Oh.My.God!! This has become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. My fingers are itching to actually try out the recipes. The only reason I am postin...moreOh.My.God!! This has become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. My fingers are itching to actually try out the recipes. The only reason I am posting before trying the recipes is that I won this as an early birthday present from the Vegan Cookbooks group, and I wanted to post before the publication date of October 30.
It arrived on the 23rd. I have been carting it around with me since then, showing it off to friends. I think the very first recipe I will try is the Ethiopian Chocolate Flourless Torte (p.340), which I hope to make soon to celebrate my past birthday. (If I don't make my own birthday cake, I don't get a homemade one-might get a store-bought one if I am lucky.) I am not one who usually likes cakes so much...they are okay with ice cream (dairy-free, of course!) I much prefer tortes and pie. And I ADORE chocolate!! I am curious about the "smoky berbere spice" that the Ethiopian Torte contains. Sounds delicious! I may have to eat the whole thing myself though--I don't have very many food-adventurous friends! (May not be a bad thing! ;-D )
I really appreciated the way the cookbook was laid out. Contents were listed at the very beginning of the book, with recipes listed as they appear in the book. Also, at the back of the book, the author has listed recipes by icons: Beginner Cooking, Gluten Free, Lower Fat, On a Budget, Quick and Easy, Sit Back and Simmer, and Soy Free, making it easier to find a particular type of recipe. This is something that I have never seen in a cookbook before, although this is the first I have read by Ms. Romero. Also at the back of the book she listed several menu suggestions, including some specifically for parties (I may just have to host a International Super Bowl Party this year!) Others I may have to try are: Ethiopian Mesob Not to Be Missed, Pumpkin Kibbe Surprise Lunch, Homestyle Chinese Takeout Menu, Thali Up! (Mix'n'Match Indian and Sri Lankan Curries), and especially appropriate this time of year:Indian Thanksgiving.
Another feature of the cookbook I really enjoyed was the Kitchen Cartography, where she goes into all the nuts and bolts of cooking: from how to cook efficiently (laying every thing out, how to chop, dice, peel garlic etc.); to what the different ingredients are; to generic shopping lists for different ethnicities; to kitchen equipment. I know how to cook, I mostly enjoy baking more, so the how-to section was helpful to me. I've never been a fan of tofu (when people find out I'm vegetarian, they often remark that they couldn't "do" tofu, and are surprised when I say I don't like it either!) I guess to be more accurate, I don't like the texture of fried tofu that I've gotten in Chinese and Thai restaurants. Other than that, I have nothing against tofu per se. I HAVE enjoyed seitan dishes in restaurants, and am looking forward to try to make seitan myself at home following her directions.
There are very few recipes in this book that don't appeal to me. I don't like savory ingredients mixed with sweet(so I am not a fan of chutney and BBQ or anything with ketchup), and I didn't find many of those in this book. There are too many that I would probably like to list, but a sampling of the ones I most would like to try are: Spice Blends: Sichuan 5-Spice Powder, Toasted Rice Powder, Berbere Spice Blend, Spiced Buttery Oil (Niter Kebbeh) The Three Protein Amigos: Tofu, Seitan, & Tempeh: Seitan Coriander Cutlets, 5-Spice Seitan, Lemon and Olive Chickpea Seitan, and I *may* be brave enough to try Savory Baked Tofu! The one time I tried tempeh, I didn't like it--I probably won't try the tempeh recipes. Pickles, Chutneys, and Saucier Sauces: Cilantro Chutney, Green Tahini Sauce, Toasted Hazelnut Crunch Dip (Dukka), Cashew Yogurt Sauce, Sour Dilly Cream, and I am especially eager to try the recipe for Cucumber Tzatziki! Salads, Spreads, and SandwichesThis section (except for the Soups section) may be my main go-to section. Some of the recipes I plan to try include: Coconut Kale Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce, Greek Village Salad with Cashew Faux Feta (Horiatiki Salad), Bittersweet Apple and Endive Salad, Pistachio Date Quinoa Salad, Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Dukka, Garlicky Potato Dip (Skordalia), Sweet Autumn Toasted Pita and Kale Salad, Seitan Gyro Roll-Ups Soups This is the time of year I especially begin craving soups--when the weather turns chilly.Some I look forward to trying are: Zen Spinach Wonton Soup, Black Bean Soup with Roasted Poblanos (though I would leave off the recommended Pickled Red Onions), Masala Potato Soup, Like an Egyptian Lentil Soup, Sauerkraut Mushroom Soup (ShChi) Curries, Hearty Stews & Beans: Pumpkin Coconut Curry, It's Easy Being Green Curry, Pumpkin Black Bean Posole Stew Dumplings, Breads, & Pancakes: Potato Pierogi with Fried Onions, Afghan Pumpkin Ravioli with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Turkish Zucchini Pancakes (Mucver), Filo Samosas, Jamaican Curry Seitan Patties Asian Noodles to Mediterranean Pasta: Cuury Noodle Soup with Oyster Mushrooms (Curry Laksa), Pad Kee Mao (Spicy Drunken Noodles), Takeout Stir-Fry Noodles with Mushrooms and Greens, Pad Thai with Avocado and Spicy Greens, Greek Eggplant Lasagna (Pastichio "Vegani") Hearty Entrees: Gyro Roasted Seitan, This is Sparta! Spinach Pie, Moroccan Vegetable Filo Pie (Bisteeya), Ella's Buck Wild Stuffed Cabbage with Sunflower Cream Tomato Sauce, Fluffy Scrambled Chickpea "Eggs" with Shallots (But'echa),Jerk-Roasted Seitan Strips Robust Vegetable Entrees & Sides:Roasted Eggplant Marsala, Lemon Garlic Potatoes, Yu-xiang Eggplant (Sichuan Spicy Eggplant), Luscious White Bean and Celery Root Puree Rice and Whole Grains: One-Pot Meals & Supporting Roles This section includes basics of cooking rice, and some basic rice recipes. Some of the recipes that I'd like to try include: Steamed Sticky Rice (one of the basic recipes that she includes, but that I enjoy and have never tried to make), Lemony Dill Rice, White Rice and Black Beans, Island Brown Rice and Peas, Colombian Coconut Lentil Rice Sweet Beginnings besides the Chocolate Torte mentioned above I'd like to try: Walnut Spice Sticky Cake, Pumpkin Churros (although I don't care much for fried food, these intrigue me!), Carrot Semolina Halva, Vanilla Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango, Italian Cashewcotta Cheesecake
Whew! It might take me over a year to work my way through this! I look forward to the opportunity! Thanks again, Vegan Cookbook Group and Da Capo Press for this book! (less)
I loved this book...I think it is one of his best. The killings are particularly gruesome, but if you can get past that, the writing is superb. Once I...moreI loved this book...I think it is one of his best. The killings are particularly gruesome, but if you can get past that, the writing is superb. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I devoured it in a day and a half, and only that long because I had places to go,darn it!(less)
I think my friend (a big Stephen King fan)was right when she told me that she thought this was King's best book yet. I haven't read many of his latest...moreI think my friend (a big Stephen King fan)was right when she told me that she thought this was King's best book yet. I haven't read many of his latest books, since I've lost desire to read scary, gore-filled books. I LOVED this book! I'm still digesting much of what was in it, but I was entranced by it.
It was hard to stop reading it, and yet it took a LONG time to read since it is so HUGE. I couldn't carry it to work much because it weighed so much. I would have preferred to read this in e-book format, but getting library books in e-book format is much harder. I thought the wait for this would be too long.(less)
I really loved this last installment of the series! Mostly for the personal development aspects--I did not figure out "whodunnit" but I DID figure out...moreI really loved this last installment of the series! Mostly for the personal development aspects--I did not figure out "whodunnit" but I DID figure out a big secret in the book WAY before Dixie did. Well, actually, she NEVER figured it out--another character did. Maybe Dixie is way more naive than I am. I dunno.
I was also irritated at the author's assertion: "Blood has bacteria that seeps into cracks and crevices and gets into the air. It takes a specialized cleaning crew to sanitize a house where a brutal homicide has taken place." This makes it seem as if blood is festering with infection, and that's why the clean-up after homicides, when blood has no more bacteria in it (usually) than is EVERYWHERE present. Blood-borne pathogens are usually viruses, not bacteria. Most of the sanitization of a crime scene has more to do with killing any viruses present and removing any traces of hemoglobin. Most people do not like to dwell on the fact that our world is literally teeming with bacteria, molds, and very small "critters" that for the most part are harmless, and sometimes even beneficial to our health. But for the majority of readers, that would not even irritate them. I think my occupation as a clinical laboratory scientist has made me a little too sensitive about such matters! :-)
I can also highly recommend the author's blog (Kitty Litter) on her website: www.blaizeclement.com. In this book, as in previous books, she mentions Cora's Chocolate Bread. Well, I just happen to be going to a party tomorrow and wanted to try it, so I searched her website for "chocolate bread recipe" and found the blog entry that had the recipe. I am so excited to try it! I even have all the ingredients on hand. I will edit this review after I have tried it out and let you know how it came out. (Lisa, if you are reading this review, be sure to remind me!)
Overall, I love this series, and I really LOVED this book! If you like cozy mysteries, like I do, and like animals, you would love this series too! Try it out.
Probably would've liked it better if I was younger, and had more time to figure out the clues myself. I think I would've LOVED reading a book like thi...moreProbably would've liked it better if I was younger, and had more time to figure out the clues myself. I think I would've LOVED reading a book like this when I was about 11. (less)
The sequel to the first Darling Dahlias book did not disappoint! If anything, it was even better.
Ms. Albert sprinkled it with history of the period, a...moreThe sequel to the first Darling Dahlias book did not disappoint! If anything, it was even better.
Ms. Albert sprinkled it with history of the period, as well as compelling subplots. There were new characters introduced, that I hope will make appearances in future books of the series.
Again, I was transported to that time. My mother was born in 1930, so I get a sense of what she might've gone through as I am reading. And the writing is superb--it is very evocative of the times. There was a list of the references used in the back, in case you wanted to troll through history yourself. There were also homemade cleaning tips using natural ingredients, something that I am very much interested in!
Read this book series! It will not disappoint.(less)
This book is amazing! It is my favorite Jodi Picoult book by far. Although, Picoult does get somewhat formulaic, I did not notice it so much with this...moreThis book is amazing! It is my favorite Jodi Picoult book by far. Although, Picoult does get somewhat formulaic, I did not notice it so much with this one. I plan to purchase this book-high praise indeed in our current financial straits. I still haven't had a chance to play the CD yet, but plan to before I have to take it back to the library while re-reading/skimming through book again. (less)
I have been a fan of Deepak since the mid-to-late eighties when I saw him along with Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and others at a killer event in...moreI have been a fan of Deepak since the mid-to-late eighties when I saw him along with Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and others at a killer event in the Bay Area. I went in thinking, "Deepak who??" and was blown away by his talk on quantum physics and the body.
I liked this book, even though I did not like the cheesy comic so much. I particularly like the thought of "listening to the music of the spheres" and the comic's father who after dying said that he heard God's Laughing.
There were a lot of deep concepts in the book, that I want to revisit later. But this is my least favorite Deepak Chopra book that I've read.(less)
Very well written, and very enjoyable. I don't normally read chick-lit, but I really enjoyed this one. All three main characters were very likable per...moreVery well written, and very enjoyable. I don't normally read chick-lit, but I really enjoyed this one. All three main characters were very likable persons. I had never heard of pulling charms from a cake before, but I am intrigued. I liked this book enough, that I am going to read others by the same author. (less)
I picked this book up at the library because of the near-death experience of the main character. I found it a little too Christian fundamentalist for...moreI picked this book up at the library because of the near-death experience of the main character. I found it a little too Christian fundamentalist for me at times, but I was able to ignore that for the most part. The main character, Sarah, is too harsh, too driven to be too likable for me. However, it was written well enough to keep me reading it all the way through. I actually felt more connected to the husband. I liked the lessons about putting family first, and giving to others (random acts of kindness) Not the best book I've read about these topics and near-death experiences, but an enjoyable read.(less)
This is basically a children's picture book, and took me all of 3 minutes to read. But I enjoyed the pictures of the dogs I've read about in Jon's ear...moreThis is basically a children's picture book, and took me all of 3 minutes to read. But I enjoyed the pictures of the dogs I've read about in Jon's earlier books. And I REALLY liked the message of the book, which I won't divulge, for fear of spoilers.
Rich in lovely, color photographs of Bedlam farm. Great for young children, who don't handle/read-alone their own books.(less)
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!! I don't know why I picked this up...I was at the library, and I believe that her other book, The Girl Who Chased the...moreI loved, loved, LOVED this book!! I don't know why I picked this up...I was at the library, and I believe that her other book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon was on display and looked interesting, mostly because of the title. I saw that The Girl Who Chased the Moon had a tag that said "by the author of Garden Spells". Since I read a lot of series, and I ALWAYS like to read in order, I got this book. WOW!
I was mesmerized from almost the beginning! I fell in love with the characters, and that is a mark of a GREAT book in my mind.Unfortunately, I was wrong: this is NOT a series book (at least not yet...hint, hint! Are you listening Ms. Allen??) Each of the four books that this author has in the library seem to be each unto its own. I am dying to know more about the lives of these characters, especially Bay, Sydney, Evanelle,and Claire.
This book is hard to describe, but I call it fantasy-lite. There are no fairies, vampires or the like. However, each person in the town of Bascom, North Carolina has a gift that makes them special, whether they realize it or not. They can struggle against their gift or learn to embrace it and live with it and each other. I particularly got a kick out of the character, Evanelle, older cousin to the main character, Claire. Evanelle's gift is that she feels compelled to give gifts to others. She doesn't know WHY she has to give them a gift, but if she doesn't, she has no peace, and cannot sleep until she does. She also has a penchant for looking at men's rear-ends. She surely does appreciate a fine round male rear-end!
I had trouble putting this book down, and literally devoured it. I may even re-read it before I have to turn it in, because it will feel like being with old friends. Please, please, Ms. Allen, if you see this--please write a sequel!!!(less)
I loved the Spellman series by this author, and wasn't sure if I would like this as well when I began. I ended up liking it a lot, mostly because of t...moreI loved the Spellman series by this author, and wasn't sure if I would like this as well when I began. I ended up liking it a lot, mostly because of the notes that the two authors wrote to each other. (The notes did make it hard to keep track of the plot, however.)
The bickering between these two authors was entertaining. At one point, it reminded me of a song called Railroad Bill performed by Greg Tamblyn (and written by a friend of his, I believe,) where Railroad Bill refuses to get the cat out of the tree in the song, and the songwriter cries (I'm paraphrasing here)"I have the pen in my hand! You do what I say, or you won't get out of my folk song alive!" LOL!
I like hearing how characters come alive for some authors, and how some authors never know what's going to happen in their book till they write it. Whether the notes were real, or contrived, they were entertaining, and made the book more entertaining as a result.
A thoroughly entertaining book of short stories! Edited by Charlaine Harris (one of my absolute favorite authors) and Toni L.P. Kelner, it includes a...moreA thoroughly entertaining book of short stories! Edited by Charlaine Harris (one of my absolute favorite authors) and Toni L.P. Kelner, it includes a never-before published Sookie Stackhouse story.
Filled with stories about vampires, demons, and werewolves and other paranormal creatures, this book entertains in short bursts where you don't have a lot of time to get caught up in a novel (lunchtimes, waiting rooms, etc.)
I am anxiously awaiting their next anthology. (less)