Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
How do you catch lightning in a measuring cup?
Dominique Ansel is the creator of the Cronut™, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that has taken the world by storm. But he’s no one-hit wonder. Classically trained in Paris, responsible for a four-star kitchen in New York, and now the proprietor of New York’s highest rated bakery, Ansel has become a modern-day Willy Wonka: the creator of wildly creative, extraordinarily delicious, and unbelievably popular desserts.
Now, in his hotly anticipated debut cookbook, Ansel shares the secret to transforming the most humble ingredients into the most extraordinary, tempting, and satisfying pastries imaginable. Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes reveals the stories and recipes behind his most sought-after creations and teaches lovers of dessert everywhere how to make magic in their own kitchens.

MY TAKE:
The copy I received from NetGalley contained only the first 20 pages of the book, but based on what I say, this is one book that is definitely worth adding to your collection.

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes contains stories from his youth, his thoughts on food as well as a number of recipes, most of which for desserts.

Where do I even begin to express how much I loved the little I read of this book?

Aesthetics-wise, I loved the fonts, graphics and colors used. Everything was very classy. The food photography was superb and the photos looked like they belonged to an ad campaign. Seeing the photos of the mini madeleines and flourless chocolate pecan cookie made me want to head off to the kitchen to find something to eat.

The essays I saw were interesting. When Mr. Ansel waxes poetic about food and the way we perceive and enjoy them, I got shades of Paulo Coelho. He becomes almost philosophical, and while some may think it a little strange, I think it goes really well with the tone and feel of the book.

The recipes I saw for mini madeleines and flourless chocolate pecan cookie are classified as easy. It does look easy enough, especially since the recipes include: time (prep time, overnight [if required], and cooking time), serving size (in number and grams each, if applicable), ingredients (in both grams and cups/teaspoons/etc.) and tools. There are also tips, serving instructions and storage instructions.

Oh, and for those who are curious, I checked the table of contents. This book contains the recipe for the well-known cronut. It's filed under advanced, though, so you may want to go through the other recipes in the book first. Personally, the recipes I'm most excited about are: popcorn choquette, cotton soft cheesecake, perfect little egg sandwich, baked "apple pie" alaska, and, of course, the cronut.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the e-sample.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's an elegant-looking book.
  2. The food photography is gorgeous.
  3. The recipes look easy enough to do. 

THE BAD:

  1. I would have liked to have a few more recipes.

READ IT IF:

  1. You love cronuts and want to make your own.
  2. You're a fan of Dominique Ansel's creations.
  3. You want to see why people are so enamored by the cronut and Dominique Ansel. 

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

FROM NETGALLEY:



Rogerson's Book of Numbers by Barnaby Rogerson
The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beenie's Search Book Blast

Beenie's Search by J.J. Schousboe

About the Book

Title: Beenie's Search | Author: J.J. Schousboe | Publication Date: March 20, 2014 | Publisher: Friesen Press | Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Book Description: Join Beenie, the friendly bear, as he searches for his family after hibernating for the long winter. Spring arrives and Beenie discovers that he is all alone. In search of food, friends and his family, Beenie gets side tracked and lost. When he remembers what he was taught by his parents, he overcomes his fears and sets off in the right direction. Beenie's Search teaches young readers the importance of listening and following directions as they join Beenie in his adventure.

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About the Author: J.J. Schousboe

J.J. Schousboe

JJ Schousboe migrated from the lovely island of Trinidad, in the Caribbean. She has been writing poems as a teenager and began writing stories for her children. A preschool teacher since 2007, JJ currently lives in Largo, Florida.

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Review: Go Buckeyes Activity Book by Darla Hall


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The college and professional activity books are packed full of games, mazes, puzzles, trivia, mazes, dream team player cards, team songs, writing prompts and other interactive challenges. The book challenges kids of all ages to be creative and use their imaginations. Some things are easy, some are hard. This book will keep your child engaged for hours. Whether you are taking a road trip, hanging out at home or getting a gift for someone, the team sports activity books are sure to be a TOUCHDOWN!Every college book also has an accompanying app that can be downloaded through iTunes on any ipad, iphone or ipod.
MY TAKE:
I don't watch US college sports coverage, but I thought this was an interesting book nonetheless.

Go Buckeyes Activity Book contains drawing activities, crosswords, word searches, coloring pages, etc., majority of which are centered around Ohio State University's Buckeyes.

If your child is a Buckeyes fan, or you or your spouse are Buckeyes fans and want to share that with your child, then you should definitely get this book. It's the perfect book for long car trips or while you're at a restaurant and you're waiting for your food to arrive. There's tons of different activities here, so kids won't get easily bored. They can draw, color, do crosswords, come up with an imaginary dream team, play with cut-outs, and write, among others. The activities are non-gender-specific, so little boys and girls can both enjoy them. The book doesn't just center around football too. Some of the activities are about basketball, baseball, and one has blank cards so you can choose your own sport.

This book also has an accompanying app, if your child likes playing with your gadgets, or when they've finished the book.

While this book is best-suited for Buckeyes fans, your child doesn't have to be one to enjoy the activity. He or she might even learn a few new things since there's Buckeyes and Ohio State University trivia on some pages of the book.

Thanks to NetGalley and In the Sports Zone for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. There's a variety of activities to choose from.
  2. You can learn more about OSU and the Buckeyes.
  3. A portion of the book's profits goes to local hospitals in the form of activity books for children.

THE BAD:

  1. I would have preferred more colors or brighter colors than the ones used (aside from the Buckeyes colors).

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is a Buckeyes fan.
  2. Your child likes watching college football/basketball/other sports.
  3. You are looking for an activity book for your child to use while at restaurants. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Heroes of the Himalayas Book Blast

BOOK SALE: You can grab a copy of Book 1, "Ghost Leopard" for 99 cents from Amazon between December 18 and 24, 2014. PURCHASE NOW!

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About the Books

Move over Percy Jackson. Find out what everybody is talking about!Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost in a strange land?
Talked to an elephant?
Ridden a magic carpet?
Been jailed by an angry parrot?
And discovered that you have the power to change the world?
Zoe & Zak hadn’t either. But that was before their lives were turned upside down by a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard. Now, they find themselves attending a strange school high in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing is what it seems and anything is possible.
The Zoe & Zak Adventures contains the first three full books of the middle grade fantasy adventure series, where two semi-normal kids begin to live absolutely extraordinary lives.
In Book One, The Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak take their first trip to India where they learn that they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature from a terrible fate.
In Book Two, The Yogi’s Curse, Zoe & Zak are back in India, this time to attend Moonstock Academy, a strange and sometimes frightening boarding school where weird events seem to occur on a regular basis.
And in Book Three, The Tiger Temple, Zoe & Zak take on their second semester at Moonstock and their most terrifying challenge yet.
If you love to laugh out loud, if you like adventure, and if you’re dying to go on the wildest ride on this side of the Himalayas, pick up the Zoe & Zak Adventures today.
Now Available as a Compendium: The three book collection contains the complete text of first three books in the Zoe & Zak series. Together, these books are guaranteed to bring you to a magical world unlike any you’ve experienced before. Find out what everybody is talking about.


Book 1: Zoe and Zak and The Ghost Leopard

Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard

The Buzz

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"Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!" ~ Sunshine, Bubbles and Books
"This is adventure with a capital ‘A’ and the kind that middle grade readers will love." ~ Word Magic: All About Books
"Once Zoe and Zak are off on their adventure, the pace never lets up. There are constant dangers lurking all around them and they are pretty much constantly fighting for their lives. Throw in some really interesting mystical creatures and you have a recipe for a great MG novel!!" ~ Best Kids' Reads

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Book 2: Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse

Yogi's Curse by Lars Guignard

The Buzz

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"Lars Guignard keeps up the pace with this second installment in the Zoe and Zak Adventure series. I recommend this series to tweens and teens who love a great adventure steeped with magic and mysticism. Ages 8+." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"Fantasy, action, adventure, wonderful characters and some fun mysteries has me hooked... 5 Stars!" ~ Brooke Blogs

I loved the faster pace of this second book. Zoe & Zak's adventures kept me turning pages to see what was happening next.
" ~ Carpinello's Writing Pages

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Book 3: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple

Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard

The Buzz

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"Zoe and Zak’s adventure in the Tiger’s Temple nerve-wracking and enjoyable all at the same time! Magic flies high in this story. Guignard continues not only to entertain his young readers but also to educate them on the exotic culture of India. Readers learn about everything from food to mythology. I love all the magic and mystery in his books, and you can’t help but love Zoe and Zak with their self-destructive behavior." ~ Jump Into a Book
"The great thing about this book, besides the fun adventure, is the exposure kids will get to different cultures, mythologies, and ways of life." ~ Nik's Picks
"Lars Guignard’s writing is easy to read and the story flows well and he has a great sense of humor. Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple is another must read for readers of all ages. I can’t wait for more books in the Zoe & Zak series! " ~ Bound 4 Escape

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About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the "Heroes of the Himalayas" series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Contest closes: January 1, 11:59 pm, 2015

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Lars Guignard and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Review: Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible, The Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book by Dr. William H. Marty & Dr. Boyd Seevers


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Two respected professors offer a compact reference guide to the whole Bible, with helpful book-by-book summaries as well as application for what it means to you.
MY TAKE:
If you need a quick refresher on all the books of the Bible, this may be the book for you.

Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible, The  Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book goes through each book from the Old and New Testaments and discusses its settings, summary, and significance.

This book is a bit like Cliffs Notes for the Bible. If you need to remember or learn what a certain book was about but don't have the time to read the whole thing, you only have to locate that particular book here and you'll have pretty much everything you need to know. The guide to each book is quite short, and can be read anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on your reading speed.

The setting section of the discussion includes the probably author of the book, as well as the Biblical and historical context (including dates and periods, if possible). This was the section I liked the most since I learned a lot of new things, and it was easier for me to see how it connected to what was going on in the area at the time it was written or set.

The summary, as you would expect, tells you what the book was about. It helps you remember details easier by mentioning if the book can be divided into sections based on story or theme. Chapters and verses are also given so you can read it for yourself.

The significance, on the other hand, explains the main lessons readers can get from that particular book.

This is definitely a good reference book to have, but because the book is written a straightforward manner, it may not the kind of book that will be able to keep your attention enough for you to read it in one sitting.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's well-researched.
  2. The summary includes the chapters and verses you can refer to in the Bible.
  3. The discussions for each book are complete and concise.

THE BAD:

  1. The book is written in a straightforward manner which works for a reference book but may not work for people who want to read several chunks or the whole book at once.

READ IT IF:

  1. You want to learn about the authors and historical context of the books of the Bible.
  2. You want to refresh your memory regarding the topics of a certain book in the Bible.
  3. You are looking for a reference book about the books of the Bible that is relatively complete, with each section being a quick read. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Apple Pie For You and I Book Blast

You can purchase an electronic copy of this book for only $1.00 from Amazon until December 31, 2014 (details below).



Apple Pie for You and I by Denise Mistich


About the Book

Title: Apple Pie for You and I | Author: Denise Mistich | Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri | Publication Date: November 13, 2013 | Publisher: Apple Pie Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Book Description: Apple Pie for You and I is one fantastically colorful and happy little children's book! Kids love to count the pieces of the pie as these hilarious critters gobble them down. They also get a little lesson in grammar and find out what happens when they eat too many slices!

Message from the Author: This project was a lot of fun and I know your children are going to love it. I simply wrote a poem about raccoons eating an apple pie. Illustrator Daniel Bulleri brought the story to life. Grab a copy and enjoy it with your little ones. The book is available as a Kindle e-book and the paperback is coming soon!

Purchase the Kindle for Just $1.00 through Dec. 31, 2014

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About the Author: Denise Mistich

Denise Mistich



Author Denise Davidson Mistich, co-founder of Apple Pie Books, writes poems and stories that inspire children to think. She is also a minister and host of The Healing Room, Christian Radio for the Whole Woman.

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About the Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri

The Illustrator, Daniel Bulleri, is a graphic designer and graduate of Chico State University. Other published work includes Your Magical Laugh, written, illustrated and published for the most important people in his life...his own children.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Denise Mistich and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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