Book Reviews

Cookie Dough Dip from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches On the Planet

We are coming to the end of our fourth week of school here in Utah.  This is about the point where I start to run out of steam on lunchbox ideas and it’s time to re-motivate myself and make a plan for the four weeks to come.  Who else is running out of steam?  Raise [...]

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Tanzanian Cucumber Salad (Kachumbari Ya Matango) — A Taste of Tanzania

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“Ufurahie chakula chako!” (the Swahili equivalent of “Bon appétit”) is what you would hear if you happened to be lucky enough to pull up a seat at the dinner table in Miriam Kinunda’s home.  Miriam, born and raised in Tanzania, a country located in the eastern part of Africa, is a blogger and owner of [...]

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The Blender Girl’s Penang Curry + A Giveaway!

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Is everyone enjoying spring as much as I am?  I’m currently enjoying it even more than usual, because the Fuji family is in Japan for spring break right now, and the cherry blossoms, which are currently in bloom right now here, are one of my all-time favorite things to enjoy in life.  I’ll be sharing [...]

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Cooking Light Global Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

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Cooking Light has a new cookbook out, written by the New York Times best-selling author David Joachin, Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy.  It is fantastic.  I received two copies, one to review and one to give away, because I am a member of the Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection. The book [...]

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Top 10 Cookbooks of 2013

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I love to read.  It can be anything from science fiction, to the classics, or from a good murder mystery to a biography.  I love it all and everything in between.  I especially love to read cookbooks.  Yep, when I find a good one, I read it cover to cover.  I realized last night, as I [...]

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Weelicious Stuffed Pizza Rolls + A Weelicious Lunches Cookbook Giveaway!

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In her newest book, Weelicious Lunches, Catherine McCord covers just about every possible hurdle you might face in packing a lunch for your kids to take to school.  Not only does she go over her “principles of the perfect lunch,” but she addresses how to stock your pantry to be better prepared to pack those [...]

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Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo (Giveaway!!)

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In 2009 I read these words: “I have a food fantasy.  When Iris is six, I’m going to take her to Tokyo . . . We’ll go to an eel restaurant and eat several courses of eel, my favorite fish . . . We will eat our weight in rice.  We’ll ride the Tokyo subway, [...]

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Mayonnaise, Japanese Farm Food Style {Giveaway}

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I used to think that mayonnaise was mayonnaise, something I occasionally put on a sandwich (but usually not—I was a mustard devotee), and something that my mom used to make tuna fish or egg salad sandwiches.  Then I moved to Japan and tasted Japanese mayonnaise and realized that all mayos are not created equal, and [...]

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Luisa’s German Potato Salad

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I love a good potato salad, but I’m also quite picky about how I like it prepared.  I have three favorites—my mother-in-law’s potato salad, Japanese-style potato salad, and kartoffelsalat (German potato salad).  I love the sharp vinegary marinade of German potato salad, and the creamy tart flavor always reminds me of visits to Siegfried’s deli [...]

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Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

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I love Julia Child for many reasons—her spunk and dogged determination, her love for life and cooking, her love for France, and her cookbooks.  But another reason I love Julia Child is because she was a cat lover, a fact which award-winning children’s book author Susanna Reich captures in her book, Minette’s Feast: The Delicious [...]

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