Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie

Title: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It
Author: Jess Kimball Leslie
Publisher: Running Press
Paperback: 240 pages
Source: NetGalley
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie’s hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a clear picture: That all of us have a much more twisted, meaningful, emotional relationship with the online world than we realize or let on.

Coming of age in suburban Connecticut in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jess looked to the nascent Internet to find the tribes she couldn’t find IRL: fellow Bette Midler fans; women who seemed impossibly sure of their sexuality; people who worked with computers every day as part of their actual jobs without being ridiculed as nerds. It’s in large part because of her embrace of an online life that Jess is where she is now, happily married, with a wife, son, and dog, and making a living of analyzing Internet trends and forecasting the future of tech. She bets most people would credit technology for many of their successes, too, if they could only shed the notion that it’s as a mind-numbing drug on which we’re all overdosing.

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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

For those of us who are part of the generation that remembers the internet suddenly being a thing in their pre-teen/teen years and embracing it wholeheartedly, I’m sure we can all relate to what Jess Kimball Leslie’s thoughts and feelings about growing up in a sudden digital age. When I saw this title, I had to read it, because I am definitely a computer geek and very proud of it. This is a collection of essays that details Leslie’s personal experiences around how her social life has been shaped by the internet while also giving some brief historical details about how the internet was back in its early days.

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Cookbook Review: Eat What You Love – Quick and Easy Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories by Marlene Koch

Title: Eat What You Love – Quick and Easy Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories
Author: Marlene Koch
Publisher: Running Press
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: BEA
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

Great-tasting, guilt-free favorites—in a flash!
From creamy No-Bake Cherry-Topped Cheesecake to Cheesy Bacon Chicken, Deep-Dish Skillet Pizza, and 2-Minute Chocolate “Cup” Cakes for One, every speedy crave-worthy recipe in this book is low in sugar, fat, and calories—but you would NEVER know by tasting them! In Eat What You Love: Quick & Easy, New York Times bestselling author Marlene Koch proves once again why she’s called “a Magician in the Kitchen!”
Readers rave about Marlene’s amazing recipes, and in her quickest, easiest collection of recipes ever, she makes eating what you love a snap with flavor-packed favorites like:
Crispy Teriyaki Fried Chicken – 10 minutes prep and only 205 calories
Quick-Fix Quesadilla Burgers – 320 calories instead of the usual 1,420!
15-Minute Coconut Cream Candy Bar Pie – 190 calories and 70% less sugar
With more than 180 super-satisfying family-friendly recipes for every meal of the day—this cookbook is perfect for everyone, and every diet!

Plus:
Every recipe can be made in 30 minutes – or less!
Gluten-free recipes, all-natural sweetening, and cooking for two included
Gorgeous full-color photographs throughout
Nutritional information for every recipe with diabetic exchanges, carb choices, and Weight Watcher point comparisons.

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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at BEA.*

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

I love food, so having recipes for delicious food that cuts down on calories, fats, and sugar is a huge plus for me. I like to be healthy, but not at the expense of not being able to eat the things that I love to eat. When I saw this cookbook, I knew that I had to have it.

The book starts off with information about how to live/eat with diabetes, as well as giving some easy substitutes and nutritional information. It also provides guidance for creating a meal plan, and the back has quick-and-easy meal plans already created for you from recipes from the book. I love this, because it’s more than just a cookbook, it actually teaches you about nutrition and putting together a fully balanced meal.

However, what makes a good cookbook is great recipes; the recipes in here are delicious and I love that they all offer different options for tweaking the recipe to your liking. While I don’t agree with some of the substitutions (some recipes call for artificial sweetener, which I refuse to ever use, instead of sugar), I’m able to take them and leave them as I like and still create a meal that is healthier than it would have been. My absolute favorite (low-calorie!) dishes that we’ve made from this book are the Almond Tea Cakes and the Turkey Chili.

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Almond Tea Cakes

If you’re looking for a comprehensive cookbook with great ideas for keeping things healthy, this is the book for you. The dishes have a good balance with how much time it takes to make them and I have yet to dislike anything we’ve made from this. Such a great collection!