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BOOK REVIEW: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets

Title: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets
Author: Alisa Fleming
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Cooking
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Book Description:

For millions of people, this one simple change–cutting out milk and other dairy products–has resolved most, if not all, of their adverse health symptoms and helps to reduce the risk of many common medical concerns, including allergies, skin conditions, and even cancer.

And it’s easier than you might think. Eat Dairy Free is the cookbook you’ve been craving to enjoy a dairy-free diet without special substitutes. Alisa Fleming, author of the bestselling dairy-free guide and cookbook Go Dairy Free, shares more than 100 recipes for satisfying yet nutritious dairy-free breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and healthier desserts that use regular ingredients.

Completely free of milk-based ingredients, including casein, whey, and lactose, these recipes are safe for those with milk allergies and other dairy-related health issues. And for those with further special diet needs, every recipe has fully tested gluten-free and egg-free options, and most have soy- and nut-free preparations, too.

Inside, discover delectable dishes such as:

Mushroom-Pesto Pizza Shake & Bake Buttermylk Chicken Peanut Power Protein Bars Chocolate Banana Split Muffins Southwestern Sunrise Tacos Mylk Chocolate Cupcakes Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes Strawberry Cheeseshakes Live well and eat dairy free!

My Review

When I saw this book offered up on netGalley.com I was hoping I would be able to review it. I am allergic to milk – and pretty much anything made out of milk. I always look for ways to make food I grew up on (I wasn’t allergic to milk/dairy when I was a child) but without milk.

I appreciate that she tells us how to tell the difference between coconut milk & coconut beverage. I have never really be able to figure this out. I had no idea there where pea milk or hemp milk – I have learned much already from this book and we are only a few pages in! There is even a recipe for a milk beverage! Looking through all the recipes – I see so many things I avoid because of my milk allergy I could now try. Yes I have looked at other milk free recipes – and I have made a lot of them. However there are things that need the milk – this book gives recipes that use milk beverage. For some reason reading this book has made me think of things I haven’t had in 20 years that I could probably eat again learning what I learned in this book. I plan on buying this book. I am excited to try some of these recipes of food I haven’t been able to eat in so long or have been wanting to try.

Yes I know this book was written for the dairy free life style people are doing. I had no choice in that life style.

I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Bettie Page #1

Title: Bettie Page #1
Author: David Avallone
Genre: comics
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Book Description:

She’s more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form.

My Review

I’m confused about the plot. I know some comics/graphic novels really don’t have a plot but I’m still confused. I understand Bettie Page is from the 50s/60s genre of things but I don’t like this & I love Bettie Page. I truthfully don’t think the story did Bettie Page a lot of justice if any. The illustrations where good though. It would have gotten 5 out of 5 stars had it not had the ‘story’ to go with the illustrations. Throughout the whole thing I kept asking myself ‘Is Bettie Page ok with this?”. I have no idea what she thinks about this but this is how I feel about this comic. Maybe I’m expecting too much?

I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

Title: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)
Author: Laurel K. Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
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Book Description:

In a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States, Anita Blake is an “animator” – a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she’s often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself – the source of her unusual strength and power.

My Review

I remember reading this book about 3 or 4 years ago when my youngest son was in Rady’s Childrens Hospital for a few weeks. I was so stressed & worn out the books I read sort of went in & right back out again. I didn’t really get to enjoy them – I just go the basics of the stories. I figured to read this series again along with a few other ones I read during that time.

I don’t remember my first impression of this book – back then I wasn’t into quick reads or vampire books – more like I had a thing for books like The Stand & The Dark Tower series. This time around I read it & it seemed like what you think might be a plausible existence if there where actually vampires, zombies, weres, necromancers, etc in the world. Right off the bat you learn of the other major character after Anita – Jean Claude. He somehow stays in the back of your mind through out the whole book and really it is him that kept Anita alive. The author doesn’t say as much but its the logical answer when you think about the marks, etc. They not only kept Jean Claude alive but kept Anita alive as well.

I don’t remember much of the series except the were-panther parts & I hope re-reading this series will help me remember things and/or discover parts I missed the first time around. I need something to add to my head for the dreams I have.


Title: Pack Bound
Author: Leisl Leighton
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy
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Book Description:

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch-kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand-new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Skye Collins has been brought up to fear her magic and shy away from witch and Were alike. But when Jason McVale, the Alpha of Pack McVale, comes in search of her, she is intrigued and tempted. Her mistrust of magic and wariness of the intensity of passion she shares with Jason threatens her control—and if she loses control, she just might turn into the weapon the Darkness intended her to become all along.

My Review

I finally got time to read this book. I was excited to read it since I was an idiot & read the 2nd book first. Anyhow. Throughout the book I wanted to reach into that world & slap sense into the characters screaming SHE’S THE BAD PERSON! even if she did it out of love for her grandchildren – it was wrong and she really knew it. I guess I am used to werewolves & witches to be more old world or more suspicious then they are in this book. It’s not a bad thing that they are like humans are today though. It’s a fresh look on things and makes you think. It’s nice not to have the same feeling to the werewolf & witch lore for me anyhow. I am just glad that Skye decided to be stubborn and stay & it worked out enough for there to be more book in the series. If I had been a good girl & read this book first that would have made or break the series for me.

I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.
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