Friday, August 30, 2019

"Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook: Essential Vegiterranean Recipes for the Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle"--Learn how to mix vegan eating into the bold flavors and healthy lifestyle of the Mediterranean diet―called “vegiterranean.”

Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook: Essential Vegiterranean Recipes for the Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle

Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook: Essential Vegiterranean Recipes for the Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle

Mediterranean meets vegan: The ultimate vegiterranean cookbook.

Learn how to mix vegan eating into the bold flavors and healthy lifestyle of the Mediterranean diet―called “vegiterranean.” This vegiterranean cookbook bridges the gap between the two and shows you how to create wholesome, flavorful, satisfying Mediterranean dishes that are free of both animal products and artificial ingredients.

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most-studied diets of all time, and is known to boost energy, lower cholesterol, strengthen your immunity, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Coupled with the nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based meals, a complete vegiterranean cookbook will help you discover fresh and natural recipes that lift your health and your spirit.

Discover a whole new world of eating with a vegiterranean cookbook that offers:
  • Basics and beyond―Learn the main tenants of the Mediterranean diet so you can continue mixing up masterpieces on your own.
  • Know before you go―Recipes include prep time, number of servings, and are labeled for gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free.
  • More than food―This vegiterranean cookbook also offers guides and tips for a holistically healthy Mediterranean lifestyle, including exercise, attitude, and community.
Vegan recipes with Mediterranean flair―healthy meets tasty.

MY REVIEW: "Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook: Essential Vegiterranean Recipes for the Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle" is more than just a cookbook--it's also a guide for how to combine a vegan way of eating with the hearty and healthy Mediterranean diet to begin enjoying the benefits of "vegiterraneanism". The book goes even further into the Mediterranean way of life by including principles of exercise and mindfulness. The veganized version of the Mediterranean Diet eliminates animal protein and cholesterol, cuts saturated fat, and includes more fruits, vegetables and beans. The culinary heritage of the recipes includes Greece, Italy, and the Middle East. Here's a recipe sampler: "Happy Hummus"; "Lemony Potatoes"; "Moroccan-Spiced Sweet Potato Fries"; "Simply Delicious Banana Pancakes"; "Pita Bread"; "Avocado-Citrus Salad"; "Roasted Red Pepper Soup"; "Zucchini Boats with Couscous Stuffing"; "Raspberry Cheesecake Squares"; and "Pistachio Baklava". Author Tess Challis gives plenty of food for thought by including interesting and helpful sections such as: "Lifestyle Principles", "City Living, Country Eating", "Spice Up Your Pantry", "Vegiterranean Origins", "Foods to Embrace", and more.

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“As a culinary coach, I know that a Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest on the planet. And I know that a vegan approach to that diet is the compassionate way to enjoy this flavorful and healthy way of eating. Tess Challis has written the book that I've been waiting for. With a focus on everything wonderful―and completely vegan―you'll find recipes that embrace veggies, proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, and dessert. It’s proof that a healthy vegan diet is delicious and accessible.”―JL Fields, author of Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Meal Prep, and many more

”When I think about the Mediterranean, I think of white sand beaches, blue skies, turquoise waters, and delicious food. Thanks to Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook, I can get at least one of those anytime I want. With simple, easy-to-follow recipes, Tess Challis brings all the sumptuous tastes and textures of Mediterranean food to our plates.”―Michael Suchman, co-author NYC Vegan and co-founder of

“From the first page, the mouthwatering pictures make me ready to dive into the deliciousness of this cookbook! What a perfect collection of sublimely tasty vegan recipes―that also happen to be incredibly healthy and nourishing as well! Tess does a wonderful job explaining the intersection of vegan and Mediterranean cuisine in a way that makes every meal feel like a sun-kissed adventure. Rainbow wraps and falafel salad, here I come!”―Heather Nicholds, C.H.N., author of Plant-Based Diet Meal Plan, College Vegan, and Vegan Electric Pressure Cooker

“From Pistachio Baklava to Macadamia Rosemary Cheese, every recipe in the Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook has been infused with Tess's passion to inspire readers to embrace a joyful and healthy balance by offering a fun and flavorful approach to a plant-based Mediterranean diet! Whether you are 100% vegan or just dipping your toe in the plant-based kiddie pool . . . Tess has the answers.”― Dustin Harder, creator of The Vegan Roadie (, author, chef

“After spending the better part of seven years traveling, I developed an obsession with dining out and eating anything and everything that's vegan. Since having the privilege of spending time in Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries, simply opening Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook gives me hope for making healthier, homemade food choices from some of my favorite places in the world!”―Kristin Lajeunesse, author of Will Travel for Vegan Food

Tess Challis

Tess Challis 

A renowned "One Degree Transformation" coach, six-time author, and speaker, Tess Challis shows women how to identify and remove unconscious limiting beliefs blocking them from achieving their business, health, and life goals.

She regularly speaks to female entrepreneurs and change agents. She's been featured in Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and on television networks including ABC, NBC, and CBS.

Tess lives in Phoenix, Arizona and deals with the heat by drinking a bit too much kombucha. Get recipes and inspiration at

Thursday, August 29, 2019

"FIRST NAMES SERIES"--Abrams Children’s Books has a new series of biographies for middle grade readers (adults will also enjoy)--eight books will cover historical and contemporary figures in highly illustrated format--beginning with titles on Harry Houdini and Amelia Earhart

Harry Houdini (The First Names Series)

Discover the man behind the magic and see how Houdini pulled off his most daring escapes

Before Harry Houdini (1874–1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant who moved to America with his family and performed stage tricks for a little extra cash. He started off with card tricks and then eventually began performing the escape acts that would make him famous. Known for his daring and death-defying illusions, he would do some of the greatest tricks ever: escaping from a milk can, being buried alive, and being locked inside a crate and thrown into a river. He conquered each of these seemingly impossible feats and showed the world the power of a little magic. Fun, fast-paced, and highly illustrated, Harry Houdini tells the story of the curious boy who became the world’s greatest magician and reveals how Houdini did some of his most stunning escapes. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

Kjartan Poskitt

Kjartan Poskitt

Kjartan Poskitt is an author and TV presenter who is best known for writing the Murderous Maths children's series of books. Poskitt was educated at Collingwood College, Durham. In addition to his popular science and maths books, which include books on Isaac Newton (Dead Famous: Isaac Newton and his Apple), puzzles, practical jokes and secred codes, Poskitt has written a book of magical tricks, a GCSE Maths support book and four Rosie and Jim annuals. In 2007, Poskit published the first in a new series of children's novels called Urgum the Axeman.

He also wrote the theme tune for the children's art program SMart, as well as the title theme and music for the first two series of Brum. He is also the creator of a logic puzzle, Kjarposko.

He has been a presenter for a number of (mostly BBC) educational children's TV shows.

Amelia Earhart (The First Names Series)

See how Amelia Earhart went from a little Kansas tomboy to a high-flying feminist icon

Before Amelia Earhart (1897–1939) became a world-famous pilot, she was a little tomboy from Kansas with a taste for adventure. When she visited an airfield and took a short plane ride, she knew she had to be a pilot. She signed up for flying lessons and cropped her hair short so that the other pilots would take her seriously. She became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With each flight she took and each record she broke, Amelia became more and more of a celebrity. Her final flight was intended to be a trip around the whole world, but her plane disappeared after takeoff—and her disappearance is still a mystery today. Inspirational, highly illustrated, and full of adventure, Amelia Earhart tells the story of the feminist icon who changed the world of aviation. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

Andrew Prentice

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Andrew Prentice is the author of two critically acclaimed YA historical novels: Black Arts and Devil's Blood. He likes his stories like he likes his coffee: rich, dark brews in a painstakingly crafted and historically accurate vessel, preferably served by a demon--though a ghost will do just as well. Black Arts was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Prize and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He has also written for comics and animation. He lives in England with his wife, three daughters, and dog. 


Abrams Announces New Middle Grade Biography Series

Abrams Children’s Books has announced a new series of biographies for middle grade readers: First Names. Eight books are planned and will cover historical and contemporary figures in a highly illustrated format, with titles on Harry Houdini and Amelia Earhart publishing in August 2019.

Abrams will publish First Names in North America in collaboration with David Fickling Books, which introduced the series in the United Kingdom in April 2018.
“The books are fun, informative, and addictively readable,” says Andrew Smith, senior vice president and publisher of Abrams Children’s Books, of the series. “And since readers will get to read about each famous person from childhood to adulthood, it’s aspirational in so many ways.”

Written by Kjartan Poskitt with illustrations by Geraint Ford, Harry Houdini tells the story of Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant who moved to America when he was four and grew up to be the world’s greatest magician. Amelia Earhart, by Andrew Prentice, with illustrations by Mike Smith, offers a new take on an icon of American aviation.

Filled with “quirky illustrations, humor, and mini-comics,” according to a release, each title in the series will feature sidebars for context on historical events, a timeline, bibliography, and glossary. A hardcover edition costs $9.99, with ebook versions also available.

Future First Names books include Malala Yousafazai, Nelson Mandela, Beyoncé, Ada Lovelace, and Ferdinand Magellan, to be published in subsequent seasons. 



"In line with the series premise and overall informal tone, the author refers to him throughout as "Harry" (his stage name). Andrew Prentice does likewise for his free-spirited subject in the co-published Amelia Earhart (illustrated by Mike Smith), taking "Amelia" (or, in childhood chapters, "Millie") from homemade backyard roller coaster to final disappearance . . . Together with its companion, stimulating portraits of two colorful, driven historical figures." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This informative biography is a chatty and engaging read for the uninitiated as well as for those who thought they knew everything about one of the greatest magicians of all time." (Booklist)

"A lighthearted and easy look at some of the world’s most famous celebrities . . . The illustrations may prove to be comforting for fiction readers who enjoy diary style series like Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries." (School Library Journal)

"My Kindergarten Math Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support Kindergarten Math Skills"--teaches addition, subtraction, money, weight, and time with a wide variety of games and puzzles to keep kids interested


My Kindergarten Math Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support Kindergarten Math Skills

Count on fun to get kids excited about math.

Prepare kindergarten kids for school, keep them sharp during the summer, or just help them advance their math skills. My Kindergarten Math Workbook is bursting with more than 100 activities that are designed to entertain kids ages 5 to 6 and engage their brains so they absorb number knowledge while having fun.

This kindergarten math workbook teaches addition, subtraction, money, weight, and time with a wide variety of games and puzzles to keep kids interested. The exercises also increase in difficulty as the book progresses, so children can move up into new concepts whenever they’re ready and continue to reinforce what they’ve learned.

My Kindergarten Math Workbook offers:
  • Puzzles of all kinds―Kids can try their hand at mazes, secret codes, color-by-numbers, connect-the-dots and beyond.
  • Aim higher―Every activity has a corresponding star at the front of the book for kids to color in and keep track as they progress.
  • Colorful and illustrated―Bright and friendly illustrations make this kindergarten math workbook encouraging and fun for young learners.

Keep kids’ attention with a kindergarten math workbook that puts fun first.

MY REVIEW: "My Kindergarten Math Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support Kindergarten Math Skills" is a fun educational activity book and helpful teaching tool focused on helping kindergartners to build their math skills. The book starts off on an encouraging note: three pages with a "star" for each one of the 101 activities. Children can color in the star for each activity that they complete, and then they can review their progress in a simple visual manner. Author Keri Brown has a masters degree in elementary education and more than a decade of actual teaching experience in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. She advises that her goal is "to help children succeed", and she hopes that this book "will provide a meaningful and fun learning experience". Each page is colorfully illustrated with appealing and interesting activities such as number hunts, secret code puzzles, math-based mazes, coloring, and more skill challenges which progress in difficulty as the child works their way through the book. At the end of the book, there is a "Congratulations Certificate" to fill in with the child's name when all the activities are completed. Author Keri Brown has created a helpful and happy learning guide that will be enjoyable for children and parents to use together.
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Keri Brown

Keri Brown

Keri Brown has been a teacher for over 12 years. She is a current Kindergarten teacher, curriculum author, National Presenter and owner of Enchanted Kinder Garden (.com). She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Elementary Education. Keri travels to present educational content to kindergarten teachers around the United States. She creates resources for primary teachers around the world.

Keri loves integrating technology into her everyday routines in the classroom and helping other teachers achieve this goal. Her passion is helping teachers get engaging resources into their classrooms. To learn more about Keri, follow her on her website, Instagram or on Facebook at Enchanted Kinder Garden. 

"The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals"--full of simple, satisfying meals you can make for you and your family in 30 minutes or less--you don’t have to sacrifice enjoyment to eat a low-sodium diet

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The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals

Food is a critical driver of heart health, and this cookbook helps you take the wheel. The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook is full of simple, satisfying meals you can make for you and your family in 30 minutes or less. You don’t have to sacrifice enjoyment to eat a low-sodium diet―the recipes in this heart healthy cookbook are full of flavor to keep you (and your heart) happy.

Meal planning tips, a grocery shopping guide, and at-a-glance food charts make it easy to prepare nutritious meals. Many recipes call for just five ingredients, and all are designed for efficiency―so you can nourish yourself with delicious food from this heart healthy cookbook even when you’re short on time or energy.

The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook includes:
  • For every diet―Vegetarian, vegan, DASH, and Mediterranean diets are all represented, with dishes like Pear and Pumpkin Seed Salad, Hearty Mashed Potatoes, Chili Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner, and Stovetop Apple Crisp.
  • Nutritional info―Each recipe in this heart healthy cookbook lists key nutrients like sodium and fat, along with the amount of vitamin K and potassium per serving.
  • Special guidance―Rest easy with dietary guidance for specific conditions: high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, diabetes, and pre-diabetes.
Discover new recipes to love and use every day in the 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook.

MY REVIEW: "The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals" offers dozens of delicious low-sodium recipes plus invaluable health and nutrition information. You will also find helpful advice such as: "Five Principles of Heart-Healthy Eating"; "Ten Tips for Quick and Easy Meals"; and "Healthy Store-Bought Shortcuts". Popular heart-healthy patterns such as "Mediterranean"; "DASH"; and "Vegetarian/Vegan" are explained. Guides to essential kitchen tools, pantry staples, smart and simple meal planning, and savvy heart-healthy shopping are also included. Before making significant dietary and lifestyle changes, consult your primary healthcare provider to help you make the best choices for you. Here's a sampler of the featured recipes: "Strawberry Breakfast Sundae"; "Apple-Pecan Oatmeal"; "California Scrambled Eggs and Veggies"; "Classic Caprese Salad"; "Crunchy Spinach Salad"; "Roasted Sweet Potatoes"; "Hearty Mashed Potatoes"; "Pantry Beans and Rice"; "Pasta with Greens and Beans"; "Rosemary-Lemon Salmon"; "Grilled Garlic-Lime Chicken"; "Southwest Steak Skillet"; "Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy"; "Red Beans with Sausage and Rice"; "Garlicky Kale Chips"; "Dark Chocolate and Cherry Trail Mix"; "Banana-Oatmeal Cookies"; and "Fresh Tomato Salsa".

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”I have known Cheryl in her role as a dietitian and nutritionist in our cardiac rehabilitation program. Her extensive knowledge of nutrition science and guidelines has allowed her to incorporate the best evidence into the clinical information she passes on. Her advice is practical, understandable, and easy for most of us to incorporate into our daily dietary patterns. This book will be incredibly beneficial to anyone with coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, and, perhaps more importantly, it will also be a great help to those persons who are interested in preventing the occurrence of these types of life-threatening events.”―James A. Stone, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FAACVPR, FACC

“Skip Dr. Google and nonsense trends―get the real goods on decreasing your heart health risk. Cheryl has translated decades of heart-healthy nutrition research into a cookbook that is packed with ideas! She smartly addresses food labels and medical lingo with a solid understanding of the fear and overwhelmed state that many people (and their families) face after a heart health scare. It provides practical, reasonable information that is as reassuring as it is mouth-watering!”―Dr. Colleen Cannon, R.Psych, clinical psychologist, co-founder Craving Change Inc.

“If you are short on time, yet hungry for fast, good-tasting meals using easy-to-find ingredients, this is a must-have cookbook! Cheryl is a food-loving dietitian who shows you how to get flavorful meals on the table in under 30 minutes with mouthwatering recipes that taste great and are good for you (and your heart). Cheryl's balanced approach shows how a heart-healthy lifestyle is attainable for even the most time-stretched person.”―Kristyn Hall MSc, RD, chief energizing officer at Energize Nutrition

Cheryl Strachan

Cheryl Strachan RD

Cheryl Strachan is a registered dietitian, speaker, and writer who specializes in cardiac health and is on a mission to help people with heart concerns relax about food and enjoy cooking, eating, health, and happiness.

She has provided nutrition counselling and education to thousands of people, between the TotalCardiology Rehabilitation program and her private practice, Sweet Spot Nutrition, in Calgary, Canada. You can follow her mostly weekly blog for cardiac nutrition demystification, inspiration, and perspective at

When she's not tinkering in the kitchen, writing, or making unrealistically long to-do lists, Cheryl plays basement volleyball with her two tireless daughters, walks a small dog with a big bark, and counts the hours until date night with her sweet husband. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

"The Easy 5-Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Delicious, Heart-Healthy Meals"-a diet based on fish, along with other nutritional powerhouses especially healthy for your heart--such as vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and grains

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The Easy 5-Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Delicious, Heart-Healthy Meals

Pescatarian heart health made fast and easy.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook is a collection of 75 delicious recipes that only require about 5 main ingredients, meaning you can prepare them inexpensively and in a flash. “Pescatarian” describes a diet based on fish, along with other nutritional powerhouses like vegetables and grains. It’s especially healthy for your heart, and even associated with a longer lifespan when you adopt it for the long term.

This pescatarian cookbook makes it easy, bringing you the science-based knowledge you need to develop a delicious and comprehensive pescatarian diet the right way, instead of just “eating more fish.” The recipes are fast, simple, and satisfying, so it’s no trouble at all to whip up weeknight specialties that your whole family will love.

Dive into a pescatarian cookbook featuring:
  • Fresh or frozen―Lots of these dishes can be made with frozen and canned seafood so it’s easy to accommodate your time and budget.
  • Staples and essentials―A pescatarian cookbook for a pescatarian kitchen; learn about stocking all the right tools and ingredients (and how to use them).
  • Beyond the sea―This pescatarian cookbook includes an array of recipes that don’t include fish at all, exclusively featuring the tasty benefits of legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruit.
The Easy 5-Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook is the answer to making better, healthier eating easy.

MY REVIEW:  "The Easy 5-Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Delicious, Heart-Healthy Meals" offers 75 simple, quick, and delicious recipes based on nutritional powerhouses such as fish, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and grains. In general, those who follow a "Pescatarian" diet eat no other meat than fish, and they may or may not include eggs and dairy. Author and registered dietician Andy DeSantis advises that research shows that eating fish offers many health benefits, and fish also has nutritional characteristics that are not found in any other animal or plant-based foods. Replacing sources of saturated fat in your diet with the healthier types of fat found in fish, soy, nuts, and seeds can lead to improved heart health and overall well-being. Before making significant changes in your dietary lifestyle, consult with your primary care provider to see what will work best for you. This book offers excellent advice on types of seafood, nutritional benefits, how to shop and stock the Pescatarian kitchen, and the recipes are simply delicious. Here are some of the delicious dishes you can make: "Peach Muesli"; "Peanut Butter Pancakes"; "Shrimp Ginger Soup"; "Leek and Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon"; "Asian-Style Cobb Salad"; "Simple Vegetable Saute"; "Ginger-Lime Rice with Shrimp"; "Speedy Jambalaya"; "Traditional Succotash"; "Pan-Fried Trout and Fingerlings"; "Baked Salmon with Kale and Peppers"; "Melon-Lime Sorbet"; "Mandarin Ambrosia"; and "Flourless Dark Chocolate". I can recommend "Speedy Jambalaya", and I encourage you to double the recipe--it's tasty, warming, and filling, and it disappears quickly! It's a family-friendly recipe--add extra "heat" if desired.

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“As a health professional, it’s hard for me to deny the vast health benefits of a pescatarian style of eating. Those benefits are superbly articulated and brought to life in the discussion and recipes on offer in this book. From a purely personal perspective as a former vegan and new pescatarian, the contents within make me ever more comfortable with my choice and the flexibility it offers my diet.”—Rebecca Tonnessen, RDN, CDN, Hospital For Special Surgery

The Easy 5 Ingredient Pescatarian Cookbook is hands-down the best resource for someone new to pescatarian living or those looking for simple and tasty recipes to enhance their repertoire. Andy uses his nutrition expertise (along with a splash of wit and charm) to walk you through the basics of pescatarianism—as well as the health and environmental benefits—making it approachable, practical, and easy to follow. Michelle uses her culinary chops to provide you with delicious, simple, and unique recipes that put Andy’s recommendations into practice. It’s not every day you find a cookbook authored by both a registered dietitian and a trained chef—and you won’t want to pass this one up!”—Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD, author of The MIND Diet Plan and Cookbook

“Health is strongly related to complex socio-economic factors, and there is so much evidence for a pescatarian and plant-based diet. This book fills a much needed gap, showing how it can be possible to have fresh, tasty recipes that won't break the bank. The recipes are also great for time-poor but health-conscious people like me! I love the ingredient and health tips in the recipes... they make cooking more fun, and I feel like I'm learning along the way!”—Doctor Isobelle Smith (MBBS, FRACP) internal medicine specialist and sports and exercise physician

Andy De Santis

Andy is a registered dietitian (RD) with an unmatched passion for helping you reach your various diet, nutrition and weight management goals. He completed my requirements for accreditation as a registered dietitian at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where he also graduated with a master’s degree in public health community nutrition (MPH).  ************************************
MICHELLE ANDERSON is the author of The Egg Cookbook, Clean Eating Made Simple, Healthy Cookbook for Two, and more . She was a hands-on corporate chef for over 20 years, specializing in healthy diets for her clients. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

"The Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Guide & Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes to Nourish Mama and Baby"--eat right for both of you with a pregnancy cookbook for every stage--a handy, all-in-one reference to eating while pregnant

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The Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Guide & Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes to Nourish Mama and Baby 


Happier moms and healthier babies—a monthly pregnancy cookbook.

Growing a new human from scratch takes a lot of energy. Fuel up for it by nourishing yourself and your baby during each month of your pregnancy. This pregnancy cookbook is a stress-free way to learn about the specific foods to eat (or avoid) while pregnant and make sure you’re making the healthiest choices for both of you.

It’s a handy, all-in-one reference to eating while pregnant that makes a complex and intimidating process feel manageable. You’ll be comforted to have a pregnancy cookbook that offers recipes for each month, along with detailed weekly meal plans. You’ll also find basics on the current science behind pregnancy nutrition from conception to labor and beyond.

A pregnancy cookbook that breaks it down, one month at a time:
  • Practical advice—Incorporate the right foods into your diet with recipes that are easy to cook and eat, especially when you’re not feeling great.
  • Better for both of you—The chapter for each month explains what’s happening in your body at that stage, and how to manage the new changes better with diet.
  • Catered to your needs—Recipes include tips for how to modify the ingredients to help with nausea, itchiness, blood sugar regulation, and more.
Eat right for both of you with a pregnancy cookbook for every stage.

“The author's words feel like a warm, comforting hug from a mom who has been there―and her food is just as big-hearted.”―Kristy Kohler, co-author of Eat to Feed: 80 Nourishing Recipes for Breastfeeding Moms

MY REVIEW: "The Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Guide & Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes to Nourish Mama and Baby" offers healthy hints, timely tips, common-sense good advice, and delicious food ideas to help expectant mothers thrive through their pregnancies and beyond. The care and feeding of "pregnant mama" is also the nurturing of "baby on board"--each one is equally important and deserves the optimal consideration. The information provided here by author, certified holistic nutrition consultant, and health educator Madeline Given is broken down month-by-month to adapt to the body changes which affect appetites and nutritional needs as the pregnancy progresses. Healthiest food choices are advised, and so are foods to avoid. Special dietary concerns and issues such as dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and Paleo are included, as well as help for nausea, heartburn, blood sugar regulation, and more. For best results, consult with your primary care physician with any questions regarding choices for your own personal health and dietary requirements. Here is a sampler of the delicious recipes you'll find here: "Nix the Nausea Smoothie"; "Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes"; "Avocado Egg Salad Toasts"; "Frittata with Sweet Potato and Bacon"; "Blueberry Baked Oatmeal"; "Super Spiced Choco-Latte"; "Ranch Zucchini Chips"; "Ginger Carrot Soup"; "Seasoned Snack Mix"; "Pan-Fried Lemon Butter Trout"; "Lemon-Garlic Salmon and Asparagus"; "Minestrone"; and "Nutty Energy Bites".

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Madeline Given is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and health educator specializing in traditional foods and preparation. She works predominantly with women, helping them find the freedom of health in their ever-changing bodies. For wellness wisdom and real food recipes, visit her blog, You can also find her online at @madelinenutrition on Instagram and She currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her husband.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together"--helps you share the fun of cooking, hosting, and, of course, eating!

The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together

Date night dinners and easy parties—for couples who love to cook.
Not every couple is the same, and not every kitchen only has one cook. The New Newlywed Cookbook helps the two of you come together in the kitchen with 100 recipes for delicious dishes perfectly suited for a pair of chefs.

Want to cook up a romantic meal? A cozy breakfast at home? A tasty holiday spread? The New Newlywed Cookbook—written by Kenzie Swanhart and Julien Levesque, married partners who have been cooking together for nine years—has mouthwatering recipes for every occasion. This newlywed cookbook features simple and straightforward directions, along with plenty of tips and tricks to help you share the fun of cooking, hosting, and, of course, eating!

The New Newlywed Cookbook includes:

Cooking for two—This newlywed cookbook was written specifically with couples in mind, featuring optional “sous-chef” instructions that will turn the two of you into an efficient culinary team. Recipes for every occasion—You’ll always know what to make with 100 recipes that cover everything from breakfast in bed and romantic dinner dates to weekend BBQs and a Friendsgiving feast. New kitchen for newlyweds—It doesn’t matter if you opted for a traditional registry or not—get a newlywed cookbook that shows you how to set up your kitchen like a pro.

It has never been easier (or more enjoyable) to cook together—spice things up with The New Newlywed Cookbook.

 MY REVIEW:  "The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together" teaches you to "cook for two", but also educates you on how to "cook for more". There's something here for everyone--whether you are sharing an intimate couple's meal, or you are planning a dinner party for family and friends. The basics are covered: outfit and organize your kitchen and stock your pantry like a pro. Frills and fun are not forgotten--you are encouraged to feed each other, feed everyone, and to relaunch the "lost art of the cocktail party". The 100 recipes offer a wide range of delightful dishes like these:  "Eggs Benedict Florentine"; "Giant Cinnamon Rolls"; "Grilled Chicken & Romaine Caesar"; "Crispy Garlic Green Beans"; "Roasted Rosemary Potatoes"; "Shrimp Pad Thai"; "Chocolate Mousse"; "Bread Pudding for Two"; "Bourbon and Peach Tea Punch"; "Coffee Cake Muffins"; "Cranberry & Brie Bites"; "Caramelized Shallot & Garlic Mashed Potatoes"; "Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Turkey"; "5-Ingredient Pesto"; and "Apple-Cinnamon Tartlets". Good, unfussy food to feed a crew or to treat just two.

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Kenzie Swanhart

Kenzie Swanhart

Kenzie Swanhart is an author, food blogger, and culinary professional whose focus is on bringing simple recipes with real ingredients to her readers. With more than 130,000 copies of her cookbooks sold, Kenzie never wavers in her mission: Creating and sharing easy yet flavorful recipes made with real ingredients with her readers.

As the head of culinary marketing and innovation for Ninja, a leading kitchen appliance company, Kenzie and her team provide a unique, food-first point of view for the development of new products and recipes to make consumers' lives easier and healthier. You'll also see her serving as the face of Ninja on a leading television home shopping network, where she shares tips, tricks, and recipes for the company's full line of products.

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"MacGruder Brothers Series"--from author Diana Cosby--enthralling Scottish medieval romantic suspense - the stories of the MacGruders and their family set during Scotland's fight for independence!

Book 1


With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola's only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.

Alexander's goal is to avenge his father's murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola with him, in his home—in his bed—unwittingly make her a target for those who have no qualms about shedding English blood.

Now Nichola is trapped—by her powerful attraction to a man whose touch shakes her to the core. Unwilling and unable to resist each other, can Nichola and Alexander save a love that has enslaved them both?


Book 2

His Woman

Trusting Her Was Unthinkable...
Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer's mistress, shattering Duncan's heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan's promise to Isabel's dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.

Resisting Her Was Impossible...
Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. No one could blame him for despising her, yet Duncan's misgivings cannot withstand a desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, on a perilous journey through Scotland, two wary lovers must confront both the enemies who will stop at nothing to hunt them down, and the secret legacy that threatens their passion and their lives...

Book 3

His Conquest

The Only Man Who Could Save Her...
Linet Dancort will not be sold. But that's essentially what her brother intends to do - to trade her like so much chattel to widen his already vast scope of influence. Linet will seize any opportunity to escape her fate - and opportunity comes in the form of a rebel prisoner locked in her brother's dungeon, predatory and fearsome, and sentenced to hang in the morning.

Would First Need Saving Himself...
Seathan MacGruder, Earl of Grey, is not unused to cheating death. But even this legendary Scottish warrior is surprised when a beautiful Englishwoman creeps to his cell and offers him his freedom. What Linet wants in exchange, though - safe passage to the Highlands - is a steep price to pay. For the only thing more dangerous than the journey through embattled Scotland is the desire that smolders between these two fugitives the first time they touch.

Book 4

His Destiny

Their Secrets Will Draw Them Together

As one of England's most capable mercenaries, Emma Astyn can charm an enemy and brandish a knife with unmatched finesse. Assigned to befriend Dubh Duer, an infamous Scottish rebel, she assumes the guise of innocent damsel Christina Moffat to intercept the writ he's carrying to a traitorous bishop. But as she gains the dark hero's confidence and realizes they share a tattered past, compassion--and passion--distract her from the task at hand. . .

But The Truth May Tear Them Apart

His legendary slaying of English knights has won him the name Dubh Duer, but Sir Patrik Cleary MacGruder is driven by duty and honor, not heroics. Rescuing Christina from the clutches of four such knights is a matter of obligation for the Scot. But there's something alluring about her fiery spirit, even if he has misgivings about her tragic history. Together, they'll endure a perilous journey of love and betrayal, and a harrowing fight for their lives. . .

Book 5
His Seduction

An Impulsive Act…

Lady Rois Drummond is fiercely devoted to her widowed father, the respected Scottish Earl of Brom. So when she believes he is about to be exposed as a traitor to England, she must think quickly. Desperate, Rois makes a shocking claim against the suspected accuser, Sir Griffin Westcott. But her impetuous lie leaves her in an outrageous circumstance: hastily married to the enemy! Yet Griffin is far from the man Rois thinks he is—and much closer to the man of her dreams…

An Irresistible Outcome…

Griffin may be an Englishman, but in truth he leads a clandestine life as a spy for Scotland. Refusing to endanger any woman, he has endured the loneliness of his mission. But Rois’s absurd charge has suddenly changed all that. Now, with his cover in jeopardy, Griffin must find a way to keep his secret while keeping his distance from his spirited and tempting new wife—a task that proves more difficult than he ever imagined…

Book 6

His Enchantment

She Could Never Live In His World...

Lady Catarine MacLaren is a fairy princess, duty-bound to eschew the human world. But the line between the two realms is beginning to blur. English knights have launched an assault on the MacLarens, just as the families of Comyn have captured the Scottish king and queen. Now, Catarine is torn between loyalty to her people and helping the handsome, rust-haired Lord Trálin rescue the Scottish king...

But He Couldn't Live Without Her...

As guard to King Alexander, Lord Trálin MacGruder will stop at nothing to defend the Scottish crown against the Comyns. And he finds a sympathetic, and gorgeous, ally in the enigmatic Princess Catarine. As they plot to rescue the kidnapped king and queen, Trálin and Catarine will discover a love made all but impossible by her obligations to the Otherworld. 

But a passion this extraordinary may be worth the irreversible sacrifices it demands... 

Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby 

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages. Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,”, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.

After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.
Her years of living in Europe inspired Diana to write in the medieval time frame. After watching the movie Braveheart and with her passion for writing complex plots, the idea for the MacGruder brothers series was born. 

Diana has many passions in life, but one that resonates in her life is that of giving. She firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life. Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.

"HOLD TRILOGY" by Stephanie Tyler--SPECIAL OPS HEROES & THEIR SPECIAL LADIES--caught in the crossfire between danger and desire--contemporary romantic suspense

Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy, #1)



Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator’s daughter—and about as easy to resist as an oasis in the desert.

If it weren’t for Jake, Isabelle would still be halfway across the world, where rebel forces left her for dead. The special ops warrior may have saved her life, but she doesn’t need him to protect her now. Tell that to the ruggedly handsome hunk in full battle fatigues who’s just been assigned as Isabelle’s personal bodyguard. Close quarters aside, Isabelle won’t let Jake anywhere near her heart—until danger throws them together again. And nothing in the jungles of wildest Africa could prepare them for a passion this wild. This crazy. This hot…

Too Hot to Hold (Hold Trilogy, #2) 



Nick Devane's life is one big classified secret. Until Kaylee Smith busts his covert world wide open, threatening to blow his cover. Digging around where she doesn't belong could get them both killed...especially when the beautiful journalist uncovers top secret information that could set off a global disaster if it falls into the wrong hands. Nick can't let that happen, even if he has to battle deadly mercenaries and an irresistible attraction that is all consuming....

Kaylee didn't expect her search for her missing ex-husband to lead to this sexy and dangerous warrior. Now she's teamed up with Nick on a mission that takes them into deepest Africa--and into the middle of a massive government cover-up. With rogue agents hot on their trail, Kaylee's going to unearth all Nick's secrets. Before they both vanish without a trace. Before the passion burning between them sets off an explosion no one may survive...

Hold on Tight (Hold Trilogy, #3)



Chris Waldron, an elite U.S. Navy SEAL, is used to getting out of tight spots. But all his years of training can’t prepare him for the crisis he now faces. When a mission to rescue a kidnapped ambassador and his wife goes tragically awry, an FBI hostage negotiator is killed and Chris finds himself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Leading the charge is the blistering hot special agent and onetime lover who has re-ignited their mutual attraction.

Jamie Michaels is determined to keep things professional with Chris Waldron this time. But seeing him bruised and battered in that hospital bed has rekindled all those feelings she thought she’d left behind during their brief, passionate encounter in Africa. Now Jamie must keep her craving for danger at bay as she spearheads a search for the truth that just may blow Chris’s career to bits—and put them both in the crosshairs of an unseen enemy.

Stephanie Tyler

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New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also writes as SE Jakes.

And because she's not busy enough, she also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.

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