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Updated on April 1, 2016

Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla, Kristina Gill

Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla, Kristina Gill is a book that I would give three out of five stars to. The main reason for this is that I could not understand what about half of the recipes were about. Many of the recipes did not have pictures so I was left rather confused. I really wish that the book would have had more pictures. That aside I did not know what many of the ingredients were or where I could get them.

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I was sent a free copy of this book for only my honest and unbiased review.

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

I was sent a free copy of Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat for only my honest and unbiased review.

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat was well organized. I liked how there was a main table of contents and then a table of contents for each food category. It made locating the recipes I wanted so much easier. The recipes themselves look really good. I am excited to try a recipe for some green beans. I liked how the book was balanced between meat, no meat, and fish recipes. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat is a great book for any cook to have in his or her kitchen.

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I was sent a free copy of The Best and Lightest 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by The Editors of Food Network Magazine in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of he Best and Lightest 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by The Editors of Food Network Magazine.

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As I wrote up top: "I was sent a free copy of The Best and Lightest 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by The Editors of Food Network Magazine in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of he Best and Lightest 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by The Editors of Food Network Magazine."

I truly enjoyed reading this cookbook due to the mouthwatering pictures and the easy to understand recipes. I love the breakdown of the book. The book is broken into sections like soup, meat, fish, tofu, sweets, and so on. Then after the table of contents there is an index section (see video) where each recipe is listed under each section with a picture and a symbol for either vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. I was of course the most interested in the snacks, sweets, and vegetarian options. I found many of the recipes to be great for a vegetarian or vegan. The recipes each have an ingredient section, a serving amount, directions, and health information like cholesterol, fat, calories, and protein. This would be especially helpful for those who are on a diet.


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I was sent a free copy of Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams.

Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams

Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family was written by mother and daughter pair Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. Working together the two women changed the ways that they cooked and ate. They altered their family recipes in to healthy recipes that were both easy to make and affordable. Some of the recipes are:

  • Peanut Chicken Stew
  • Red Bean and Brown Rice Creole Salad
  • Fiery Green Beans
  • Sinless Sweet Potato Pie.

Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams shows the families history with food, which is similar to many black America in the twentieth century. The book explores the relationship African-American women have had with food, and a powerful way forward with both cultural and culinary heritage.

Authors

Alice Randall is a New York Times bestselling author and she is currently the only person to ever study with Julia Child for credit at Harvard University. Alice Randall is considered an authority on African-American cookbooks. Alice Randall currently teaches a course called “Soul Food, in Text, as Text” at Vanderbilt University. Alice Randall spends her spare time writing country music like the song “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl).” Alice Randall has written many books including:

  • Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
  • The Wind Done Gone: A Novel
  • Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel (Sexy Skinny Novels)
  • Rebel Yell: A Novel
  • Pushkin and the Queen of Spades: A Novel


Caroline Randall Williams is a published poet with several awards to her name. Caroline Randall Williams graduated from Harvard and is currently continuing her education with a MFA at the University of Mississippi. Caroline Randall Williams taught at a public school for two years in the Mississippi Delta as a corps member with the Teach for America program. Caroline Randall Williams is Alice Randall's daughter and she currently owns over one thousand cookbooks. Caroline Randall Williams has written a few books including:

  • Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
  • Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
  • The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess by Randall, Alice, Randall Williams, Caroline (2012)
  • The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs (Southern Literary
  • Lucy Negro, Redux

Review

As I wrote up top: "I was sent a free copy of Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Soul Food Love Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams."

While I am actually Caucasian I was interested in this book because I enjoy trying different food from different cultures. I am actually a vegetarian so I went into this book hoping to either find some meatless recipes or some recipes that I could adapt to use tofu instead of meat.I have to say that I was very pleased with what I found many of the recipes had no meat or could be adapted to use tofu instead. I loved the layout of the recipes the most. Most recipes have a lot of fancy wording or extra directions this was simple and to the point. For instance there is a recipe for homemade peanut butter that reads:

George Washington Carver's Homemade Peanut Butter

Makes 4 Cups

  • 8 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

Put 1 cup of peanuts into a food processor or blender with one tablespoon of the peanut oil. Whirl until chunky. Add the rest of the peanuts cup by cup whirling a tablespoon of peanut oil in after each cup until it starts to become smooth. Add the salt and continue whirling. Use the reaming peanut oil as need to help it develop a smooth texture.

The only downside is the fact that the first 77 pages are devoted to non-recipes things like family history and stories. However you can easily skip that and get right to the recipes.

The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak

I was sent a free copy of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak for only my honest and unbiased review of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak.

Now as I am sure many of you have already figured out The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak is not in fact a cookbook. However it is a good companion guide to any cook. This book teach cooks, chefs, and gardeners how to have a rooftop garden. The book does not use a sort of jargon. It uses normal language to teach people how have their own rooftop garden. The book has worksheet like pages that allow people to measure their rooftop for the need qualities and to find out what they need to do to start their own rooftop garden. The book is literally a how to guide that guides you through the entire process step by step.

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      Denise McGill 16 months ago from Fresno CA

      Very interesting. Thank you for this review. I actually would love to read the family history too. I find that kind of thing fascinating and informative.

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      misty103 16 months ago

      I'm glad you liked my hub. That's cool that you like the family history stuff I just felt that 70 pages was a bit much and I personally prefer cookbooks that are all recipes and cooking tips.

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