I really liked this book - it was so inspiring. I loved hearing all about the various challenges they faced, while eating locally, and how they creati...moreI really liked this book - it was so inspiring. I loved hearing all about the various challenges they faced, while eating locally, and how they creatively overcame them. I loved how they sprinkled in facts about the why's and how's of local vs. industrial farming and I really enjoyed hearing about all the various food items they ate and when they were seasonally available. I had no idea how many varieties of tomatoes there are, just to give one example. And the turkey stories were great. I have already recommended this book to several other people, and will likely read it again someday. It has changed the way I think about my daily meals and snacks, and although I am no where near as dedicated as the Kingsolvers, at least I have a greater awareness now and I really like that.(less)
Throughout most of this book I was extremly uncomfortable. It seemed like shock value was what Klein was going for, and shock value you got. I was loo...moreThroughout most of this book I was extremly uncomfortable. It seemed like shock value was what Klein was going for, and shock value you got. I was looking forward to understanding what it must have been like to deal with childhood obseity, but I felt Klein took the details too far (I do not need a description of your vomit, thank you). I kept hoping that this book would redeem itself, but I truly had to force myself to finish it and it did NOT redeem itself. I feel really sorry for Klein because it seems she clearly has not gotten over thinking her weight is all she is. Her mother taught her this obsession from an early age, and at this rate she is likely to pass it on to her own children too. (less)
I'm so glad I recieved this book as a Goodreads Giveaway! I learned so much from it and it is a reference book that I will keep handy, and continually...moreI'm so glad I recieved this book as a Goodreads Giveaway! I learned so much from it and it is a reference book that I will keep handy, and continually refer to, because there is so much good stuff in it. I attempted to read it cover to cover for my review, and I don't think that is quite the way it was intended. It really is a reference book about food and nutrition and can make for some dry bed time reading (and scary mealtime reading). Because I read it from cover to cover though, I learned a LOT that I proably would not have known, or at the very least, I am so glad I know now instead of learning later.
Diana Hunter covers everything from what you need to know to about all the major and minor nutrients to how to avoid food poising (and recognize when you have it), to organic foods and food packaging/processing regulations. There are many contact resources in this book, and a great layout of who does what for the food industry with regards to regulations. As I've said, this is a great resource and every household should have a copy handy and refer to it often. (less)
Julia Child certainly led a fascinating life... I didn't know much about her, other than the obvious, going into this book so I found a lot of this ne...moreJulia Child certainly led a fascinating life... I didn't know much about her, other than the obvious, going into this book so I found a lot of this new and quite interesting. She was certainly an inspiring woman and I would have loved to have known her and been friends with her. She seemed like such a fun and exciting person, always up for anything.(less)
I stayed up all night reading this book because I just could not put it down. This story about two people competing for one spot on The Cooking Channe...moreI stayed up all night reading this book because I just could not put it down. This story about two people competing for one spot on The Cooking Channel had me completely captivated. It was not an overly romantic book, and although one of the quotes on the back said it was funny, I didn't really laugh all that much. What got me was the suspense. I really could not guess how the story was going to end and I was dying to find out. I was really rooting for both characters, and I had some guesses as to what would happen, but it didn't feel as formulaic to me as many chick-lit novels, so I wasn't totally sure. I like that Andrews doesn't relie too heavily on the romance, but really puts the emphasis on the story with bits of romance and humor thrown in. This is the first Mary Kay Andrews novel I've read, but it will definitely not be my last! I loved this book.(less)
I rarely don't finish a book, but this one makes my unfinished list. I didn't set it aside on purpose, I just started reading other things at the same...moreI rarely don't finish a book, but this one makes my unfinished list. I didn't set it aside on purpose, I just started reading other things at the same time and somehoe never made it back to this one. I found it a bit boring as it is basically a recipe book with some basic french nutritional oulook thrown in. It makes sense and some may like it, but I just found it boring. I'm not that into cooking though, so a nutrition/cookbook was not my ideal read anyway. The fact that I didn't like this book is probably more of a reader problem than a problem with the book itself.(less)
This was such a fun book. I think I liked it so much because I went into this expecting more chick-lit than memoir and definitely not expecting a cook...moreThis was such a fun book. I think I liked it so much because I went into this expecting more chick-lit than memoir and definitely not expecting a cook book of any kind (not sure why but I think because of the movie previews I've seen - and the somewhat ridiculous concept). I also really liked this because I could totally relate to doing something seemingly irrational, if only to give me a distraction from the things in my life that I would otherwise obsess over (settling in a career that is dissatisfying for lack of better options, and the possible inability to have a baby, all on the cusp of a symbolically important birthday in most women's lives - 30). I also really liked the message of hope that came from Julie's doing something strictly for her own fulfillment which brought about such an unexpected change in her life. I loved hearing about how Eric supported her through this seemingly ridiculous enterprise. To me that's what marriages (and friendships) are about - supporting each other even when you don't always understand.
Julie does a good job describing the complexitites of the many recipies in MtAoFC without going into more detail than (I thought) necessary quite well. Although many seem disappointed with this, this was the one aspect I was concerned about when I started reading that worked out well for me. (I do not like to cook and do not like when recipies get mixed into the middle of otherwise good stories - it's distracting.)
I agree with many of the other reviewers that the stories seemed to jump all over the place a bit erratically and sometimes very distractingly and unnecessarily, but apparently I got over this problem because in the end I decided I really like this book.
I'm curious how this movie will turn out now though because some of the parts I found the funniest and most endearing were her thoughts and actions around the seemingly overwhelming food preparations and her never ending sarcasm (like the bit in the end about people in DC walking so slowly). I've also never read her blog (or even heard of it until I read the book), so maybe that helped me like the book more for just itself since I didn't have any preconcieved notions or expectations. (less)