Book Review: Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone

Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone

You have probably said many times over, “I just have a gut feeling”. The thing is, you are not that far off. By now you have heard all about keeping your gut healthy and why.

Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone will help you understand a little more about keeping your gut healthy.

This book is easy to follow and understand.  It has many mouth-watering recipes, including Shrimp Scampi and how to make it or a chicken alternative to it, as if you would want to make that substitution!

We think that Gut Health will make a great Christmas, or anytime, gift for just about anyone on your gift list.

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Book Review: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC

We looked over The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC and found it to be easy to follow and well-written.

The beginning of the book explains a lot about anti-inflammatory eating and what should make up a good part of our diet.

We live in a fast-paced world where everyone eats fast on-the-go.  The book will help with that. Instead of grabbing a quick burger from the local fast food drive thru, we can have a hot, delicious, healthy meal.

Prep time is kept to a minimum and most of the cooking takes place slowly while we are doing other things. If you don’t have enough time to fix the recipes in this book, you don’t have enough time to go tell a clown head what you want to eat, either.

We think you will really like The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook.  It will make a great present for any would be cook on your list.

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Book Review: 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson

30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson

Available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.

Suzanne and I remember the days when we were newlywed.  She could cook up anything she wanted to without having to worry about picky eaters.  We passed those years a long time ago and are now back to being almost empty nesters.

That is where cookbooks like 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson will now come in handy.  Suzanne can whip up small batches of food quickly and easily with no fuss or muss.

The recipes in this book are quick and easy to prepare.  Most of the recipes use only eight ingredients or less. There are easy to find ingredients that should be available in your local store.

Whether you are a newlywed couple, or empty nesters, you will find 30-Minute Cooking for Two to be loaded with lots of great ideas.  This will make a great gift for the cooks on your list.

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Book Review: Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman

Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman

We at McClendon Villa constantly looking for ways to save time and money in the kitchen. We think Seriously Good Freezer Meals is a great way to do both.

In this book, you will find a lot of helpful information. The author gives readers a how-to-do-it guide in the front of the book and then 150 recipes with instructions for how to multiply each recipe. That way, if you only want to make one meal, you can.

We are provided with step-by-step instructions on preparing, cooking, freezing, and heating to serve each recipe.

Readers are also given instructions of what to do if they want to make the meal to serve now as opposed to freezing it for later.

We give Seriously Good Freezer Meals all five stars. The pictures alone are worth all five stars. This should be a part of your How to Manage Your Monkey budget meal planning.

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Book Review: 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

Many of us are looking for easy recipes that are easy to cook and tasty at the same time. 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi has that.

The recipes in this book are simple to follow. There is a quick explanation at the beginning of the book to tell readers what they should always have on hand to make simple, five ingredient recipes without breaking the budget.

Most of these recipes are awesome. There is even a recipe for my favorite, Broccoli Cheese soup. How great is that?

We give 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook all five stars and you will, too. We think it will make a wonderful Christmas present any busy person on your Christmas gift list.

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

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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