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Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Author: Dinah Jefferies

ISBN-13: 978-0451495983

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Title: Something to Food About

Author: Questlove (Ahmir Thompson)

Summary from Publisher:

Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profound interest in creativity. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought.

Featuring conversations with: Nathan Myhrvold, Modernist Cuisine Lab, Seattle;  Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, and NoMad, NYC;  Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia; Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, L.A.; Dave Beran, Next, Chicago; Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans;  Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco;  Daniel Patterson, Coi and Loco’l, San Francisco; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due, Austin; and Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the interviews, but not the Modern Art Photography between the interviews. I’m not into modern art. If you like reading about what inspires chefs, I recommend this book. If you’re into modern are photography, I recommend checking out this book.

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Summary: An aging bookseller takes off on an adventure after being forced to read a 20 year old letter left to him by his life’s love. A journey of self-discovery and making new friends along the way, this book will make you pause and reflect on your own life.

This book made me cry at times because it resonated with me. Two lessons I’ve taken away from it are: (1) sometimes you need to leave everything behind in order to find your true self; and (2) cry when you need to cry, because “sometimes you’re swimming in unwept tears and you’ll go under if you store them up inside” (pg. 9).

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much, I’m adding a copy of it to my library’s Leisure collection.

© Cori Large 23 June 2016


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Dessert & Booze Hack by Peggy Wang

I picked this book because of the cover: Gummy Bears in a Clear Popsicle. When this book showed up, upon first flip through, I was very happy with what I saw: Easy Thin Mints, No Bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake, No Bake Reese’s Cheesecake, Kit-Kat Brownies, Gummy Bear Popsicles, Grilled S’mores Sandwiches, and Drunken Gummy Bears.

And that’s just 7 of the recipes that initially caught my eye. This book was become quite popular among our friends. I haven’t tried any of them but I plan on having a tasting party. This is a fun and easy cookbook.

I recommend this book. It’s fun just to look through. It looks semi-childish, but has adult-geared recipes.

© Cori Large 1-17-2016


Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan is a comedian who loves to eat. Calling himself “an Eatie, not a Foodie” and having one of his most popular bits about Hot Pockets, Gaffigan teamed up with his wife again to write a second book, reflecting on his opinion and experiences with food.

The content regularly made me laugh aloud, and I enjoyed collecting quotes from its pages, i.e. “A taco that won’t force you to break your diet can’t be that great” (pg. 4).

Though the book was only published a year ago, some things about specific restaurants have changed: McDonald’s and its breakfast menu, and Subway’s business relationship with Jared Fogel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comedic writing. I consider this book to be a “light reading” book, that can be picked up and put down (though I doubt you would do that). Nothing heavy to bog you down.

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© Cori Large October 18, 2015

Blogging for Books Review: The Art of Whiskey by Noah Rothbaum

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Art of American Whiskey

This book is not what I expected. When I picked it out, I failed to read the subtitle: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels.

It literally was an art book about whiskey labels. There are a few cocktail recipes.

You can tell from the writing that the author is very passionate about the subject matter.

Just because this book was not what I expected doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I do recommend this book for those who like to read about the history of alcohol. It would make a nice coffee table book where the artwork can be pursued at leisure.

© Cori Large 13 September 2015

Knitting Block by Block: 150 blocks for sweaters, scarves, bags, toys, Afghans, and more

Knitting Block by Block

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Title: Knitting Block by Block: 150 blocks for sweaters, scarves, bags, toys, Afghans, and more.

By: Nikki Epstein

I picked this book to do a review on because I love the concept of multiple quick projects being turned into a larger, seemingly more complicated project.

The back cover states my takeaway correctly: “Blocks are quick to knit, portable pieces perfect for group and charity projects, and now not limited to just Afghans! Knitting Block by Block gives you the tools to unlock a world of creative possibilities and confidently build your own design ‘block busters,’ one block at a time.”

I am a person who likes to take my knitting with me wherever I go. And having small projects like the panels offered in this book I feel are perfect for doing that.

The patterns in this book start out simple and become more intricate and complicated as you progress. I feel this would be a nice learner’s book for a new knitter for several reasons:
1. As stated above, moves from simple and beginner to more advanced and complex patterns;
2. Each panel is a short project, and shouldn’t be too overwhelming;
3. By working through the panels in order, the knitter has a physical reminder of how much his/her skill has improved;
4. And, finally, when all the panels are completed, the knitter can sew them together into a blanket to be shown off.

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© Cori Large April 5, 2015