Create a Custom Cookbook with Tastebook

Tastebook provided samples  for consideration.  All opinions are our own.

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I don’t know about your family, but if they’re anything like mine, we have all kinds of recipes that are “super secret.”  In our family’s case, you’re only allowed to know about the recipe if you are deemed worthy. Since I’m sort of a black sheep, I don’t think I’m ever going to get to know any of the recipes!

That’s where Tastebook comes in!

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Great Gift Ideas from Blurb Custom Books

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
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Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
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4 Great Cookbooks to Add to Your Shelf

We received review copies of these 4 Great Cookbooks to Add to Your Shelf .  Regardless, all opinions are our own.

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Do you have a foodie on your gift list this year?  While they can be easy to shop for, they can be notoriously difficult as well.  Here are a few books that would make a great addition to any home chef’s collection of cookbooks.

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What Would Brian Boitano Make? | Cookbook Review #gretalovesholidays

We received a review copy of What Would Brian Boitano Make?  All opinions are our own.

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Way back when, I was a little obsessed with figure skating.  I suppose it was they heyday of the sport, around 1990-1995 or so.  One of the famous skaters of that time, Brian Boitano, has segued into a new career.  Since 2009, he has been the host of a cooking show called “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”

Due in part to travelling around the world several times over, Boitano has developed a strong appreciation of other cultures.  What’s one of the biggest parts of culture?  The food, of course. What Would Brian Boitano Make?  Includes recipes that are inspired by locales all around the world.

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6 Food Memoir Books Worth Reading

We received review copies of these selected food memoir books.  All opinions are our own.

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I like books about food, and I love biographies and books that are true stories.  Combine the two, and you get a food memoir.  Right?  Well, that’s at least what I’m calling them.  Here’s 6 food memoir books that are worth reading.

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Pretzel Making at Home

Pretzel Making at Home was provided for editorial purposes.  All opinions are my own.

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Pretzels have always been one of my favorite foods.  When I was a wee child, like three or four, there were snack food pretzels that had a really buttery taste, and that got me hooked.  A couple years later, I was introduced to soft pretzels and my whole world changed.  The older I got, the more adventurous my eating became.  I started trying all kinds of different pretzels and their accoutrements.

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History + Kitsch = The Route 66 Encyclopedia

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I love to travel, and driving vacations are some of the best.  Route 66, which runs from Chicago, Il west to Los Angeles, CA is a great way to see remnants of a bygone era.  The Route 66 (The Main Street of America), though, is still traveled by thousands every year. 
 
In the early part of the twentieth century, the US used mostly intermittent highways to travel any distance.  Late in the 1920s, though, we started having long stretches of highways that were loosely knit together; and Route 66 was one of the first of these.  Millions of people traveled west on this road through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas,  Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.                          

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Dearie: An Interview with Bob Spitz

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A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview several authors in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair.  The first in the series is Bob Spitz.  Bob Spitz is a renowned biographer, working with everyone from rock stars to presidents.  His most recent book is Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. 

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

A: I met Julia Child in 1997 in Italy and recognized she was one of the few beloved Americans without a full-scale biography about her. I thought she deserved the royal treatment.

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