OBVIOUSLY I loved this. I can't seem to get enough of this world of mages and fae and characters that defy conventions. I love the relationships amongOBVIOUSLY I loved this. I can't seem to get enough of this world of mages and fae and characters that defy conventions. I love the relationships among the three sisters, love the little bits of magic we get to see Niya do, love Bean's spunk, and love the symbolism of the bone knife, and the thoughts it leads Rae towards as she remembers the words their visitor has left her with. Khanani is so good at just fully immersing me in her world and her characters. More, more, more!!!...more
Phaidon always publishes beautiful books, and this one fits right in, although it's the first cookbook I've ever seen where the food's already been eaPhaidon always publishes beautiful books, and this one fits right in, although it's the first cookbook I've ever seen where the food's already been eaten on the cover! There are a lot of great sounding recipes in here, the photos are really nice, and the layout is simple and uncluttered.
It has a few quirks, though. Just flipping through it I caught a number of typos, and sometimes it seems like how recipes are placed within the book is strange; for instance, there are four or five recipes for kibbeh, but they're spread out in at least two different sections, and even within the same section, they aren't together. Then also, sometimes Hage will talk in the notes beginning each recipe, discussing the origin of it, or why it's special to her family, but that introduction will come after several other variations of that recipe have already appeared, so it feels out of sequence chronologically. Things like that felt strange to me, and make the cookbook a little harder to use. And as another reviewer mentions, there are no indications of sizes for vegetables that can vary widely, like zucchini and eggplant.
That said, there are a number of things I want to try, namely all those kibbeh recipes (I used to get the beef kibbie at our old favorite Mediterranean restaurant, and I've missed it since I went vegetarian), and lebneh and ful medames, which that restaurant doesn't serve anymore (these are also several of the reasons that we don't love that restaurant as much as we used to!). A lot of the dips and mezzes look really good to me too.
I don't think there's enough in here that I would realistically make to justify purchasing it, but if you're looking for a thorough mostly Lebanese vegetarian cookbook, this could be the one!...more
Oh my god, this one totally gutted me. (view spoiler)[First, Max's encounter with Leon from before she met him--THIS is when the tears over his deathOh my god, this one totally gutted me. (view spoiler)[First, Max's encounter with Leon from before she met him--THIS is when the tears over his death hit me--and then PETERSON, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I don't know if I can go on with series without the two of them together as BFFs. I really don't. They'd better get to meet up in whatever the hell this alternate universe is! (hide spoiler)] I feel like my heart broke like, eight times in this book. I also probably cried laughing at least a couple of times (view spoiler)[Blue! CBBC! (hide spoiler)]. I'm seriously not crazy abut the situation this book has left Max in, and a certain scene that takes place in the Cretaceous period seriously pissed me off and (view spoiler)[I don't even really care about stupid Leon Farrell, dammit, just give me Peterson! (hide spoiler)] but knowing how I've reacted to this series so far I'll be just as completely sucked into the fourth one as I have been the first three....more
This series is so much fun! And just...unexpected. Like I can never at all predict how the story's going to go or where in time they'll end up or why,This series is so much fun! And just...unexpected. Like I can never at all predict how the story's going to go or where in time they'll end up or why, and the relationship drama is actually interesting and not super angsty, and I still love the dynamic between Max and Peterson so, so much! There's a huge thing that happens at the beginning of this book that just...doesn't really come up again, but I feel certain Taylor will touch on it again at some point in the future (Or past? Who even knows with this series?). At least she'd better! Will take another quick break before jumping into the third book, but I'm already looking forward to it immensely!...more