Crazy Sexy Kitchen: Inspiring Cancer Survival Story with Prevention Tips and Recipes

This is a Cookbook of the Week on my Sand and Succotash Blog.

Cancer is a very scary thing and Kris Carr knows all about it. In 2003 she was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer - stage IV sarcoma. She was 31 years old at the time and just had the shock of her life. Instead of opting to have her liver and both lungs removed and transplanted (that's where the tumors are located in her body) she decided to completely change her life around with specifically how she ate. The product of that change is her Crazy Sexy Cancer story. Crazy Sexy Kitchen is the culmination of her culinary work - creating and testing the recipes, menu planning - with Chef Chad Sarno and all their 150 recipes worth of work.

Read the full review, and learn how she is giving 'free gifts' to the readers who buy the book.

Jane Eyre Laid Bare by Eve Sinclair

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Everyone is familiar with Charlotte Bronte's passionate, but restrained novel in which the plain, yet spirited governess Jane Eyre falls for the arrogant Mr. Rochester. It’s a novel that simmers with sexual tension but never quite reaches the boiling point. Which is to be expected. After all, the original was written in 1847. That was then. This is now. And in Jane Eyre Laid Bare, author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer. 

When an eager and curious Jane Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall her sexual desires are awakened. Who is the enigmatic Rochester and why is she attracted to him? What are the strange, yet captivating noises coming from the attic, and why does the very air she breathes feel heavy with passion? Only one thing is certain. Jane Eyre may have arrived at Thornfield an unfulfilled and tentative woman, but she will leave a very different person…

Jane Eyre Laid Bare is Eve Sinclair's rendition of the classic story. The only problem with my reading of this version is that I read the original and watched the black and white movie starring Orson Welles when I was much younger and fell in love with Jane's strong personality and Mr. Rochester's brooding persona. I always thought of this story as a romantic Gothic novel, and loved the different scenes in Jane's life.

Everything seemed forced in this book, especially since the Sinclair is trying to sell an erotic tale. Jane's schoolgirl flashbacks, her 'alone' times, how the title came to be, and even the big surprise at the end of how Rochester lured Jane into marriage because of his dom (yes, he had one), seemed like the author made piecemeal of the events just to shock the reader with an erotic telling of the classic story. I wasn't shocked; I was disappointed from lack of likability of any of the characters.

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Disclosure: This eARC was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Preserving Wild Foods and Cookbook of the Week

If there is one thing I get excited about, it's getting excited about bringing home a catch and preparing it. It is no secret we are a family of fishermen (my husband, myself, and our three little guppies) but we also like to forage, experiment, and grow things at home. As I speak we have 30 little pineapple plants growing from seeds harvested from the skin of a pineapple on the breakfast table, greeting the kids each morning, as well as a very vigorous vanilla bean orchid that is still thinking about producing its very own vanilla beans. That's why Preserving Wild Foods, by Matthew Weingarten and Raquel Pelzel, hooked me: it is every bit a modern, urban forager's preserving guide but also an old-fashioned and somewhat dreamy cookbook that showcases the author's love of his surroundings.

Read the full review (loved this book!) as well get the linky for the cookbook of the week.

ABC Cooking Book Series: Cookies, Desserts, Chafing Dish, Canapes, Cocktails and Jiffy Cooking

Peter Pauper Press is re-releasing many of their vintage cookbooks in ebook format. The ABC cookbook series each contain an alphabetical listing of similar topic recipes inside different cookbook titles. I had a chance to read and review 6 of them. Two of them pastry related, and the rest perfect for the holidays. Each are quick reads and all reflect the sign of the times in the 50s and 60s. The cocktails cookbook was really eye opening. The pastry books are on the Old School Pastry Blog and the others are on Sand and Succotash. Read on for each of the reviews.

The ABC of Desserts

Originally published in 1958, there are 64 different recipes covering dessert classics.

The ABC of Cookies

Many different cookie recipes, and I've included the recipe for Gingersnaps from the book.

The ABC of Cocktails

This 1953 reprint is a bar book that shows its 'sign of the times' when stiff drinks and cocktails were in order, no matter what time of day, social or business.

The ABC of Jiffy Cookery

Short on time? The ABC of Jiffy Cookery, originally published in 1961, focuses on recipes that are quick to put together or can cook left undisturbed in the oven or pot.

The ABC of Canapes

The ABC of Canapes was first published in 1953 when canapes containing pimentos and sardines reigned supreme.

The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery 

Another book from the mid 50s, The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery was published when the little chafing dish was in popularity, and people simply entertained more. And ate in front of the television. 

Feature and Follow: Turning Movies Into Books

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?.

A: They are turning the tables on book bloggers LOL. What movie would I like to see turned into a book? I would say Drive with Ryan Gosling. I'd love to read how each scene was created, reading for the first time in print rather than in film. I like a little drama and excitement in my books, and that one would fit the bill.

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Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes - Review and Giveaway of an Author Signed Copy

Beaded ropes are one of those jewelry items that I think inspire the most intrigue. When I see a truly fabulous one someone has made, I think to myself - is it solid, is it hollow? How did they get it so smooth? so curvy? If there is a focal knot, was it created during beading, or after? Jill Wiseman in her introduction to her new book, Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes, approaches much the same issues from the polling she did from her beading classes. And she tackles each one beautifully.
Read the full review, and enter for a signed book from the author here.

Candy Cookbook: The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

I'm a candy fan. I'll admit it. There is something decadent about spending time in the kitchen sans flour and yeast and just create something un-wholesome, just for the comfort and love of candy. Unless you argue that chocolate is a power food, then, well, you are doing something good for you, too. I also love new cookbooks that show me new things with familiar ingredients and turn them into something fun. Something fun is what Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook is all about. Written by co-authors and co-owners of Laddabit Sweets in New York, Liz Gutman and Jen King explore the 'Magic of Homemade Candy.'

Read the full review for Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook.

Beginning Origami by Pamela Wieten

Pamela Wieten's Beginning Origami is an attempt to teach you basic and beginning origami. Having quite a few origami books at home for my kids, I know that most 'basic' origami books cover the basic folds, contain history and/or tools of the trade, are consistent with directions, and have at least more than a handful of projects to give the reader a good start. Wieten includes a fish base , a pyramid base, and a square base. From these she makes a candy dish, a pyramid, paper ball, and a paper crane. Not much projects for the price of the book. The images inside are just like the cover and some are very hard to follow.

I cannot recommend this one for beginners as her instructions and hand drawn artwork are confusing and messy at best. And example is the last step on the Paper Bag - she includes a scribbled box with the words: Kind of looks like this, except better! What? There are other books out there that do a much better job with teaching adults and children the basics of origami.

This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Japanese Cookbook: Hiroko's American Kitchen by Hiroko Shimbo

Hiroko's American Kitchen by Hiroko Shimbo

Hiroko Shimbo's latest book, Hiroko's American Kitchen, is written in "the spirit of Japan's culinary history." In the introduction, Hiroko makes a point to mention that his recipes are not fusion but rather extensions of Japanese cooking - where the evolution is constantly happening. Hiroko Shimbo is also the author of two other Japanese cookbooks: The Japanese Kitchen and The Sushi Experience.

Read the full review for Hiroko's American Kitchen.

Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking

Aran Goyoaga is the creator of Cannelle et Vanille, a culinary blog she started in 2008. In 2009, Goyoaga was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and autoimmune inner-ear disorder, and later, with gluten intolerance. Her son is also gluten intolerant. Her blog shifted to showcase her gluten-free recipes, and Small Plates and Sweet Treats is her gluten-free cookbook.

The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe: 150 Plant-Based Makeovers of Classics from France, Italy, Spain and Beyond

The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe by Mark Reinfeld 

Vegan fusion. That's the style of cuisine Mark Reinfeld enjoys. He describes this style as a combination of different ingredients from different culinary traditions or ethnic backgrounds in the same dish or menu. His book, The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe, is a collection of classic recipes from different countries, and showcases his style.

Family and restaurant favorites from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Ireland, Greece, and Germany are present and all are vegan-style. Regional specialties are re-worked to make them vegan, such as sauerbraten made with tempeh, and bouillabaisse made with tofu, mushroom, and arame, a sea vegetable, that gives the dish it's "flavor of the sea."

Read the full review, and try the Vegan Bouillabaisse recipe.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Book Trailer:

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions. A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

Fun read! This is a combination autobiography, cookbook, and comic book all rolled into one fun package. Lucy Knisley brings to life her life through her own colorful illustrations. Reading through the book made me realize how fortunate Knisley was to simply grow up in the family she did, divorce or not. As she states, "I feel incredibly lucky that the work my family has done has given me so many good things to eat and cook and experience."

Recipes (completely illustrated) include Spiced Tea (chai tea), The Dent Family Patented Marinated Lamb (with garlic, soy sauce, rosemary, white wine and honey), Mom's Pesto (would make a great kitchen poster), The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carbonara, Summer Pickles, Huevos Rancheros ("great morning-after meal"), and Shepard (Fairey) Pie. Her 'The Way Mom Makes Mushrooms' recipe is a mixture recipe and great tips for cooking them. The Sushi Rolls recipe shows a pretty good illustrated step-by-step of how to make rolls successfully. The cheese section was fun to read, as was 'Making Croissants is Hard...Sangria Instead?'

Knisley relates key moments in her life with the food that was around her at the time. Her travels around the world show the humorous side of traveling with family, and also how different everything is while still having so much in common.

There are numerous funny stories inside, like her classmate's famous worst meal and her 'coming of age' family trip to Mexico, as well as good cooking tips throughout - her Four Neat-o Tricks to Remember When You Cook should be plastered on the front of your notes for the next dinner party. I especially enjoyed her photo album at the end showing in color snapshots how much food, kitchen culture, and her mom influenced her to this day. This book makes for a quick read as her stories are hard to put down once you start and the comic book style illustrations make it easy to digest.

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Disclosure: This eARC was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Jacques Pepin's New Cookbook: New Complete Techniqes

New Complete Techniques by Jacques PepinThis book is an updated version of Pepin's classics - La Technique and La M├ęthode. And the 2012 book will be an instant classic as well. Just like all of Pepin's books, you'll get basic techniques for all the classics. This version has colored pictures as well.

Read the full review and see the current cookbook of the week.

PUSH Print: 30+ Artists Explore the Boundries of Printmaking

Another gorgeous edition from the Lark Books imprint of Sterling Publishing, PUSH Print is a collection of various printed media created by contemporary artists. 31 different artists or teams are represented and works include etchings, lithography, letterpress, and art incorporating digital technology.

Similar to other PUSH books, such as PUSH Stitchery and PUSH Paper,
this is an idea and inspiration book for any artist. I liked the overall theme for this one, using technology for multi-dimensional works and mixing different items such as giclee prints, silk screening, and relief work.

The book is curated by a two-brother team, Jamie Berger and Keith Berger, of the Cranky Pressman, a letterpresss printing operation. All the PUSH series books include a Q&A of the artists of showcased works, and questions and prompts include: Describe your work; What do you enjoy most about printmaking?; How has your technique developed?; and Walk me through a day in your studio. A curious question posed was 'What responses do you get to your work?' If you think they all get praise, reading the answer from Cannonball Press's art will surprise you. Their answers were: "Why in God's name did you make that?" and "I don't get it." They specialize in black-and-white woodcut prints.

One thing you will get with this book is a mighty collection of mixed media prints that will give you endless inspiration. The art is new, edgy, soft, warm, old fashioned, and even political. You'll get a little bit of everything.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Vegan Eats World: Over 250 Vegan Recipes for Savoring the Planet (Ethnic Cuisine Vegan-Style)

Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero

When I heard Vegan Eats World was coming out, I got excited. Namely because of the author, Terry Hope Romero. She always finds a way to turn vegan food into something delicious, gorgeous, and with my personal favorite Vegan Pie in the Sky which she co-authored, creates vegan desserts that cook up perfectly.

Read the full review and try the Harissa Carrot Salad, too.

Feature and Follow: Looking Up Strange Words and Terminology

Q: What is the BIGGEST word you’ve seen used in a book lately – that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

A: This is a great question. :) I'm doing research for an article I'm writing and right now I'm combing through old cookbooks. A term came up that I couldn't identify. I'm pretty 'offal' literate (variety meats like kidneys, liver, and the like) but I didn't know what pork melts were. I actually had to look it up. For those that don't know or who want to know - pork melts are the pork spleen, and yes, some people eat that part of the animal. For the life of me I can't remember the book, only that I wrote it down, but it came from one published in the early 20th century.

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