Book Review: Book Review: Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate

Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate

All of the books on brain health we have reviewed recently recommend the Mediterranean Diet.  This book, Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate, explains it in a nutshell.

The recipes are easy to follow and even tell how long it takes to prepare the dish and how long to cook it.  The steps are well thought out and the recipes appear to be tasty.

We give Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle all five stars.  We think you will like it.

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Book Review: Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites by Kelley Cleary Coffeen

Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites by Kelley Cleary Coffeen

I, David, have been a diabetic since July of 1976.  This condition – it is not a disease – has been with me a long time.  That is why it is always good to find a good cookbook that helps deal with reducing sugar and fat intake.

Although we differ with the ADA on the use of alcohol, as reported by the author, we think this is a wonderful cookbook. We feel it is best to stay away from alcohol completely because it can drastically lower blood sugar levels.

The instructions are easy to follow and clear.  Readers are told, in an easy to understand way, how to prepare each recipe.

We feel that Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking is a great resource for diabetics.  We give it all five stars.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook by Anjali Shah

Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook by Anjali Shah

Available October 9, 2018

If you are looking for a great way to spend quality time with your kids, Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook by Anjali Shah is one possible answer.

What could be more fun than making simple recipes that are fun and entertaining?

This book is full of easy to follow recipes that don’t take long to make and are just plain fun.  We will be working with the publisher to see if we can make some of the recipes over on our From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa YouTube Channel.

We give Kid Chef Junior all five stars and a happy face bowl of guacamole to boot.  It is well-written, full of kid jokes, and just plain fun. It would make a wonderful addition to your family home evening.

Your copy will provide you with loads of fun and a great time to bond with your kids.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: Ninja Foodi: The Pressure Cooker that Crisps: Complete Cookbook for Beginners: Your Expert Guide to Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Dehydrate, and More by Kenzie Swanhart

Ninja Foodi: The Pressure Cooker that Crisps: Complete Cookbook for Beginners: Your Expert Guide to Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Dehydrate, and More by Kenzie Swanhart

Available September 25, 2018

We do not have a Ninja Foodi at McClendon Villa. When we were sent a review copy of Ninja Foodi: The Pressure Cooker that Crisps: Complete Cookbook for Beginners: Your Expert Guide to Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Dehydrate, and More by Kenzie Swanhart, we had to evaluate it based on the question, “Are these instructions easy enough for David, who has very limited skills in the kitchen, to follow?”

The answer to that question is a resounding, yes. These recipes are clear and easy to follow. They have enough detail to tell first-time users of the Ninja Foodi how to use it and what attachments to use to make each dish.

These easy to understand recipes list all the ingredients needed, prep time, different cook times and temperatures, detailed instructions along with serving information regarding serving size, calories, etc.

If we had a Ninja Foodi, we would take it into the kitchen of McClendon Villa and demonstrate. Perhaps we will get one soon.

We were sent a complimentary review copy of Ninja Foodi: The Pressure Cooker that Crisps from the publisher. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen

150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen

When I was a young boy, I was a boy scout and a girl scout. You see, my mother was the troop leader and I went to all the meetings. I was about the same age as most of the girls, so I got to participate in the meetings.

The boy scouts taught some about outdoor cooking and outdoor living, but the girls learned much more. They learned how to make life outside a lot like it was indoors.

One thing they taught was cooking in the coals of a campfire using foil. Well, 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen would be an excellent resource for those who want to make camping a lot more fun and a lot less like eating a brontosaurus burger cooked until it is burnt.

Once, we boy scouts had to cook on the fire for ourselves and our fathers. The fathers could not help. I made what we called Steak in Aluminum Foil. While the others were eating those burnt brontosaurus burgers and severely overdone hot dogs, Dad and I were chowing down on a delicious steak, potatoes, onions, and carrots. I can only imagine what I could have done had I had this outstanding resource. Even the eleven year old boy that I was could have made great food by following this book.

I have to give 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil all five stars. It is very well-written and has many outstanding recipes.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

Our family is mostly Irish. Therefore, we love anything to do with a potato. This is why 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh was such a great book for us.

Not only are there all kinds of easy to follow recipes in this book, there are also a lot of “fun facts” about the potato. There is sort or a Ripley’s Believe It Or Else” section in the front of the book where readers are treated to some little known facts about the potato.

These recipes are easy to follow with a good bit of detail for each recipe. It makes following the steps so easy even a husband could follow them.

We think you will love 300 Best Potato Recipes like we do. We give it all five stars and a slab of bacon.

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Book Review: You Can Have It! More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes by Devin Alexander

You Can Have It! More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes by Devin Alexander


I have been a diabetic for over 42 years. If one sticks strictly to their diet, they feel like they get their choice of flavored cardboard.

Not so with You Can Have It!. This book has many recipes for some very tasty things. The instructions are so detailed that even I could make them, but I won’t because Suzanne is so good at it.

If you are tired of the same-o same-0 recipes, try this book and see if you don’t enjoy your food a little more.

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Book Review: Cooking with Kip: A Cook’s Memoir by Kip Meyerhoff

Cooking with Kip: A Cook’s Memoir by Kip Meyerhoff

This truly is a different way to present a cookbook. Cooking with Kip: A Cook’s Memoir by Kip Meyerhoff is the life story of a great chef who learned the cooking basics from his father, then studied under several other chefs.

We follow Kip from a little boy through the military and a career as a police officer. Kip tells his readers about meeting several celebrities and much more.

The recipes are great and easy-to-follow. The stories are very entertaining. We think Cooking with Kip: A Cook’s Memoir by Kip Meyerhoff makes a great story and is an excellent cookbook, too.

We give Cooking with Kip: A Cook’s Memoir all five stars and a pound of bacon.

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Book Review: The Gluten-Free Baking Book: 250 Small-Batch Recipes for Everything from Brownies to Cheesecake by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt

The Gluten-Free Baking Book: 250 Small-Batch Recipes for Everything from Brownies to Cheesecake by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt

The people at Robert Rose continue to bat them out of the park with their great recipe books. The Gluten-Free Baking Book: 250 Small-Batch Recipes for Everything from Brownies to Cheesecake by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt is another grand slam home run for them.

This baking book has many great color photos and is really not just a recipe book, but is more of a mini course in baking and, in this case, gluten-free baking.

The recipes are amazing and easy to follow. There are step-by-step instructions for making small batches of gluten free recipes, including many desserts.

We do think that this book should be read along with Eat Wheat by John Douillard. The combination would be awesome and very instructive for those with celiac disease, and those who love them.

The Gluten-Free Baking Book is very well-written and beautifully illustrated. We give it all five stars and a batch of brownies, too. This would make an excellent Mothers’ Day gift.

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