Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Paleo Chef

Nothing says good morning like a great plate of food! So start your day with sweet potato rotis, accompanied by poached eggs, spinach, avocado and smoked salmon. Or maybe a shrimp omelet with dashi broth and Asian greens. Fix that early sweet tooth with a muesli and berry parfait topped with coconut cream or a bowl of black chia seed pudding with nuts, figs and dates. When lunchtime rolls around, find delight in a smoked trout, kale and fennel salad. Or switch it up with Japanese crunchy chicken. Snack on root vegetable slaw or sweet potato fries. For dinner, don't skimp on the good stuff, why not try a mum's burger piled high, or grilled sirloin topped with mushrooms, horseradish and arugula? Make sure to save room for desert, or else you'll miss out on the chocolate beet mud cakes, strawberry bliss balls and the key lime tart! Paleo doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be down right delicious! I was really excited to receive this book, as my paleo diet hAs become quite stale. I a, really looking forward to preparing quite a few of these recipes. While some of them look pretty labor intensive, I'm hoping the pay off will be worth it. There are a few that I feel were basic enough they didn't need to be included. But overall, the book not only looks great, with the photography very well done and the lay out easy and pleasing, but looks like it will Taste great too. I'm very excited to have some new recipes to inspire my cooking efforts in the coming weeks. I already have a list of paleo friends to recommend this book to. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Secret of Pembrook Park

Abigail Foster Feels responsible for her families demise. Usually practical and cautious, she urges her father to make what she thinks is a sound investment with her uncle. But when it turns sour, her family is forced to leave the only house she has ever known. Through timely circumstances, they are contacted with information there may be a house they can let in the countryside. It wouldn't be London, but it was said to be grand. And it was, at least , 18 years before it had been boarded up... After moving in, Abigail finds herself surrounded by mystery. Strange noises at night, servants not whom they claim to be, and letters showing up bearing no name of sender. Soon she finds herself intrigued by tales of family treasures and a secret room hidden within the very walls of the manor she resides. But it's not only treasure she finds herself seeking. Having made her presence known in the community, it's not long she has admirers, and begins to fall in love herself, although torn between the two men seeking her. With so much happening outside the home, and so many vying to get in, will she solve the mysteries that keep her awake at night, and whom, if anyone will take her hand in the process? I have never read this author before, but am always intrigued by historical fiction. I really liked the setting of this book. And the story as well held my interest. I was very curious about the hidden treasure, and of the many characters who had secret identities. I can't say I sped through the book in rapt attention, but I did find myself wanting to read to know what would happen next. I did feel it a little dry at timed and a little predictable at others. But overall, I'd be willing to read more by this author. And I would recommend it to those who like this particular genre. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honey review.

Friday, January 16, 2015

From Newton to Einstein to God

I usually Iike to write a synopsis or a short abridged version of the book I am reviewing. However, I can honestly say, I have no idea what this book was about. The author, Leong Ying, spends a good part of the book using rhyming verse giving an autobiographical account of some sorts. Starting when he was young, all the way to present day I believe. And then catapults the reader into some either very intelligent, or in my case, extremely incomprehensible ramblings about the universe and physics and God. I am still uncertain how they all connect. The rhyme is somewhat stilted and made for a lot of awkward and forced sentences. The storyline itself, while it followed a sort of timeline, felt very disjointed. And i do have to mention, he is quite accomplished. I wish I could say I had done half of what he has, but I can't say I enjoyed reading this book. I did find it interesting. Learning about his life, and seeing a little into his mind. But it left me wondering what the overall point was, and quite honestly , like I wasn't intelligent enough to know what he was talking about. I'm not sure how I would recommend this book, as it's a very specific audience I believe that would want or need to read this. I am sure Ling has a lot of great things to say or impart, as suggested by the popular demand for his intelligence. But for me, I guess it wasn't quite up my alley.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Letter To My Cat

Meet Buddy, who saved his owners life. Make friends with Abigail and Samuel, kitty siblings who healed their human parents souls. And suggle up with Sugar as she nibbles on your toes under the blankets. Letter after letter you will see owners profess their love for their furry companions. You will smile , you will tear up. You will love cats more! What a great book for cat lovers. This is a fun quick read and one that's perfect for the coffee table for guests to enjoy. The phography is well done, and the stories endearing. Made me think about what I'd write to my cats. I also liked getting to know the letters authors in the back after I was done reading through the book! Perfect gift or recommendation for any cat or animal lover .

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Little Bunnys Bible

Starting in Genesis and ending in Luke, your little one will get to enjoy 8 wonderfully illustrated short bible stories in this cute and fuzzy beginners bible. As you child delights on the stories of the bible, they will love to also snuggle the book as they read. This book is really cute. The outside of the book is so soft, my children love it! And I love the illustrations. They are done very artfully and beautifully. This is more like a board book with short summarizations of bible stories than it is a bible. But a very cute book to add to your kids collection. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.