I want to read the books I got for Christmas! In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, Nourishing Traditions, Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich, and Preserving the Harvest (see a theme here?!):
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1/3/09 at 6:01am
|Branching out from the traditional casseroles and stews so popular in the early days of the slow cooker, she tackles appetizers, soups and desserts as well, using the appliance with great effect to produce vegetable stocks as well as flavorful offerings like the Indian-inspired Curried Cauliflower Soup with Chutney and Cashews as well as Asian-influenced Hot and Sour Soup. The fundamental chilis and stews are not forgotten, but beans and grains so essential to the vegetarian diet put the slow cooker to best use. Pastas and vegetables nicely round out the book.|
|offers hundreds of mostly homey recipes. Some of the recipes are vegan or can be made so; there are also a handful of fish dishes. As in the other books, the influences of a variety of cuisines are evident in dishes such as Israeli Za'atar Salad, Pan American Grits, and Vegetable Pho with Shrimp. Jeanne Lemlin's Vegetarian Classics (LJ 4/15/01) offers more sophisticated recipes, but Moosewood's books are always popular.|
|Was God at Auschwitz? Whose side is God on? The child of Holocaust survivors, Rebecca is both rabbi and therapist, and she knows that God is not all powerful, all good, or always right. When her congregation at a Vermont college acquires a Torah salvaged from a Polish community that was liquidated by the Nazis, the dead Jews talk to her, and a black Jewish angel brings her God's autobiography. She reads it, the first ever to do so, and when God visits her, she is shocked to discover his identity and his desperate need.|
|Ellis Brooks has been accepted to Bosco primarily because her first novel is to be a fictional account of the mansion's mysterious past; while there will be no deaths during her stay, there's spookiness aplenty, as well as several 1893 murders still begging resolution. Goodman's narrative alternates between Ellis's first-person present and 1893. Coincidentally—or not—two of Bosco's other guests are also working on projects related to the mansion. But they turn out to be little more than convenient accessories as Ellis, the daughter of a psychic (and possessor of certain powers of her own), unlocks clue after mystical clue to secrets long buried by the mansion's original owners.|
|Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.|
Despite not having reached my 50 book goal for the last several years, I'm sticking with it!
#1 Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker
The Autobiography of God, Lester
I expected this to be a murder mystery with a female rabbi as a protagonist, and that wasn't it at all. It did present an interesting perspective of G-d, and I've been thinking about it a lot.
finished Death Comes for the Archbishop. LOVE LOVE LOVE Willa Cather's writing. And this book is doubly beautiful to me because it's about where I've just moved: New Mexico. It's about a young French priest who is given the newly American territory of New Mexico as his bishopric (That can't be the right word...it looks weird. What is the correct term here?). The "natives" of the area are Native American tribes and Mexicans who don't consider themselves American. This man and his Vicar, a childhood friend coincidentally, use their gentle spirits to spread their faith and help the people they encounter. It's full of amazing characters and is quite a nice little book. But then again, I'm partial to her writing style.
(Just as an aside, you don't have to be religious to enjoy this book. I'm an atheist )
These both sound really interesting to me. Lots of slow-cooker books are meat-focused. Thanks for the titles.
#2 The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Summary: A meteor hits the Moon, knocking it towards the Earth. Alex Morales lives in New York City with his family and must find a way to help them survive the chaos that ensues.
Review: Goodness. Am I getting persnickety or what?
Before I get any further in this review, you really should check out Life As We Knew It by this same author with a similar premise. That book is worth your time, without a doubt.
With that said, let me get down to business. This book was awful. I almost stopped reading it several times. What kept me going in the end wasn't wanting to know what happened to the characters. I got the idea that I should take notes as I read it so I can look for those problems in my own writing in the future, and that's why I finished it.
I was getting so annoyed while reading that I actually read passages aloud to my husband to make sure I wasn't off my rocker. He assured me that I am not—at least in regards to my opinion of this book.
So what follows is an exercise in trying to articulate what could made a book so awful. Here's the short version: Skip this book and read something else instead.
I started the book on Saturday and finished it today. Starting last night and continuing into today, I was feeling pretty down and depressed. It took me a while to figure out this book was the cause. Not only does the book get pretty gruesome halfway through, but it's also completely devoid of hope. Dark is fine. I don't mind dark as long as there's some light to balance it out. I am a devout Buffy fan, after all. But this book goes too far.
My goal is to read the library books I have and then not check out any more until I finish the unread books on my own bookshelves.
Last night, I finished The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith. I am not enjoying the Isabel Dalhousie series as much as the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. But I like his style of writing. It's simple and easy to read and a nice break from longer, more involved books.
I'm so happy to see this thread!!! I started last year in February I think but I just didn't keep up and then the last few months I've been reading a ton so I think it's time to jump back on the wagon so to speak. I'm going to set a goal of reading 40 books this year. I'd like to read more non-fiction but really any reading is good for you in my book.
So I started my number 3 book last night: Naked Pictures of Famous People-Jon Stewart. DH bought it for me at a used book store recently. It's okay. Not as hilariously funny as I thought. And it's not because it's dry humor because I like that and expect it from Stewart. I just had an idea that it would be funnier.