Archive | November 2015

Fried Chicken by Rebecca Lang

What’s Inside:
An irresistible cookbook featuring more than 50 family-friendly fried chicken recipes–including classic Southern, globally influenced, and skillet- and deep-fried variations. 

     Fried chicken is comfort food at its finest. Served alongside a biscuit, atop waffles, or just on its own, fried chicken is one of the most universally loved foods around. In Fried Chicken, Southern chef Rebecca Lang collects 50 of the most tantalizing, crowd-pleasing variations on the classic. There are perennial favorites like Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken Smothered in Gravy; Tennessee Hot Chicken; kid-friendly Chicken Fingers; and even Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken. Also featured are internationally inspired recipes, such as Saigon Street Wings, Chinese Lollipop Wings, Mexican-Lime Fried Chicken Tacos, and Korean Fried Chicken with Gochujang Sauce. All of these recipes are impeccably tested, foolproof, and will have the whole family singing the praises of perfectly fried poultry.
Who Wrote It:

Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor, television personality, and a ninth-generation Southerner. Born and raised in South Georgia, she is the author of five cookbooks, including Quick-Fix Southern and Around My Southern Table. She serves as a contributing editor for Southern Living, and teaches cooking classes across the United States. Rebecca lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and children.

My Thoughts:

 I could not wait to get my hands on Rebecca Lang new book Fried Chicken. I thought I knew a lot about frying chicken little did I know. I love how Rebecca breaks it down to the basics in the chapter Frying Chicken 101 learning why size matters when frying chicken or how to cut up a whole chicken properly. The pictures throughout this cookbook were amazing an beautifully done. Okay now let me tell you a little about the recipes in this book they are so easy to follow and so freaking delicious. Here are a just a few to name Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy…Thai style Drumsticks with sweet chile sauce…Tennessee Hot Chicken… There are so many great recipes throughout this whole cookbook. I must say Rebecca Lang stuck her FOOT & KNEE in this one it that good. If you love Fried Chicken an want to try to change things up a bit then I Highly Recommend this book to you!

Star Rating:

I give Fried Chicken by Rebecca Lang 5 Stars

Note: I was given this copy for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review…



What’s Inside:  
 Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.
Who Wrote It: 

Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. She writes fiction about women choosing to challenge their fears to become the strong women God intended them to be. Author of, Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families, and Hearts on the Road. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. When she was small, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, discovered a blanket tossed over the top of her desk made a great hiding spot and she began scribbling stories in a notebook. Still to this day no one can read her handwriting. If she hadn’t been given an old Royal typewriter she might never have had a book published. Her first stories were so bad they would bring tears to your eyes if you read them today. After much writing, re-writing and reading she learned the best way to tell a story is from the heart and then let the mind edit it so others can read it. She’s studied with The Children’s Institute of Literature, Margie Lawson and a plethora of writing classes. She’s taken so many classes she’s been advised by her writing friends to stop, and start writing. Diana will admit to a love of learning followed by a desire to procrastinate. Currently, Diana and her husband live in Southern Illinois with two cats. They have 3 sons who have moved out of the nest, married and are now parents. Diana says, “Grandchildren are the best thing on earth.” She was unaware of the power the little ones had until they placed the first one in her arms. “That’s all it took. Overnight, I became the annoying grandmother with photos on my phone.”
My Thoughts:
To be honest this book to me a little while okay a lot of while to get into. Once I got to about the 4th chapter I was hooked. I loved Jazz Sweet personality she was a breath of fresh air at times. I felt so bad for Louisa she had the kids, house work even the dog to take care of all by herself. No wonder she lot her mind she needed her husbands help. I loved Jazz’s relationship with Collin she reminded him of all that he was missing at home with kids and with his wife. The ending felt a little rushed to me an not at all believable the ending was okay if could have been a little better. I would recommend Mind of her Own to anyone who is looking for a light hearted funny christian novel.
Star Rating:


I give Mind of her Own 4 Stars….

Note: I received this copy from Tyndale Publishing in return for my honest review.  

Armada by Ernet Cline

What’s Inside:   
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and video games he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. 

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe. 

And then he sees the flying saucer. 

 Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.  

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. 

 It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar? 

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Who Wrote It: 

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to finally get the chance to read Armada I have heard great things about Ernest Cline’s other novel Ready Player One. I thought I was going to love this book but sadly I did not it was so hard to even get through. I kept saying to myself okay just a little more it will get better only after I reached Phase Two I couldn’t take it anymore. I felt No connection to any of the characters in the book Zack was so irritating I was ready to pull my hair out. I wish I could love this book there was so much potential but in my eyes it just fell flat. 

My Star: 

I give Armada an overall of 2 stars I like the covere very much
Note: I received this free copy from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.