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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Review - Short Order Dad: One Guy’s Guide to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free

Short Order Dad: One Guy’s Guide to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free

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About the Book

There is a new kind of dad, and he’s doing far more domestic duty than at any time in history, including cooking. Although it’s written with a sense of humor, this book is a serious resource for dads and anyone else interested in upping their game to make great tasting food at home, even if they have never used a chef’s knife or a roasting pan before.

Author Robert Rosenthal teaches basic techniques and presents a playbook of simple recipes that achieve the most taste with the fewest ingredients and the least effort.™ The dishes are sophisticated enough for entertaining, yet family table tested as well. Short Order Dad covers all the essentials, from shopping ingredients and cooking tools to appetizers, soups and salads, snacks, entrees, sauces and dressings, sides, desserts, cocktails and more, to make anyone a successful chef.

Good cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. In fact, it’s just the opposite. So whether you’re clueless in the kitchen, pan-fry phobic, or already a skilled cook, Short Order Dad is here to help turn your kitchen into a place to play.

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.



My Take on the Book
WOW, I already had dinner but after reading through this book my mouth is watering and I am already planning out my shopping lists for later this week. The book itself is filled with so many delicious looking recipes. Some of the ones I am looking forward to trying include:

  • Blueberry crumble
  • Not your Momm'a tuna salad
  • Let's Talk Turkey Burgers
  • Osso Buco
  • Margarita
As you can see by the list that I put in here, the cookbook is very eclectic and will not only teach you about how to use all factets of the food you eat but the recipes seem to be very easy to follow.

I met the author a few years ago and have to say that the recipes in this book really do follow the down to earth approach that he was in real life too.

I love that this collection has been created to truly inspire people to take the jump in to great tasting food that everyone will love!

On top pf cooking though, the author also shares valuable insights into cooking itself and how you can learn to afford what you can. 

This was a inspirational book that will tickle your tastebuds as well as broaden you view of what cooking is and what it is not.



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review - Treasure's Adventures: Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets

Treasure's Adventures: Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets

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About the Book
It's all paws on deck as the Palace Pets and Critterzens prepare for the Glitter Ball! At the event, Ms. Featherbon will launch splendificent Glitterworks to light up the sky using her magical Glitterbits. But when a magic-loving puppy swipes the Glitterbits, it's up to Treasure to get them back! This deluxe box features a storybook with five brand-new tales about Treasure, a collectible toy, fun play scenes, and a punch-out boat. Following the action-packed stories, place the mini Treasure toy inside of the boat and have her set sail for adventure!




My Take on the Book
This was such a cute story. The book is filled with action packed stories that will engage your young reader completely. The toy that came with the book was very cute and my youngest daughter wanted to keep it as hers right from the first moment we opened the book. All-in-all this was a very fun story that you and your kids will enjoy reading together.

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Book Review - Tales from the Haunted Mansion: The Fearsome Foursome


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About the Book
Welcome, foolish mortals, to Disney Press' spookiest chapter book series yet: Tales from the Haunted Mansion! Based on the attractions from the Disney Parks, each new book tells the story of one of the Haunted Mansion's 999 ghosts. With eerie illustrations throughout and a beautiful three-piece cloth cover, the books are designed to look like they came straight from the library in the Haunted Mansion.



My Take on the Book
This book was so much fun! As fans of the Haunted Mansion, I know that my whole family has wondered over the years about the different ghosts that you see on the ride itself. This book explores the stories of these ghosts one book at a time. The book really went into depth, creating a back-story for the ghost in question and my daughters and I left very excited about upcoming books! If you are a fan of the Haunted Mansion, you will love this book!


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Book Review - The Notebook of Doom - Snap of the Super-Goop

The Notebook of Doom - Snap of the Super-Goop

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About the Book
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! In this tenth book, Alexander keeps seeing monsters that the S.S.M.P. has ALREADY defeated! But his friends Rip and Nikki think he is going crazy. Could there be zombie monsters on the loose? Or is there a monster that can turn into ANYTHING? Alexander will have to protect the town -- and the notebook -- from Stermont's latest monster!



My Take on the Book
If you have been a fan of this series in the past, this book continues the series in the perfect way. My girls have been BIG fans of the series for a long time and as a father, I love to see them so engaged with their reading. When this book came, they both fought over who got to read it first and they both said how much they enjoyed the book overall! So get ready for suspense, monsters and more in this great new Notebook of Doom!


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Book Review - Sherlock Sam

Sherlock Sam

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About the Book
An exciting new update of the classic Sherlock Holmes detective stories in which Sherlock is a 10-year-old kid living in Singapore and Watson is his trusty robot companion!

Introducing the Sherlock Sam series by A.J. Low—a fresh, cross-cultural twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, tailored for middle-grade readers. Set in iconic Singapore locations, the series follows the mystery-solving exploits of smart, observant, food-loving 10-year-old Samuel Tan Cher Lock (a.k.a. Sherlock Sam), Watson, his reluctant robot sidekick, and the rest of the Supper Club (a “Scooby Doo gang,” of sorts) as they prove that mysteries are best solved through teamwork.

In Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong, Auntie Kim Lian’s precious Peranakan cookbook disappears, and Sherlock Sam cannot eat her delicious ayam buah keluak anymore! Will Sherlock Sam be able to use his super detective powers to find this lost treasure?




My Take on the Book
While we had never read this series before, my family is all about mysteries and this one delivers. This was a very fun story with some characters that you will not soon forget! My daughters loved the concept of the Supper Club. As big Scooby Doo fans this was a great connection that they had with this interesting group of characters! So get ready for a very fun mystery as well as some good food mixed in for good measure!



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Book Review - Dear Dumb Diary: Dumbness Is a Dish Best Served Cold


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About the Book
Jamie Kelly is back and dumber than ever in this super-deluxe four-color Dear Dumb Diary special edition!

Life at Mackerel Middle School is as dumb as ever -- but Jamie Kelly may have finally found the key to fame, fortune, and fabulousness. Together with Isabella and Angeline, she's come up with a moneymaking idea, and it has to do with food. Everyone likes food! They're going to be rich!

The only problem? They have to come up with something that people actually want to eat.

Jamie has some sophisticated thoughts on food, like, "She was manipulating us like dough. Like the sweet, delicious dough that we are. And she was baking us into the type of delicious cookies you can only get from dough like us. And she was putting sprinkles of us on top of us, and -- forget it. I'm hungry. I want some cookies."




My Take on the Book
This is such a humorous book. I find myself reading it and chuckling along with the story even though it is geared to a much younger audience than I. My daughters really love the reality hat Jamie has and my oldest is a similar age to the main character and she can relate to some of the situations that Jamie is dealing with too. This is a great addition to the wonderful series!

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Book Review - Eerie Elementary: The Science Fair Is Freaky!

Eerie Elementary: The Science Fair Is Freaky!

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About the Book
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Eerie Elementary is having a science fair. Sam, Antonio, and Lucy are hard at work on their projects when they find a strange, old book. Suddenly, the school comes alive! The ground shakes, science projects explode, and the school gym turns into a giant volcano! How will Sam and his friends fight hot lava? And what is hidden in that strange, old book?



My Take on the Book
My youngest simply adores this series and has read every one of them. She was so excited when she got to read this next book in the series. The book continues the great writing of the author and even better brings back the characters fans have come to love. There is some great action in this book also with a mystery, suspense and a bit more. This is an action-packed story that you and your kids will truly enjoy!

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