New Release! Classic German Baking


Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss

Original Review date: June 07, 2016

I love baking and my family is half German; while we still have some family recipes floating around, I was very interested in finding some traditional German baking recipes.

This well-organized book is perfect for any baker, from novices (like me) to pros. The book details the history of each recipe before laying out the easy to follow step-by-step instructions. There’s an extensive glossary of ingredients that was very helpful because I was unfamiliar with some of them (Baker’s Ammonia? Almond Paste?) and it helped me to know what to look for. I did miraculously find almond paste at a discount store (of all places), but could not find baker’s ammonia anywhere; I may have to buy that online.  All the measurements given for each recipe have both a volume amount (in grams) and the equivalent for the rest of us that never bothered to get a food scale.

Armed with my almond paste, I decided to start small with Heidesand (Sandy Almond Sugar Cookies) .    These were easy to make, needing just a few ingredients, 1 bowl and no mixer.  Can’t get any easier than that!   Just work the wet ingredients together, and knead in the flour.  Then, roll into a cylinder, chill for a few hours, cut into slices, roll in sugar and bake.   How much easier can you get?

The result reminds me of Pecan Sandies (which are pretty much the same thing, a shortbread with nuts.  So these are kind of like Almond Sandies.)  Not too sweet with a nice, crunchy texture, they would go great with a cup of tea.   Or spread with Nutella.  Mmmm!

Overall, very enjoyable and I had a lot of fun with the first recipe I tried.  I recommend this book for bakers of all skill levels who are looking to try something different.  Thank you to the publisher, Ten Speed Press and the author, Luisa Weiss for the advanced copy of the book.

Classic German Baking is a great gift idea!  It is available at book retailers or online at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating:★★★★★ 5 stars
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date:  Oct. 18, 2016
Language: English
Formats: Kindle/ePub/Hardcover
ISBN: 9781607748250
Genre: Culinary/Cookbook
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)

Review The Gut Health Diet Plan

Th26192746e Gut Health Diet by Christine Bailey

A great resource, The Gut Health Diet Plan offers information, solutions and hope to people suffering from gut problems like IBS, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and other digestive problems.

I was interested to read this because I have minor stomach problems from time to time and I was looking for ideas on how to improve my digestion.  The information is laid out in an easy to understand and precise way.  No scientific jargon to confuse you, just plain English.  I especially liked the information about probiotic supplements and leaky gut, I’ve done a little reading on both subjects and the information in the book backed up a lot of what I read and even gave new information that I didn’t know.

The book also has an easy to follow meal plan with plenty of recipes that are dairy-free, grain free and a lot of them are Paleo.  I don’t know that I’ll be able to do the whole program, but I intend to implement a lot of things in my diet (like fermented foods and Kefir) and see if that helps my overall digestive help.

I definitely recommend this book for anyone with tummy troubles, whether you take the plunge and follow the program or if you just want to learn more about how to heal your gut.


The Gut Health Diet Plan is available at book retailers  or online at  Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Review: Project Smoke

25810687Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen

Perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves to barbecue!

I’m a cooking show junkie, and Steven Raichlen’s shows on PBS (Barbecue University, Primal Grill and Project Smoke) are some of my favorites.  I love his straightforward, easy to understand style and his enthusiasm for all things grilling is infectious.

The Project Smoke cookbook is no different.  There’s a lot of information packed into this book, including tips on selecting the right woods, the equipment and tools you will need, and  recipes and tips for smoking all kinds of meats, fish, poultry, vegetables and even cocktails!  I plan on trying many of the recipes this summer.  I especially want to try the made-from-scratch bacon,  and my stepdad has been wanting to smoke a brisket for ages. The smoked potato salad looks like a pretty good side dish to go with it. Can’t wait to try it!

The only thing that would make this book better is if it was scratch and sniff.  Can you imagine?

I can’t wait for this book to come out so I can buy a hard copy.  I have a feeling this book will be well used in my family for many years to come.


Project Smoke is available at any book retailer,  or buy the Kindle version for Amazon