Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: Delicious Recipes to Help Reduce Bad Fats and Lower Your Cholesterol, 5th Edition , Robin P. Loveman, Senior Editor



Review: Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: Delicious Recipes to Help Reduce Bad Fats and Lower Your Cholesterol, 5th Edition
Robin P. Loveman, Senior Editor
Harmony Books
2015

American Heart Association Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: Delicious Recipes to Help Reduce Bad Fats and Lower Your CholesterolI love to browse cookbooks, look for new ideas, and read some of the extra narratives related to those recipes.  This particular cookbook caught my eye because I had purchased one of the earlier versions and since misplaced it.  The older one had some good stuff in it, but this one is like a while new world.  I can have tacos, and crepes, and all sorts of yummy desserts now like a brulee.  Vegetables and fruit are still musts, but in new ways.  Green beans and spinach are still out there, but so are edamame and artichokes.  There are sauces to drizzle over nearly any category of food to enhance the flavors and appearance. This is not the regimented cookbook I remember from before.  Beef is back and more recipes for a larger variety of seafood, too.  As always the nutritional information follows the recipe.  So yes, I’m already happy with this edition.  Easier to stay on track if the food is tasty.  So, to that long list of folks that worked on this edition I say, “Thank you!”

The advice offered is more helpful and much easier to understand.  My favorite part is a shopping list found in the back that helps keep your shelves stocked with supplies.  Another item I found useful is the portion size estimator that compares a portion with everyday articles like baseballs, dice, and even hockey pucks.  Portion size creep is my favorite way to add to my weight.  A good review once in a while is very needed in my case.  There’s plenty more advise and suggestions within this cookbook. 

This cookbook makes eating healthier much more attractive than ever before just by allowing some new flavor and variety back into a dietary plan.  I like it and think you will, too.  

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: Eleanor by Jason Gurley



Review: Eleanor
Jason Gurley
2016
Crown Publishing

This is one fine book!  And it was much more than I expected.  The book description doesn’t come close to the experience.  Maybe that’s why I going on so about this book.  It is an experience rather than a mere novel.  

Eleanor: A NovelThat is after you make it past the first twenty or thirty pages.   A slow start for me, but even that made sense after I traveled farther into this book.  The quote from an unknown author launches the book.  Don’t skip over it.  The characters are in a situation that many of us know either first hand or from being close to those who have been where this family has had to walk.  The author has woven this story into a surreal tale of other dimensions, times, and places without losing any of the credibility and pathos.

Yes, I recommend this book.  It’s a read that you will not want to put down.  And after you finished you may want to sit and think about it for a while.  

I received this book from the publishers in exchange for a review. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston



Review: Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back
Ray Johnston
W Publishing Group
2015

Catchy title.  I did notice it and decided to read it.  

This author really likes lists!!  Five of this and four of that and 15 of the other.  Even the back cover has a set of bullet points.  The reader does begin not to notice them after a while.  The endorsements included are numerous and stellar.  The narrative is easy to read.  The content except for the last chapter and few anecdotal pieces along the way left me cold.  
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Why?  The “what’s wrong with the church” books have enumerated repeatedly all the woes and ills that anyone who attends a church or even observes one from afar can see.  What is really needed if you want to write a book is to point folks to the solution.  Would it sell?  Probably not since it’d be too simple and too difficult all at once.  It’d be a rehash of the Old Testament prophets speaking to Israel.  They didn’t get much traction in their day either.

OK.  So what was so good about the last chapter?  That’s the reason for living and, judging from the intensity of the author’s writing there, it’s where his heart really is.  So why write the other stuff?  Show us what really matters to you!  Passion was mentioned earlier in his book, as was safety.  He opted for safety on this one. 

Read this book and see if you can find any other take away when you are done.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.