Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simple Green Suppers by Susie Middleton

I want to eat this entire book on a crispy toast.
Simple Green Suppers: A Fresh Strategy for One-Dish Vegetarian Meals I have been reading several veggie-based cookbooks lately, and this is the first one to really inspire me to experiment more with all-veggie meals.

This cookbook was awesome for a number of reasons.

First off, there is a good variety of different vegetables in the recipes, but there are also several ingredients that are used in multiple recipes, so you won't be going to the grocery store for a cart full of expensive ingredients each time you try a new dish.

I loved the way the recipes are organized -- each chapter is labeled "veggies + (ingredient)". (I'm not listing them all, because since this is an ARC, I'm not sure if they'll be the same once I get a paper copy.) I will mention, however, the veggies + toast, veggies + tortilla, and veggies + egg, because I wanted to devour each of these recipes.

It's also worth mentioning that the pictures are fantastic, and I know in the published version there will be even more. The recipe layouts are also ergonomically designed, limiting how often your sticky cook hands have to turn the page.

This one is definitely going on my wish list.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Food52 Mighty Salads by the Editors of Food52

such delicioso.

I'll admit, sometimes I think that salad is just a conspiracy to keep us from enjoying life. However, as a human being concerned with the health of my body, I've been trying to be a little more open to the world of green foods. When I saw this book, I decided to be adventurous.

My first impression was that the photos were fantastic! I love cookbooks that show you what you're working towards, and these salads looked beautiful and delicious.

The recipes themselves were worth checking out, too. Some were fancy; some would please even the pickiest of children. As a rather picky eater myself, I found several recipes I plan on trying soon, and by the time I got to the "Chorizo and Summer Melon Salad," I was 110% on board. A hardcover copy is at the very top of my wish list.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires

I love it.

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do Lou is afraid to climb the tree -- not because she's afraid of heights, but because she's afraid of failing at this new endeavor. Oddly enough, I think my favorite thing about this story is that Lou never makes it up the tree.

After exhausting all of her lame excuses not to climb the tree with her friends, she finally gathers the strength to try. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it very far. Her friends decide to play somewhere else instead, and even though Lou didn't make it up there today, she knows she'll be back later to try it again and again.

This is a well-illustrated story about the power of perseverance, and how it is okay not to succeed at something first try, or even second try. It is also a story of being a good friend; Lou's friends encourage her, and never tease her, and eventually decide to do something else instead of staying in the tree and making Lou feel like she's missing out.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Fog by Kyo Maclear

it's totally about global warning and it's awesome.

The Fog
This poignant and timely work shows the importance of championing a cause and fighting until it is solved, even if you aren't necessarily equipped to solve it.

Warble the bird may not be an expert on the weather, but he can tell that something is wrong with the fog. While at first no one listens to him, he finally finds an ally in a little girl who also notices something is amiss. When they launch a global awareness campaign (in the form of origami letters into the ocean), more allies from around the world take notice, and the fog eventually lifts.

Even beyond the positive message, the work is beautifully illustrated, with spare text that doesn't overwhelm the page. It would work especially well as a group readaloud.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, by Nicole Gulotta

sometimes feelings are delicious.

Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by PoetryIt's not often that you read a blueberry pancake recipe with teary eyes from a moving poem about loss. (Unless you read the Eat this Poem blog, in which case I suppose that's in the realm of normality.)

The combination of poems, stories, and recipes is a creative and novel twist to the traditional cookbook, adding feeling to the recipes and grounding the poetry in everyday practicality.

The whole endeavor feels delightfully classy, like you're walking around an art gallery sipping wine you can't pronounce -- but the recipes are often comforting recipes that are appropriate for beginners and chefs alike. (I am especially looking forward to testing out the mushroom and brie quesadillas.)

This would go well an any cookbook collection, and would make a fun conversation piece as a coffee table book.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Birdie the cat girl is pretty entertaining.

The Amazing Crafty Cat (Crafty Cat, #1)A little human girl, Birdie, secretly mentally transforms into Crafty Cat when she needs to call upon her artistic powers. This cute graphic novel/stream of consciousness adventure will inspire children to creatively tackle everyday problems.

It is a relatively quick read, with large pictures and small text. Craft instructions are provided in the back of the book. While it would have been nice to see a real photograph of what the finished product should be, as opposed to just cartoon illustrations, it may pressure kids less to make theirs look exactly "right."

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands by Tamara Levitt

It's okay -- I can't exactly do one, either.

Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands

Leela can do a lot of things... but headstands are not one of them. Despite persistent practice, the perfect headstand eludes her. However, with the support of her friend, Leela chooses to celebrate her other abilities rather than wallow in disappointment. This charming and aesthetically-pleasing story encourages optimism and self-soothing and models compassionate friendship. Recommended for read-aloud to pre-reader groups.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.