Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook–a book review

This is my review–

Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook by Kristine Hansen is a comprehensive and delightful look into Wisconsin farms and cheesemakers. Currently living in Wisconsin, I have heard of many of these farms and cheesemakers and look forward to tasting cheeses from several more. The recipes are easy to follow and the story behind each cheese simply fascinating. I appreciate that this cookbook also has a list of all the award-winning cheeses, festivals, and fairs that one may taste a sample, and references to websites where out of state readers may order some of Wisconsin’s finest. I enjoyed reading the Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook and highly recommend it to anyone who loves to eat and cook with cheese.

My disclaimer-Special thanks to Rowman & Littlefield & NetGalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

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I started requesting books to review on NetGalley about a year ago now and have successfully reviewed 20 books. I have enjoyed doing this. I have always loved reading and books have remained my #1 pastime and passion my whole life. I primarily request cookbooks because I love reading cookbooks and I learn so much about food and food preparation from them. It seemed a natural progression to post my reviews on my blog in case readers/followers were interested in reading cookbooks too. Anyone can become a member of NetGalley and request books from publishers. Sometimes your request is accepted and other times based on your profile and other things taken into consideration your request is rejected.  If accepted you receive an advanced reader copy download and have a certain period of time to submit a review. This is an excellent way to read new books without having to pay for them. From this interest came opportunities that I found on my own to become a member of author book launches and I’ve loved being a part of launch teams. This is not an ad-sponsored post nor do I receive any type of compensation for talking about it. This is simply a cookbook review and a hobby of mine that makes me happy!

Being married to a Dutchman all I’ve heard our entire marriage is how great cheese is in Holland. Yes, Holland has great cheese. However, we are not always able to order from or travel to a place that sells cheese directly from Holland. Lucky us we live in the cheese capital of the United States and there are many, many cheesemakers near where we live. I requested the Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook because it is about Wisconsin cheese and also because this cookbook has outstanding reviews about the recipes featured, and also features the author throughout visiting the farms where the cheese is made and learning/ then writing about the history and culture behind the cheesemakers cheese. Several of the farms and cheesemakers featured in this book are known to us and others are on our list to visit. I loved, loved, loved this book and I’m so glad I requested it.

Until next time–many blessings to you from me!


The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook by Martina Šlajerová– a book review

I would venture a guess that everyone on Planet Earth has heard about the Keto diet. I follow at least 50 people who have tried it this year. Often to me anyway, the diet seems complicated and in the back of my mind, I’ve always got several questions about what it all means, and how successful any one of them have been on it.

Until I reviewed The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook by Martina Šlajerová. Here is the review I recently posted–

The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook is an informational cookbook that thoroughly explains the science behind the Keto diet and with that offers easy to follow recipes, with easy to understand instructions, and fairly easy to obtain ingredients. I enjoyed the informative parts early on in the book and loved the easy to understand charts. I would describe this book as being one of the most user-friendly cookbooks out there for those interested in trying the Keto diet. I tried several of the recipes with my favorite chapter being soups and salads. I also loved the garlic and herb focaccia and brie egg muffins. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is planning to try the Keto diet. In The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook you will find food swaps, substitutes, carb counters, instructional information, a Keto staple grocery list, tips for success, recipes and so much more.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Fair Winds Press for giving me the opportunity to review The Beginner’s KetoDiet Cookbook by Martina Šlajerová.

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Meet Me at the Farmers Market–a book review

Here’s what I had to say about this incredible book–

A very well thought out children’s book that is full of sweet and delightful illustrations that are both entertaining as well as informative for children and adults alike. I especially enjoyed the fun references to food and the friendly characters that seem to come to life in this children’s storybook. I highly recommend this book for both children and adults.

I requested this book from the publisher because of the subject matter. Along with what I wrote above I found this book to be entertaining and a perfect way to get your kids to engage with farmers markets, local food or food of any kind. I enjoyed this book so much and I felt that the children in my area would also enjoy it –so I went ahead and donated two copies to our local library and purchased one for the children’s lounge at the church I belong to.

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Buddha Bowls by Kelli Foster–a book review

One of my favorite cookbooks this summer has been Buddha Bowls by Kelli Foster. Here is a current book review I completed on this fabulous cookbook–

I’ve been looking for a cookbook like Buddha Bowls by Kelli Foster for a long time. I needed recipes with pictures, easy instructions, fairly easy ingredients to obtain, and fairly quick and painless preparation. Buddha Bowls has it all and then some. Every time I fix a meal from this cookbook I am asked for the recipe. Out of all the cookbooks I own and have cooked from this cookbook has had the most compliments. Most of the dressings are now my go-to dressings, and whenever I need a power lunch or a meal with perfect presentation and taste–Buddha Bowls by Kelli Foster is my go-to cookbook.



I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.

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The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier– a book review

I’ll be honest with you prior to reviewing this cookbook I had always bought pesto in a jar. Pesto wasn’t really a part of our diet because I thought it would be way too spicy, and way too hard to make homemade. Hence, the jars of pesto which were quite expensive, they didn’t last long, and my opinion–I could live without them. Fast forward to my choosing to review  The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier. I loved, loved, loved this Pesto Cookbook. Easy to understand recipes, alot of variety, and many uses for the pesto that literally knocked both mine and my husband’s socks off. Homemade Pesto– get you some!

Here’s my review-

The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier is a fabulously written cookbook on Pesto that is great for both beginners and more experienced home cooks. I loved that each recipe provided a bit of information about the pesto alongside the ingredients list. The Pesto Cookbook includes international pestos, seasonal pestos, herb-filled pestos and more that the home cook can utilize in pasta, purees, soups, and sauces. If you’re passionate about Pesto this is the cookbook for you.

Available for pre-order from Amazon and other bookstores now and due to be released April 17, 2018.

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser- a review

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser is a comprehensive look into Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. I’ve been a lifelong reader about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I could not pass up the opportunity to read this one. I felt this book answered so many of the questions I’ve had about Laura’s life after she married Almanzo Wilder in De Smet, SD. I often wondered why her father and mother moved around so much in the early years. I was also very curious to know more about Laura’s relationship with her daughter Rose. Prairie Fires answers these questions and so much more. I started reading the Little House books in the 1970’s as a teen. Now nearly forty years later I can say I’ve come full circle. Prairie Fires provides a very comprehensive and historical account of one of the most interesting pioneer/settlers of all time.

This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever picked up a book written about Laura Ingalls Wilder. It contains the full breadth of knowledge about her early pioneer days. I read this book at quite a clip but found myself going back and re-reading the rich information found in it.  Readers will find it is hard to put down. I highly recommend Prairie Fires to all Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, historians, those interested in the early pioneer history, and homesteaders.

I requested this book from NetGalley to review due to its subject matter, and rave reviews.

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