Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Book Talk - July Reading

I'm continuing with light summer reading this month.   I was tempted to take a Francis Schaeffer book off the shelf and add it to the stack until common sense returned.  No, Schaeffer is definitely a cold weather read when my mind is not drifting to the need to hoe the garden.

I've already read The Courtship Basket and it will be reviewed soon.  It is an excellent light summer read! Braving It just arrived and it is next on my reading radar so it can be reviewed soon. 

I mentioned My Heart's in the Lowlands recently.  I will start on it when the review book has been read.  It is a travel memoir by Liz Curtis Higgs about a trip she took in Scotland.  Can't wait to read it!  It was a gift from a good friend who knew I loved reading about Great Britain.

I read and loved An Everlasting Meal a few years ago. It was one of the most influential books about food and cooking I have ever read.  I can't tell you how many times since first reading it, I looked at veggies I almost put in the compost bowl and realized they could be used in soup instead.  I gave my paperback copy to my daughter a couple years ago but when a used hardback copy became available very cheap... it was purchased immediately.

Kitchen Gypsy was on my June list but I'm slowly reading through it.  It is the kind of book that is good to have on the coffee table when I only have a short time to read.  Fans of Joanne Weir's cooking shows will love learning about the influences in her life.  With recipes no less!  I have enjoyed her book so much, I mentioned it to her on Facebook.  She said she loved writing it.

Savor is the gorgeous cookbook I used part of my Amazon credit last month to purchase.  I had planned to purchase a few items to update our grab and go bag.  Really, I did.  But Amazon knows how to draw you in entice you based on past purchases so what popped up but... Savor.  I am so weak when it comes to beautiful cookbooks.  Especially those with recipes that are healthy but tasty (at least they look that way on the page).

The only negative reviews at the time (and there were not many) was that you can tell the writer is affluent and many of us can't afford her recommendations.  Experienced cooks can get around that fairly easily.  However, most of the reviews for the book's beauty and the recipes were very good.  I wasn't disappointed at all when it arrived.  I've been picking it up and getting to know it up close and personal.  A few recipes have been bookmarked that I hope to try soon.

I'll probably add a couple books to review by the end of the month but for now... this is quite a lot to keep me out of trouble.  Maybe.

Books Mentioned in Book Talk - July Reading

Savor can be perused and admired... here.  

Kitchen Gypsy can also be perused... here.

An Everlasting Meal is found... here.

My Hearts in the Lowlands is... here.

The two review books will be reviewed soon but if you are interested in looking up information about the Amish novel, it can be found... here.  I have already read it and it is quite good.  An in-depth review will follow.

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Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Love Book Talk! I bought An Everlasting Meal on your recommendation and loaned it to my daughter. I don't think I have it back yet! :)

Enjoy your summer of light reading - it's perfect for summer!

terricheney said...

I bought the Tamar Adler book a couple of years ago. It's a wonderful book and like you said, it's made me rethink the waste in my kitchen, even the way I cooked certain foods. I never could make myself like broccoli crisp tender but I like it rather well when it's cooked to be truly tender. I also have just recently read and reviewed the James Campbell book, Braving It. I really enjoyed it. On the other hand, I went to Amazon to order something else for the house and ended up with The Two Mrs. Abbots by D. E. Stevenson....I do know how one can fall down a rabbit hole on Amazon, lol.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I also read An Everlasting Meal when it first came out and found it had many original ideas and the ability to make me think more deeply about some ways of cooking and change some of them. A wonderful book!

lynneinMN said...

Thank you for the links~ they all look interesting! I must say, however, I've missed seeing pics of Her Highness the Queen Victoria.... :-) Blessings! LynneinMN

Debbie said...

I want to read Kitchen Gypsy so bad. I love watching her show on PBS. :)