One of the best parts of being a blogger is getting chance to read new books first. Check out what I’ve been reading this month on NetGalley!
By Ryan Scott; published by Tim Inc. Books, Oxmoor House
I remember Ryan Scott when he was on Top Chef Chicago and his P.O.V. was very much about food being fussy and overdone. I’m glad to see that he’s embraced a more simple approach, but I feel now it’s so packaged and processed that it still doesn’t appeal to me very much. The recipes feel dated, bland and uninteresting If you like to use a lot of premade dough products, then you might enjoy this book. But, I think I’ll stick to things that use a lot more technique.
Mamma: Reflections on the Food that Makes Us
By Mina Holland; published by Orion Publishing Group
I love books about food and I also enjoy memoirs too. So you can imagine that I really love books that combine both of these elements. At least I want to love these kinds of books. I like that the author was trying to connect food memories with our mothers. Many people’s earliest food memories come from their mothers. But, I had a big problem of relating to this book. The whole approach to food was so different from the one I experienced as a child that it made feel mournful and almost judged about my food experiences. If you had an idyllic childhood full of fabulous home cooking and fresh food, mostly British cuisine, then this might be a book to check out.
The Slider Effect: You Can’t Eat Just One!
By Jonathan Melendez; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
I love sliders and I love this book! The slider combinations and the photography will make you simultaneously drool and want to run to your kitchen to begin cooking. Jonathan Melendez doesn’t just give you great sandwich combinations and recipes to make your own delicious toppings. He also gives what I feel to be the most important tip to making your own sliders, bread recipes for slider buns! I can’t wait to use some of these recipes for a party!
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
By Ben Clanton; published by Penguin Random House Canada
I’m very new to the world of comic books and superheroes. While I confess that there’s much, very much of that world, that I find offensive and ugly, this book is so sweet! Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt are encouraging, determined and hilarious. I rarely laugh out loud when I’m reading while my son naps (because I want him to sleep), but I couldn’t stop myself from laughing at all the adorable vignettes in this book. I can’t wait to read more about the adventures of Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt. There aren’t cooler animals in the ocean than narwhals and jellyfish, so I can only imagine what they’ll be doing when we meet them again!
By Julie Kraulis; published by Penguin Random House Canada
I love discovering charming new books and this is really one of the loveliest I’ve seen in some time. The book tells a story about a young girl who is having a special dress made. She discovers all about the world of fabric and patterns and while showcasing some truly beautiful illustrations this book teaches children an extensive vocabulary about pattern and design. My two-year-old will soon know the difference between houndstooth and toile thanks to Pepper.
I’ve always adored fashion. There’s an extra-special amount of femininity and romance to the Edwardian era and a large part of that is due to the hats and accessories. This book features picture after picture of stunning hats and is a true feast for the eyes.
God’s Not Dead 2
By Travis Thrasher; published by Tyndale House Publishers
With full disclosure I will say that I saw the first movie and hated it. By the time I read this book I had seen the second movie and hated it even more than I thought possible. I would urge everyone to skip this entire series, both books and movies, because their portrayal of “martyred” Western Christians is an insult to every person around the world who actually suffer and sometimes die for their faith. The portrayals of non-Christians are completely offensive and as a Christian myself, I feel the need to apologize to non-Christians and say that we don’t all see them as vindictive, under-developed super villains. Also, just as an extra peeve, this novel isn’t that similar to the movie. Skip it!
What are you reading this month? Which of these books do you think will make it onto your reading list?
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