Posts Categorized: Non-Fiction

Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

I’ve never been to Milk Bar but have heard wonderful things about the delicious treats that can be found at its NY storefront. As such, I was very excited to receive a copy of Milk Bar Life for review. Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi promises simple, comforting recipes with a nostalgic flair.

The book itself is beautiful. The pages are thick and glossy with beautiful images of the featured recipes. Peppered throughout the book are Tosi’s stories about her connection to the recipes and where the came from. Her personality really comes through and the stories were probably my favorite part of the book.… Read more »

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Review: Super Awesome Coloring Book by Mark Cesarik

Review: Super Awesome Coloring Book by Mark Cesarik

Adult coloring books have seen a surge in popularity over the last year or so. With high pressure jobs and hectic home lives, many stressed out adults are starting to see the benefits of carving out a little bit of time for creativity. Coloring books are a really great way to do something fun and creative that doesn’t require a lot of materials of preparation. Just grab a box of crayons or colored pencils and you’re ready to go. It’s a great activity to enjoy solo or with the whole family.

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Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Knockout Knits is a gorgeous collection of luxurious and eye-catching accessories that incorporate simple techniques and embellishments for knockout results. I’ve been following designer Laura Nelkin for a while now. She’s known for creating beautiful accessories that often incorporate beads. When I heard that she had a book coming out, I knew I wanted to get it just for the section on how to bead. While the beading section was what drew me to the book, the other techniques and patterns in the book are just as good.

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Review: The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

Review: The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

While I have not yet been to The Slanted Door restaurant, I have heard many sing its praises. Having grown up eating traditional Vietnamese food made by my mother, I am always a little wary of Vietnamese restaurants that claim to be “modern.” I think it’s just my inner prejudice that always wants to eat food that tastes like mom’s home cooking. However, I knew that this book as going to be different and I went into it with an open mind.

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Review: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Review: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

As an avid reader of David Lebovitz’s blog, I knew that I wanted to add My Paris Kitchen to my cooking library as soon as it came out. His stories on life and cooking in France are funny, charming and delicious. I already have several of his dessert cookbooks in my kitchen and they are well used and well loved. While you may expect a former chef to be snobbish about food, Lebovitz is not. While he recommends getting the best ingredients you can afford, he isn’t stuck on labels or appearances so much shopping local and using what tastes good to you. My Paris Kitchen is a wonderful extension of Lebovtiz’s blog and is filled with funny stories and anecdotes about his life in Paris as well as over 100 recipes for modern French cuisine.

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Audiobook Review: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer

Audiobook Review: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer

I’ve been a fan of Judy Greer’s for a while now. While she may not be instantly recognizable to some, her acting resume is impressive and varied. She’s been in Thirteen Going On Thirty, The Wedding Planner, Arrested Development, The Village and 27 Dresses. One of my favorite roles of hers is Cheryl/Carol from the animated series Archer, in which she plays a psychotic railway heiress who likes auto-erotic asphyxiation, bobcats and country music. She often plays the best friend or kooky co-worker, which suits her well as she seems like she would be a really great girlfriend.

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Non-Fiction Review: Skirt a Day Sewing by Nicole Smith

Non-Fiction Review: Skirt a Day Sewing by Nicole Smith

Title: Skirt a Day Sewing  Author: Nicole SmithPublication Date: July 2, 2013Publisher: Storey PublishingGenre: Adult Non-Fiction Crafting/SewingFind It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book DepositorySource: Publisher via NetGalley Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared, and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks — one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists… Read more »

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Non-Fiction Review: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Non-Fiction Review: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches by Donna Egan Publication date: 4 June 2013 by Ten Speed Press ISBN 10/13: 1607744953 | 9781607744955Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound Category: CookbookKeywords: Dessert, Cookies, Ice Cream, Ice Cream SandwichesFormat: Hardcover, e-BookSource: eARC from Netgalley From Goodreads: A sweet collection of 50 recipes for ice cream sandwiches from London’s popular Buttercup Bake Shop. Ice cream sandwiches are the perfect treat for both kids and adults, whether you prefer zesty lemon ice cream surrounded by soft ginger cookies or fudgey brownies encasing refreshing mint chocolate–chip ice cream, indulgently dipped in chocolate. Somehow, combining crunchy, buttery cookies with creamy, cold ice cream… Read more »

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Knit Your Socks On Straight – Advance Review

Knit Your Socks On Straight – Advance Review

Knit You Socks On Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles by Alice Curtis Publication date: 18 June 2013 by Storey Publishing ISBN 10/13: 1612120083 | 9781612120089Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound Category: Knitting – Crafts/HobbiesKeywords: Knitting, socks, fiber artsFormat: Hardcover (spiral-bound)Source: e-ARC received from Netgalley Synopsis: Now you can knit SOCKS on the straight needles you love! Alice Curtis developed the technique, and in Get Your Socks on Straight she explains exactly how to do it. She also includes 20 original patterns featuring a wide variety of yarns, motifs from cables to argyle, and instructions for a… Read more »

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Non-Fiction Review: Sewing In A Straight Line

Non-Fiction Review: Sewing In A Straight Line

Sewing In A Straight Line by Brett Bara Publication date: 19 July 2011 by Potter Craft ISBN 10/13: 0307586650 | 9780307586650Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound Category: Non-Fiction Crafting/SewingKeywords: Non-fiction, crafts, sewingFormat: Paperback, eBookSource: Library Thuy’s Review:Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew but were afraid to? Perhaps you think it’s too hard or you’re just not sure where to start. You’re not alone. Author and crafter Brett Bara sets out to prove that anyone can learn to sew in her book, Sewing In A Straight Line. With only a few basic materials, she will show you just how easy and… Read more »

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