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Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Welcome to my review of Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas! Book Details: Title: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature Author: Heather Thomas Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian Cookbook, Mindfulness Publisher: Leaping Hare Press Publication Date: October 1st,…

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Details: Book Title: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook Author: Jean B. MacLeod Genre: Non-fiction, Food, Reference Publisher: Self-Published / Indie Publication Date: November 6th, 2018   Book Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ✩✩✩✩ For the Novice and Foodie Cooks, And Anyone Who Is…

Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book details:

Publisher: Dover Publishing
Publishing Date: Originally published in 1914
My thoughts
My first impression of  200 Ways To Make A Salad was that it had an interesting and promising title I was interested to see if it is as good as I think it could be. Then when holding it in my hands, I realized that this book is a  simple republication of a 1914 book called The Book of Salads: The Art of Salad Dressing – nothing more.
Immediately my expectations went down the drain, considering I expected to get an original book. Still, I decided to give it a chance and see if it contained some gems.  After all, it could have been updated, or had some annotations that would make it worthwhile right? Wrong!
The first thing that turns me off about this book is the fact that it didn’t have any pictures, drawings or images at all.  In a cookbook images are incredibly important, they are a part of the presentation, the part of what makes people hungry for cooking. Without it, it is simply a collection of written recipes, nothing special. Sure, the original would not have contained any images, but I don’t see what kept the publishing company from adding images now? It seemed like a cheap copy and paste job, rather than a revamping of a classic.
Names such as Vegetable Salad Ala Princess also showcased how outdated this book is,  with a lot of names of the salads turned into French, or giving a French flair, which was meant to make them special. Yet there was nothing special about them – at all – at least not by the standards of our time, and after all, that is who this book is targeting now. There was nothing added, no updates, the publisher simply copied the original text, and wants us to purchase it now – which is such a lazy way of doing things, and in my opinion dishonest. I am saying that, because the book (due to its age), is no longer protected under copyright law, and therefore available for free on the internet. Unless you are crazy enough to actually pay for it. No worries, I was not. I got the book sent to me from the publisher, in exchange for a review.
Do not waste your time and money purchasing this book instead get the free version or go to Amazon and find one of the many up-to-date visually appealing, well-written cookbooks that are out there on the market at the moment.
Book rating
 1 out of 5 stars
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Book Review: Good And Cheap: Eat Well on $ 4/Day

Book Review: Good And Cheap: Eat Well on $ 4/Day

Book Details:   Title: Good And Cheap: Eat Well On $4/Day Author: Leanne Brown Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Publication Date: July 14th, 2015 Genre: Cookbook, Budget   My thoughts:   I am not usually a fan of budget cookbooks. These tend to be hastily written,…

Enabling Healthy Eating For Everyone: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth A Review

Enabling Healthy Eating For Everyone: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth A Review

As a parent of one vegan daughter, a vegetarian son, a husband who loves to eat meat, and me trying to just eat clean and healthy, it is difficult to find a constant supply of recipes and cookbooks that will make everyone in my family…

Book Review: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars

Book Review: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars

It is Hot Tea Month! Perfect for this cold weather we are having here, so today, I wanted to share with you fitting of this months theme:

Tea book, non-fiction review, book reviewIf you like hot tea (or any type of tea, actually), then I highly recommend this delightful tea book called Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars.
While it is a short read, I truly enjoyed the details and heart that was put into this book, giving the reader not just tea recipes that are easy to create at home, but also additional details such as brewing times for the individual types of tea, and their health benefit. Actually, every tea recipe within this little book includes a quick introduction to the type of tea itself and any notable benefits of each. So this is not just a mere tea recipe book, but a gentle reminder why we all should include more of this wonderful beverage in our diet.

My favorite recipes of this book are:

Dark Chocolate Chai Latte
Rosemary Energy Green Tea
White Orange Iced tea

Each one of those – as well as the many others that I have tried from this book – is flavorful, easy to follow and
healthy, which fits perfectly in my families lifestyle.

 

Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars is available on Amazon right now! 

Book Details:

Title: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook
Author: Jenna Mars
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: January 31st, 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Book Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

This is the ultimate book of tea that will help you do just that. We’ll begin our journey with the history of tea and its benefits before moving on to special guidelines to help you brew the best cup of tea possible. In addition to the recipes that will follow, you’ll also learn about taking care of tea – keeping it fresh and flavorful, always – and growing your own tea garden! Although these teas have roots all around the world, the ingredients used for the recipes can be easily obtained in local supermarkets.

From this book you’ll get:
•a collection of delicious recipes for the major types of tea that are prepared with easily available ingredients
•basic understanding of the history of tea and why it is so good for your health
•a basic introduction of the different types of tea, the benefits of each, and how they are processed
•guidelines to brew the best tea
•guidelines to preserve tea

A glance at few of the health benefits of tea consumption:
•Tea helps in keeping the arteries clear of residue and hence reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
•Tea helps in maintaining stronger bones, courtesy of the phytochemicals present in it.
•Fluoride and tannins contained in tea help prevent the plaque formation, which in turn helps improve dental health.
•Antioxidants present in tea help to protect the body against cancer and the aging process.
•Tea contains less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually contains two or three times caffeine as compared to the tea.

Are you ready for a cup?

Check out my recommendations on what you need to make the perfect cup of tea!

Happy Reading!

Claudia

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