Cardiff's book of essays is a total crack-up. I don't know how she managed to recall some of the most painful and cringe-worthy aspects of puberty wit...moreCardiff's book of essays is a total crack-up. I don't know how she managed to recall some of the most painful and cringe-worthy aspects of puberty with such clarity as to the event, what the pubescent brain was thinking at the time, and then analyze those actions with an adult brain; I have managed to block most of my years from sixth grade through high school. But reading this book brought back all of those awful moments in a pretty hilarious way. I absolutely loved her comparison of abstinence based sex ed to the story of Eve's fall on pg 158, I won't type out three paragraphs for you here. The second and third chapters from the end were a little weaker, didn't feel as carefully crafted. It may just be that they were less rooted in a recalled experience than just her opinion on how not to be a douchebag. The book is chock full of expletives and judgement, so beware if you are easily offended. I am not. I giggled and snorted my way through the whole damn thing. (less)
Husband and I have started a low carb diet, and the adjustment has been a little painful at times. We're not really eating Paleo, but I've been using...moreHusband and I have started a low carb diet, and the adjustment has been a little painful at times. We're not really eating Paleo, but I've been using Paleo cookbooks and websites for inspiration. Most of the cookbooks I've looked at have ranged from boring to crap. I mean, I don't need different recipes for grilled chicken thighs AND grilled turkey legs, I can pretty well work that out on my own.
This book is set up well, with a brief nutritional breakdown of a Paleo diet and how it works, example shopping lists, and example prep lists. What I found most helpful was the "Weekly Cookup" chapter. It's pretty similar to how I already do my shopping and prep, it just gave me a few more ideas for meals for the week. I had been struggling with creating new meals throughout the week, building some new rice and pasta-free dish from the ground up. The suggestions here made it just plain cooking again, starting with some basics and eating off of leftovers for much of the week.
There were a number of original recipes and substitutions beyond "variations on steak." I haven't had a chance to try numerous recipes yet, but the "Jicama Home Fries" was the first thing I tried and a nice sub for breakfast (the meal I'm having the hardest time converting to low/no-carb).
Loved it for good lists, helpful instructions, useful variations and substitutions on the recipes, nice pictures, and a usable presentation.(less)
I really just skimmed through this, since it really could have been covered in an article rather than a whole book. Basically says "follow the food py...moreI really just skimmed through this, since it really could have been covered in an article rather than a whole book. Basically says "follow the food pyramid and eat lots of carbs." Totally lost faith when I saw "if you must drink soda, at least drink diet." The whole milk/dairy bit was the only interesting insight. Perhaps this is a good starting point if you aren't familiar with nutrition and how the body processes food, as it does have some decent explanations of the digestive/endocrine system.(less)