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Review: Daisy Cakes Bakes

Title: Daisy Cakes Bakes

Author: Kim Nelson

Date of Publication: February 27th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautiful baking cookbook of 100 recipes for the delicious cakes that made Daisy Cakes a huge success story of ABC’s Shark Tank, plus cookies, pies, cobblers, and more–with 60 photographs evoking a sense of nostalgia for making your own family recipes.

The scent of cake baking in the oven, the pretty sheen of frosting being whipped up nice and light, or the glorious mess of measuring and mixing ingredients for cookie dough are memories cherished by many a home baker. Kim Nelson grew up learning to make family recipes alongside her mother, grandmothers, and great aunt. This pastime blossomed into Kim’s beloved company, Daisy Cakes, which ships delicious Southern layer cakes in keepsake tins all across the US. Daisy Cakes Bakes shares those family cake recipes, as well as recipes for cookies, bars, confections, pies, ice creams, and more. The flavors are rich but never cloying, the recipes are crowd-pleasing and simple to make, and Kim’s engaging stories will inspire everyone to start their own baking traditions.

My Review:

I first saw Daisy Cakes on Shark Tank and instantly wanted to eat them all. Then I remember I looked up the cost online and was like, never mind!

Now, though, I can make my own! The pictures inside were utterly delectable with easy to follow instructions. And the red velvet cake!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anyway, I would need to actually make one to see how it would turn out to properly rate this book. But either way, it’s fun to look at!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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What’s your favorite kind of cake?

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Review: Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand

Title: Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand

Author: Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A cookbook featuring the rich and varied drinking food of Thailand (and the drinks it’s consumed with), with 50 recipes and travelogue-like essays, inspired by Whiskey Soda Lounge, Andy Ricker’s Portland, Oregon, restaurant. 
A celebration of the thrill and spirit of Thai drinking food, Andy Ricker’s follow-up to Pok Pok brings the same level of authority, with a more laid-back approach. Just as America has salted peanuts, wings, and nachos, Thailand has its own roster of craveable snacks: spicy, salty, and/or sour, they are perfect accompaniments for a few drinks and the company of good friends. Accessible and detailed recipes like phat khii mao (drunkard’s stir-fry), kai thawt (Thai-style fried chicken), and thua thawt samun phrai (fried peanuts with kaffir lime, garlic, and chiles) provide all the tools to create the food and the experience of Whiskey Soda Lounge at home.

My Review:

It’s hard for me to judge books about food because they all look pretty good to me. I haven’t had a lot of Thai food, or well, any Thai food to be exact. However, I am wanting to try some now!

 

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My main problem about this book was how dated it look. The cover is fine, but the pictures inside looked like they were straight from 1990, and not in a cool vintage way. The food still looked delicious, but come on, the image quality could have been much better.

Besides that, the book was put together well with good info to go along with each photograph. Recipes seemed easy enough, but I still can’t get past the poor pictures! But not a big deal since you can cook something without a picture just by following the recipe.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

Do you like Thai food?

 

Review: Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made Into Pie

Title: Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried and Made Into Pie

Author: Mary-Frances Heck

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Summary:

60 next-level sweet potato recipes that call on new techniques and bold flavors–like chilies, coconut milk, and chocolate–for flavorful takes on this delicious superfood.

My Review:

Let me just say… I had no idea sweet potatoes could be made into so many things. I have literally had a sweet potato casserole (which is gross) and sweet potato fries (which are good).

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I actually like how diverse a sweet potato is, which I just found out from this book! Do you want a stew? Let me give you some sweet potatoes. You want a casserole? Let me give you some sweet potatoes. You want a soup? Let me give you some sweet potatoes! You want ice cream? Let me give you some sweet potatoes! You want enchiladas? Let me give you some freaking sweet potatoes! Anyway, you get the idea.

The author put this book together extremely well with beautiful pictures that makes me want to try every single one of these recipes—more on the curious factor of wondering what all these different sweet potato things taste like! Overall, I found this interesting and a learning tool on something I had no idea about!!!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Do you like Sweet Potatoes?

Review: The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Title: The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Author: Marie Condo

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

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Summary:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo’s life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo’s advice and inspiration.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home–and life–in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy. Featuring illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto, this book also makes a great read for manga and graphic novel lovers of all ages.

My Review:

I’m pretty organized at keeping my areas clean, my daughter however, is not!! I figured this book would give me some ideas to get her into cleaning mode!

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I’ve never read any Manga book before, except for the Manga drawing book I recently reviewed! Have you ever watched Hoarders? Every time I watch that show, it makes me want to clean double time! This book gave me some anxiety when I saw Chiaki’s place!

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A lot of this story just didn’t click for me, but I still found a lot of it really cute minus the whole hoarder thing! The comic book setup was my favorite part of this, and I think a lot of people who aren’t good cleaners may find this useful, though.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Do you like to clean?

Review: Women in Sports

Title: Women In Sports

Author: Rachel Ignotofsky

Date of Publication: July 18th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Women in Sports highlights notable women’s contributions to competitive athletics to inspire readers young and old. Keeping girls interested in sports has never been more important: research suggests that girls who play sports get better grades and have higher self-esteem–but girls are six times more likely to quit playing sports than boys and are unlikely to see female athlete role models in the media. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, Women in Sports features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women athletes from the 1800s to today including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than 40 different sports. The book also contains infographics about relevant topics such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, statistics about women in athletics, and influential female teams.

My Review:

I thought this book was well done! The illustrations alone deserve 10 stars. And the book is filled with them. Each page has a different female athlete, and the sports are diverse, ranging from tennis, archery, gymnastics, etc. The opposite page is filled with information about the athlete, and it was interesting learning about ones I knew about as well as ones I didn’t!

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This book is definitely an inspiration for females and males of all ages, showing that you can achieve anything if you set your mind and body to it!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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How does this book sound to you?

Review: Perspective in Action

Title: Perspective in Action

Author: David Chelsea

Date of Publication: June 20th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Using the graphic novel format, Perspective in Action features 33easy-to-follow demonstrations to teach the major discoveries in perspective. Perspective is a fundamental element in the development of art and for understanding spatial relationships, but it is an underserved topic in the world of art instruction. Author and artist David Chelsea takes readers through the major perspective-related developments in history, teaching them how to re-create these same experiments by leading artists in all fields (including drawing, painting, and sculpture). Covering a wide-range of mediums (pen and ink, paint, chalk, digital art, woodwork, and more), Perspective in Action gives readers a more hands-on approach to perspective, as opposed to the usual theoretical presentations found in other books.”

My Review:

It’s like I’m so terrible at art, but I love looking and reading about it. This one was pretty interesting because it reads like a comic book. It kept my attention that way versus using long paragraphs about boring nothing.

Spatial representation is such a cool thing too because with every angle you get a whole different look at your intended object or scene. I love that this goes from the Renaissance to the Digital Age. Any time I see the words Renaissance, I’m ecstatic!

There were some pages on geometric solids which were awesome. Not that I can make one, but I might as well try. Even if you aren’t into art, this is just something cool to learn about. Even a way to see the world and objects differently.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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What do you think of spatial representation?

Review: How to Pack

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About How to Pack

It’s time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.

When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination—and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you’re exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you’ll learn about:
·         Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
·         The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
·         Folding versus Rolling: What’s right for which items
·         Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great
·         The Packing Timeline: How to avoid “I’m forgetting something” syndrome
·         Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip

My Review:

This book was really cute. I am going to be going on a trip this summer, so I requested this book to try and get some good ideas on packing. There was a ton of info and while some of the things were obvious like if you bring a white shirt make sure you bring light underclothing.

There are also check lists included which is kind of nice. I do get kind of overwhelmed when there is a lot of info, and in the end I am just going to pack the way I want to. I do feel like anyone that is terrible at packing will find this helpful, though.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Do you have any vacations planned this summer?