Welcome to the first weekly book round-up. Every week, I will discussing books I have discovered as well as the recommendations from other readers. Saddle up and let’s talk books!
Buttercream Dreams by Jeff Martin
Buttercream Dreams sounds like a fabulous new dessert right out of my imagination and this new cookbook lives up to the name. I’m a HUGE fan of cupcakes, have been ever since I was little. Cupcakes are fun, fit in your hand and bring a sense of nostalgia to dessert or tea time.
The author Jeff Martin is the owner of Smallcakes and has been featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars (love that show). His whimsy for creating mouth-watering works of art comes across in this adorable cookbook. The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow. Being a baker myself, I had to try a few (okay who am I kidding, I tried them all) recipes. Some of my favorites include:
Cookies ‘N’ Cream cupcakes
Key Lime cupcakes
Orange Creamsicle cookies
Red Velvet Whoopsie pies
The best thing I can say about this colorful cookbook is that each recipe turned out even better than the picture. In the world of food, that is a big deal! :)
This cookbook is ideal for any baker or someone who loves cupcakes. Mother’s Day, Weddings, Birthdays are just a few dynamite gift-giving occasions that are a perfect reason for buying this book.
The James Beard Cookbook by James Beard
If I was stranded on an island and could only take one cookbook with me, this would be it! In the culinary world, James Beard is renowned as a god. He revamped what it meant to be a chef/cook and this is the latest edition.
Inside, you will find a comprehensive cookbook (without any photographs) detailing the exact way to cook and prepare most anything in the world. The instructions are easy to understand and offers tips on how to clean, cook and store food. One of my favorite sections talked about herbs and spices.
I recommend this to any chef/cook as it is as invaluable to the food world as the Bible is to Christianity.
I salute you, Sir, and I thank you for penning this amazing cookbook!
Here is a list of books I’m currently reading right now:
Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much by Michael Wood
Dragons Are People Too by Sarah Nicolas
Cat in a Golden Garland (Midnight Louie #8) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1) by Quinn Loftis
Here are some excellent book recommendation from fellow readers:
– Judith Keim’s Talking Tree series. The Talking Tree, Sweet Talk and Straight Talk. She also has a series of middle grade books that I love. I read them with my grandson. (Stephanie Berget, author of Sugarwater Ranch www.stephanieberget.com)
– I’ve been reading a great book by one of my very favorite authors, Suzanne Brockmann. The story is called, Do or Die, and features some of the people (notice I don’t say characters. She makes them come alive for the reader) from her much-loved series, The Troubleshooters. This book is full of funny, sarcastic (in the best way), fast-paced action that won’t let you set it down. ( Jacquie Biggar, author of Tidal Falls Series http://jacquiebiggar.com)
– I would love to nominate two books in two different genres: Crazed Reckoning by Valerie Clarizio is a romantic suspense set during a St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Detective Spinelli’s love interest, a red-headed Irish social worker, is kidnapped. He battles the parade crowds and packed streets to find her in time. The plot is fast-paced with humorous dialogue and the mystery surrounding an Irish feud is both clever and entertaining. It is the third in the Nick Spinelli series. Loving Lady Azuli by Shehanne Moore is a Regency romance that challenges the reader to enjoy characters outside their comfort zone. It is one of the darker stories I have read in a long time. Yes, it’s romantic. No, it is not what you expect from a typical Regency. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Author Aubrey Wynne Aubrey Wynne)
– The Likeness byTana French. Tana French’s writing style is beautiful with details and descriptions near perfect. I felt drawn into the story so much, I felt somewhat lost after I finished the book.(Author Iris Blobel, www.iris-b.blogspot.com)
– I’d like to recommend Twin Flames by Debbie Christiana. The book is about love through past lives and reincarnation. (Author Zrinka Jelic, http://forromanceloversonly.blogspot.ca/)
Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday afternoon.