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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: The Grand Central Market Cookbook

Title: The Grand Central Market Cookbook

Author: Adele Yellin and Kevin West

Date of Publication: October 3rd, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

Founded in 1917, Grand Central Market is a legendary food hall in Downtown Los Angeles that brings together the many traditions and flavors of the city. Now, GCM’s first cookbook puts the spotlight on unique recipes from its diverse vendors, bringing their authentic tastes to your home kitchen. From Horse Thief BBQ’s Nashville-Style Hot Fried Chicken Sando to Madcapra’s Sumac Beet Soda to Golden Road’s Crunchy Avocado Tacos, here are over 85 distinctive recipes, plus spectacular photography that shows off the food, the people, and the daily bustle and buzz. Stories about the Market’s vibrant history and interviews with its prominent customers and vendors dot the pages as well. Whether you’ve visited and want to make your favorite dishes at home, or are simply looking for a cookbook that provides a plethora of multi-national cuisine, The Grand Central Market Cookbook is sure to make your kitchen just a little bit cooler.


My Review:

After reading this book, I think I need to go visit the food in Los Angeles! I thought this was a good book that covered info on all the food out there. I’m more concerned that there’s a place called Eggslut? Lol!!!! I’d check it out! Also, I’m not anywhere near vegan, but dang, I want those vegan avocado tacos!


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My one con was the coconut-lime cocados (macaroons). I hate anything with coconut, so I may have dry heaved from looking at the pictures of those! Overall, this is a fun little cook book if you want to get a feel for the taste of Los Angeles!

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


How does this book sound to you?

Review: QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip

Title: Queso!: Regional Recipes for the World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip

Author: Lisa Fain

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

A fun, full-color look at everyone’s favorite cheese dip, with history, tips, facts, and 50 recipes from beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, “the Homesick Texan.” 

Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you’re relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times.

My Review:

This book has answered my prayers! Freaking cheese! I love cheese dip! Queso!!! There are so many different queso dips that I had no idea existed, and I want to drink every single one of them!


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The spinach queso blanco looked the best, and there are some avocados thrown in! If you want me to love you, all you have to do is hand me some queso and an avocado, so I just may marry this dip!

Before I get any more ridiculous, there were plenty of easy to follow dips that would be great for parties or just any normal day. I think I also need the queso burger! This has to be my favorite food book so far!

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


Are you a cheese fan?

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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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.


Do you like Sweet Potatoes?

Review: Eat Beautiful


Cover Reveal: Love & Cupcakes


lc_coverrevealToday we are celebrating the cover reveal of LOVE & CUPCAKES by Bethany Lopez. This is a cookbook based off recipes from the Cupcakes series. It will be released on December 5th. Check out the cover, blurb, and an actual recipe from the book below. This book is currently up for pre-order now so go grab your copy for just .99¢!



Coming December 5th

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Cover Design by makeready designs



Bethany Lopez is at it again, and this time, it’s all about Cupcakes!
This follow up to Love & Recipes is a Companion Cookbook to her Cupcake Series. It features Cupcake recipes from the pages of Always Room for Cupcakes, Cupcake Overload, and the upcoming third book in the series. If you love cupcakes, this is the book for you!



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My Adventure At Golden Corral


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So first off the only reason we went to Golden Corral was my daughter had a coupon from her class at school for a free child’s meal, so I was like okay we can go out and eat and save some money. WRONG!


What a rip off. I should have paid more attention because when the lady with the “Kardashian braids” asked me what I wanted to drink I assumed it was included in that $11.99 price??? Needless to say she did not care of course. I had never been here before, so all I knew about it was that it was a buffet.

I should have took a picture of the main meal of stuff I grabbed, but it really doesn’t matter because it was terrible.


Anytime I see guacamole I am like oh yes!!! But really I should have been saying oh nooooo! Worst guacamole I have ever had in my life there was no taste and my mouth was on fire.


I didn’t think you could go wrong with a salad, but apparently you can???

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After all that I saw red velvet cake, and I said thank the stars, but it was stale!!!! Also I don’t even know what that mashed up stuff I grabbed was, but it was slimy??

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My daughter enjoyed her stuff… But how can you go wrong with an M&M?


My husband just wanted to get out of that dump.

So sorry but not sorry we will not be returning. I will give props to our waiter who was super nice though.

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Have you guys eaten here before?

Review: The Crown’s Game

Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016


Goodread’s Summary:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review:

So first off I was pretty excited about this book.  I think I got a little too excited because although it was okay it wasn’t the great masterpiece I was expecting it to be.  There were aspects of The Night Circus which I preferred over The Crown’s Game. The Crown’s Game was also told in multiple point of views and at times I felt like most were pointless. The only character I really liked was a side character named Aizhana, and she was likeable to me even though I don’t know if she was meant to be?

Basically the book begins with one of the main characters Vika training and practicing her magic with her father Sergei. They didn’t know that another enchanter Nikolai existed, so when the King needs an Imperial Enchanter Nikolai and Vika discover each other. There can only be one, so they must duel it out to the death.

Now my issue was I was expecting something dark maybe Hunger Games like, but I didn’t receive that.  Instead I got some fluffy magic and an odd sort of love triangle which both of these guys Nikolai and the emperor’s son Pasha fall in love with Vika with pretty much no real conversations with the character throughout the book.  I found myself feeling like I had ADD even though I don’t have it, so I would constantly go and do laundry, come back to the book, go vacuum, come back to the book… etc… etc…


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I felt like nothing was really explained.  The “romance” between Nikolai and Vika not only being underdeveloped, but it seemed like Nikolai should have been romantically linked to his friend Renata because I felt more of a connection between them than what the author wants you to feel between him and Vika.

There were a lot of things that happened in this books and deaths that I didn’t know if I was supposed to feel emotional about it, but I didn’t really feel anything.

There was a lot of magic in the book which I did enjoy, but again I was looking for that “WOW” factor.  Evelyn Skye had great world building, and I am no Russian expert, but I felt like she knew her Russian stuff really well.  It kind of makes me want to go visit Russia tomorrow.  And the food… Oh my goodness the food there was so much talk about food!  Maybe it is because I love food, but I really liked it.


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In the end it did actually get pretty good with the final duel, and although there is a cliffhanger I didn’t think it was a terrible one, and instead it seemed hopeful to me.


Have you read this book yet or not?  Do you know of any other Russian inspired books?