YumUniverse Pantry to Plate by Heather Crosby is a vegan/vegetarian cookbook. I am always on the lookout for good vegetarian recipes. Unfortunately I did not find many that I could convince my family to try. I had a couple of problems with this book. The author includes a wide variety of recipes for homemade basics such as enchilada sauce. I was disappointed that a recipe for corn tortillas was not included. They are easy to make at home. If I am making enchilada sauce, I would want a great tortilla to pair with it. My second problem is with the subtitle: Improvise Meals You Love - From What You Have! The latter part is where the author lost me. Maybe all vegetarians have the ingredients she uses, but I do not. Pysllium husk (whole and ground), garbanzo bean flour, and rapadura are not commonly found in my pantry. I feel that healthy recipes should not be so complicated. This book missed the mark for me.
Steven Raichlen's Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades--Bastes, Butters, & Glazes, Too is a great collection for any barbecue fan. I am thinking this would be a wonderful Father's Day gift. This is an updated version. I ended up marking so many recipes that I knew I needed the paperback version. The recipes include easy to find ingredients and cover a wide variety. Since I started cooking from scratch, I find bottled barbecue sauces less than impressing. This book offers so many that I will have no problem finding several I love. This is a must have for any barbecue lover!
The Most Misused Stories in the Bible by Eric J Bargerhuff is an explanation of fifteen Bible stories that are often misrepresented. I have to admit that I have not heard most of the misrepresentations. While it is interesting, it is closer to a short devotional book. I appreciated the multiple Biblical references to back up the author's explanations.
Pat Olski's Crochet Stories: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland provides patterns for all of the characters from the book. The patterns are clear and easy to follow even for a beginner. The photos of each character are very helpful as well. I think a set of the crocheted characters and a copy of Alice in Wonderland would make a great gift. This is an excellent book for anyone just starting to crochet dolls.
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