Having been written in retrospect, this book has a slightly different feel to it I believe, as compared to the rest of the series. None the less enjoy...moreHaving been written in retrospect, this book has a slightly different feel to it I believe, as compared to the rest of the series. None the less enjoyable to read, but perhaps a bit more ominous.
Lewis takes the reader back to the very dawn of Narnia to follow Diggory and Polly as they venture into the Wood between the Worlds. We are given insight into the background of characters and plot lines to come later in the series which makes for great reading as you try to connect the dots and unwind the mysterious history of the land of Narnia.(less)
I've eaten at restaurants where the food was $60 a plate, diners and dives, plasticky chain places, and trendy neighborhood cafes. But wherever I go a...moreI've eaten at restaurants where the food was $60 a plate, diners and dives, plasticky chain places, and trendy neighborhood cafes. But wherever I go and whatever I eat, nothing hits the spot like a Zingerman's sandwhich ("new" pickle on the side please).
this book is on my christmas list/eventually i've got to break down and buy this book list. My mom has a torn and tattered copy, but now that I've moved away, i'm realizing it's a gourmet cooking staple I've really got to get for myself. Years ago, we were always heading down to ann arbor for my sister's surgeries at the university hospital there. Going to Zingerman's was always a big treat on these days and made the whole experience a lot less scary.
Back then it seemed like only a little community knew about the wonders which lay beyond the doors at Zingerman's deli. You could still walk in and not be trampled by a bajillion indie college kids spending their trust funds on italian vinegar and fresh challah bread. Now Zingerman's label is on everything that goes out their door and they've grown a following who know that this little deli tucked away in Michigan is like Ali Baba's cave for foodies. The hordes of people might be a bit chaotic, but in the end I'm glad so many people have come to support such a great place.(less)
a resourcful, practical, and insightful book to learn about nutrition--not dieting!!! it's back to basics healthy eating with a motivated and modern v...morea resourcful, practical, and insightful book to learn about nutrition--not dieting!!! it's back to basics healthy eating with a motivated and modern viewpoint.
i love this book a lot more than her other book which I also read, "you are what you eat."
Beginning with a thorough introduction to personal health and nutrition by way of what we put into our bodies, this book lists--from a to zed--many common maladies and illnesses, from the common cold, to depression, pregnancy, and cancer. While some aren't exactly practically implemented (adding seaweed to all kind of dishes, ick), most of the suggestions are very useful and can be applied/customized to each individual's needs.
For each listing, McKeith provides a brief overview of the condition, causes (including nutrition/lifestyle), and then an action plan which lists different foods, beverages, herbs, and supplements to add or remove from one's diet, according to the problem. Many listings also include extra tips about lifestyle and meal planning.(less)
This book is my favorite children's book hands down. Having grown up in a small town in the midwest, it was reassuring and wonderful to dream over the...moreThis book is my favorite children's book hands down. Having grown up in a small town in the midwest, it was reassuring and wonderful to dream over the beautiful illustrations and know that a small girl could grow up to be independent, self-assured, and adventurous, but still be humble and value the small things in life. The book is such a lovely world to step into and I have found that, over time, it has come to represent many of the values and life goals which I hold dear.(less)
I'm not sure how it happened, but i read this book in just two days...working weekdays i might add. It's been awhile since I had something I could eas...moreI'm not sure how it happened, but i read this book in just two days...working weekdays i might add. It's been awhile since I had something I could easily just flip thru without straining to decipher the several layers bound into each sentence and so I found myself enjoying her easy but intelligent and unpretentious writing, loving her (sometimes curiously brief?) descriptions of food and cooking, and slowly but surely finding myself understanding her story as a bit more than just another paperback of the independant female finding her path thru food and travel and men.
I liked it when Francis Mayes included recipies in her books on Tuscany, and find that Reichl used this practice to even greater advantage because the recipies don't just match up with part of the story, they tell part of the story themselves--some are delicate and sophisticated, showing her knowledge and appreciation of "culinary sensuality."; others allow the reader to see that even a gourmet afficianado such as Reichl can appreciate the simplicity and heartiness of sturdy american cooking--coming from the Michigan myself, i really appreciated her nod to this area; and then some, such as her Mother's, I don't really want to believe were included for actual use, but rather as very creative/thematical (is that a word?) evidence of this woman's 50's inspired kitchen nightmares.
All said and done, this book was warm, smart, entertaining, and relatable...perhaps not classic material, but certainly worth picking up if you find yourself interested in the subject area. (less)