ALL-TIME FAVORITE SHEET CAKES & SLAB PIES by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes  Slab Pies: Easy to Make, Easy to Serve

Who isn’t a fan of sheet cakes? Simple to make and serve and everyone gets a good ratio of cake and frosting. I myself make a mean Rum Cake Sheetcake. As I was looking in my library I saw this and quickly grabbed it. Slab pies? What is this?

Well it’s genius! Instead of having to make 3 pies for Thanksgiving, I made one slab pie and it was a huge hit. I doubt if I will ever make pie any other way after discovering these scrumptious recipes!

Bacon-Peanut Butter Cake with Maple Buttercream. Imagine those flavors! And there is more! 100 recipes of sheetcake, slab pies, cheesecakes, coffee cakes and even gluten-free goodies!  The Blueberry Buckle that I made with wild Maine blueberries was to die for! Warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, heaven on a plate.

This is one I will definitely be buying for myself!

 

 

coffee and cake by Rick Rodgers

Coffee and Cake: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Coffee--with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Café Treats

Rick Rodgers is an expert at writing really good cookbooks! And this one is exactly what I was looking for. Focusing not only on the cake, but on making the perfect cup of coffee, no matter what type of machine you choose to use.

I prefer the French Press. It’s always reliable and gives me a smooth cup. He takes us through all of the different brewing methods and shares some excellent coffee drinks with us so by the time the cake portion comes around, you are ready with your cup of choice.

The cakes are the good old-fashioned kind our grandmothers made. Plus some European treats and two of my all time favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf. Oh my goodness were those good. I plan on working my way through the entire book and pairing them with the appropriate coffee. Or tea. If you know me you’ll know it’s probably tea.

I can say honestly I love this little book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

naked cakes: simply stunning cakes by Hannah Miles

Confession Time….I am obsessed with naked cakes. Whoever thought of this idea must be a relative of mine. The reason I don’t eat a lot of cake is I’m not overly fond of the thick icing. It overpowers the taste of the cake and I love the aesthetic of a naked cake.

This one is probably my favorite. I have not found a single recipe I didn’t love. Especially the Earl Grey tea cakes. Oh my goodness those are good.

This book was a gift and has been well used for the short time I have had it. Nothing is as impressive as one of these naked cakes!

Give one a try and you won’t go back to a full frost!

THE PLANT-BASED DIET MEAL PLAN BY HEATHER NICHOLDS,CHN

A 3-Week Kick-Start Guide to Eat & Live Your Best

With a 3-week meal plan that you can stick to, The Plant Based Diet Meal Plan makes it easier than ever to start―and enjoy―a plant based diet.

The plant-based diet has been praised by leading medical authorities such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a healthy and humane diet, but no matter how beneficial it is―if it’s not easy, you won’t stick to it. Heather Nicholds knows this firsthand. Prior to her training in holistic nutrition, Heather was a devoted omnivore who found the idea of abandoning her comfort foods for a plant based diet a bit daunting. In The Plant Based Diet Meal Plan, Heather combines her proficiency in whole-food nutrition with her love of exciting food to deliver everything you need to enjoy the taste and benefits of a plant-based diet.

In The Plant Based Diet Meal Plan you’ll find:

  • A 3-Week Plant Based Diet Meal Plan that includes weekly shopping lists and plant-based diet menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • A Plant Based Diet Overview that addresses specific health concerns, offers guidance for losing weight without feeling deprived, and reviews the top 10 plant-based superfoods
  • More Than 100 Plant Based Diet Recipes from smoothies and salads to mains and desserts, plus key macronutrient information
  • Tips for Stocking Your Kitchen with the essentials for your new plant-based diet

Set aside your concerns about not knowing what to eat or feeling unsatisfied on your plant-based diet. With The Plant Based Diet Meal Plan you’ll enjoy delicious, simple plant-based diet meals that you’ll want to eat time and again.

I have never been so happy to see something in my inbox! As a plant-based eater I have been through a ton of Vegan, Plant-Based, and even Vegetarian Cookbooks. With the Thug Kitchen 101, which I love, this book is going front and center in my kitchen!

It’s divided into 3 parts, simple language, a primer, meal plans, and recipes with blank meal plan templates and shopping templates. Nothing could be any easier than this.

So, what makes this any different from the thousands of other books out there? For one, there is no Soy. No Tofu. The ingredients for every recipe are simple and few. I am already making a list of everyone who needs this book in their life and sending it to them!

Thank you to Heather, you have made our year here at the Pirate Nation!!

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Rockridge Press (February 13, 2018)

Heather Nicholds is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist dedicated to helping you get all the nutrients and energy you need from plant foods. She helps vegans (or veg-curious) nourish their bodies through easy, wholesome, and delicious plant-based meals.

She has spoken at BlogHer Food and Toronto VegFest. Her work has been featured on Shape, One Green Planet, Huffington Post, and Greatist. She’s also a runner, environmentalist, Canadian, figure skater, small airplane pilot, and mango aficionado.

Heather Nicholds

 

The Best of My 2017 Awards!

It’s true. Today is your last reading day of the year! Have you met your Goodreads Challenge? All caught up on your Netgalley Reviews? Happy to say yes, I am. And following are some but by no means all of the best in their genres.

Best Debut Fiction:   Jennifer Irwin for A Dress The Color of The Sky. A book about addictions and breaking cycles. Movie rights have already been grabbed by Reese Witherspoon! I admire Jennifer so much for her work ethic and her writing skills!

A Dress the Color of the Sky

Best Historical Fiction: Katherine Arden for the follow-up to her award-winning The Bear and The Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower which was just as brilliant as the first book!

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

Best Thriller: Karin Slaughter with The Good Daughter. Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

The Good Daughter

Best Suspense Thriller: J.T.Ellison with Lie to Me. This was such a web of lies and deceit, you won’t unravel it until the spider is ready to jump!

Lie to Me

Best Crime Thriller:  Don Winslow with The Force. Another brilliant contribution by a favorite author! No one does crime like Winslow!

The Force

Best Horror Crime: J.D.Barker with The Fourth Monkey! Fans of the movie Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

 

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller, #1)

Best Cozy Mystery: A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron

A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Mystery #3)

Best Non-Fiction: Helene Cooper with Madame President.The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Best Mystery: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night

Best Cookbook:  The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook

Best General Fiction: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward who blew my mind with this book set in my Mississippi town.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

There could be hundreds more of the over 200 I read this year, but all of these I have read more than once, so that says a lot when you have a TBR list as long as mine.

What were your Best Reads of the Year?

So 2017 all I can say to you is Good bye!

NATURAL FEASTS: BOOK 3 DELICIOUSLY ELLA BY Ella Mills

Natural Feasts: 100+ Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes to Share and Enjoy with Friends and Family (Deliciously Ella Book 3) by [Mills, Ella]

Internationally bestselling author of Deliciously Ella, Ella Mills offers more than 100 exciting, accessible recipes to show how clean, gluten-free, plant-based eating is the perfect way to entertain friends and satisfy your guests.

In Natural Feasts, Ella Mills makes it easy to prepare delicious food for you, your friends and family, for any event. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together or how you can provide delicious, plant-based meals that won’t leave your guests craving what isn’t good for them, Ella makes life simple with her menus—whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch, or a fancy dinner, she has it covered with hearty recipes that celebrate her natural eating philosophy. This gorgeous book also showcases more than one hundred full-color photographs, beautifully illustrating that clean eating and entertaining are a perfect match.

When conventional medicine failed her, Ella overcame a rare, devastating illness by switching to a plant-based diet. With no formal culinary training, she began developing her own recipes and blogging about her journey. She’s a self-taught cook. She’s approachable. She inspires people. Now Ella shares her personal ideas and recipes for every foodie occasion, from cozy nights alone to easy kitchen suppers, flavorsome feasts, birthday parties, picnics, and mocktails and cocktails. Deliciously Ella with Friends is the go-to book for anyone who wants to make simpler, healthier food choices—for themselves and their friends and family.

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First this is one of the best books I’ve seen on plant-based eating! Which is what I do. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes are simple and easy to follow and her menus are what makes things so simple for the beginner or for those of us who have been plant based for our health for a long time. Follow her on Instagram to get inspired and learn how a healthy diet can be delicious and good for you at the same time!

Netgalley/SimonSchuster   Release Date is October 17th.

PLANT BASED COOKBOOK BY TRISH SEBBEN-KRUPKA

Plant-Based Cookbook: Good for Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Life; 200 Whole-food Recipes by [Sebben-Krupka, Trish]

The other day I had an appointment on the other side of the city so I dropped in on the new library they recently completed in that neighborhood.  It was very well planned out and easy to find everything you wanted. And that is where I found this cookbook. Usually I will find Vegan, Paleo,Keto,Dash,Atkins and on and on but rarely do I find a strictly plant-based one.

I was pretty excited and then I got pretty unexcited. Whenever I get to the section on Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan my eyes glaze over and I’m like…Meh. Soy and I do not get along well. At all. The reason I don’t eat meat is because of the texture, plus I could never kill anything, well except for that coyote who was stealing my chickens that one time. But back to the soy. I don’t want to make pretend meat. I don’t like Tofu. And soy milk makes my boobs grow a cup size overnight, and it tastes like a petroleum product to me.

Needless to say the book wasn’t a winner with me. I like my food in the simplest form possible. If a recipe has more than 9 ingredients, I’m not cooking it. I did find one good risotto recipe in there, now I just need the 3 different types of mushrooms to make it.

My philosophy now is that plant eaters don’t really need a cookbook. You know what you want to eat or in my case, because of my Celiac and Crohn’s, it’s what I can eat that doesn’t cause me pain and bloating for days.

Try it out and you may just like it. It just didn’t make the cut for me.