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    French Pastry Made Simple

    by: Molly Wilkinson “I want to build your pastry-making confidence and give you the information you need to succeed whether you’re a beginner or seasoned baker,” Molly Wilkinson.  I have been following @mollyjwilk on instagram for a while and was super excited to see that she wrote a cookbook, French Pastry Made Simple. As we all know I’m obsessed with France and all the deliciousness it offers, so making these desserts at home is a must for me. Over the years I have tried many different French cookbooks but I find the recipes in French Pastry Made Simple to be the easiest I have made. The cookbook offers a variety of recipes for…

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    Teatime At Grosvenor Square

    by: Dahlia Clearwater “The spectacle, luxury, and tantalizing saga of Bridgerton has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of viewers. But among all the heart-racing drama and Regency finery, one thing truly stands out: the magnificent food. Spectacular cakes, candy-colored cookies, fresh fruit as far as the eye can see – it’s enough to make even Lady Whistledown’s wearied mouth water,” Dahlia Clearwater.  I am a huge fan of Bridgerton and having lived in London before I love tea. When I found Teatime At Grosvenor Square I was so excited to try out all the recipes. I was so happy with the results from the ones that I tried and would highly…

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    Nourish Your Body: A 30-Day Healthy & Delicious Meal Plan

    by: Renata Trebing “I had to find a way to eat that was both healthy and delicious. A place where I could have healthy indulgences and not fall into the loop of guilt and overeating; where I could feel proud of myself, my food and my choices, each and every day,” Renata Trebing. Eating healthier is a big goal of mine for 2022 and I love to find cookbooks like Nourish Your Body.  The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require a ton of speciality items. I love that it is a 30-day meal plan so you can just open up the cookbook and jump start being healthier for 30 days.…

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    more plants on your plate

    by: Bailey Rhatigan “I created this cookbook to help people who want to eat more plants for the health benefits but don’t want to drastically change their habits or eat boring food all week long,” Bailey Rhatigan.  More plants on your plate offers a wide variety of recipes that can be adapted to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. A lot of the recipes come with great tips to help you if you want to meal prep. As someone who has done a lot of meal prepping in the past, I am always looking for tips and recipes to make the process easier.  It was really tough to decide what I wanted to make as…

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    My 3 Favorite Smoothie Cookbooks

    Every year I try to start the new year with having a few more smoothies and healthier meals to counteract everything I have devoured over the Christmas holidays. I don’t really diet much but I do like to follow the 80/20 rule and have found smoothies to be a great way to stick to it.  There are so many smoothie cookbooks out now that it can be a little overwhelming. Below are my top three that I am always reaching for and that I love.  1. The Body Reset Diet Cookbook About five years ago I stumbled on The Body Reset Diet book and tried it. I had great success with it and…

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    French Desserts

    by: Hillary Davis “What I learned over the many years I lived in France and from my extensive traveling throughout the country, is that French desserts-the ones the French make in their homes-are easy to make,” Hillary Davis.  As a self proclaimed Francophile I have always had a love for French desserts. The French Desserts cookbook provides easy to understand recipes that allow home chefs of any level to make a delicious dessert in their own kitchen.  I found some many recipes I wanted to make in French Desserts it made it difficult to choose just two. In the next few months I plan to cook through a lot more of these recipes.  Eiffel…

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    Beat Bobby Flay

    by: Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas & Sally Jackson “People point out to me all the time that I never lose. Well, those people clearly don’t watch that often! The bottom line is that I win about 65 to 70 percent of the time,” Bobby Flay.  When home chefs think about chefs like Bobby Flay we assume that every dish they make is a winner, and that’s not true. I love the Beat Bobby Flay show as it showcases how any chef can become a master of a dish. Now we can take this inspiration using the recipes in Beat Bobby Flay cookbook and apply it to our own lives. Will all of…

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    Baking for the Holidays

    by: Sarah Kieffer “While my nostalgia is built around specific Christmas traditions, my hope for all who use this book is that the recipes and notes contained among the pages bring comfort and cheer to your own festivities and families, however they are shaped and chosen,” Sarah Kieffer.  I was so excited to see that Sarah Kieffer had a new cookbook, Baking for the Holidays, after her amazing 100 Cookies cookbook. Christmas baking is one of my favorite things to do in the world. I am always looking for something new to make along with my favorites. The recipes in this cookbook are very easy to follow and detailed. I love the wide…

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    How-To Cookbook for Kids

    by: Nancy Polanco “Cooking can fill you with a sense of pride. The more you do it, the more you’ll enjoy making tasty, satisfying food. I hope this book will help you pursue your cooking dreams, whether it’s surprising your family with breakfast or being able to cook exactly what you’re craving,” Nancy Polanco.  I was gifted How-To Cookbook for Kids cookbook and as soon as I looked through it I couldn’t wait to try it. The information provided in the cookbook is essential to any budding young chef. I love how detailed the recipes are and how she always says don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s something we could all…

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    Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

    by: Dominique Ansel “The second half of the book holds the recipes to some of my most sought-after creations. This is where you have a chance to get your hands dirty, so you can follow my footsteps in your kitchen,” Dominique Ansel.  I grew up baking and I love it. I was so excited to get my hands on the Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes cookbook. However, even as experienced as I am in the kitchen, my skills were no match for these recipes. They are very complicated and require speciality ingredients and equipment. Both of the recipes I tried were from the beginner recipe section. I looked through all of the recipes and…