Book Review: Andre the Giant – Life and Legend

Book Review: Andre the Giant – Life and Legend

Title: Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Author: Box Brown Publisher: First Second Paperback: 240 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant. Box…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Instant Hot Cocoa

Alton Brown Adventures: Instant Hot Cocoa

This was very much a spontaneous undertaking late one night when we both wanted hot chocolate. I was browsing Twitter when I saw Alton’s tweet about his homemade hot cocoa mix recipe. I looked at Andrew, told him about it, and then we both paused for a second, just looking at each other. “What does it call for?” he asked. I listed the ingredients and, luckily, we had everything and went for it. We were scared to see how much…

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“Waiting on Wednesday: Quiet Power – The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susain Cain “

“Waiting on Wednesday: Quiet Power – The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susain Cain “

“Waiting on Wednesday” is an event that spotlights unpublished books we’re waiting for. It’s hosted by Breaking the Spine Title: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts Authors: Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz Illustrator: Grant Snider Publisher: Dial Books Hardcover: 288 pages Expected Publication Date: 3 May 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently…

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Book Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Title: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: William Morrow Hardcover: 310 pages Source: Purchased Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things–which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume. In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to…

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We Made: Simple Syrup

We Made: Simple Syrup

Simple syrup always used to sound so fancy to me. My mindset used to be: Making a real Tom Collins? How in the world are we supposed to make that simple syrup stuff — it’s so complicated! And I don’t want to spend money in the store on buying sugar. Whatever, Gin and Lemonade is the same, right? So, imagine my embarrassment when Andrew and I actually bothered to look it up and saw that you basically just boiled 1…

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Alton Brown Adventures: The Beginning

Alton Brown Adventures: The Beginning

  If you know me and Andrew, you know that we love cooking. Most of our Facebook status updates these days are of food that we’ve made. Usually, after we make food, we sit down to eat it while watching a show, and for a while, that show was Good Eats, hosted by Alton Brown. What really got us was his show on cocktails, where literally after every recipe he brought up we looked at each other and said, “We…

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Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Author: Lisa See Publisher: RandomHouse Kindle: 288 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created…

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Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Title: Good Omens Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Publisher: HarperTorch Paperback: 430 pages Source: Purchased/Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears…

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We Made: Almond Butter

We Made: Almond Butter

This isn’t going to be a very long post, because, as it turns out, making your own nut butter is a fairly simple process. At least, it seemed like it to me. I can’t be completely sure about that, because Andrew did all the work on this one. He’s amazing. I should preface this by saying that Andrew and I asked for a fancy blender from my parents for this Christmas — the two of us do actually like eating…

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Book Review: The Naming by Alison Croggon

Book Review: The Naming by Alison Croggon

Title: The Naming Author: Alison Croggon Series: The Books of Pellinor, Book 1 Publisher: Candlewick Press Paperback: 492 pages Source: Purchased Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the…

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