This book is like Micah to me - a small book compared to a full novel. Although I enjoyed it as to me it dealt with bad guys and Anita being Anita - tThis book is like Micah to me - a small book compared to a full novel. Although I enjoyed it as to me it dealt with bad guys and Anita being Anita - the length wasn't probably big enough to be sold as a full book. I did enjoy reading her thought process behind this book and the comic with it. ...more
I was thrilled when I got the offer to read this book - as I love to read. And particularity like fantasy books. But I will admit I was a little hesitI was thrilled when I got the offer to read this book - as I love to read. And particularity like fantasy books. But I will admit I was a little hesitant on IF I would like this book based on reading the synopsis of it. I was wrong as it ended up being a page turner for me. I stayed up until 4am to read because I just couldn't put it down. It surprised and delighted me.
I would call it a mixture of fable and fantasy. Erick Setiawan has a wonderful imagination to create such a fantastical novel. The characters are throughly developed and the setting is magical and intriguing.
This story follows Meridia, who grows up in a cold, unfeeling home. Her mother acts as though she often isn't there. And her father despises her. Her parents aren't a loving husband and wife. Instead they barely interact with each other. So essentially Meridia is invisible in her home. One day meets Danial at the town fair. She falls in love with him and they marry. They move in with his family and at first his family seems nice and happy - totally opposite of her cold harsh childhood home. But things change and she finds out they aren't what they first appeared to be and she might have escaped one unhappy house and to end up in one that is more disturbing to her.
I was really engrossed in the story of Meridia. I rooted for her and felt like she was a friend. I was sorry to see the book come to end and knew I would miss her.
All those details might sound like an everyday domestic drama story but there is much more to this book. Again it is a magical and captivating place with deeply developed characters. It is a book that is hard to explain and hoped to be picked up to experience bees and the mist. ...more
I admit it, I have thing for books that are divided into seasons and menus. Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home does both. It has 13 menus for each seasonI admit it, I have thing for books that are divided into seasons and menus. Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home does both. It has 13 menus for each season so 52 meals - one for each week. It is arranged seasonally so that you can take advantage of what produce is in season. These recipes aren't your typical all-American meat and potatoes type of menu. They go go beyond but not so much that it is out of reach. Ingredients used are fairly simple and a person should be able to pick up at the grocery store. Although I do think these recipe aren't exactly everyday meals for the average American family but I think it does give ideas and starting points to maybe think out of the box for your next weeknight meal. I also don't believe them to be all that quick even though the title says "Quick Meals..." Quick always makes me think of Rachel Ray and 30-minute Meals (many that don't look like they could be done well in 30 minutes either) but anyway what I am saying is quick means 30 minutes or less to me. These will take at least an hour - sometimes a little more with prep. These recipes would be good to serve to friends and family that you are having over for dinner or some would be good just to mix up your usual menu.
This book has beautiful photographs and good print on quality paper. It gives you sidebar extra info for each menu along with a preparation schedule. At the end of the of the book, Stewart includes some basics of cooking such as soup stock recipes and hints on cleaning and prep of some foods. The menus are also broken down into categories instead of seasons - so starters, main dish, sides and desserts. But overall I love how the table of contents is set up - because of the seasonal menus. I would go that direction first because being able to find in season produce would be the best. Sample of menus in the book...
Spring Salad with Fresh Mozzarella Turkey and Pancetta Meatballs Pasta with Mint Pesto and Fava Coffee Ice Cream Affogato
Strip Steak with Chimichurri Roasted Potato Wedges Sauteed Spinach with Vidalia Onions Torrijas
Fontina and Herb Flatbread Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Cutlets Wilted Escarole Amaretti-Ricotta Sandwiches
Pancetta Cheeseburgers Balsamic Mushrooms Tomato, Basil and White Bean Salad Coconut-Topped Cupcakes
Salmon with Creamy Leeks Dilled Rice Salad Sugar Snap Peas with Toasted Almonds Raspberry Mint Gelatin Cups
Cantaloupe Wedges with Feta Cheese Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers Summer Squash and Olive Phyllo Tart Espresso Cream Crunch
Warm Swiss Chard and Bacon Dip Braised Chicken Marsala Sage Polenta Sauteed Pears in Honey Syrup
Skillet Rib-Eye Steaks Broiled Peppers with Melted Cheese Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovies Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes
Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples and Onion Shaved Fennel-Celery Salad Mustard Mashed Potatoes Maple Custards
Roast Chicken Breasts in Creamy Tarragon Sauce Warm Lentils with Spinach Caramelized Endive Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce
Broiled Red Snapper Citrus- Soy Sweet Potatoes Sesame Spinach Rolls Rice Pudding with Candied Kumquats
Butter Lettuce with Brie and Pears Curried Vegetable Potpie Spiced Lemon Cookies
It is my suggestion to always check cookbooks out from the library and cook a few recipes before buying....more
Although I think this book has recipes for all sorts of soups, I think I would go with another soup book. This book had many soup recipes that I had nAlthough I think this book has recipes for all sorts of soups, I think I would go with another soup book. This book had many soup recipes that I had never heard of but not many I would cook. It had many good recipes but nothing that I could just grab ingredients out of my pantry to make. If I wanted to go a good soup book, I would go with the Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special book or Cook Illustrated The Best of Soups and Stews. ...more
I am not vegetarian like most readers of this book seem to be so the seafood sections didn't bother me at all but I haven't actually even been interesI am not vegetarian like most readers of this book seem to be so the seafood sections didn't bother me at all but I haven't actually even been interested in those sections as much as the others. (Those seafood sections aren't very long out of the 400 page book.) This book is soups, salads and then some extras to go with them such as dressings, croutons, breads and such.
I have only made a couple recipes from this book so far each were amazing. I see so many recipes I would love to try when looking through it. I think even with the seafood sections if you vegetarian or just like a diet with a lot of veggies this cookbook will add new elements to your meals. These soups and salads are meant to be starters to a meal but I really feel these are so good they are meals in themselves. Also these are great to make and have for lunches during the week.
The fall backs of this book are that the recipes are time intensive as they have a very long list of ingredients and not all the ingredients are just things I have on hand normally. But I would still urge people to check the book out and at least cook one or 2 of the recipes so that you can see how amazing they put flavors together.
Also one of my other favorite things about this book is that at the bottom of each recipe it lists other recipes that would go good with the recipe - including the page number which is very helpful.
Overall this book seems to be a good one as it has many recipes that look so good and I can't wait to try. And the few I did try were so good....more
When I picked up this book, I didn't realize that this author was a host of a PBS show of the same name as the book. I did do a search for the show toWhen I picked up this book, I didn't realize that this author was a host of a PBS show of the same name as the book. I did do a search for the show to see if they carried it on our PBS but it looks like it is a canceled show. I now wish I had read the book earlier as I really enjoyed the book and feel I would have enjoyed the show.
I would give Wine, Food and Friends 4 out of 5 stars. I was looking for a book that had specific recipes and suggesting a wine to go with it. And MacNeil did exactly like that.
The layout of the book is great. It is divided into seasons and then has 6 to 8 themed menus for each season. Such as for Autumn it has these menus: Autumn Light, Homestyle Supper, Asian-style supper, Casual Harvest Dinner, Flavors of Fall, Moroccan Nights and Classic Thanksgiving. At the beginning of each menu she tells you which wines to pair with all or some of the courses and why. The food and recipes she picks are perfect for the season. And all the recipes are from Cooking Light.
She picks very specific wines and even includes images of the label. She has little side bars of tips and little tidbits about the wine. And at the beginning of the book she has general charts about pairing wine with certain foods plus a quick guide where you can look at the chart and see Pinot Noir and see which recipes in the book go with a Pinot Noir.
My main problem with the book is that some of the wines she picks are very pricy and she doesn't offer alternatives. I wish she would have done more wide range. She does do menus with low-cost wines but one of her menus has wines that are $75 and up. And no alternative for other wines in other price ranges. I know I could probably pick a wine that is similar - such as if she recommends a chardonnay out of my price range I could pick another chardonnay but often she has specific reasons why she chose that chardonnay so that might not always work well with the meal just pairing it with another chardonnay. And then another problem is that I not sure I could always find a substitute at all as they are just one of a kind type of wines. But overall the recipes and the pairings are great. And it is a book I would enjoy having on my bookshelf. ...more