The husband put this one in my stocking, probably in the hopes of expanding my repertoire.

 

Hummus Bros. Levantine Kitchen: Delicious, Healthy Recipes Inspired by the Ancient Mediterranean - Hummus Bros. Levantine Kitchen:  Yodamom raved about this one just in time for me to sneak it onto my list and I'm very, very happy it made it's way under our tree.  There are a LOT of great sounding recipes in this one and it's a great looking cookbook too.

 

The husband actually had some fun with the book presents this year - he hid them all over the house and used bookmarks (I have a ton of them from BookDepository) as clues of where I could find them.  It was crazy fun, and even the cats got into the spirit of helping me search.  The hardest to find: the one he hid in my library of course (it was in the cat food bin).

 

Happy New Year!  What books did you get under your tree?

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url 2014-11-07 05:22
Mean Girls When Mother Nature is ONe
Mean Girls: When Mother Nature is One - Carmen Monique

Do you ever feel like Mother Nature is like that brat sister that can just do anything and get away with it? It's enough that we get a monthly, and beauty is pain and stuff but fibroids? She has really crossed the line. Mother Nature is a mean girl that needs to be taken down. A queen bee that need to be knocked off her thrown. In this book I will share with you my journey with fibroids and how I beat them. With all the vitamins out there and everyone trying to sell you something, I will show you the synergy that worked for me. If you are trying to avoid surgery and want to do things the natural way, this book is for you. Included is a before and after picture and my four month change. It's time to take back your health and show Mother Nature who is boss!!!

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text 2013-10-20 07:28
Naturally, Charlie - S.L. Scott

This was a cute and simple love story that had a very different feel from the usual commitment-phobic alpha hero story.
It had a bit of a slow start for me but after about 60% it picked up.

What I liked most about this, is that the H & h were (unfortunately insta-) friends first.
I get SO tired of the insta-lust/love and sex-is-the-same-as-love trope in so many books these days.

Some of the issues that knocked off stars were that having 2 Charlie's became confusing. I had to double check the beginning of the chapters a few different times to see whose POV I was reading.
Also, man Charlie was a bit too beta for me and he seemed a little to good to be true. He was way more patient with girl Charlie than I was and he came across as flat. I had a hard time sympathizing with girl Charlie. I wasn't always clear about her reasoning.
Then there's the reconcilliation/ending. It didn't work for me. It felt, well...unnatural.

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review 2013-09-20 00:00
Naturally, Charlie - S.L. Scott Why is this so expensive?~scowly face~ grrrr ETA: $2.99 on kindle. yay!This was a cute and simple love story that had a very different feel from the usual commitment-phobic alpha hero story.It had a bit of a slow start for me but after about 60% it picked up. What I liked most about this, is that the H & h were (unfortunately insta-) friends first. I get SO tired of the insta-lust/love and sex-is-the-same-as-love trope in so many books these days. Some of the issues that knocked off stars were that having 2 Charlie's became confusing. I had to double check the beginning of the chapters a few different times to see whose POV I was reading.Also, man Charlie was a bit too beta for me and he seemed a little to good to be true. He was way more patient with girl Charlie than I was and he came across as flat. I had a hard time sympathizing with girl Charlie. I wasn't always clear about her reasoning.Then there's the reconcilliation/ending. It didn't work for me. It felt, well...unnatural.
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