Wednesday, March 21, 2012

MSRL: The Vegetarian Family Cookbook - Review

MSRL: The Vegetarian Family Cookbook - Review


The Vegetarian Family CookbookThe Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start first by saying that I'm not a Vegetarian, however, I've been exploring more vegetarian based options for my meals and I have to say that this book, despite the fact that there are no color photos (which I enjoy), is a great resource.  It's broken down by meal type, like "Easy Breakfast Treats" and "Sandwiches, Wraps, and Schools Lunches and it's chock full of lively recipes that look tasty. Overall, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas is a great for any family trying to slowly but surely convert your everyone over to all vegetarian meals.


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Monday, March 19, 2012

MSRL: A Cookbook for People with New Year's Resolutions


Weight Watchers New Complete CookbookWeight Watchers New Complete Cookbook by Weight Watchers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the goals I started off  2012 with has been  to post reviews of cookbooks that I have read or tried recipes from and share with you, my journey  through what I like to call "cook(book)ing school" - how to become a  great cook without going to cooking school.  In the process, I hope to create what I hope will become a pretty impressive cookbook collection. (Check out my new blog at http://cookbookingschool.wordpress.com)

Since 2012 began, I have also been on a kick to try my best to eat healthy.  One of my other goals for the new year was also to pick up a copy of the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, to begin my cookbook collection. I love this book because 1) all of the recipes come already calculated with Weight Watchers Points Plus and 2) the book came with a free subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine. 2 great benefits if you ask me! The only thing I would criticize about this book is that there are not enough photos, however, I do like the fact that the book is made like a 3-ring binder with dividers for each section which makes it easy to find recipes. So far, I haven't cooked anything from the cookbook yet but as soon as I do, I will post an update to let you know how it turned out.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MSRL: New Book Release from AAMBC - Who Do I Run To? by Anna Black



MSRL:  New Book Release from AAMBC (African Americans On The Move Book Club)

Who Do I Run To? by Anna Black
Author, Anna Black


1.What type of stories do you write? I write Romance with a hint of drama and suspense. I write romantic stories that are more realistic than fantasy.  


2. What is it about these stories that draws you to the subject or romance? What draws me is the realness. I get feedback all the time with readers saying how they experienced the same situation or they know someon who has.


3.How did your career as a writer begin? I started with a Print-On-Demand company initially, then I signed with Delphine Publications.

4.Tell us a little bit about your Who Do I Run To? My current release is about a young woman that is involved with a married man and after five years of being his mistress, she decides to move on with a new man that she meets. As soon as she calls it quits, her married lover leaves his wife for her and now she is caught between the two men and is unsure who she wants to choose. 


5. Is this a part of  a series? Who Do I Run To is Part One of the soon to follow sequel Who Do I Run To Now? Coming summer of 2012.

6. Can you describe the process to get your story published? This release was easy because I'm signed with a publishing house. 


7. Did you have many rejections from publishers? I've never been rejected because I've never submitted my novels to any other publishers.  


8. Did you need an agent to get your book published? No I didn't need an agent.

9. Is this book inspired by personal experience? No,it is all purely fiction. 


10: Where did the idea come from? A little of it was inspired by a friend's situation.


11. What is the oddest or most challenging thing you had to do to research this book? Nothing really, there is nothing in the book that needed a lot of research. 


12. How do you promote  your book? I promote through online sites like FaceBook and Twitter. I also hand out post cards almost everywhere I go and my publisher does a lot of promoting for me. 


13. Do you hold Book Signings? I do several book signings a year and attend a lot of book conferences.  


14. What about online chats? No online chats (as of yet)

15. How can readers find you and your books? 


On Twitter at Anna Black on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ABlackAuthoress.


Who Do I Run To? by Anna Black
An Exclusive Excerpt from Who Do I Run To?
Janiece Hawkins never thought she'd find herself facing a love triangle. More than that; a love triangle with a married man. KP, the man of her dreams swept her completely off her feet before telling her he was married with two kids. Too deep in love to let go, she became accustom to being KP's other woman and didn't have a problem with her role as KP's mistress until she met Isaiah. Isaiah ready to commit and make Janiece his, he stops at nothing to win her over, even though Janiece is stuck on KP. Things spiral out of control when KP decides it's time to leave Kimberly, his wife to be with Janiece. Drama kicks into high gear when Isaiah fights to have Janiece and Kimberly also fights to keep KP. The ultimate decision  has to be made by Janiece. Who will she run to when she is ready to love?




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Monday, March 5, 2012

MSRL: New Book Release from AAMBC - Jesus Saves Lexi If He Can Save Me, He Can Save You!


New Book Release from AAMBC
Jesus Saves Lexi: If He Can Save Me, He Can Save You! by Wilhelmina Michelle Leonard 

Synopsis: 
The State of Michigan attempts to kill a retired adult entertainer!  The President and U.S. Federal Government condones it to cover up two politicians involvement in double murders and a 20-year relationship with a former NFL player who had a pension for  sexual pleasures with  minors.

The high-profile professional entertainer wanted to completely escape the world of adult entertainment and get out of the business altogether. She turned her life over to the Lord only to discover that being saved by  Jesus Christ just made it more difficult to  get out of the business.  As a result, she was denied her U.S Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech and Religion, and someone tried to kill her.
Book Excerpt from Jesus Saves Lexi If He Can Save Me, He Can Save You! 
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Interview with the Author:
What inspired you to write “Jesus Saves Lexi If He Can Save Me, He Can Save You!”?
The eternal love of God inspired me to write this non-fiction book. 
What are the controversial topics in the book?
There are many controversial topics in the book. Some people might say the content is  too graphic and explicit, and the book includes real names, dates and times, etc. The book is also very detailed about the hidden dark secrets of the world of adult entertainment.
Do you have any future projects?
Yes, I have many ideas for future projects.  I have considered a sequence or  Part 2 or  of “Jesus Saves Lexi If He Can Save Me, He Can Save You!  The name might be slightly different, but I am not certain what my next project will be.
Do you regret the truthful information written in the book?
No!
How do you hope having written this book will affect the lives of others?
My hope is that this book will have a life changing effect on my life as well as the lives of others!
What Do You Want Others to Take From Your Journey?
In desperate situations and when there is no one in the world that will help you, but if you have 100% in faith, belief and  trust in God, everything will turn out all right.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

MSRL: A Medical History Mystery Thriller - All Rolled Into One!

MSRL:  A Medical History Mystery Thriller - All Rolled Into One!
(My Book Club Review)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fantastic tale of American History, Civil Rights, and Medicine. And Rebecca Skloot has written it in plain English, so that those of us who aren't "science people" can easily understand. It actually reads like a "true-crime" thriller and you will be fascinated by the twists and turns in this true story. It will also make you think twice the next time you go to the dentist or doctor or you get a blood test or exam done.  It will definitely make you ponder how medical research was done in the past and wonder what discoveries will be made in the future. This is definitely a must read for anyone interested in science and medicine and a recommendation for history classrooms all over America.


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MSRL: A Real Cookbook Aimed At Real People

MSRL: A Real Cookbook Aimed At Real People

Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours!Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours! by Art Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kitchen Life by Art Smith is a great resource for anyone who is trying to develop a serious relationship with food, cooking, and their kitchen.  I appreciated the pre-quiz, Art's Kitchen Life Quiz, at the front of the book that asks the novice chef questions like, What type of shopper are you?, What are your time challenges?, What kind of cook are you?, Are you eating right?, and What are your food preferences? At the end of the quiz, you have the opportunity to make an assessment of yourself as a cook for what Art calls "Real People, Real Solutions". The cookbook overall is a great colorful book, however, I'm a sucker for lots of photos in a cookbook and this book, while the text is vibrant and easy to read, there are definitely not enough pictures of finished food product. I would have really appreciated that.


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MSRL: How To Become A "Sustainable Food Revolutionary"!

MSRL: How To Become A "Sustainable Food Revolutionary"!


The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food RevolutionThe Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution by Deborah Eden Tull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are concerned about food production and how we will sustain our food supplies for the future, then this book, The Natural Kitchen, by Deborah Eden Tull, is for you. With chapters on shopping guidelines, food recycling, "Green Menu Planning", growing food in our own backyards, and how to eat to sustain our own bodies and lives, this book is chock full of useful information to transform yourself into a "sustainable food revolutionary".  I especially like the chapter on "The Peaceful Kitchen", encouraging us to take a Feng Shui approach to our kitchen set-up and our cooking routines to enable health and sustainability. I encourage everyone to get a copy we can aid in changing the world of food for us all.


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MSRL: A Great Resource for Ethnic Cooking

MSRL: The Ethnic Market Food Guide

Ethnic market food gdEthnic market food gd by Lane Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ethnic Market Food Guide is a giant list of every type of ethnic food or ingredient that you ever want to know about.  It's alphabetized for an easy search, interspersed with recipes in between.  The only thing I didn't like about the book is that, although it is a very comprehensive alphabetized list, it would have helped if the list had been broken down by Region or by food or ingredient family. Otherwise, it is a great resource, especially for those of us exploring the world of ethnic cooking.


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