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Baking For Two Review 

Baking For Two has been a sweet addition to my cookbook collection and I love that this book gears baking to smaller portions for many reasons. One, for less waste but the biggest for me is to be able to test out recipies before making large portions. Not only does it cover the fundamentals of baking but takes the guesswork out of small batch cooking to create tasty treats. My favorite chapter is Cobblers, Crisps & Shortcakes, but from breads to custards, the easy to follow recipies and tips will inspire kitchen creativity. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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Taquería Tacos Review

We are regulars at our local Mexican restaurant so have really been enjoying Taquería Tacos by Leslie Limon. Being able to incorporate this authentic style into our cooking routine has been a refreshing change. The step by step instructions give even inexperienced cooks the ability to create delicious recipes. Everything is broken down by chapter from the tortillas to filling, as well as tools and even drinks to compliment the many recipes included. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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Retrain Your Brain Review

I’ve had my fair share of depression and anxiety in life and although I’ve never seen a therapist I’ve always looked for books on the subject as well as other psychological reads to better understand the subject. The phrase that caught my eye with this was “..learn to be your own therapist”. As I’ve had family that has suffered from the same, I also realize that it can be beneficial in understanding loved ones and the struggles they are going through. Retrain Your Brain does a nice job of breaking down CBT and its background as well as identifying the different types of anxiety and depression so that you can work to alleviate them. The workbook format is very engaging and the examples bring the points to life very effectively. ​I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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The Perfect English Grammar Workbook Review

Given that I’ve been working on my writing, it’s a great time for me to discover The Perfect English Grammar Workbook. I had been looking for an English refresher to inspire and improve my writing and that’s exactly what this accomplished. From sentence structure to conjunctive adverbs, this book covers the basic rules and laws of English language in a fun and memorable way. There are tons of practice exercises and quizzes to test your retention and challenge your writing journey. If you’re on the search to strengthen your grammar and writing like myself, I would definitely recommend this delightfully helpful aid. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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The Couples Kama Sutra Review

I’ll start by saying that I’ve never read anything like The Couples kama sutra and was kind of curious what I could possibly learn from it. This book provides the basics to experiment with and explore your sexuality. I can definitely see how it could open up communication and strengthen partner bonds by providing a wide variety of tools to bring couples closer together in a comfortable and fulfilling way. I thought the cheeky yet sensual illustrations were a nice touch as well. ​I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book Review

The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book by Robin Donovan is exactly the addition I needed to my cookbook collection being as we recently inherited an ice cream maker. It does a wonderful job of laying down the basics of old fashion ice cream making. From choosing the right maker to troubleshooting, chapter one gives you all the pertinent information you need to create many delicious recipes. The remainder of the chapters cover these recipies broken down into categories. I’m so looking forward to creating many of these with my daughters.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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Diabetes Cookbook Review

Although I don’t have diabetes myself, my interest in the subject started when I was nearly diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my second daughter. My pickyness has also spurred a passion for finding delicious foods than are also healthy. I think there is a misconception about diabetic diets that you are extremely limited, but eat what you love Diabetes Cookbook by Lori Zanini RD, CDE proves that you can create tasty, balanced meals with less effort than you’d expect. The first chapter does a wonderful job of explaining how our bodies process food as well as tips and substitutions to ease the anxiety of balancing meals and make it enjoyable, which inspires a healthier lifestyle. One thing I’ve enjoyed that is different from most cookbooks I own are the plate icons for easier balancing of meals.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cookbook Review

As I’ve gotten older I’ve started paying more attention to the foods we eat and finding healthy alternatives. Although I have no conditions myself, I can think of friends and family who could benefit from an anti inflammatory diet as well. I’m always looking for new and creative cookbooks, and The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cookbook is a great addition to the collection. The first chapter was very informative and helped me understand how and why are bodies process the foods we eat. I also found the pantry checklist as well as the chart giving lists of foods that fight inflammation as well as worsen it as an easy guideline. I’m especially looking forward to trying the Smoothie collection which includes ingredients like Tumeric and Matcha which I’m somewhat familiar with.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook Review

I’ve always been a huge fan of pasta and starches, so this year I bought a Spiralizer in hopes of creating healthier meals that don’t leave me deprived. Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth is just what I needed to take spirilizing to the next level. The first chapter is full of tips and info to make getting started easier and more efficient. With recipes such as spaghetti and meatballs and weeknight minestrone, I hope to incorporate many of these healthy alternatives into the family routine.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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Dutch Oven Obsession Review

I have many instruments in the kitchen such as steamers, crockpots, pressure cookers and such, but this book has reignited my inspiration for the Dutch Oven or Cocotte as the French say. I have a particular love and curiosity for one pot meals so this will definitely be a staple in my vast cookbook collection. Im taken by the limitless versatility. From baking bread to frying, you’re sure to find plenty of uses between the 100+ easily followed recipies. The first chapter covers history, options and tips while the remaining chapters cover the variety of recipes such as breakfast and desserts. I would recommend this to anyone looking for one pot inspiration.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

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