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Road Food

Where has this book been?  Why am I just discovering it now that it is in its 10th edition?  The Stern's have performed a wonderful service to everyone with this book!  No more fast food restaurants....the Golden Arches....bye bye!
MB and I recently took the back roads from our home in Charlotte, NC to Edisto Beach, SC for the weekend (a lovely place).  Friday night's dinner was from a Mexican fast food place; ten minutes later, we both felt as if we had eaten gut bombs (not a good thing).  This pas weekend, I cross-referenced our trek with Road Food and realized that we could have eaten at so many local spots, where the food was home-made and made with care.  This week I am driving to Williamsburg, VA for an art exhibit. Road Food will allow me to find the hidden gems along the way).  This book is a must have for anyone that travels by car and is tired of the fast food that one always seems to fall into.  Road Food is a little gem that is going to have a permanent place in my car!!


Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss

I have followed Luisa's blog, The Wednesday Chef, for some time.  I started following Luisa's blog during a very slow time in the dead of winter when I didn't want to be outside.  She drew me in.  I continue even now to follow her, some couple of years later. She brings an intimacy to her writings that allows you, as the reader, to believe that you are sitting with Luisa in a quaint coffee shop, sipping a nice hot cup of chocolate on a winter's day.  She brings this intimacy to her new cookbook, Classic German Baking.

The cover of the book is darling; I love the silver foiled bundt pan (and it doesn't hurt that bundt cakes are some of my absolute favorites....).  In my opinion, anyone that enjoys baking will enjoy this book.  My read of the recipes are that they are probably already some of your family's favorites; this book will provide a little spin on your current well-worn recipe.  I look forward to that. And, what I'm really looking forward to?  Is making the Christbolt.  I love Stollen; I really do.  And, it is one of the reasons that I look forward to the holidays but I've never made it - only have I bought it and devoured it.  Now, I can make a Stollen-like cake that mustn't rest for two weeks after being baked before it can be eaten.  I can eat it straight-away!
I'm also looking forward to the butter cookies, the Linzertortes, Zitronenbiskuitrolle (say that five times fast.....heck, say it two times fast!!!), and the Kinerken (Cardamom Snap Cookies).  My mom and I began a Christmas tradition a couple of years ago where we make many types of cookies and candies and wrap them up for neighbors.  I foresee many of Luisa's recipes making their way into the Christmas tins!


Celebrations....Danielle Walker 

I would eat everything in this book.  Period.  The End.

Okay, okay, I’ll say a bit more (even though nothing else needs to be said).  Celebrations is broken up by various, well, celebrations. New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother and Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Haloween….you get the point.  This book is Paleo, which means that it is gluten-free, grain free, and diary free and focuses on meat, fish, veggies, and fruit.  Each and every recipe in this book is either comforting, enticing, or decadent.  I took several evenings and read through each recipe and consistently, my thoughts were:

  • ·         I can buy the ingredients at any grocery store
  • ·         The recipes look easy to handle
  • ·         All the recipes appear to have great flavor
  • ·         I don’t think anyone will miss the gluten, grains, or diary

There were so many recipes that I thought ‘ohhh, I want to make that right now…maybe for the family reunion on Sunday….’.

Seriously, I’m looking forward to making these recipes and maybe, just maybe, I will feel better for removing even more diary and gluten from my life (I can tell that I am always a little bloating after eating dairy….who needs that???)  I think I’m also going to pick up Danielle’s other two cookbooks.   Try this book – your family’s tastebuds, and their health, will thank you. 


Super Duper Upsetting Book on Sandwiches

OMGosh!!  What a fun little cookery bookery on sandwiches.  This book isn't an easy book...in that, I mean, the recipes will take a while to fix.  But.Oh.What.Fun.You.Will.Have.When.Eatting.These.Sandwiches.

Let me delve into some of the condiment recipes:  Grape Jelly Mayo (yummo), Special Sauce (this one is special), Shallot-Ginger Vinaigrette, Leche de Tigre Mayo (be still my heart), and Dirty Tarter Sauce.  To name just a few.

Making a sandwich from this book takes a little back-n-forth throughout the book.  Sections of the book will instruct the reader on how to make beef sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, and so on but the reader (cooker) will have to flip around in the book to find the recipes that amp up that sandwich.  In this manner, the cooker can really make an undeterminable number of sandwiches.  Yes, I know, I know.  The number of sandwiches IS actually determinable...using data analytics or statistics...but the average cooker (reader) does not care about that.  Just enjoy this book.  I'm off to make the Chutzpah Expres!  

Go!  Go now!  Buy this book!  You'll love it as much as I do!!


Naked: A cookbook

I was excited to find this book on my doorstop and couldn’t wait to read through this book and find recipes to cook.  I was honestly surprised when I found that I did not like the cookbook.  For all of the recipes, I found only two or three that I was interested in making – I didn’t even use my accounting flags to mark the pages.  Recipes for broth, stock, and juices are recipes that, it seems, every cookbook has within their pages….so nothing new here. Other recipes were not exciting to me; perhaps because I do not overly like fish, beets, or dairy products.

What I did like about the book was the artistic nature of the book….the binding, the feel of the pages, and the quality of the pictures.

Unfortunately based on my initial thoughts and my perspectives being a small-town Southern girl, I would not recommend this book.