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Restoration House

Title: Restoration House
Author: Kennesha Buycks
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09206-3

“Our Father is intensely present in all aspects of our lives, large and small. As you place Him at the center of your restored home, you’ll find yourself, and all those who enter, restored–heart and soul,” Kennesha Buycks writes in the ending of her book, Restoration House: Creating a Home that Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to restore their house into a comfortable, God-honored, and beloved home. Containing full-page, full-color photographs, there are grayed highlighted boxes, sidebars, and a few paragraphed lists. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the English Standard and The Message versions are also included.

After an ownership page and introduction, this book is divided into three sections that contain four chapters each: Restored Home, Restored Soul, A Restored Space for You, and Sharing Your Restored Home. The ending has plans plus dreams, acknowledgments, sources plus credits, and the author’s biography.

In this compilation, the author examines how she never felt at home, having moved often during her early married years. She explains how to design a place to restore your identity, a free zone area that promotes the power to dream again both creatively and spiritually. By making a new name for yourself and finding your place where your senses help guide you, it is vital to make space for God in your life. Dealing with imperfection and comparison, one can entertain in style and grace while inviting others into your restored home and soul.

~ Why ~
This book is geared for those who want to consider how God has created them to be restored in His love and grace, even at and in the home. While I appreciate the tips to restore, redo, and refinish furniture, use the right items in small spaces that make a big impact, repurpose useful products, design multifunctional areas, grow low-maintenance plant options, display with scents and charcuterie boards, have a let-go list, and decorate seasonally, I found the input on letting God intercept our lives through prayer, worship, and reading His Word was most important for restoring the soul and spirit.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may avoid this read. Others may not like books that focus on how God is the One who helps us feel at home within ourselves and our homes, not things, objects, or our accomplishments. Some may prefer books that have less of the author’s experiences and memories, but this one is not over-bearing.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the book included a topical index, but that may be hard to do. I wish more Bible verses were added.

~ Want ~
If you want to have peace and less stress decorating your private abode, this book that includes the Almighty is a wonderful reminder that He should be the focal point in our rooms and heart. This would make the perfect housewarming gift for a woman who is setting up her first home or needs to renovate her life’s purpose involving God.

Thanks to the Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/305lSyd

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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook

5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook: 150 Easy, Quick and Delicious MealsTitle: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook
Author: Marilyn Haugen
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0608-0

“With the Instant Pot and this cookbook, you will be able to quickly and easily put together meals for any time of the day using only 5 ingredients, many of which are pantry staples,” Marilyn Haugen writes in the beginning of her book, 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook: 150 Easy, Quick & Delicious Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page paperback targets those interested in making quick recipes with their Instant Pot supposedly using only 5 ingredients. Containing recipes that cover one to two pages each, the book offers many variations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts while also adding sixteen full-page colored photographs.

After a preface and acknowledgements, the first chapter is about getting to know the Instant Pot and how to use it properly for pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and other functions. Next, there is a section on making Instant Pot staples that range from broths, stocks, rice, and sauces. The following eight chapters have recipes for breakfasts; soups, stews, and chilis; beef and pork; chicken; fish and seafood; beans, grains and pasta; vegetables and sides; and desserts. The ending has cooking timetables and an index.

Each recipe has a bold heading followed by a descriptive explanation. The quantity, cooking program, and ingredients in used order are on the left side of the page while the instructions are on the right in numbered paragraphs. Sometimes tips or variations are included.

Some interesting recipes are Foolproof Jasmine Rice, Egg-Stuffed Bell Pepper Boats, Streusel Coffee Cake, Senate Bean Soup, Northern Beefy Chili, Easy Colorado Burritos, Vietnamese Port Ribs, Tender Chipotle Chicken, Moroccan Chicken, Spicy Poached Cod, Fish and Pineapple Tostadas, Mediterranean Cannellini Salad, Lemony Bulgur Tabbouleh, Wilted Beet Greens, Braised Red Potatoes, Chocolate Ganache Cake, and Decadent Crème Brulee.

~Why ~
If you love using an Instant Pot, you will enjoy the plethora of delicious sounding recipes. I like that the recipes are varied, with some of them being unique. The introduction has helpful information and tips on how to use the small appliance to get the most out of it.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or use an Instant Pot will have no need for this book. Others may wish there were more than only sixteen photographs. Some may want caloric and nutritional information if they watch their diet.

~ Wish ~
I have to mark the book down as it is it could be considered misleading that most the recipes have more than five-ingredient recipes; this is because the author does not include in her five ingredient count what she calls freebies: cooking oil, butter, salt, pepper, water, broth, or stock which are in most of the dishes. I wish the book included the preparation time it takes to make each dessert.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cookbook for your Instant Pot, this may be a good option, but I think it would be best if you ignored the author’s references that each of them only having five ingredients as it is not completely true.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Robert Rose for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/5-ingredient-instant-pot-cookbook-marilyn-haugen/1128283516

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The Cheesecake Bible

The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Cakes and MoreTitle: The Cheesecake Bible
Author: George Geary
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0618-9

“To make a perfect cheesecake every time, prepare like a professional,” George Geary writes in the beginning of his book, The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Cakes and More.

~ What ~
This second edition three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets those interested in making perfect cheesecakes in a multitude of styles, designs, and flavors. Containing three-hundred recipes, it offers many variations of the tasty dessert.

After an introduction that covers tools, equipment, common ingredients, basic techniques, and frequently asked questions, the book is divided into fifteen sections. Covered are crumbs and cookies, breakfast items, and cheesecakes made around the world or with chocolate, fresh fruit, citrus, and nuts plus vegan/gluten-free, no-bake, small, bars, pies, savory, holiday, and toppings/sauces. The ending includes sources, acknowledgments, and an alphabetical index. Thirty-two full color, full page illustrations are added of the completed desserts in four parts of the book.

Covering one to two pages each, the recipes have bold titles on the top of the pages with serving size, tips, and variations on the left side of the page. The ingredients in used order are on opposite sides, followed by numbered instructions in paragraph form. Both sections often include Crust, Filling, Toppings, and Decoration subtitles.

Some interesting recipes are Lemon Cookie Crumbs, Blood Orange Cheesecake Crepes, English Trifle Cheesecake, Minty Chocolate Cheesecake, Poached Pear Cheesecake, Grapefruit Mint Cheesecake, Pistachio Cheesecake, Blueberry Heaven Vegan Cheesecake, Irish Cream Cheesecake, Mojito Cheesecake, Cappuccino Pecan Bars, Cottage Cheese Pie, Taco Cheesecake, Eggnog Cashew Cheesecake, and Papaya Mango Topping.

~Why ~
If you love eating cheesecake and love making it, this cookbook will become your go-to source as it has every recipe conceivable for the average cook. I like that the recipes are varied, with some of them being unique. The introduction has helpful information and tips on how to make beautiful, crack-free cheesecakes.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to cheesecakes will avoid this book. Others may wish there were more than only thirty-two photographs. Some may want caloric and nutritional information if they watch their diet.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included the preparation time it takes to make each dessert.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an amazing cookbook only dedicated to cheesecakes – this is it. There is no need to look further as Geary, who has made over a million cheesecakes, knows his stuff and did a great job. Suggestion: do not count calories when eating these delicious desserts!

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Robert Rose for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cheesecake-bible-george-geary/1112381234

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150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes

150 Best Toaster Oven RecipesTitle: 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes
Author: Linda Stephen
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0616-5

“The recipes in this book have been developed to make the most of the toaster oven,” Linda Stephen writes in the beginning of her book, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets those interested in making food dishes using a standard toaster oven. Containing one-hundred-and-fifty recipes, it offers a plethora of recipes that are mostly easy to make while avoiding using an oven.

After acknowledgments, introduction, and toaster oven information, the book is divided into ten sections that include content pages. Covered are the basics, appetizers and snacks, fish and seafood, poultry, meat, vegan main dishes, vegetables and side dishes, breakfast and brunch, breads, muffins, cookies, and bars, and desserts. The ending includes an alphabetical index. Sixteen full color, full page illustrations are added of the completed dishes in two parts of the book.

Covering one to two pages each, the recipes have bold titles on the top of the pages with paragraph descriptions that usually have the author’s personal opinions. The serving size and sometimes a tip or variation are on the left side of the pages with the ingredients in used order on opposite sides. Numbered instructions in paragraph form follow, occasionally with a highlighted suggestion at the bottom.

Some of the interesting recipes using a toaster oven include Vegetable Bean Chili, Roasted Almonds, Orange Pesto Fish Kabobs, Chicken Osso Bucco, Southwestern Spareribs, Zucchini and Feta Fan, Mashed Turnip Puff, Monte Cristo Sandwiches, White Chocolate Pecan Blondies, and Peaches with Amaretti Cookies.

~Why ~
This cookbook has a wide range of what can be made using a toaster oven. Since only my husband and I live at home now and I do not like to cook, this makes a nice resource to answer the “what’s for dinner.” I like that the recipes are so varied, with some of them being unique.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to cook will avoid this book. Others may wish there were more than only sixteen photos only placed in two locations. Some may want caloric and nutritional information if they watch their diet.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included the preparation time it takes to make the dishes.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to use your toaster oven not only to save energy but make delicious meals, this is a good choice.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Robert Rose for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/150-best-toaster-oven-recipes-linda-stephen/1128283518

 

 

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So Much to Celebrate

Title: So Much to Celebrate
Author: Katie Jacobs
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-7518-7

“It is my hope that the family suppers, holiday parties, and informal gatherings found in these pages will inspire you to live a little more life together with the ones you love,” Katie Jacobs’s writes in the introduction of her book, So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page oversized hardbound targets those who enjoy entertaining throughout the year. Containing approximately 70 recipes, the book has full-color photographs of prepared food, entertaining suggestions, and decorative displays gracing its pages.

After an introduction, this book is divided into 4 sections of the year’s seasons. Each season contains 4 to 5 entertainment ideas with 1 to 2 of them including “breakout” topics. Averaging 17 recipes at the end of each section, the back of the book has menus, acknowledgments, sources and credits, recipe index, and the author’s biography.

Most of the suggested entertainments begin with overall information that often includes the writer’s personal experiences, followed by Get the Look, The Menu, and Enjoy the Party divisions that are short and to the point. The recipes also begin with a paragraph with the ingredients listed in used order along with serving size on the right side of the page and numbered paragraph directions on the left side. Occasionally, there are highlighted Make It Ahead tips.

~ Why ~
This book is geared for those who love to host, cook, and entertain. I like cookbooks that have colorful photographs of completed dishes, and this book does that for every recipe.

Some of the notable recipes are hummingbird cake, lemon whoopie pies with lavender icing, peanut butter pretzel milkshake, peach Caprese salad, key lime coconut bars, orange ricotta donuts, charcuterie platter, pomegranate Thai chicken enchiladas, salted caramel chocolate pecan pie, chicken and bacon corn chowder, and peppermint cheesecake.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not entertain or have a caterer design and run their events may not be interested in this book. Some may feel the book is limited as it only offers 17 recipes each for spring and summer, 20 for fall, and 15 for winter, covering the gambit of breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and drinks. The decorating recommendations are sparse and generalized.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book listed preparation time as well as caloric content as many of the recipes contain high fat and high carbohydrate ingredients. I was surprised Thomas Nelson is promoting a book that has strong alcoholic drink recipes that involve champagne towers, margaritas, wine-tastings, and whiskey parties.

~ Want ~
If you want to entertain or throw a party and need assistance putting the meal plan and decorations together, this may be a good book for the newbie or one looking for alcohol party plans, but it will offer only a few new ideas and recipes for the seasoned entertainer.

Thanks to the Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?so-much-to-celebrate-katie-jacobs/1126657513

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Eat A Little Better

Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better WorldTitle: Eat A Little Better
Author: Sam Kass
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-0-451-49494-8

“Let’s stop trying to making perfect choices and focus on good ones. Let’s be conscious of, but not obsessed with, what we eat. Then the stress will melt away, like butter on hot toast,” Sam Kass writes at the beginning of his book, Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighty-eight-page oversized hardbound targets those who are want to be more conscious of eating more healthy. Containing over 90 recipes, the book has full-color photographs gracing its pages.

Often inserting the writer’s personal history and experiences as chef at the White House under President Obama, the beginning of the book has a 14-page chapter about his background, followed by over 20 pages of how to eat better and tips on cooking more and wasting less. There are 3 sections of recipes that cover eating more vegetables, better meats, and more grains and beans. The ending has acknowledgments and an index.

Each recipe has a title with a paragraph or two, sometimes explaining how the author created it for the Obamas. There is a list of serving size, active time, and start to finish time with used-in-order ingredients on the right side of the page, and numbered directions in paragraph format on the left side. Occasionally, a few lines of wording are shaded to make a point, but mainly this is in the first section of the book and the paragraphs explaining a dish.

~ Why ~
I like that this book contains some of the meals President Obama and his family ate while living at the White House. The food creations are geared toward a healthy mindset with no fried or saturated foods. It is obvious Kass enjoys grilling, sautéing, roasting, and charring vegetables and making dishes that include beans. The photographs are mouthwatering and stunning.

Some of the interesting and unique recipes are Balsamic Roasted Eggplant with Basil, Charred Zucchini with Yogurt, Chiles, Mint, and Lime, Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad, Apple and Leek Sauteed Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Clams with Shishito Peppers and Lemon, Sauteed Chicken Livers, Warm Barley Salad with Pork, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil, Grilled Rib Eye with 4 Sauces, Farro Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, and Parmesan, Bulgur with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Pecans, and Bean Salad with Seafood and Herbs

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to prepare healthy meals may not be impressed with this book. Others may be disappointed there are no breakfast or dessert recipes. Some may not like that there are no listings of the recipes at the beginning of the three sections, so one has to search the index for answers.

~ Wish ~
I felt the beginning of the book with the author’s history to making healthy food was too extensive. I wish the book included caloric content and more recipes.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy grilling and eating more veggies and beans, this book offers you many healthy options that may impress your friends by stating a United States president and his family ate the same meal.

Thanks to the Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eat-a-little-better-sam-kass/1127405734

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Power Plates

Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan MealsTitle: Power Plates
Author: Gena Hamshaw
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-0-399-57905-9

“What I’m suggesting is simply that considering and incorporating all three macronutrients can be a useful strategy for meal planning, in both the short term and the long term,” Gena Hamshaw challenges the reader in the introduction of her book, Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page over-sized paperback targets those interested in meals that contain a mix of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and hearty plant-based proteins. Containing 100 recipes, it offers a plethora of recipes that are vegan based and mostly easy to make.

After introductions with noteworthy ingredients, how to use the book, and macronutrient building blocks, it is divided into six sections that cover breakfast, salads, soups, bowls, skillet/stovetop, and bakes. The ending includes meal plans, the author’s biography, acknowledgments, and index. Full color, full page illustrations are added of the completed dishes.

All recipes have photographs on one side of the pages with titles on the opposite sides and paragraph descriptions that usually have the author’s personal opinions, followed by several instructional paragraphs. The serving size and ingredients in used order are on the left side column of the pages, sometimes ending with options.

Some of the interesting recipes include Cauliflower Scramble, Tofu Migas, Masala Lentil Salad with Cumin-Roasted Carrots, Brown Rice Tabbouleh Salad, Moroccan Tagine with Tempeh and Chickpeas, Mulligatawny, Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Fennel and Black-Eyed Peas, Deli Bowls with Smashed Chickpea Salad, Golden Beet Risotto, Kimchi Fried Rice, Home-Style Stuffed Shells, and Sweet Potato Nacho Fries.

~Why ~
This cookbook has a wide range of vegan alternatives while focusing on the three macronutrients. I like that it implements common ingredients such as barley, cashews, chipotle, coconut milk, maple syrup, agave nectar, rice vinegar, tamari, tofu, and vegan meats, but it also adds unique flavors like farro, freekeh, gochujang, harissa, miso, and pomegranate molasses. The pictures are stunning and close up, showing the dishes clearly.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not vegan may not appreciate this book, but meat could be added to the meals. Some may prefer cookbooks that include appetizers, snacks, and desserts as this one only covers main dishes. With the instructions being in paragraph form, it may deter those who like bullet-format directions. Others may find it hard to find and purchase some of the ingredients.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included the preparation time it takes to make the dishes. Adding caloric content would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a healthy vegan cookbook with protein promoted, this is a good choice.

Thanks to BloggingforBooks for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/power-plates-gena-hamshaw/1126311092

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Love Welcome Serve

Title: Love Welcome Serve
Author: Amy Nelson Hannon
Publisher: Center Street
ISBN: 978-1-4789-9291-2

“I hope to encourage you to … tune your heart to hear others’ needs and respond with a pot pie at their door,” Amy Nelson Hannon challenges in her cookbook, Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather and Give.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty-six pages, this hardbound targets those interested in food recipes while focusing on hospitality. With half to full-page full-color photographs, it covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as appetizers and desserts to share or give to others.

After an introduction and advice on ingredients and kitchen/pantry supplies, the over one-hundred recipes are divided into seven sections that include bites, salads, meats and main meals, casseroles, sides, drinks, and sweets. The ending has a list of recipes that gather and give, acknowledgments, two indexes, and the author’s biography.

With the majority of the recipes having a photograph of the completed dish, each begins with the serving size followed by the title and a short backstory. The ingredients are listed in used order on the right side of a page with the directions on the left in paragraph form, sometimes covering up to two pages and adding a short note.

~ Why ~
While the writer has been a pastor’s wife and is a store owner, she promotes opening one’s home to others, connecting with people over a meal, and showing hospitality through giving delicious dishes to others. The meals target simple, crowd-pleasing, and comfort recipes to share.

A few of the interesting dishes include Peppadew and Pesto Crostini, Anytime Slaw, Sunday Red Beans and Rice, Roast Beef Cobbler, Bacon and Brown Sugar Collards, Comeback Sauce, and Hello Dolly Brownies.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be disappointed that there are not photographs of every completed dish, so one does not know what the finished product looks like. Others may prefer less of the author’s personal commentary and pictures.

~ Wish ~
I wish each recipe included the preparation time to make the dish plus caloric content for those who are conscientious of their diet.

~ Want ~
This is a good cookbook of recipes for those who need a quick go-to dish to make at home or give to a family or person in need. Having reviewed a plethora of recipe books, I found it lacked some key features that I find important when making a meal.

I am under no obligation to review this complimentary book.

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The New American Heart Association Cookbook

The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 9th Edition: Revised and Updated with More Than 100 All-New RecipesTitle: The New American Heart Association Cookbook
Author: American Heart Association
Publisher: Harmony Books
ISBN: 978-0-553-44718-7

“Each recipe in the book includes a nutrition analysis so you can decide how that dish fits with your   dietary needs,” begins a chapter on the recipes included in the book, The New American Heart Association Cookbook.

At five-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this hardbound targets those interested food recipes that are healthy and approved by the American Heart Association. Being the ninth edition, it contains more than eight-hundred recipes, with more than a hundred of them being new ones.

After acknowledgments and three chapters on eating and living healthy, the recipes are divided into a dozen sections that include appetizers, snacks, and beverages, soups, salads and dressings, slow cooking, seafood, poultry, meats, vegetarian, vegetables and side dishes, sauces and gravies, breads and breakfast, and desserts, ending with an index.

With no photographs, each recipe has a bolded title with serving size and a short description, followed by a list of ingredients in order used. Directions are in paragraph format with a separated section of nutritional content per serving. Two to four recipes are on each of the opened pages.

~ Why ~
While the majority of the recipes are taken from previous editions, this version includes quick and easy methods, slow-cooker creations, and one-pan meals. I like that there are ample choices to chose in everyday eating.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be disappointed there are no photographs so one does not know what the finished product looks like. Others may not like that there are repeated recipes from prior books or that the instructions are not in easy-to-read bullet format.

~ Wish ~
I wish each recipe included the preparation time to make the dish. I feel anyone could go online and find the same recipes but including beautiful colored photographs.

~ Want ~
This is a comprehensive collection of recipes that are healthy for us. If you do not want to spend time online searching for something tasty and good for you to eat, having this reference book at your fingertips may be helpful.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Roadfood

Roadfood, 10th Edition: An Eater's Guide to More Than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems  Across America (Roadfood: The Coast-To-Coast Guide to the Best Barbecue Join)Title: Roadfood
Authors: Jane &  Michael Stern
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-0-451-49619-5

“The purpose of this book is to help you appreciate the glory that is American food,” Jane and Michael Stern write in the introduction of their book, Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More than 1000 of the Best Local Hot Spots & Hidden Gems Across America.

~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback on its tenth edition targets those who enjoy taking road trips and stopping to eat along the way. With no photographs but maps of eight sections of the United States, the book contains over one-thousand restaurants and eateries to visit.

After an introduction, list of one-hundred Roadfood honor roll locales, and notes using the book, it is divided into areas of New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Deep South, Midwest, Southwest, Great Plains, and West Coast.

Covering each section of the United States beginning with maps, the name of the restaurant is listed as well as its address, website if available, phone number, meal times, and coded cost. Approximately two paragraphs for each mention the locale’s food, any specialty, ambiance, and highlights of visiting.

~Why ~
When on the road traveling, it is smart to know something about a restaurant before you go to it. With the book containing over a thousand destinations, it offers those who visit large iconic cities and the East or West Coasts many options. I like that it provides websites when possible and pricing.

~ Why Not ~
The main issue I had with this book is that it lacks so many areas that travelers tend to visit as they cross the country. We live in Oregon and four Portland places were listed with ten coast restaurants (one of the in the top one-hundred). There were no locations from Salem, Eugene, Medford, or Ashland, all towns that are near the 5 freeway that is often traveled. I found this lack of eateries on the main routes in other states as well. Also, the descriptions did not grab my interest to make me want to stop and have road food since there are no photos. I might find more pertinent information googling the area on my smartphone.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were not a limited amount of listings in many of the states that must be traveled through to get to another state; instead there are random areas that are far between. Having photographs and a possible menu shot of main dishes would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that mainly catalogs a selected few restaurants in every state of America, this one may help. But you may find that, like me, you are disappointed it misses the mark by skipping those on many well-traveled roads.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

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