Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Memory of Bread

Paul Graham's book is a memoir about his journey with celiac's disease. It's a candid and rather honest telling of some of the hardships of having such a disease. Graham talks about the withdrawals he went through, craving certain foods that contain gluten, trials and errors of buying gluten-free foods, the cost of gluten-free foods, feeling the lost of being able to eat wheat. I can't imagine what it must be like to have celiac's disease. To not be able to go to any restaurant or stores or bakeries to buy food, to have to home make so many of what you eat, to go over to friend's house and have to bring your own food and drinks. I thought this book was rather interesting and was a quick read. If you love bread (gluten-free or not) or would like to learn more about wheat and a little of its history, I would recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen

I've been a long-time follower of the Nourished Kitchen so when I saw that this book was available to review, I jumped on the opportunity. I grew up drinking broth with every dinner meal. It was always so nourishing and hydrating for me. I crave broth even more now as an adult because I don't get to drink it as often as I would like (I would love to drink it with every meal). I've been making broth and stock for quite some time now (mostly following my family's recipes), but it is so nice to have a book chock full of broth recipes. Jennifer McGruther's recipes are broken down into basic master broths and stocks, meals consisting of poultry broths, meat broths, fish broth and vegetable broths. Many of the broth recipes use dry white wine (which I've never used before in my broth recipes) so I can't wait to try it the next time I make some broth. According to McGruther, adding dry white wine or vinegar releases some of the minerals that are present in the bones so your broth would be that much more healthy for you. I can't wait to try the Chicken Soup with Parmesan, Rice, Peas, and Lemon recipe and the Dashi-Braised Chicken Thighs recipe. Both of these recipes sound very easy to make, and I usually have the ingredients needed to make the recipes available in my fridge and pantry. I highly recommend this book if you love broth and would like more recipes to expand your repertoire.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.