The first thing I do when I get my hands on a book of crafts or cookbook is to flip through an fan the pages by glimpsing for something to catch my ey...moreThe first thing I do when I get my hands on a book of crafts or cookbook is to flip through an fan the pages by glimpsing for something to catch my eye. When I did that with Six Sisters’ Stuff and their debut cookbook I couldn’t help but get excited. One of the reasons that I think food blogs are so popular is because of the incredible photography that really makes something appealing. Then being able to take that same eye-candy and put it in a handheld book to take to your own kitchen is all the more. Blogs and online recipes are great, but being able to unplug and do something for your family is even better and that is what these six sisters have provided in this first cookbook and as a mama who is still getting the hang of it all support in a form like this is definitely welcome.
The book itself is very bright and a neat square size. It’s paperback, but has tabs on the covers that could be useful as a quick minute bookmark and that’s pretty handy. I’m a pretty big collector of cookbooks lately just trying to trial and error and find things that work. So often I find some that are gorgeous, but the ingredients are either non existent in my rural neighborhood or cost an arm and a leg and are used once. Trying to find something exciting for me to cook as well as the family to eat, but affordable and simple to buy ingredients for should not be so difficult! However, with Six Sisters’ Stuff I can find these things, I know these things, and these recipes are totally do-able, but I wouldn’t have thought of them on my own. I enjoy cooking, but creating recipes are not for me. Just like in my quilts, I love to quilt, but would prefer to follow a pattern than just make up my own. Pretty much going through Six Sisters’ Stuff I haven’t found too many recipes that I wouldn’t try and be excited about for us all.
But this isn’t just a cookbook! It’s a craft book too! Much in the way that I feel about my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook because it has tips and tidbits on crafts and decorating activities so does this one! But this has more. It has more pages, more activities, more crafts and it’s not just Christmas. It does have a snowman, but it also has pallet bookshelves (visit Pinterest recently?), gift ideas and more in between the recipes.
*sigh* From the soups to the desserts this is a treasure…
*Thanks to the publicist for providing a copy for review.*(less)
While this cookbook is not filled with full-color or any finish meal items photographs, it is not that kind of cookbook. This is a friend and a helpin...moreWhile this cookbook is not filled with full-color or any finish meal items photographs, it is not that kind of cookbook. This is a friend and a helping hand in the form of someone who understands where I am and where I’m coming from and it’s amazing. As a mother to a budding preschooler and baby this is just what I need on my cooking shelf. While other family-cookbooks are about cooking for many and making conversation and self-serve friendly meals this is what’s right for me right now. Including recipes that I can double and freeze as well as gluten free for when my wheat-allergen sister comes to call and even healthful and vegetarian recipes are through out for when I’m inevitable pregnant and gestational diabetic or borderline again. Then there are even MOPS favorites and slow cooker meals that are sooo very friendly for my three year old (and new eater – the one year old)’s meals as well as making sure there is a meal on the table for my fabulously hardworking Enginerd.
Starting with a down-to-earth introduction that shows this author is human and someone a bit like me I’m pulled in. But it is the flavors and suggestions through out that show me I’m definitely going to be coming back for more again and again from this one. Trying to find recipes that have small enough ingredients that aren’t crazy on flavor for my young children is hard enough, and this one is just right (umm… Goldilocks?).
The fonts and formatting through out are attractive to the eye. Begin without images, I was a little concerned at first, but I need not be as the changes through out are just what there needs to be in transitions and things are easy to find and read at a glance until I get to where I need to be. I really think this one is a great addition to any young family’s shelf and would make a great gift.
*Thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.*
I've been wishing for the Don't Panic Freezer Cookbooks for years, so when I stumbled across an opportunity to review their latest Don't Panic Cookboo...moreI've been wishing for the Don't Panic Freezer Cookbooks for years, so when I stumbled across an opportunity to review their latest Don't Panic Cookbook I was ecstatic. After I read through it and realized that this was not a cook and freeze it cookbook I was a bit disappointed. While it is still an interesting cookbook with recipes that I can gear toward my family, it is definitely for a family with older children and not quite as easy to grab and go recipes. Another thing that startled me a bit is that many of these recipes were ones that I've already come across from other sources while called something different, but perhaps they are just past time recipes from another era.
But don't just go on my opinion. I know of dozens of other people who absolutely love it.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
My sister has a wheat allergy and from time to time I wondered if I might as well. When I first started research on living gluten and wheat free, it s...moreMy sister has a wheat allergy and from time to time I wondered if I might as well. When I first started research on living gluten and wheat free, it seemed like an impossible undertaking. So, even though now I have not found myself with an allergy I am glad to research gluten-free (GF) cookbooks both with my sister in mind, but also the other health benefits from reducing gluten from my family's diet in general.
One of the things about a good GF cookbook is when it can show you that just because your food needs have changed does not mean it is the end of the world. In fact menus can continue and deliciously so. Cookbook Author and Chef Beth Hillson was a pioneer for GF cooking before it was a popular movement and continues to provide worthy recipes today. I agree with Peter Lowell in the foreward; the fact that Hillson makes recipes for foods we know and love becoming GF does not have to be an entire cultural change. This book makes it true, if you are GF now and to the future - your favorite foods are far from strangers.
My known recipe for Christmas is monkey bread and when I saw the first one in the recipes section was Apple Caramel Monkey Bread I knew I was sold.
*Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Books for providing a copy for review.*(less)
I love sushi. It was my junior year in high school on a culinary club field trip when a friend introduced me. I was completely skeptical at first, but...moreI love sushi. It was my junior year in high school on a culinary club field trip when a friend introduced me. I was completely skeptical at first, but after my first bit I never looked back. So when I heard about an Asian cookbook I jumped for the chance to review it dreaming about sushi. While I was mistaken by my concept of the word "raw", I was not disappointed. Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way is a cultural experience. It is not just a cookbook, but a geography and history lesson as well. Asia covers more territory than I usually consider and it is fascinating to find what various ingredient combinations can create.
There were a set of years while I was in college when money was no issue that I ate at a sushi restaurant several times a week as well as did all my grocery shopping at a Whole Foods store. It was during that time that I was the skinniest and healthiest I have ever been. I completely and whole heartedly agree that life before processed food was so much healthier, maybe not easier but healthier. It appears this cookbook is one more tool to get us back to where we should be.
Raw does not mean uncooked. It means pure, closest to unadulterated as you can get for a healthier you.
*Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Books for providing a copy for review.*
You have probably heard of Betty Crocker cookbooks, but did you know there was a Christmas cookbook? Each recipe from cover to cover is deliciously fe...moreYou have probably heard of Betty Crocker cookbooks, but did you know there was a Christmas cookbook? Each recipe from cover to cover is deliciously festive. Including meals, desserts, appetizers, snacks, holiday beverages and more easily a hostess can find many things to make and share. There are even directions for some decoration crafts! The photography is very inspirational and full of ideas to fill any hope with Christmas Holiday cheer!
Through out the recipes there are also included "New Twist" that give some extra tips and tidbits for variety or meatless and so on. This really is a holiday cookbook for most everyone. I'm delighted to add it to my shelf.
*Thanks to Wiley for providing a copy for review.* (less)
The intro to this book is very interesting and provides many details and facts about vegans , which I was unaware. Also "The Vegan Diet & Nutrition" section as well as the "stocking..." section provide valuable and educational bit that I hope and pray will help me to be a more well rounded cook. The health benefits are obvious and while I will never walk away from my meat completely I am far from opposed to a mostly vegan menu.
*Thanks to Da Capo Press Lifelong Books for providing a copy for review.* (less)
Maybe once or twice you might have heard me mention that my SisterB is allergic to wheat. Before this realization I never knew about a gluten-free way...moreMaybe once or twice you might have heard me mention that my SisterB is allergic to wheat. Before this realization I never knew about a gluten-free way of life. I personally do not have a problem with wheat or gluten, but now gluten-free ingredients and recipes stand out to me. It's nice to know I'll have a few choices when my SisterB comes to visit rather than relying on her to fix the menu. (However she is an incredible cook, so that's not too bad when she does do the menu...)
The Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries book has 75 recipes for irresistible desserts and pastries. And oh what a mouth-watering cover! (My cover is different from some I have seen, it has a berry/pastry in a glass container.) The notes on ingredients shares great information on gluten-free flours for a newbie like me, but anyone would benefits from these notes and tips. There are many ingredients that are new to me, but if these recipes taste anything like they look I am all for it.
Just going through the first chapter, "biscuits, muffins and sweet breads" my salivary glands are on overdrive. The only qualm I have with this cookbook is that there are at least a handful of ingredients that I have looked high and low for and cannot find anywhere!
*Thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a copy for review.*