I bought this book a few years ago and it has become my "go-to" book for soup making. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious, there are photos oI bought this book a few years ago and it has become my "go-to" book for soup making. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious, there are photos of every soup and many of the prep too. ...more
Wow! What a book! The energy we put out to the world is what the world becomes for us. I loved this story and the lessons it taught. Have the KleenexWow! What a book! The energy we put out to the world is what the world becomes for us. I loved this story and the lessons it taught. Have the Kleenex handy; there are some heartbreaking moments but the story ends beautifully. I recommend listening to the author speak about this book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WXNOc......more
A very enjoyable book, lots of memorable moments on the journey. There are some parallels to Pilgrim's Progress, which I read many years ago. I will hA very enjoyable book, lots of memorable moments on the journey. There are some parallels to Pilgrim's Progress, which I read many years ago. I will have to reread it to see more parallels. It was interesting to see the kinds of things that slowed Harold's journey: distractions in the big cities, people who joined the journey with him causing him to loose momentum, detours he took, and even his own discouragement.
Harold learned to connect with other people and to reconnect with his wife and with himself. Though there are some sad events, there is a happy ending. ...more
I got an e-reader for Christmas so the first thing I did was download a couple of books and this short story was the first one I read. A compelling anI got an e-reader for Christmas so the first thing I did was download a couple of books and this short story was the first one I read. A compelling and enjoyable quick read. I am inspired to read more Dostoevsky.
One problem with this edition was the many typos--very sloppy and quite distracting. ...more
The Snow Leopard was a slow read for me but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this beautiful and challenging journey in the Himalayas. It was mostlThe Snow Leopard was a slow read for me but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this beautiful and challenging journey in the Himalayas. It was mostly a silent journey; the men on this expedition set out to find the elusive snow leopard and to study blue sheep, usually met at the end of each day to eat and share a few words. The chapters were full of breathtaking scenes, good background on folklore and spiritual practices, and the way of life of the mountain people--the Sherpas who guided them, the porters who carried the loads, the villagers they met on the arduous climb and in isolated communities at the top. For the author, who is a student of Zen Buddhism, it was also a spiritual journey. It seemed the more altitude he gained the more the clutter of earthly things dropped away, his thinking cleared; in the solitude and in the thinner air his inner journey was rich. A very beautiful book indeed! ...more
I stumbled on to this book at The Book Depository online and bought it on impulse; it looked good. I wasn't disappointed.
While I was still reading, 20I stumbled on to this book at The Book Depository online and bought it on impulse; it looked good. I wasn't disappointed.
While I was still reading, 20/20 did a segment on passenger behaviour, which also featured the author, Heather Poole. I enjoyed this look at air travel from the view of a flight attendant. I found many eye openers, like I was totally unaware of the low salaries and high demands airlines make on those they hire to serve on board. You would really have to want to be a flight attendant to put up with it. Free travel wouldn't be enough for me! My opinion after reading the book is that the job of flight attendant has been over glorified and perhaps also romanticized to the public.
I am not a frequent flyer but have taken a fair number of flights in my lifetime but I have never seen any of the nonsense from passengers I read about in this book. However, I believe Heather Poole is telling it like it is. After reading Cruising Attitude, I will be watching with a different perspective on my next flight. ...more
I won an advance reading copy of The Cook from Goodreads. This is a very difficult book to read, not because of content but for some reason the paragrI won an advance reading copy of The Cook from Goodreads. This is a very difficult book to read, not because of content but for some reason the paragraphs have no punctuation and I find myself having to go back over sentences(?), trying to decipher where each sentence begins and ends. What a distraction. I have almost given up a few times but in spite of the lack of simple punctuation, the story is mildly interesting. Can't say more than mildly because of all the distraction. I will add to this review when I plow through to the end . . . if I can!
The book is supposed to be available in May 2012. I do hope they add some punctuation before they publish. I can't say enough how annoying the lack of it is.
UPDATE February 27, 2012
I finished the book. Whew! After a while I adapted to the lack of punctuation. My son explained a "stream of consciousness" which, in literature, is a technique that records the multifarious thoughts and feelings of a character without regard to logical argument or narrative sequence. The writer attempts to reflect all the forces, external and internal, influencing the psychology of a character at a single moment.
Although it was difficult to read, I became accustomed to the way the young man viewed his world and reacted to it. In a weird way, I began to enjoy the book and the main character.
To sum it up with an understatement, I was unprepared me for the surprise ending. The story simply slipped into it and I thought "hey, wait a minute! Did I miss something here? No, I did not! By this time, I had come to like the chef, and was horrified but found myself simply accepting and reading on. It felt natural, perhaps because it was stated so matter-of-factly, without emotion, but it was bizarre. I know that doesn't make sense, neither does this book! A strange read that left me feeling unbalanced and sort of smiling incredulously....more
A personal nightmare that ends on a positive note, we breathe a sigh of relief at the end. Doug Bremner ran a study that exposed the link between theA personal nightmare that ends on a positive note, we breathe a sigh of relief at the end. Doug Bremner ran a study that exposed the link between the billion-dollar-a-year drug, Accutane, and severe depression leading to suicide in teenagers. The drug was originally intended for cystic acne but the drug company began to encourage doctors to prescribe it to teenagers with regular acne. When you interfere with drug company profits, they fight back hard and dirty. They tried to destroy Dr Bremner's credibility and livelihood. He was subjected to endless hours of intense interrogation. Colleagues turned their backs on him. He paid a terrible price but endured and eventually the drug was withdrawn from the U.S. market.
A problem I had with the book, was the two separate stories told. I didn't understand why the author's search for his mother's background and ashes rose to the forefront of this book. In itself, it was a good story, but I didn't understand why it was what so much of this book was about. Dr Bremner states in the last pages of the book that he thought the two cases,i.e. the Accutane investigation and his family issues were cosmically connected. That analogy was a stretch for me. I really think he could have told the Accutane story in one book and his family issues in another.
Approaching this book, I thought it was an exposé of Roche's defammation of the author, the fight and the ultimate withdrawal of Accutane from the market. What it is, is a memoir of a difficult time in the author's life and Accutane is only part of that story. Or perhaps the other stories resulted from the Accutane ordeal. I will have to think on that.
I admire Dr Bremner's tenacity and persistence in following through on what was right. We have much to thank him for. ...more
This book caught my eye because it combined two loves, food and reading. I became hungry while reading the first few pages late at night and realizedThis book caught my eye because it combined two loves, food and reading. I became hungry while reading the first few pages late at night and realized this story would be best read on a full stomach!
The theme of journey's played throughout: a father's journey from poverty and delivering lunch pails by bicycle in India to a successful business as restaurant owner; a family's journey to find their place in the world, a son's journey from birth to adulthood, from India to London then to France and Paris, from the folds of a family kitchen to the unlikely world of French cuisine, ultimately to become a 3-star chef.
Through each new part of the journey I tasted the seasoning of the former. A delicious, sensuous story of love, sacrifice and a path towards a destiny, like a good meal, The Hundred-Foot Journey left me appreciative, satisfied and reflective....more