Archive | July 2015

Straight up Tasty by Adam Richman

What’s Inside:   
The much anticipated first cookbook from Adam Richman, the irrepressible host of Man vs Food and NBC’s Food Fighters, delivers what his fans have been waiting for: a heaping helping of over-the-top flavors with a side order of the erudite humor that is his trademark.

 

Having eaten his way from coast to coast and around the globe, Adam Richman has learned more than a little bit about what makes food taste good. He draws on all that knowledge and his lifelong dedication to seeking out memorable flavors and eating experiences in this high octane collection of dishes that are, quite simply, straight up tasty.

 

The more than 100 diverse, dazzling, and downright delectable recipes reflect the flavor combinations, techniques, and ingredients Adam has encountered in his nonstop travels, all translated into easy-to-use recipes perfect for the home cook, and all given a distinctive Richman spin. But Straight Up Tasty is much more than a scrapbook of Adam’s culinary expeditions; it offers the perfect foodie flavor bomb for every occasion from a crowd-pleasing spread for game day to a turbocharged holiday feast. 

 

Along the way he holds forth on topics as diverse as where to encounter the nation’s best burgers and why the best thing on a restaurant menu isn’t always what you might think; delivers helpful advice on kitchen prep in haiku form; and recounts the history of chocolate in rhyming couplets. And did we mention Candied Bourbon Bacon? You’ll find those delectable tidbits and oh so much more in Straight Up Tasty, a cookbook that could only have come from the passionate palate and irrepressible enthusiasm of America’s ambassador of flavor, Adam Richman.
Who Wrote It: 
  

Adam Richman has starred on and produced numerous Discovery Channel shows, including Man vs Food and Adam Richman’s The Best Sandwich in America, and is the host of NBC’s Food Fighters. Brooklyn born and bred, Richman is a graduate of Emory University and the Yale School of Drama and is the author of America the Edible: A Hungry History from Sea to Shining Sea. 
My Thoughts:
I Love that fact that with Straight up Tasty I get the best of both worlds a Travel guide of sorts as well as a Cookbook. Reading this book was so very simple an recipes are easy to read an follow with many pictures. Adam Richman had me sold from the Introduction let me tell you I was reading and answering his questions like Yes Thats me. I have tried a few of the recipes in this book an I have to say yes I do have a few favorites like Baked Gouda with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Tortilla Soup with Guacamole Wontons to name only a few. I highly recommend Straight up Tasty if your looking for awesome new recipes to try and share with your love ones.
Star Rating:
I give Straight up Tasty 5 Stars overall I loved it
 NOTE: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in return for my honest review 

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

What’s Inside:   

Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.
    Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget.

Who Wrote It: 

  

ELIZA KENNEDY attended the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation she served as a law clerk for a federal judge, then practiced litigation for several years at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. She lives in New York with her husband and son. This is her first novel.
My Thoughts:

This book was not what I thought it would be it was absolutely better. I loved how throughout reading this book I kept saying to myself that just did not happen or No she did not just say that out loud. I loved Lily Wilder she is so out of the box and her family is crazy funny too. To be honest while I was reading this book all I kept think was why Lily are you getting married you have deeper issues like “Sex Addiction”,”Drinking” that need to be addressed like now before things get worse. I was not expecting that little twist towards the end of the book. Overall I loved the this book it was very well written and very entertaining never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book Eliza Kennedy did a wonderful job writing this book.   
Stars: 
I give I Take You 4 1/2 Stars

Note: This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in return for my honest review of this book. 

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman

On Shifting Sands….  
What the Back Says: 
Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.

Who Wrote It:

  
Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.

My Thoughts: 

For me this book was a struggle to get through sadly I could not finish this book I only made it to page therefor I will be giving my thoughts on what I did read. While reading this book I did like how easy it was to read the wording was not to difficult to follow or understand. I just couldn’t connect to the main character Nola. I understand how she was depressed ever since her mothers death but come I felt like at some point she needed to seek some professional help how could her husband not see how sad she was and depressed which in turn I’m not saying what she did was right because I believe marriage vows a sacred and should not be taken lightly. It just upset me that she kept saying she was sorry and didn’t want to keep cheating and lying but continued to do to so. I do recommend this book to others who don’t mind this type of story but for me sadly it just didn’t do it for me.

Stars Give:
I give this book an overall score of 2 Stars…

Note: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in return for my honest review.