Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

I received one copy of Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast from the publisher at no charge to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies to put towards my blogging adventure. I grew up in New England and my dad was an avid gardener. He was quite successful at it, too. Once you get all the rocks out of the ground, gardening in New England isn't too hard. You have a short growing season but we got so … [Read more...]

Learn How to Make Homemade Condiments

I was provided a review copy of Homemade Condiments at no charge in order to facilitate this review but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a very small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. I am a label reader when it comes to most of the food that I eat. I like to be able to recognize the ingredients in a particular product and have it free of artificial stuff I can't pronounce. (Except for the occasional bag of … [Read more...]

The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Cookbook

This artisan bread cookbook review was made possible by a free copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. I have been tossing around the idea of asking for a break maker for Christmas because I absolutely love the smell and taste of homemade bread. The biggest drawback to a breadmaker though (besides price) is that it takes up so much room … [Read more...]

Fitness Confidential Book Review

Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve. I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time and exercise...sometimes. Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more. It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape. I just seem to lack the motivation. I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a good resource to help guide, motivate and amuse you along your journey to healthier living! Keep reading for my review and … [Read more...]

Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

This post about honey recipes and the Fresh Honey Cookbook has been made possible by a book I received at no charge to review. I hope it comes in handy if you are looking for honey recipes! All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies in return. I am not a big believer in coincidences. A few weeks ago I received The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen to review and in the same exact week I received a … [Read more...]

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

I received a copy of Raw Food For Dummies  for review. As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts. Some people go for high protein, low carb diets. Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products. Some will only eat light and low fat foods. I recently met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating. How does one start a raw food diet? Are you left eating carrot sticks and fruit every day? Is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting? I have … [Read more...]

The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Review

I was provided with one copy of The No Cook No Bake Cookbook in order to write my review but all opinions expressed are my own. The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Title: The No-Cook No-Bake Cookbook Subtitle: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It's Too Hot to Cook Author: Matt Kadey ISBN:  978-1612431895 Publisher:  Ulysses Press (June 4, 2013) Format/Length:  Paperback 160 pages   From The Publisher: There are days when spending time in the kitchen is torture. But instead of resorting to microwave dinners or ordering … [Read more...]

Preserving Wild Foods

I was provided one copy of Preserving Wild Foods at no charge in order to facilitate my review by all opinions expressed are my own.   Preserving Wild Foods Title:   Preserving Wild Foods Subtitle:  A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and Pickling ISBN:  978-1603427272 Authors:  Matthew Weingarten, Raquel Pelzel Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012) Format/Length:  Paperback 256 pages   From the Publisher:   Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Sweet … [Read more...]

Gardening for Geeks is the Perfect Gardening Book for Science Lovers

There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. If you are looking for a gardening book for science lovers, this is the perfect one. Want to plant a garden this year? Check out my gardening posts for some great gardening tips to boost your success. Gardening For Geeks Title: Gardening for Geeks Subtitle: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to … [Read more...]

Meals in a Jar Book Review

Why settle for preservative-packed frozen dinners, freeze-dried backpacking food and military MREs when a healthier and tastier option can easily be stored in the pantry? Meals in a Jar provides the step-by-step, detailed instructions needed to create all-natural breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can keep on a shelf and enjoy at any time. Meals in a jar work great for picnics, too. Check out my other healthy picnic ideas and start taking your meals on the go! Meals in a Jar Book Review  Title:  Meals in a Jar Subtitle:  Quick … [Read more...]

The Tastes of Ayurveda cookbook review

I have always been a big believer in the concept that you are what you eat. The food choices we make drastically effect our health, both physical and emotional. The concept of Ayurveda is simple:  it is based on the concept that one's physical, mental, and spiritual well being comes from a number of sources, including a healthy diet that is based on your own personal constitution. The Tastes of Ayurveda: More Healthful, Healing Recipes for the Modern Ayurvedic  is an all vegetarian cookbook that includes many recipes using both whole grains and … [Read more...]

The Muffin Tin Chef Makes Mealtime Portable!

I honestly had never considered making anything in a muffin tin except for muffins! It was truly an eye-opening experience to read through some of the creative and even elegant recipes you can find in The Muffin Tin Chef. This is the perfect cookbook if you are looking for more portable meal ideas! If you need traditional muffin recipes, I have plenty of those. I am looking forward to trying my hand at these unique muffin tin recipes! Title:  Muffin Tin Chef Subtitle:  101 Savory Snacks, Adorable Appetizers, Enticing Entrees and … [Read more...]

The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids

The Organic Nanny's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids is designed to guide people to a more natural way of eating. The Organic Nanny is a wonderful resource for anyone who is concerned about the foods they feed their family. The author teaches you how to make realistic choices for your family that will help you eat healthier without your children rebelling completely. If you are looking for more books about healthy eating, check out my review of Whole Foods to Thrive By. The Organic Nanny's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids Title:  The … [Read more...]

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading

With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, just about  anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly. This homesteading guide will show people how to grow their own food and reduce their carbon footprint without spending a fortune. It includes how to grow organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. If you want to start homesteading, check out my article on gardening ideas for small spaces. Complete … [Read more...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Local Foods

I have been trying hard to eat local foods as much as I can. I have come to realize that it isn't as easy as I thought it was! Diane Welland has put together a very useful resource for anyone trying to eat a little bit closer to home. The Complete Idiot's Guide To Eating Local is chock full of so much information your head will be swimming by the time you finish reading it! I highly recommend this book and you should also check out my post on how to support local farmers to encourage them to keep growing food close to home. If you enjoy … [Read more...]

Making Wild Wines and Meads

Making Wild Wines and Meads is more than just a cookbook. This book teaches you about how to ferment just about everything. It also has a very unique collection of wines and meads that can be made from ingredients you can find in your garden or local farmer's market. Keep reading for my full review or check out my post on the carbon footprint of wine or how to choose green beer.   Title:  Making Wild Wines and Meads Subtitle: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More Author: Pattie Vargas, Rich Gulling ISBN:  … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Put ’em Up! Home Preserving Guide

Title: Put 'em Up! Subtitle: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton Publisher: Storey Publishing ISBN: 978-1603425469 Pages: 304 (paperback) Genre: cooking From the back cover: With Sherri Brooks Vinton's fun and reassuring approach to preserving food, it's easier than ever before to store the bright flavors of warm weather fruits and vegetables. Using the variety of kitchen friendly techniques in Put 'em Up, you'll be enjoying more … [Read more...]

The River Cottage Bread Handbook

Want to start making homemade bread?  The River Cottage Bread Handbook should be added to your bread making cookbooks and supplies!  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the art of bread making, whether you are a novice or a pro! The River Cottage Bread Handbook Buy This Bread Making Handbook! Title: The River Cottage Bread Handbook   Author: Daniel Stevens ISBN: 978-1580081863 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Genre: cooking Pages: 224 (Hardcover) From the back cover: The River Cottage farm, … [Read more...]

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible is an amazing book perfect for anyone who cares about delicious, safe, sustainable food.  If you want to fully appreciate the food community, no matter where you live, I encourage you to read Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian. Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods From the Back Cover: A gorgeous full color celebration on North America's local food heroes and traditions, Edible is for anyone who cares about delicious, safe, sustainable food being cultivated and created every day by people in … [Read more...]