Friday, November 25, 2016

Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World by Shane Mitchell Review


A vividly photographed culinary travel book featuring profiles of the stewards of the world's traditional foodways--farming, hunting, foraging, and fishing--along with 40 recipes.

Journalist Shane Mitchell and photographer James Fisher have traveled the world on assignment for publications such as Travel + Leisure and Saveur. Along the way, they have encountered fascinating people who are rooted in their culture and landscape, keeping their food traditions vital, such as taro farmers in Hawaii who have never left the islands, fisherman on the Swahili coast, and Icelandic shepherds who still use the techniques of their Viking ancestors. Full of vibrant photography from far-flung locations all over the globe, Far Afield profiles these people, sharing their unique and captivating stories and recipes.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  There is a good mash up of wonderful photography and stories with recipes dwindling in between.    It is more informative than a cookbook, however what was included was very educational.  This is an excellent addition to any cookbook collection.   The 40 recipes are very different and you will need to go a bit out of the way for some items.

NKJV, Know The Word Study Bible review


Studying the Bible does not have to be an intimidating or overwhelming experience. The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The NKJV Know The Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Word. Whether you prefer to study the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic, each starting point offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.

The Book by Book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The Verse by Verse studies help you to dig deeper into God’s Word at a verse level. The Topic by Topic articles, which cover 21 key theological topics, give you a bird's-eye view of Scripture and guide you through the main themes that run throughout the Bible.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  For anyone who can read and understand the well written book it will provide you with the knowledge you are seeking and help to fulfill the reason you picked it up in the first place. this will also make a great gift.   it is religious and you will learn the word of God so if that is not your thing, this may not be right for you.

The Tuttle Twins and The Road to Surfdom By Connor Boyack Review

A tale of unintended consequences

History abounds with examples of government officials making decisions that harm others. Unfortunately, these unintended consequences are rarely if ever anticipated. As the twins find in their latest adventure, central planning can ruin people’s lives!

Price: $9.99

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I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  This was a little much for me as I am not hugely political and the book seemed to really push messages at the kids who read them.  It is all written with hidden opinions and some not so hidden.  I like to teach my children but not with this type of material.  Some may really like the information.    

The 12 Joys of Christmas By Thomas Seibold Review

 The 12 Joys of Christmas (available in hardcover, paperback, and as a mini gift book) by Thomas Seibold, illustrated by Sheri McCulley Seibold, readers from ages one to ninety-two will enjoy thoughtful words and classic imagery of the very best the season has to offer. 

From holiday cookie baking to outdoor fun to hanging favorite ornaments on a freshly cut tree, hearts are warmed and memories evoked as readers ponder the time-honored traditions, experiences, and simple pleasures that families have enjoyed for generations.
The couple, who owns their own design practice, created beautiful, full page illustrations for each of the twelve joys. The book is as lovely to display as it is magical to read.

Author Thomas Seibold and Illustrator Sheri McCulley Seibold are the creative husband and wife team behind The 12 Joys of Christmas. Sheri is the founder and principal of Sheri McCulley Studio, a Kansas City-based design practice that develops original characters, patterns, and product concepts for a variety of manufacturers in numerous product categories. Thomas is a technology marketing specialist and manager of Sheri McCulley Studio. Each was inspired to create The 12 Joys of Christmas by their own fond and vivid childhood memories of the holiday season.

Learn more about The 12 Joys of Christmas and Sheri McCulley’s designs at

The 12 Joys of Christmas is available to purchase at Amazon and the Sheri McCulley Studio’s online book store.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review -- A short very easy to read while on the go book.  It is cute and the kids will love spending time with you, if you choose to read it outloud.  It is small enough to fit into a purse or bag if you want to take it on the go.