I borrowed this from the library after reading a mix of reviews. I think this book is ok, but the recipes aren't especially original (I've been readinI borrowed this from the library after reading a mix of reviews. I think this book is ok, but the recipes aren't especially original (I've been reading a number of recipe / sugar free recipe books recently, as well as gathering a number on Pinterest). I think if you new to eating sugar free or making sugar free meals, need a book that's easy enough to follow, and you don't mind a book written by a celebrity then it would appeal more than it did to me.
I also have some reservations about this book being sugar free. Yes it avoids refined sugar but the use of whole milk would not make it sugar free for those following, for example, an anti-candida diet or those clean eating. Likewise there is a reliance on butter and cream, where other books have instead opted to advise use of coconut oils, plant milks / creams / cheese. I'd prefer to follow books where alternatives like plant based products are used, which means this book isn't for me. ...more
I really liked The Paris Wife and was pleased to see the author had released another novel recently. She focuses on a similar era in this novel - theI really liked The Paris Wife and was pleased to see the author had released another novel recently. She focuses on a similar era in this novel - the inter-war years - but this time the story mainly takes place in Kenya. As I read the novel I could get a good sense of the heat and dust, and sparseness of the environment.
Beryl Markham, the lead character, has recently moved with her parents to Kenya. Her father has experience with horses and pre-WW1 the option to buy land cheaply to colonise Africa was given, and the family moved. Beryl's brother was sickly, and after two years returned to the UK with their mother, a woman who Beryl would not see or contact for another 20 years. Her father set up a horse training business which Beryl helped with, eventually becoming the first woman in Africa to gain her trainer's licence.
She engages in numerous affairs, and experiences marriage at a young age. Whilst some of the focus of the story is on horse training (which I was less interested in reading), her relationships form the backdrop to her complicated life, and to some extent affect her horse training business, hence the reason she took up aviation and became the first woman to cross the Atlantic flying alone.
I liked reading about her connections to the Happy Valley set and her love of Denys Finch-Hatton, and her friendship with her love rival Karen Blixen. I got a real sense of the emotional and physical environment, and having read other books on the subject of the Happy Valley set, I felt the author and the book complimented this reading.
My thanks go to Netgalley and publishers for the review copy of this novel....more
I had high hopes for this - I really want to reduce my sugar intake - but sadly none of the recipes appealed because of the mix of ingredients and cooI had high hopes for this - I really want to reduce my sugar intake - but sadly none of the recipes appealed because of the mix of ingredients and cooking process, which to me was too complicated. I'm sure this book will appeal to many, especially those with more time & patience than me :)...more