Month: January 2015

Book Review: I Take You: A Novel by Eliza Kennedy

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Brilliantly executed and endlessly funny, this page-turning debut showcases one of the most winning, irrepressible voices since Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones.
“I’m getting married.”
“He’s perfect!”
“It’s a disaster.”
Meet Lily Wilder–New Yorker, lawyer and the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiance.
Also? She has “no” business getting married.
Lily’s fiance Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights–and mornings, and afternoons–of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” meets “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” in this joyous and ribald debut, introducing a fabulously self-assured protagonist whose choices raise fresh questions about gender politics, monogamy and the true meaning of fidelity.

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Book Review: Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart

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This bread book goes against the norms of normal bread baking books.  Standard flour will not cut it for the majority of recipes.  I found myself utilizing the internet to provide the required types of grain, which sadly increased the cost of my at home experiments.  Darn those boring normal grocery stores all around me.

Furthermore, I am no expert baker or even a novice bake at that.  All this seemed to quite intimidating to me at first: creating yeast culture from scratch, sprouting wheat berries, and let’s not forget the long prep times to get everything ready.  However, the book handles this well, and managed to keep me from feeling a little in over my head.  It provides a list of useful toots, some history and most thankfully a tutorial of everything you will need to know to perform the recipes.  This was enough to allow me to produce rather edible concoctions.  With more time and experience, I will probably get better at it since this is an art form after all.

The numerous recipes are easy to follow, and most included additional variations as well.  The explanations in the tutorial cover the thought process of the author, which I found really helpful as a newbie bread maker.  This images of the recipes were quite lovely, however I had little luck achieving the same glamour; maybe with time.  One strange aspect about this cook book is the fact it was rather enjoyable to read.

4 out of 5 stars

Review by P.S.

Received a free copy through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.