Thursday, April 16, 2015

Go Ahead and Like It: Learning to Love the Little Things You Like

Through Blogging for Books, I was given a free copy of Go Ahead and Like It by Jacqueline Suskin in exchange for an honest review.

This book is full of people's lists of things they like. Parlor games, midday naps, ice water, recounting dreams the next day over breakfast. At first, I was turned off. Why would I want to read a book full of other people's lists?

But then I fell in love. One of the lists had "eating fresh basil leaves picked right off the plant." I could have laughed out loud - my roommate and I had just been talking about how much we loved eating basil leaves. I felt a connection to whoever had written this list.

The more lists, the more memories. One person had "living room dance parties" and I remembered the time, after a friend's engagement party, where we had over a dozen of us dancing like crazy in my apartment living room (until the downstairs apartment complained - oops). What a fun memory, that I wouldn't have thought of, but this book reminded me.

I also love all of the pictures in this book. Candid polaroids, landscapes. Everything is so beautiful and the lists fit in perfectly.

At the end, there's a page to write your own "list of likes".

1.) Gaps in teeth
2.) Backrubs
3.) When my hair still looks good from the day before
4.) Looking at the stars
5.) Reading outloud to the driver on roadtrips
6.) Breakfast dates

And there's so many more.

It's funny to think of all the little tiny memories that have turned random objects into some of our favorite things.

This book is so inspirational, and I give it 5 stars in every category. Pictures, cover, writing style, everything.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inspiralized: The Most Creative Gluten Free Dishes

Through Blogging for Books, I was given a free copy of Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci in exchange for an honest review.

For Christmas, I received a Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It can be found on Amazon here. Because I am gluten-free, I was excited to learn that there was a kitchen tool that could change vegetables into noodles. However, I had no idea how to do it, and the instruction manual that came with the tool lacked inspiration.

I was so excited to find this cookbook! It lists over twenty vegetables and fruits that you can make into SO many different recipes. I thought you could make only pasta, but this has recipes for breakfast "bagels", soups, and even desserts. My roommate and I were drooling over each page. The bright, fresh pictures made me daydream of summer potlucks where I could bring one of these dishes.

Fortunately for some but unfortunately for me, this cookbook is not vegan. I'll have to play around with a lot of recipes and make some substitutions, which I am used to, but I was a little disappointed that there were few vegan recipes in this cookbook. I am pretty sure that all of them are gluten-free, since all pastas and main ingredients are made out of vegetables or fruits!

All in all, I really enjoyed this cookbook. I learned a lot and I am excited to try these recipes and use my new spiralizer!