Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

I have often said my life would be easier if I wasn’t informed about food and if I didn’t care deeply about eating good, honest, sustainable and humanely raised food. There is nothing convenient about my quest for food. There is no one-stop shopping since I need to visit several places just to get everything I […]

November 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Big Magic

Book Review: Big Magic

I am not a “resolutioner” when the new year rolls around because I have been a frequent victim of goal overload. However, I do look at each January as a time for reflection, introspection, and inspiration. If you need some of that right now, have I got a great read for you! I recently finished […]

January 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

There are few things I love more in winter than diving into a great book while lounging on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and, every so often, taking a break to peek out the window at the softly falling snow and taking a sip of heavy red wine. This year in the Philadelphia suburbs, winter […]

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty

Book Review: 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty

Perhaps it was a perfect storm of timely marketing and boundless inspiration, but I have found a new obsession: crafting my own homemade beauty products. I’ve long been interested in eliminating nasty chemicals in the food that goes in my body, and now I’m eliminating chemicals that are used on and around my body, too. A few months […]

September 15, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

Recently, I learned that Marisa McClellan, a Philadelphia-based food writer, canning guru, and person I wanted to meet was going to be doing a demo and book signing at my local farmer’s market. I was super-excited because I’ve been following Marisa’s popular blog, Food in Jars, for some time now, and it’s my go-to resource […]

August 1, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Book Review: Grow Cook Eat

Book Review: Grow Cook Eat

I’m a sucker for gardening books. Peruse my book collection, and you’ll find no shortage of garden inspiration, homesteading how-to, and landscape design primers. My garden inferiority complex and unrealistic expectations came about when I started reading gardening books crammed with artsy photos of perfect gardens that are likely unattainable for someone who can’t spend […]

March 28, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Favorite Cookbooks: What I’m Loving Now

Favorite Cookbooks: What I’m Loving Now

Aren’t we all suckers for good cookbooks? I mean, who actually needs more recipes when you consider there’s more of them passing in front of our eyes than we’ll ever have time to make. Yet, we keep buying cookbooks. My favorite cookbooks contain recipes that inspire me to get in the kitchen, pretty pictures, and good […]

February 18, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Book Review:  Fish Market

Book Review: Fish Market

As a home cook and enthusiastic eater, I’ve spanned the meat-eating continuum over the past two decades of my life to include eating like a vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pescatarian, vegetarian who eats bacon, and currently, an omnivore.  My past reasons for shunning meat were broad.  I can’t buy into the cruel practices or negative environmental impact of […]

July 19, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
The Heirloom Life Gardener:  Book Review

The Heirloom Life Gardener: Book Review

If you’re a gardener or would like to be one, a sure way to get fired up is to sign up for the seed catalogs from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.  They will send the catalogs in the middle of winter, after the holidays, when you’re so over snuggling in and sipping hot chocolate. […]

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Big Sur Bakery Cookbook:  Book Review

Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: Book Review

When I go on vacation, I often get caught up in the feel of a place, and I look for ways to bring some of that magic back home.  During a recent trip to northern California, I bought some linen napkins that are used at a landmark Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, where we had lunch […]

December 20, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More