We first came across this book a few years ago in a cottage we stayed at mid-Cape. It was the best guide in the stack and we found it came in really hWe first came across this book a few years ago in a cottage we stayed at mid-Cape. It was the best guide in the stack and we found it came in really handy for finding obscure beaches, all types of restaurants, trails, campgrounds, and sites of historic interest. Later, when we moved to MA, we purchased a copy of the 8th edition and have since used it on many day and weekend trips to the cape and have found some of our favorites spots with this book.
It is an incredibly comprehensive guide and is organized quite clearly with listings for just about any and every place on the cape and islands...not a small feat. This is it's main strength and you can find a wealth of information on places to eat, things to do, places to explore, as well as suggested itineraries for each area of the cape that highlight the best things in each town/village/etc. I'm not one for following guidebook itineraries but the info has come in handy when we only have a small amount of time and want to find the most interesting thing in a specific area.
It is a slightly outdated edition and I have not reviewed more recent ones, but we have occasionally run into instances where posted hours differed from that which was listed in the book. I mainly chalk that up to the Cape being the Cape with odd summer hours for smaller family run venues. The main weakness of the book however really lies with it's maps: they're terrible. Depend on them only to situate yourself mentally and buy a good road map to actually get around as the maps in this book are very poorly drawn and inaccurate, some just leaving out entire main roads and intersections, much to our chagrin when we are attempting to navigate new areas....more
I'm not in the habit of buying glossy cookbooks from Williams-Sonoma as they are usually more inspiration and fluff than anything else but this book iI'm not in the habit of buying glossy cookbooks from Williams-Sonoma as they are usually more inspiration and fluff than anything else but this book is an unparalleled exception. It's smart, it's steeped in ingredients that are good for more than just your stomach, and it's gorgeous photo styling actually does the recipes justice, not the other way round.
Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is the writer behind Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn and I'd been getting their weekly emails for a while before this book was published. When I heard about it, it seemed nice enough but I was not inspired to buy it. We were trying to decide what to use the last of our wedding gift certificates for though and I ended up flipping through this at the store. I was hooked and we took it home. It's been a while since I found a cookbook that I actually wanted to read and drool over this much and it has inspired so many great conversations about the kind of food we eat and serve.
Many of the recipes are quite simple, inspired by the quality and unique combination of ingredients rather than technique. We tried our first recipe from it this weekend (the radicchio/endive/buttermilk salad) and it tasted just as good as I'd imagined. I love that the book is geared towards entertaining but I love the recipes so much that I wish some were written out for smaller numbers of people too. So far, we just split the dish between two nights/lunch leftovers for the two of us and you can adapt things on some of them to make less...it's just too good to save for only when you have other people around!...more
I don't read many self-help touchy-feely books like this so when I did I actually had no idea that this one had achieved such global popularity, or thI don't read many self-help touchy-feely books like this so when I did I actually had no idea that this one had achieved such global popularity, or that it was so self-help touchy-feely to be honest. I know, color me out of the picture, I don't care. It was just an audiobook that had been given to me and I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I was surprised to see how many people hated it so vehemently in goodreads reviews and after reading them realized that I probably wouldn't have rated it so high if I'd actually heard the hype beforehand or had read it instead of listened to it. The narrator choice on an audio track is key and Jeremy Irons is 10x better than any others I've listened to lately so I ended up having something interesting and a little bit more complex to listen to as I worked (i.e. I'm usually listening to some fluffy historical fiction because it's just enough to be entertaining fodder and not enough to distract me from doing my work well): I found some of the fables to be truthful and meaningful and other bits to be a bit inconsiderate of how life and reality actually work.
I think your enjoyment of the book may have a lot to do with your preconceptions of it and where you are in life...I'm almost 30, newly married, and trying to decide if I can/want/need to go back to graduate school for a "real" career or if I should try and keep building my small business, whether we should have a family or whether we should travel and do all the more costly things we've dreamed about. Basically, we've got a lot of huge life decisions to make that have triggered thoughts along these lines about the bigger picture and what we're "meant" to do with our lives. Because I'm not yet sure how to make these decisions I'm not yet willing to close the door on anything which might tell me how others have made them. I'm not going to be incorporating every line of this book into my life's path but I do hope there is a path for me and this book acted as a quaint jumping off point for some serious reflection. All in all, not bad. ...more
I'll start by saying I'm not a fan of cheesy romance books, but I do enjoy historical fiction and sometimes fantasy so when a friend recommended thisI'll start by saying I'm not a fan of cheesy romance books, but I do enjoy historical fiction and sometimes fantasy so when a friend recommended this series around the time my now husband and I eloped to Scotland, I figured I'd give it a try.
I enjoyed this third installment well enough along with the first two but don't think I'm going to continue with the rest of the series after this as the romance angle is really starting to annoy me despite the rolicking plotline, time travel drenched in historical myth, and well-researched environs (all things I am a huge sucker for). The romance bits read like a cheap dime-store book in comparison and really bring down the plot as they are so heavy-handed and over the top. Overall, the beginning and end of the book were superb but the middle really dragged for me....more
it's been so long since i've read something that really caught my interest and my heart. this book did that and is definitely now in my top 5 of all tit's been so long since i've read something that really caught my interest and my heart. this book did that and is definitely now in my top 5 of all time....more
I've got to stop reading these books. I started because, like sugary pop music, they were catchy and I needed something I could follow along with whilI've got to stop reading these books. I started because, like sugary pop music, they were catchy and I needed something I could follow along with while working on my embroidery and sewing without having to put a lot of thought into it—enter the paperback thriller conveniently available as an audiobook from my local library. I really enjoyed the first in this series by Steve Berry but have since found each successive one to be less and less interesting and more and more ridiculous. I kept up with them because I love historic fiction turned suspense novel and am a creature of habit. This one was so terrible, I plan on breaking the habit. Maybe it's the particularly annoying voice of this recording, but it all sounds really cheesy and overworked...he reads everything as the same level of stunted suspense (wish I could give you an impression right about now), from when the guy orders a burger at McDonald's and when he's musing about how hot the girls from his favorite TV show are to the shoot-out scenes and discoveries. please. ...more
just a brief summation: i could not get enough of the first book in this series, the templars, but it's gone a bit downhill for me from there. i did ejust a brief summation: i could not get enough of the first book in this series, the templars, but it's gone a bit downhill for me from there. i did enjoy the historical bits on napoleon and you can't beat the pace (especially if you're listening to it on audio like me to fill in the space for sewing projects), but it just lacked that spark some of the other ones had for me and was a bit cheesy in certain parts too. ...more
my mom gave me her monster iron pressure cooker over christmas with the guidance, "don't blow yourself up." so yeah, i asked for this book for my birtmy mom gave me her monster iron pressure cooker over christmas with the guidance, "don't blow yourself up." so yeah, i asked for this book for my birthday and am reading it through and through in hopes of preventing such an occurance because i really want to learn how to can!...more
I loved this book so much as a child, long before any of the public story of Princess Diana became a media circus. Something about the unique illustraI loved this book so much as a child, long before any of the public story of Princess Diana became a media circus. Something about the unique illustrations and that it was done by a young person really caught my attention at a young age. I loved it so much that I didn't want to give it back to the library but finally my mom hunted down another copy--the only one left as it was printed wrong so that the positioning of the text block is upside down and backwards to the cover plates. I treasured it all the more, still keep it, and certainly thought back to it in juxtaposition to the night we turned on the news and heard of her tragic death.