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Thai Food Made Easy

Thai Food Made EasyTitle: Thai Food Made Easy
Author: June Williamson
Publisher: Front Table Books
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1662-1

“Thai cooking is not hard. Once you become familiar with the ingredients, and make each recipe at least once, you will be cooking Thai food on a regular basis,” June Williamson writes in the introduction to her cookbook, Thai Food Made Easy.

At one hundred and sixty pages, this paperback targets those interested in food recipes from Thailand. With a third to full-page, full-color photographs that cover each of the complete meals, there are over seventy-five recipes.

After reviews, dedication, table of contents, short introduction, and shopping list with three tips, seven chapters cover Thai recipes of appetizers and salads, soup and curry, rice and noodles, stir-fry, sauces, and desserts as well as miscellaneous meals. An index by title of recipes (not by main product used), measurement equivalents, and the author’s biography complete the book.

Taught how to cook by her Thai mother, Williamson says her recipes are primarily and naturally gluten free, except for the ramen noodles and spring roll wraps. With all having four to six serving sizes, the dishes’ contents must be bought mainly from Asian stores with grocery stores having a limited amount of items.

After its title, each recipe has ingredients needed on the right side of the page in used order. The directions are in number format in short, precise sentences. Tips are occasionally added. A color-coded side or bottom bar offers the shopping list necessities. No preparation or cooking time or nutritional or caloric information is given.

Some of the concoctions include Som Tum, Chicken Satay on Skewers, Gaeng Daeng, Tom Kha Gai, Pad Thai Chicken, Pad Lad Nah, Kai Yat Sai, Pad Pak Boong, Asparagus Chicken, and Vegetable Stir-Fry. Five sauces presented are Peanut, NamPrik, Sweet and Sour, Mom’s Hot, and Dipping Peanut. Coconut Lime Ice Cream and Sweet Coconut Cream and Fruit are two of the five desserts. The miscellaneous dishes are items such as Tod Khai and Spicy Thai Ramen Noodles to name a couple.

Although there is no list of recipes at the beginning or in each section and no caloric/nutritional data, this would make a good book for someone intimidated cooking Thai food.

Author Williamson was born in Thailand but now lives in Utah with her husband and five children.

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Center of Gravity

Center of GravityTitle: Center of Gravity
Author: Laura McNeil
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-3090-2

“Everyone has a center of gravity. Every family too. It’s the intangible things that make us feel grounded and whole. And it’s different for everyone –  a good job, a strong marriage, or a close friendship,” Ava is reminded by Lucy in Laura McNeil’s novel, Center of Gravity.

This three hundred and twenty page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romantic suspense. With profanity and using the Lord’s name in vain, topics of physical and mental abuse along with death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

In this tale set in Mobile, Alabama, one family is challenged by lies, deceit, and jealousy while struggling to appear picture-perfect and ideal. Although Ava Carson has been married to Mitchell for only two years, she has adopted his eight-year-old son, Jack, and has given birth to Sam. Life cannot get any better.

Driven by success, control, and never-ending goals, Mitchell has hidden his past as he becomes jealous of his second wife, accusing her of infidelity. Loyal and willing to work on her marriage, Ava wants to make her husband happy, but she is shocked when he files for divorce and gets temporary custody of the two boys. Young and naïve, Jack absorbs himself in superheroes of comic books to deal with the tense situation.

At a complete loss of what to do legally to protect herself, Ava works with the town’s newcomer attorney, Graham, to stay one step ahead of Mitchell’s sinister plans to keep her away from the children. Psychologist Lucy has to determine which parent is better suited to raise the boys.

Written in first person from Ava, Mitchell, Jack, Graham, and Lucy, all play an integral part in dealing with a sociopath whose demand for love and attention challenges a marriage and family relationships.

With this being a debut novel, it is well-written with complex characters and moves along quickly. However, it is marked down for the more-than-usual amount of profanity, uncharacteristic of a Christian publisher such as Thomas Nelson.

As a former television news anchor, author McNeil is a writer, web geek, and traveler. She lives in Alabama with her two sons.

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Seven Spoons

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every DayTitle: Seven Spoons
Author and Photographer: Tara O’Brady
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-60774-637-9

“By extension, how we use our kitchen reflects how we live our lives. How we cook, what we eat, and why we eat it is the story of who we are as a people, our heritage, priorities, and culture,” Tara O’Brady writes in the introduction to her book, Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day.

At two hundred and ninety-six pages, this hardbound targets those interested in a diverse collection of food recipes. After a twenty page introduction covering the author’s food journey and views on several ingredients, there are seven chapters devoted to over one hundred concoctions, ending with acknowledgments and alphabetical index based on the main product, not dish names.

Beginning the first chapter with seventeen bread and breakfast recipes, the next one covers eleven lunches while the third section involves eighteen soups, salads, and snacks. The fourth area has fourteen dinner meals, followed by thirteen vegetables and sides and eighteen sweets, treats, and sips. The final chapter contains nineteen staples ranging from butters, ricotta, and milk to dressings, pie dough, and harissa.

Each recipe starts with a title and one to several paragraphs about the dish. Serving size is noted with ingredients in a listed bold font. Directions are also in paragraph format, sometimes including sidebars with tidbits and options.

Often containing unique components, some of the unusual dishes are bostocks made with almond meal, chocolate olive oil zucchini bead, fattoush with fava beans and labneh, chaat tostados, celeriac soup with green horseradish oil, halloumi in chermoula, everyday yellow dal, moussaka, turmeric fried okra, baked Irish mash, coconut kheer with bronzed pineapple, and whiskey self-saucing pudding cakes.

The full-page, full-color photographs cover approximately one third of the completed meals, sometimes including unrelated scenes. No preparation times and caloric or nutritional information are listed.

This eclectic cookbook of diverse dishes may be the answer for those cooks looking for a different recipe to try, taste, or twist using sometimes uncommon ingredients.

Author O’Brady has maintained a food blog with the same book title since 2005, writes a regular magazine column, and contributes to several food related sources. Living in Canada with her husband and two sons, the writer has compiled this debut cookbook.

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Animal Mouths

Animal Mouths

Title: Animal Mouths
Author/Photographer: Mary Holland
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-5615

“Most humans eat plants and animals, which makes us omnivores. Like the opossum, we have many different kinds of teeth. How many kinds can you find when you open your mouth and look in the mirror?” Mary Holland asks in her children’s book, Animal Mouths.

Second in the Animal Anatomy and Adaptation series, this thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational information about nature. With no scary scenes except the concern some young ones may have regarding capturing and eating other animals and insects, only one picture shows an insect in a bird’s mouth. The book may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this artistically photographed collection, what is inside the animals’ mouths is the focal point. Beginning with a moth, one learns as a caterpillar it has mouthparts but does not as an adult. Living for about a week, it does not eat so does not need to chew.

While turtles have no teeth but strong jaws, birds use their beaks to grab and devour their prey. Frogs have small teeth on their upper jaws while snakes have sharp teeth that regrow if they are broken. Butterflies have proboscises; robber flies have piercing-sucking mouthparts. Herbivore animals have flat teeth with incisors, and carnivores’ teeth include canines. Omnivores have many different combinations of teeth. By understanding the differences between the animals and the many kinds of teeth, one can readily identify them in nature.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve other uses for mouths, a mammal teeth matching game, a bird beak puzzle of what they eat, and a glossary of teeth names.

What makes this book fun is not only the impressive photographs and explanation of teeth, but also the informational data at the end for older readers. Any child will enjoy viewing the animals and insects from their skull formations to the up-close pictures that show the differences between species.

Award-winning children’s book author, Holland is also a naturalist, nature photographer, and columnist living in Vermont with her dog. Having worked as a naturalist at New York’s Museum of the Hudson Highlands and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, she has written several children’s books.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

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25,000 Mornings

Title: 25,000 Mornings
Author:  Fay Rowe
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN # 978-1-4497-3368-1

“One way to ensure we keep God in our lives is to keep him in our days. I’m convinced that as we start each day by turning our thoughts to him and his ways it will help us live our very best, and our thousands of days will be filled with his goodness,” Fay Rowe writes in the preface of her book, 25,000 Mornings – Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Life.

This one hundred and eighty-three page e-book targets readers looking for a daily devotional hopefully concentrating on the Almighty during their average sixty-eight plus years that equate to twenty-five thousand mornings. Using the Authorized King James Version of the Bible mainly, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

After a preface, there are over one hundred and forty two-to-three page devotionals covering a random of topics. Most topics are of current day events, experiences, and connections occasionally blended with Biblical characters and subjects, followed by a simple written out Bible verse. At the end of each study, there is the author’s autobiography with reviews of other books she has written.

In addition to mentioning the author’s own ideas, beliefs, and attitudes, she reminisces her past as a teenager, speaks of her husband and his job, loves being a grandparent, deals with cancer, and explains antics of her cat, Casey. Trips to Disney World, Canadian writer’s conferences, and watching numerous television shows mix with 9/11, church sermons, coffee with friends, and physical shoulder pain.

Books authored by her along with Olsteen, McManus, C.S. Lewis, and Billy Graham are referenced besides the Biblical stories of Moses, David, Paul, Peter, and most importantly, Jesus.

As the over-fifty year old woman writes her Bible has fallen apart, the lawn has issues, and a new desk is coming, readers get light spiritual reminders of God’s presence daily. Granted she hones in that we need to be connected to our Lord daily and our focus should be centered on Him, yet most of her entries are more personal and about her as she accepts growing older.

If readers want to know the author’s opinions, thoughts, and experiences in a daily read and how she applies them to God, this is a book for them. But as a stand-alone daily connection to the Creator, one would do best reading the Holy Bible every day to hear His calling.

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Physics – An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science

Title: Physics – An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science
Editor: Tom Jackson
Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press
ISBN: 978-0-9853230-6-6

“Physics is the foundation of all science. Without it all of our other knowledge would crumble and collapse. We can now study nature at the smallest scales, but there is a lot that this science has still to discover,” Tom Jackson states in the introduction of his book, Physics– An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science.

This one hundred and forty-four page hardbound book is one of the “Ponderables” series dedicated to trying to answer some of the oldest and important subjects in history. Each series discusses one hundred breakthroughs that changed history and who did what and when in a specific topic. This book caters to one hundred milestones that changed the way we perceive and understand the science of physics throughout the ages.

Arranged like its predecessors, the book is separated into five categories based on time; this includes the dawn of science, the scientific revolution, from classical to modern physics, the subatomic age, and modern physics. Each breakthrough discussed is from a half page to two pages long, mentioning year discovered, by whom, and how with tidbits of interesting particulars and pictures or diagrams.

After the topics, the book explains the basics of physics involving energy, mass and force, motion, waves, optics, and electromagnetism. Next there are seven interesting “Imponderables” that are yet to be ascertained, thirty-nine great physicists’ profiles including their birthplace, birth and death dates, and important finding along with a notable paragraph. Finally there is a bibliography, index, and acknowledgements along with an extensive fold-out timeline with measuring the universe and inside matter information on one side and over one thousand milestone facts covering culture, world events, science, and physics on the other.

Besides separating into branches of classical verses modern physics, discussions range from the theories of tides, light, atoms, and the Big Bang to scientific laws related to refraction, gas, and thermodynamics, along with discoveries by Boltzmann, Einstein, Geiger, Hawking, Hooke, Maxwell, Ockham, Plank, and Thales to name a few.

Readers are immediately drawn to the colorful, detailed photographs, artworks, and diagrams, learning about pendulums, frogs’ legs, ether, long-distant radio, exotic particles, quarks, and spintronics. Short biographies mention Archimedes, Averroes, Bohr, the Curies, Dirac, Franklin, Joule, Rutherford, and Tesla among many others.

With the most interesting part being the unanswered “Ponderables” such as how gravity works on the quantum scale, if time is always one way, could a universe exist without life, or is space filled with sterile neutrinos, this is a wonderful gift for any science buff who wants to add an intelligent read to a coffee table.

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The Power of the Prophetic Blessing

The Power of the Prophetic Blessing

Title: The Power of the Prophetic Blessing
Author: John Hagee
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61795-077-3

The saying “everything happens for a reason” rings true in John Hagee’s book, The Power of Prophetic Blessing, because he firmly believes God has ordained all things have and will happen for specific reasons.

This three hundred page hard bound book has front jacket cover of what appears to be the Ark of the Covenant slightly opened with light beaming from it into a starry night. The back has two paragraphs about the book. The inside flap jacket has four more paragraphs about the contents along with a short biography and photograph of the author. There are bolded “Think on This” sentences to reiterate specific topics spread throughout the chapters. Also included are seven pages of bibliography notes along with four blank pages to write observations. There were no grammar, punctuation or spelling errors noticed.

The book is geared for those who already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and believe prophetic blessings can still be invoked today. For those questioning their own eternity, the plan of salvation is also included.

The first two sections of this book researches the word “bless, blessed and blessing” in the Bible, referencing mainly in the Old Testament through the Gospels to its use, format, and reasoning. It starts its study in Genesis when God blessed Adam and Eve, describes Esau and Jacob’ opposite blessings, dissects Abraham’s covenant blessing and his ten godly testings, and explains the nations who protected or wanted to destroy Israel during the Old Testament times to date. This educational tool expounds on the twelve tribes of Israel, each of their detailed Jewish blessings and where they are today in relationship to those blessings. The author moves into the New Testament blessings of Jesus, examining the future kingdom blessings of the Beatitudes, applying it to our daily lives.

Hagee shows that in the Old Testament, the blessing was given by someone with spiritual authority, by standing, arms uplifted and done in the name of the Lord, face-to-face with a loud voice to be believed and received by the person being blessed. However, the book does not consider that some of these elements were missing in the Beatitudes nor mentions in Acts where, after the laying on hands, the Holy Spirit is sent to be our Intercessor.

The last third of the book concludes Hagee’s beliefs that prophetic blessings can be utilized yet does not emphasis the Holy Spirit’s role or the power of prayer in our age of grace. Besides telling some of his own personal blessings of his family and offspring, he includes easy-to-read blessings to help others start giving blessings on their own.

By knowing prophetic blessings are of Biblical Jewish tradition and we have no true prophets today, this is a resourceful book to learn about the word “bless” in the first two thirds of the Bible. Although some debate that prophetic blessings only occurred before the Holy Spirit came and are not needed today, the book challenges the reader to see the true power of God when He blesses mankind, both in viewing past and present history and how He transforms our lives with authority and sovereignty.

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