Looking for your next book? Look no further! Here’s the line up on my current reading pile!
Chinese food is more popular than any other cuisine and yet it often intimidates North American home cooks. Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are
unbelievably easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip. These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of “mmm!” You’ll find approachable recipes and plenty of tips for favorite homestyle Chinese dishes, such as red-braised pork belly, dry-fried green beans, braised-beef noodle soup, green onion pancakes, garlic eggplant, and the author’s famous potstickers, which consistently sell out her cooking classes in Seattle. You will also find helpful tips and techniques, such as caring for and using a wok and how to cook rice properly, as well as a basic Chinese pantry list that also includes acceptable substitutions, making it even simpler for the busiest among us to cook their favorite Chinese dishes at home. Recipes are streamlined to minimize the fear factor of unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, and home cooks are gently guided toward becoming comfortable cooking satisfying Chinese meals. Any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen! amazon.com, $24.95
The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits
Everyone thinks they know how to drink, but do you really know the difference between a scotch and a whiskey? How about a gin or vodka martini? Do you know whether Johnnie Walker is a single malt or a blended scotch? Well, this is the book that finally reveals the definitive answers to these questions, and so many more that you’ve always had about your favorite libations. In The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits, internationally known spirits writer and celebrated luxury lifestyle connoisseur Richard Carleton Hacker provides you with all the information you’ll ever need to properly enjoy every type of spirit in the world. With The Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide Spirits you’ll be the most knowledgeable individual in every bar you walk into, and at every cocktail party you attend. amazon.com, $30.00
Vinyl & Booze: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks
From modern craft cocktails to old standbys, prepare to shake, stir, and just plain pour your way through some of the best wax ever pressed. Wickedly designed and featuring photography throughout, Booze & Vinyl is organized by mood, from Rock to Chill, Dance, and Seduce. Each entry has liner notes that underscore the album’s musical highlights and accompanying “Side A” and “Side B” cocktail recipes that complement the music’s mood, imagery in the lyrics, or connect the drink to the artist. This is your guide to a rich listening session for one, two, or more. amazon.com, $25.00
Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
Think about it. What are the problems, those heinous, dark shadows currently spoiling the warmth and happiness of your otherwise blissful life? Do you hate your job? Are you in a bad relationship? Is there something wrong with your health? Fine, get a new job. End the relationship. Change your diet and exercise or locate the kind of help you need. Seems simple doesn’t it? Even the things you seemingly had no say in, like the death of a loved one or losing your business, you have a MASSIVE say in the ways you live your life in the aftermath of those events.
If you’re not willing to take the actions to change your situation – in other words, if you’re willing to put up with your situation – then whether you like it or not, that is the life you have chosen.
Before you think “but…” or start to get your knickers in a twist…let me say one more thing: By defending your circumstances as they are right now, you are actually making a case for being where you are. Give it up. No buts. You can’t afford them. They’re excess baggage on a trip that requires you to travel light.amazon.com, 19.99
Lee Volpe’s writing and take on life is “Erma Bombeck meets Sex in the City.” Black Sheep Tries Bleach is a comical collection of honest, LOL (Laugh Out Loud) humor dealing with daily life and relatable situations. Saying what most are thinking, this selection of witty short stories will amuse and entertain all who have struggled with life’s growing pains…and lived to laugh about it.
Dating, pets, travel mishaps, divorce, death, forgetfulness, sex, family chaos—these are all topics ripe for the humor insights Lee Volpe brings to her stories. amazon.com, 16.95
Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories To Ease Life's Growing PainsChinese Soul FoodCowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and LifThe Connoisseur’s Guide to Worldwide SpiritsUnfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your LifeVinyl & Booze: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks