WARNING! Do NOT start this book if you have chores, or plans! “MISS FANNIE MAE’S GIRLS” by LARRY BATCHELOR



The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ward


I enjoyed this cookbook, as it presents healthy living as a lifestyle, not just another fad diet. The recipes are interesting and include ingredients that are easy to find.

I received a digital copy of this book, but have been told the cover and binding are a little off putting as it is nothing but unsealed cardboard. 




I love this simply for the fact that it gives you techniques and all the things you really need to know in order to make the recipes. I am looking forward to creating them for myself. Everything sounds so yummy and they show/tell you step-by-step.
I also like how they suggest pairings, as I am learning this really is important.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:




I am impressed with this cookbook. Such simple recipes for small gatherings. Not all of us like large crowds in our home, nor are we prepared or skilled enough to host a large gathering.

I can embrace the idea of relaxed entertaining, where the cook is not stressed and everything is filling and delicious.

Erin Gleeson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest Feast, returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook packed with 100 brand-new simple vegetarian recipes designed for relaxed entertaining.

When food photographer and stylist Erin Gleeson left New York City to live in a cabin in the woods of northern California, she started the blog The Forest Feast to document her vegetable-centric, seasonal approach to cooking. Her readers are drawn to her healthy recipes that anyone can make—dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party—as well as to her visually stunning photography and watercolors. Erin handwrites each recipe over her photos to create diagram-like, step-by-step instructions that are vibrant, unique, and most important, easy to cook from.

Erin’s recipes have always been ideal for entertaining, but now in The Forest Feast Gatherings she offers detailed guidance on hosting casual, yet thoughtful, get-togethers from start to finish with recipes that serve 6 to 8. The book offers 100 new, innovative vegetarian recipes, along with some fan favorites from the blog, arranged in a series of artfully designed menus that are tailored around specific occasions and seasons—whether a summer dinner party, a laid-back brunch, a vegan and gluten-free gathering, or holiday cocktails. Sample recipes include:

Pomegranate PunchQuinoa Crunch SaladFloral Summer RollsVietnamese Lentil TacosKale-Hazelnut SaladPear-Thyme Galettes

Menus feature recipes for drinks, appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, accented by quick decorating ideas for flower arrangements, signage, and table settings.

Lushly illustrated with hundreds of watercolor drawings and photographs, The Forest Feast Gatherings is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends, simply, easily, and beautifully.
Also available from Erin Gleeson: The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods and The Forest Feast for Kids.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:



Cookbook: I <3 Soup by BEVERLY LEBLANC


It is getting close to Winter here on my side of the planet, and during the cooler months, we are huge soup eaters in my family.

This book has the best variety of soups I have seen contained in one volume. There are some recipes for Summer soups, but I am determined to try some of the cold weather soups this season.

The recipes sound easy and the ingredients are easy to find for the most part.

I’m excited to try her version of Japanese miso soup and the Italian bean stews.

This can be purchased on Amazon.



this one chef q

As many of you know, I do not cook, however I am addicted to cook books and cooking shows and like to experiment in the kitchen from time to time.

This book is full of recipes that seem intimidating at first, but once you take them step by step as you are supposed to, you will see they are really quite easy.

So, don’t let the names intimidate you.

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love the foods that come along with this season.

In this book, you will find recipes for:




The recipe for the Hokkaido Squash Veloute’ with Scallops (sounds fancy, yes?) Only takes about 5 minutes prep time, 30 minutes cooking time, and serves four people .

Chef Q also gives you tips and substitutions for certain ingredients.

So, if you are ready to fall into the Autumn season like I am, I highly recommend this cook book.

Have fun and let me know what you tried.

Chef Q in Paris-The Fall Collection by Didier Quemener is available for purchase on Amazon.




Family smart recipes! “Veggie Mama” by Doreen Virtue & Jenny Ross


This is geared towards getting your kids to eat plant based meals, but I think it is helpful for all of us.

We live in a world where there are so many by-products, hormones and chemicals used in our food, no wonder we have become so unhealthy.

I enjoyed this book because it gives helpful advice without being preachy or pushy or shoving things down your throat. (Pardon the pun.)

Easy to read and follow. I highly recommend young and old, if you are interested in adding more plant based meals to your life.

I received this from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and it can be purchased at this Amazon link:



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