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The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners

Title: The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners
Author: Amelia Levin
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64152-678-4

“The Pegan diet is all about fresh, wholesome foods, enjoyed in balance with each other and in accordance with what your body naturally craves,” Amelia Levin writes in the first chapter of her book, The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners: A 14-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan with Over 50 Easy Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-eighty-seven-page paperback targets those who are interested in or want to learn about a diet that mixes vegan with paleo. After a dedication and introduction, the book is divided into two sections, followed by a glycemic index and load chart, pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, resources, index, and the author’s biography.

The first part explains the pegan diet basics of eating plants with a side of animal protein, its benefits of losing weight and belly fat, and a jumpstart plan for the first two weeks. The second section has six chapters of recipes for breakfast, salads and soups, meat and chicken, fish and shellfish, easy sides, and snacks and sweets.

Covering one to three pages each, the recipes begin with a title followed by prep and cook time as well as serving size. A paragraph down the left side of the page discusses the dish with ingredients listed in used order. The numbered instructions are easy to follow in paragraph form. Storage and various tips are set apart with the caloric content included at the end of the page.

~ Why ~
Having never heard of Dr. Mark Hyman’s Pegan diet, I can see how it is a blend of two popular diets but geared toward eating healthy things in moderation. Since I have cut back on wasted carbs and processed sugars, I value a diet that makes sense eating for a lifetime to improve one’s health. It is an ideal book for a beginner as it explains the why of and how the diet works.

Some of the interesting recipes that caught my eye are Grain-Free Nutty Granola, 30-Second Egg, Easy Cucumber-Tomato Gazpacho, Chilled Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Pegan-Style Bibimbap, Gingerly Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Miso-Glazed Pan-Seared Salmon with Bok Choy, Crab Cakes with Creamy Citrus Slaw, Easy Cauliflower Rice, Garden Ratatouille, Coconut-Banana Ice Cream, and Cacao-Nut Truffles.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not think a paleo/vegan diet that avoids carbs while monitoring protein will help them lose weight and feel better may avoid this book.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you want to know more about the Pegan diet and how it works, this is an excellent beginner’s book if you don’t mind it lacking photographs of the finished meals.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#pegandiet #amelialevin #drmarkhyman

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The New Newlywed Cookbook

Title: The New Newlywed Cookbook
Authors: Kenzie Swanhart & Julien Levesque
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64152-956-3

“Spending time in the kitchen together is time we treasure because we connect and communicate in a special way. That is why we have specifically written these recipes for two people to cook together,” Kenzie Swanhart and Julien Levesque write in the introduction of their book, The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twelve-page paperback targets those who are interested in cooking with a spouse, partner, or another individual. After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by sauces and extras, measurement conversion tables, pesticides on food, index, acknowledgments, and the authors’ biographies.

The first chapter offers newly married people suggestions on what you need and will want in a kitchen and the ways to organize it as you feed each other and others. It also explains how the recipes are set up, complete with sous chef tasks, labels, and tips. The next chapter covers recipes for breakfast, quick bites, dinner, and desserts while the final part has recipes for easy, practical cocktail parties, brunches, barbeques, dinners, and feasts.

Each one-to-three-page recipe begins with its title, followed by serving size, preparation/cooking times,  labels, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Added often are boxed tips and instructions for the sous chef.

~ Why ~
Now that my husband and I are empty-nesters, we tend to make meals together so this is a lovely book for partners or those newly married. I like the idea of giving tasks to one of the cooks while the other prepares the next step or concoction.

Some of the notable recipes are Tomato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Omelets, Mixed Berry Dutch Baby, Chopped Kale Greek Salad, White Bean Hummus, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Carbonara Risotto, Cacio E Pepe, Shimp Pad Thai, Baked Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Coffee Creme Brulee, Stracciatella Semifreddo, Potato and Chorizo Bites, Prosecco Ice Pops, Mini-Avocado and Ricotta Toasts, Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee, Elote Corn Salad, Gochujang BBQ Chicken, Aperol Spritz, Trofie Al Pesto, Burrata and Fig Crostini, and Cranberry Mule.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like cooking, especially with someone else, may have no need for this book. Others may have issues with the many ingredients and more complicated instructions of some meals. Some may prefer recipes with caloric content due to dietary restrictions.

~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. Including calorie count would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If your mate/lover/friend and you want to cook together but do not know where to start or how, this is an excellent easy-to-follow cookbook although it does not have many pictures.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#justmarriedcookbook #newlywedcookbook #CallistoPublishersClub

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The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook

Title: The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook
Author: Robin Donovan
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-93975-474-5

“These dishes utilize convection cooking to its full advantage to produce not just fast meals, not just healthy meals, but mouth-wateringly delicious meals your friends and family will love,” Robin Donovan writes in the introduction of her book, The Complete Convection Oven Cookbooks: Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets those who are interested in cooking with a convectional, not conventional, oven. After an introduction, the book is divided into ten sections that contain over seventy-five recipes, followed by listings of pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, and recipe and topical indexes.

The first chapter explains what a convection oven is, the different types, and how to use and cook with it successfully, and the next chapter has four pages of cooking charts plus how to adapt regular recipes to convection heating. The remaining eight sections have recipes that are divided into appetizers and snacks, vegetables, fish and seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, and pork, breads, and cakes, cookies, and desserts.

Each recipe includes the type of convection to use, oven temperature, and setting under its title, followed by a short descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are on the outside of the page in using order, followed by the serving size, preparation time, cooking time, and if it is can be made in under thirty minutes or is vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Numbered instructions are on the inside of the page. Several have added tips.

~ Why ~
When we remodeled our kitchen, the only available downdraft oven we could use included convection, which I never used until my daughter-in-law insisted we cook a holiday turkey in it. From that day forward, I have become a convection cooking addict. I like that there are varied recipes in this book, ranging from simple to complex.

Some of the notable recipes are Baby Dutch Babies with Fruit & Whip Cream, Bakes Eggs in Creamy Tomato Sauce, Crispy Barbeque Roasted Chickpeas, Oven-Fried Garlic Fries, Maple-Glazed Brussel Sprouts, Corn & Chard Gratin, Roasted Cod with Olives & Lemon, Salmon Potpie with Phyllo Crust, Crunchy Baked Dijon Chicken, Stacked Chicken & Green Chile Enchiladas, Juicy Oven-Grilled Bacon Cheeseburgers, Rosemary-Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin, Easy No-Knead Bread, Focaccia with Olives & Oregano, Very Berry Pie, and S’Mores Brownie Bars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a convection oven may not want this book, but the recipes could be altered to conventional cooking. Others may have issues with the many ingredients and more complicated instructions of some meals. Some may prefer recipes with caloric content due to dietary restrictions.

~ Wish ~
Knowing that all ovens are different, I have been testing mine when baking, unsure if I am under or over cooking meals. It would be helpful if this book included more charts comparing the times and temperatures of both types of cooking. Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you have a convection oven and are skittish about using it, take the plunge like I did as you love using this book’s ideas and recipes while your oven preheats and cooks fast, browns evenly, retains the food’s moisture, and produces tasty dishes.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#convectionovencooking #onlyconvection #convectionoven

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The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners

Title: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
Author: Amy Ramos
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-62315-808-8

“When you eat a ketogenic diet, your body becomes efficient at burning fat for fuel,” Amy Ramos writes in the first chapter of her book, The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-fifty-eight-page paperback targets those who are interested in or want to learn about the popular keto diet. After a foreword by Amanda C. Hughes and introduction, the book is divided into three sections, followed by advice on eating out, pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, resources, references, and recipe and topical indexes.

The first part explains the what and why of the low-carb, high-fat diet and how to switch to it in five steps by cleaning out your pantry, going shopping, setting up the kitchen, meal planning, and exercising. The second section covers a two-week meal plan plus shopping lists, and the third includes six chapters of over seventy recipes involving breakfast, snacks, fish/poultry, meats, veggies and sides, desserts, and staples.

~ Why ~
With the keto diet focusing on high fat and low carbohydrates, it tries to consciously delete most foods containing sugar. This book not only diagrams a two-thousand calorie daily diet into three-quarters percent in fat, twenty percent in protein, and five percent in carbs, but also its recipes list serving size, preparation and cook times, tips, and caloric content.

Some of the interesting recipes that caught my eye are Spinach-Blueberry Smoothie, Mushroom Frittata, Bacon-Pepper Fat Bombs, Crab-Salad–Stuffed Avocado, Shrimp and Sausage “Bake,” Turkey Rissoles, Nut-Stuffed Pork Chops, Garlic-Braised Short Ribs, Portobello Mushroom Pizza, Pesto Zucchini Noodles, Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs, Vanilla-Almond Ice Pops, Strawberry Butter, and Herbed Chicken Stock.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not think a high-fat diet will help them lose weight or do not want to have their body experience ketosis, which could be dangerous for some people, may avoid this book. Others who are sensitive to iodine levels, may not want to consume more salt to avoid the “keto flu.”

~ Wish ~
Since I tend to eat a varied diet that does add meat but is limited in carbs and salt intake, I did not learn anything new about the keto diet, yet I appreciated the many recipes. Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you want to check out the keto diet and are unsure what it involves, this is a good elementary source of information on how to start it and what to eat.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#ketogenicnewbie #ketogenicdietforbeginners

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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