The Homemade Kitchen

by Alana Chernila
 
The Homemade Kitchen is a good cookbook and made perfect for the seasoned at home cook or the brand new to cooking person looking for info. Really this cookbook would be the perfect gift for a person that is new to cooking. The author has divided the book into chapters that as simple as Be A Beginner which is all so full of so much information it is one of my favorite chapters. I know how to cook eggs, veggies and such but she breaks it down into all kinds from how to steam and roast veggies to transforming milk or cooking grains. This is good for all levels of cooking and I learned a few things and have several post-its in this chapter. The other chapters are about making meals and I love a lot of post it flags sticking out of this book. 🙂   My favorite book of hers will always be The Homemade Pantry but this one is good and I’m glad to have it in my kitchen cookbook library.
summary:  Written as much for the reader as the cook, The Homemade Kitchen covers a globe’s worth of flavors and includes new staples (what Alana is known for) such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them. Here, too, are dishes you’ll be inspired to try and that you will make again and again until they become your own family recipes, such as Broccoli Raab with Cheddar Polenta, a flavor-forward lunch for one; Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder, “late summer in a bowl”; Stuffed Winter Squash, rich with leeks, chorizo, apples, and grains; Braised Lamb Shanks that are tucked into the oven in the late afternoon and not touched again until dinner; Corn and Nectarine Salad showered with torn basil; perfect share-fare Sesame Noodles; Asparagus Carbonara, the easiest weeknight dinner ever; and sweet and savory treats such as Popovers, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Summer Trifle made with homemade pound cake and whatever berries are ripest, and Rhubarb Snacking Cake.
In this follow-up to Alana’s wildly successful debut, The Homemade Pantry, she once again proves herself to be the truest and least judgmental friend a home cook could want.

Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch

This book has it all sci – fi elements – spooky could this really happen – and page turning twist and turns.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 

I’ll start off by saying I learned who Blake Crouch was by watching the first season of Wayward Pines. After the show ended, I grabbed the books and found a great sci – fi author. Blake Crouch writing style is great and his characters are always very well developed. Jason’s life is turned upside down and inside out. The grass definitely wasn’t greener in this parallel universe and he wants his old life – real life back. This book keeps you guessing to the very end. I don’t know how many times I was thinking “oh OK I know whats happening” only to turn the page and BAM new curveball and plot twist. If you’re not a fan of sci-fi or really never read any grab Dark Matter. This is in the sci-fi genre with a bit of creepy horror tossed in. By creepy horror I don’t mean gore and gross I mean get under your skin and just make you glance over your shoulder spooky. For me  Dark Matter is right up there with some of my all time favorite spooky reads.  I really think it is better than Wayward Pines series and will be recommending this to anyone who ask me for a good book to read. This book is so tricky and keeps you guessing and thinking long after I have finished! Hope this gets turned into a movie or show. After reading this book I will always read a book written by Blake Crouch!

summary: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

thank you so much Blogging for Books, Crown Publishing and Blake Crouch for allowing me to read and review Dark Matter. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

June

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore





June is a slow going start that just takes a tad bit longer than I’m use to the story rolling. I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me and continued reading. Once June got started it was such a good book. In the slower start you get to know each of the main characters that June revolves around and get to visualize the world in which June takes place in. This is a story about family and the secrets that sometimes the people we love try to keep hidden. Some secrets and answers are easy to discover and some have you questioning everything you thought you knew about that person. The story goes back and forth between present day and 1955. Sometimes when a story jumps back and forth it gets a bit confusing or the story line doesn’t seem connected. In the book June that is not the case the stories flow together seamlessly and is very easy to read. This book was full of some my twist and turns and just when you think the last secret is out low and behold here comes another one. While this isn’t a typical mystery book I would say it has mystery elements in it, as well as some historical information. I enjoyed her first book Bittersweet but I have to say June is my favorite. I just liked everything about the whole story. 

summary: Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her, her grandmother, June. When Cassie discovers that she has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune she is stunned. Could Jack Montgomery have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? When his daughters arrive, determined to reclaim the inheritance, they uncover a history of murder, blackmail, and betrayal.

thank you blogging for books and crown publishing for allowing me to read and review June. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

 


Modern Printmaking

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A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques
by Sylvia Covey

First off I most say this book is beautiful, it is very well made and printed on thick glossy paper. Modern Prinkmaking would be a wonderful “coffee table” type book yo have on display not shelved. This is one that every one can flip through and admire and enjoy. I got this book because I have a love of art and wanted to learn more about Printmaking. This book is divided into the chapters based on the type of printmaking technique that is being introduced. Each chapter gives a brief history and introduction as well is what materials and equipment are needed and how to prepare for that type of printmaking. Sylvia Covey also introduces the reader to so many great artist that use printmaking for their form of art. I love reading about and discovering new artist.  There are so many types, many I had not heard of. While most are ones you can’t just do in your home unless you have the money and studio this book is still amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. There are some techniques that you can do at home and are not as hard or as expensive to get the supplies. I think this summer I might try my hand at a few, that way I have the time to slowly gather my supplies that I do not have. While she does explain everything and this is an instructional book I’m not really it is for the beginning or average home artist, it is geared for the art student who is working on learning all these techniques. I loved this beautiful book and I know I will continue to flip through it from time to time. This book gets 5 out 5 stars and I’d give it more than that if I could it is just so beautifully made.
summary: A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists.
Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics. Featuring step-by-step examples alongside representative works and profiles of top printmaking artists, this colorful resource provides a truly fresh look at printmaking today, in all its forms.
thank you so very much blogging for books, Sylvia Covey, Waston Guptill and Crown Publishing for allowing me to read and start my printmaking adventures. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

The Homemade Kitchen

by Alana Chernila

The Homemade Kitchen is a good cookbook and made perfect for the seasoned at home cook or the brand new to cooking person looking for info. Really this cookbook would be the perfect gift for a person that is new to cooking. The author has divided the book into chapters that as simple as Be A Beginner which is all so full of so much information it is one of my favorite chapters. I know how to cook eggs, veggies and such but she breaks it down into all kinds from how to steam and roast veggies to transforming milk or cooking grains. This is good for all levels of cooking and I learned a few things and have several post-its in this chapter. The other chapters are about making meals and while I won’t use a lot of them due to picky eaters I do have some post -its. My favorite book of hers will always be The Homemade Pantry but this one is good and I’m glad to have it in my kitchen cookbook library.
summary:  Written as much for the reader as the cook, The Homemade Kitchen covers a globe’s worth of flavors and includes new staples (what Alana is known for) such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them. Here, too, are dishes you’ll be inspired to try and that you will make again and again until they become your own family recipes, such as Broccoli Raab with Cheddar Polenta, a flavor-forward lunch for one; Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder, “late summer in a bowl”; Stuffed Winter Squash, rich with leeks, chorizo, apples, and grains; Braised Lamb Shanks that are tucked into the oven in the late afternoon and not touched again until dinner; Corn and Nectarine Salad showered with torn basil; perfect share-fare Sesame Noodles; Asparagus Carbonara, the easiest weeknight dinner ever; and sweet and savory treats such as Popovers, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Summer Trifle made with homemade pound cake and whatever berries are ripest, and Rhubarb Snacking Cake.
In this follow-up to Alana’s wildly successful debut, The Homemade Pantry, she once again proves herself to be the truest and least judgmental friend a home cook could want
thank you blogging for books, Alana Chernila and Crown Publishing for allowing me to read, and review The Homemade Kitchen. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Avenue of Spies

A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi – Occupied Paris
by Alex Kershaw

Wow! I’m usually not a big non fiction fan but Avenue of Spies just made me one! I have to admit I did grab a copy since I tend to read anything I can get my hands on when dealing with WWII. Avenue of Spies was different from most since this one dealt with an American doctor in Paris. This was almost like all the page turning suspense books I’ve read. The author does a great job at presenting the real life events of the  Sumner Jackson and his family. Doctor Jackson was and is a hero in my eyes. He didn’t just stand back and let all those horrible events pass by he did his part in helping people escape even though it meant if caught his family would be treated as traitors and sent to concentration camps. Which is what happened, for Sumner, his wife and their son. Phillip their son was able to give accounts of their life and helped shape this book and made it an amazing read for any history buff. There were so many unsung heroes during WWII and Doctor Sumner Jackson, his wife and son were among those that no one had heard about until now thanks to author Alex Kershaw. I’m so honored to have read their story and it will stay with me always. Avenue of Spies is one of those books that I will place on my bookshelf, next to my copy of Diary of Anne Frank and read again and again.
summary: The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris’s hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the “mad sadist” Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protĂ©gĂ© charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director’s close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11–but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake  a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.
thank you Blogging for Books, Crown Publishing, Alex Kershaw for allowing me to read the Jackson’s family acts of bravery. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Bradstreet Gate

by Robin Kirman

Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own.

I grabbed a copy of Bradstreet Gate for review because I wanted a good mystery. I love mystery’s and thrillers almost as much as I love tea, and that’s saying alot! This book was good, I enjoyed it but not as mystery suspense as I was hoping for. It reminded me of a mini series or like the new thing a 10 episode drama. The characters were quirky and a bit dysfunctional but they kept you reading. The Bradstreet Gate is good, the classmates murder is really just the backdrop and not the main theme of the book. It’s really about this group of very driven friends that will do anything to keep their secrets, secret and their life on the same track they have always envisioned. If your into character driven fiction with a side of mystery than grab Bradstreet Gate.

thank you blogging for books, crown publishing and Robin Kirman for allowing me to read and review Bradstreet Gate. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.