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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F&F: First you leave your name here on this post using the linky tools, grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post, and then visit as many blogs as you want on the list and tell them “hi” in their comments or respond to their question. If someone follows you, it's courtesy to follow back. It's a great way to see what other book bloggers are reading now, and how they feel about the weekly question.

OK, what movie would you like to see turned into a book? Enter the linky and leave a comment below.

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.