I know that it’s been a while since I’ve been getting my book reviews done, but I’m back in action now! Check out this brand new blog post with some brand new books that I’ve been checking out this month. Scroll to the bottom of the post to entire to win the entire collection!
January 2021 Book Reviews
Book Description: Regardless of whether you’re using spices as a health-boosting supplement or simply to power-up the flavor of your meals, purchasing spices is an expensive proposition. Why pay all that money when you can grow your own organic spices with the easy-to-follow advice found here?
In the pages of Grow Your Own Spices, you’ll learn:
- How to cultivate your own saffron, the world’s most expensive spice
- The best way to tend tropical spices, like ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, even if you live in a cold climate
- Easy-to-grow spices that are perfect for beginners
- The unique way certain spices, such as wasabi, cloves, and cinnamon, are grown and harvested
- How to cultivate root spices, including horseradish and chicory
- Tips for harvesting your own capers, mustard, sesame seeds, and even paprika
Let Grow Your Own Spices show you how to spice up your garden, your plate, and your health, with your own fresh, homegrown spices!
Merissa’s Thoughts – I love the concept behind this book! Growing my own spices (besides herbs) is not something that I’ve tried yet but I’m very eager to do it. This book is a wonderful guide to all different kinds of spices and all of the details you need to know to grow them yourself. A must-have for any serious gardener!
Book Description: Cooking with Kiddos features easy recipes for every meal featuring helper roles for your tiny sous chef. These recipes allow your family to not only eat together but cook together too. Written by a stepmom who never used to cook until she inherited a kiddo through marriage and was suddenly thrust into the kitchen with an eager helper standing at her heels. Cooking with Kiddos features recipes the whole family will enjoy. Through trial and error, these recipes were concocted, tested, enjoyed and repeated by the family time and again. Now you too can create meals with your little one, serving up a basketful of memories and a lifelong bond stronger than the bread you’ll break at the dinner table enjoying these delicious dishes.
Merissa’s Thoughts – If you’ve read my blog much you know that I love to bake and cook with my kids when I have the chance and I have one child in particular that loves to cook all the time. With many kids cook books, they feature recipes that aren’t really recipes and all seem to be the same thing (popsicles, fried eggs, etc). Cooking with Kiddos actually features real parts of meals and we appreciated all the real life pictures as well.
Book Description: Complete Container Herb Gardening is the ideal roadmap for success, even for brand-new gardeners. Learn how to:
- Grow fresh kitchen herbs in small spaces
- Choose the best containers, soil, and tools for herbal success
- Make more herb plants…for free!
- Cultivate unique herbs and spices, like turmeric, saffron, and ginger
- Design herb containers that are both beautiful and highly productive
- Harvest armloads of herbs from a porch or patio
- Tend an indoor herb garden on a windowsill
Friendly, accessible, and packed with practical information, growing herbs has never been easier—even if you have just a small corner of space to spare. Unleash your inner #herbnerd with Complete Container Herb Gardening!
Merissa’s Thoughts: I have big plans this summer to increase my herb production in my own garden because we eat quite a bit of them so I’m excited to use this book more. The best part about this book is that anyone can use the ideas…big garden or not…because all the ideas are for container gardening. There are many different types of containers featured, both indoor and out, and the author also addresses the issues that can come with container gardening as well.
Book Description: If you’re craving your favorite British comfort foods, but also want to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, then Great British Vegan is the book is for you.
Whether you’re vegan, flexitarian or merely interested in cutting down on your meat consumption, there’s no reason you can’t still indulge in all your favourite British classics, using easy-to-find ingredients.
With great-tasting, simple to make home-style recipes that will comfort as well as nourish, this book makes sure you’ll never miss out on Sunday roasts, full English breakfasts or afternoon teas again.
This unique take on vegan cooking reimagines over 80 classic British dishes including Full English, Shepherd’s Pie, Banger’s & Mash, Yorkshire Puddings, Beer Battered (To)Fish & Chips, Sausage Rolls, Welsh Rarebit, Scottish Shortbread, Eton Mess and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Merissa’s Thoughts – My family enjoyed looking through this cookbook and finding all the yummy recipes that it has to offer. I also look for recipes in a cookbook that have ingredients that are readily available and not too expensive and I thought that even for a cookbook featuring a different cuisine that this still fit the bill.
Want to win these books? I’m giving away a copy of
- Complete Container Herb Gardening
- Cooking with Kiddos
- Grow Your Own Spices
- Great British Vegan
to one winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win all of these books to add to your personal collection. Good luck!
**Please note: I will email the giveaway winner as soon as the giveaway has ended. The winner has 72 hours to respond to the email and claim the prize. If there is no response, all books will be donated to my local library. Please add [email protected] to your email contacts to help ensure email delivery.**
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Have you read any of these books? Which one do you think interests you?