I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

I Quit Sugar CookbookI Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The cookbook looks lovely and has very nice photos inside. The information is valuable and valid. Too much sugar is terrible for our bodies. Cutting it out is difficult but with the proper recipes it can be done. Sadly, I couldn’t try out these recipes because the ingredients are difficult to find around here, and very expensive. This cookbook would work great for someone who lives in an area where you can purchase these ingredients and they have the extra income to afford them. The idea is great, but the usability is narrow. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may or may not mirror your own.

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My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your OwnMy Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this is certainly a very interesting read, as a cookbook I feel it has a very limited audience. I admit I enjoyed reading about the various recipes and pondered over the various tastes. However, I don’t feel I would be spending the time, energy and resources to hunt down the list of ingredients I would need to prepare many of the dishes. Should I come across them, there is a good chance I’ll pick them up just so I can try one of the recipes. This might be an indication that my pantry is rather limited, but I didn’t exactly grow up with a professional chef. I would still recommend this cookbook to those who consider themselves advanced in the kitchen or as a gift for someone who loves to cook. Overall it is a great coffee table book at the very least and provides for an interesting read. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O’Brady

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every DaySeven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O’Brady
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this is a fantastic cookbook to flip through and makes a excellent conversation piece -just leave it on the coffee-table and see how irresistible it is to pick up and talk about- don’t expect to pick it up and start cooking right away. The ingredient lists are chock full of things I have never purchased or things I wouldn’t know what to do without a cookbook like this one. There are several beautiful pictures although I could have used a few more. I like the organization except that the sauces are added on at the end like an afterthought when they should couple with the recipes they are used with. I am comfortable in the kitchen and love to try new things so I’m sure I’ll be using this cookbook more often. Overall this is a beautiful book that just about anyone can use. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Blogging For Books.

Sweet & Savory from Miraval Chefs

Sweet & Savory from Miraval ChefsSweet & Savory from Miraval Chefs by Justin Cline Macy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved looking through the recipes and drooling over the beautifully done photographs. The recipes are easy to locate and have relatively easy to follow instructions but they are not for the novice in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients are easy to find if you live near a larger city. This would make a lovely addition to the bookshelf of someone who loves cooking. I received an evaluation copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. In no way has this influenced our opinion.

Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman

Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special OccasionsEveryday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Parts were nicely done but for the most part I found this book lacking enough substance to be worthwhile. I was disappointed in the lack of references and a few poor bits of advice. Being from a Christian publisher I expected more of a tie in with Christian holidays. Where pictures would have been very helpful there were none. It felt like huge chunks were missing in several sections. Overall it’s a nice read but not something I’d recommend. A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and GardenThe Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Styled like the older cookbooks I used to flip through as a child while my grandmother flittered around the kitchen, this cookbook brings those cherished recipes to our homes with easy to follow steps. Sure to please and bring tasty results, or even strike up conversation from the coffee-table. About the only thing I didn’t like was the lack of photos showing what each recipe should look like. I enjoyed looking through this. A great addition to the kitchen library.

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Pizza, Bread & More

Pizza, Bread & More: delicious recipes for more than 100 Italian favoritesPizza, Bread & More: delicious recipes for more than 100 Italian favorites by Academia Barilla

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I wasn’t impressed with this cookbook at all. The first third felt more like a poorly done advertisement while the pizza recipes felt repetitive with just different toppings in order to bring the number of recipes to the desired magical figure. Compared to other Italian cookbooks this one fell short.

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Do-Ahead Dinners

Do-Ahead DinnersDo-Ahead Dinners by James Ramsden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aside from the beautiful photographs and tidbits of information there are lovely and tasty recipes all throughout this book. Granted some ingredients are not common place in the U.S but nearly everything can be substituted for what is easily found without ruining the end result. I actually enjoyed reading through the extras and would love to have this one in my kitchen library, perhaps with an extra copy to set out on the coffee table for guests to peruse.

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The Southern Slow Cooker

The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food ClassicsThe Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics by Kendra Bailey Morris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would agree with the big flavor, but not the low fuss for the recipes. Yes, you use a slow cooker for every recipe, but many times you are also using the stove, microwave, grill, etc. There’s enough information to make some very tasty meals, but it lacks very many photos of what they should look like when finished. With all the cookbooks out there for slow cookers, this one might have trouble keeping up.

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Mighty Spice Express Cookbook

Mighty Spice Express Cookbook: Fast, Fresh, and Full-on Flavors from Street Foods to the SpectacularMighty Spice Express Cookbook: Fast, Fresh, and Full-on Flavors from Street Foods to the Spectacular by John Gregory Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Filled with colorful photographs to complement the recipes and stories. For someone wanting to take foods to a new level of flavor this would be a nice experience. Personally I wasn’t thrilled and I don’t expect this one would find its way to my kitchen bookshelf. This is more along the sort of book you see on a coffee table to spark conversation.

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