Monday, December 12, 2016

32 Yolks

32 Yolks From My Mother's Table To Working The Line by Eric Ripert is an inspirational story of Ripert's culinary journey to becoming one of the top chefs. Ripert takes us on a fabulous journey from his painful childhood to the mentors that helped shape him as a chef.  He also gives us a detail account of what it is like to work behind-the-scenes at restaurants. I didn't realize the culinary world can be so cut-throat and competitive. I have never eaten at Le Bernardin, but I hope to someday.

I didn't realize the memoir was going to be in an audiobook format. While I like audiobooks and listen to them on a daily basis, I would have preferred to read the actual memoir. The narrator was a little dull.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Inspiralize Everything

Ali Maffucci's cookbook Inspiralize Everything showcases a number of recipes that uses spiralized vegetables or fruit. I recently purchased a spiralizer because I wanted to substitute pasta for raw vegetables. The recipes that I tried were mostly raw and nobody in my family enjoyed them, including me. Maffucci's cookbook uses spiralized vegetables or fruit but most of the recipes are cooked so they do taste much better. I've mostly only tried recipes with spiralized zucchinis so I am looking forward to trying a variety of vegetables. It never even occurred to me to spiralize fruits until I got this cookbook. The Bell Pepper Taco Skillet recipe was particularly yummy and easy to make, and I am looking forward to trying the Vietnamese Cold Jicama Noodle Salad. The noodle salad recipes look delicious and refreshing!

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

Doodletopia Fairies

Christopher Hart released another how-to-draw book, and this time he will teach you how to draw cute and elf-like fairies. Along with learning how to draw fairies and their faces and bodies, you also learn how to draw a number of accessories: magical hats, antennae, tiaras, wands, wind power. The book also teaches you to draw different hairstyles, pouty faces and different fairy moods. The book breaks down as follows:

1. Complete Fairy Heads and Faces
2. Draw Fairy Bodies
3. Create Magical Clothing and Accessories
4. Design Fairy Wings and Flying Poses
5. Give Your Fairies Personality
6. Conjure Up Magical Powers
7. Finish Musical Instruments
8. Design Fairy Dwellings

If you like this fairy drawing book, you will also enjoy Christopher Hart's other Doodletopia books: Cartoon and Manga. I also have Christopher Hart's Doodletopia Manga, and I think I like it the best because I think manga and chibis are sooo cute!

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