Reading is a favorite pastime of mine. The operative word there being “past”. I spend my time reading the bills, the occasional blog from my reader and creatively illustrated children’s books each night at bedtime. I used to be a voracious bibliofile before children. I could literally clear the shelves at the library and tested the weight limit of my nightstand with the always present tower-of-books. A few months ago, I was contacted about reviewing a book on beekeeping. I have also found two slow-cooker cookbooks that I rely on for dinnertime meals that start in the morn before the girls wake up. And, then there is the novel that captured my heart enough to move it from the “borrowed” to “for keeps” status.
So, here’s what I am reading… enjoy!
By the way – while we are on the subject of books. What’s the deal with the Hunger Games?! I haven’t read the books or seen the movie, but the buzz and excitement were nothing short of pure hysteria. It was the Harry Potter phenomenon all over again. Are the books good? I am not usually a big fan of books turned to movies, so I’d love to hear about the book series.
Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees (with Apologies to My Own) by Bill Turnbull
I am sucker for anything related to honeybees. I particularly love stories about honeybees – whether it’s a commercial apiarist, a backyard novice or an expert in natural beekeeping. The humor and honesty of Bill Turnbull’s beekeeping adventures captures you from the first page. It’s no wonder that he is a celebrity in England with his infectious personality and brutal humility. He tackles the subject of beekeeping with a “what not to do” approach, but expertly mixes it with fascinating honeybee facts. You will find yourself enjoying some side-splitting humor and getting hooked by the amazing life and love of the honeybee. It’s truly a wonderful read.
Many months ago I made the expensive error of picking up a slow-cooker magazine cookbook special off the grocery store shelf. It was from a reputable company and full of what appeared to be tasty recipes. Upon opening it though I was so disappointed to find that it was full of recipes using canned ingredients, pre-packaged big brand products and had relatively few options for recipes made from scratch. So, I had to find something else that worked. I rely on the slow-cooker to make dinner for us while we go about our daily business and am always checking out new recipes.
The first book is The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson. It’s a wonderful compilation of over 150 recipes that are made from scratch and use as few as two ingredients. The recipes reflect the average family’s pantry selections and our desire to save money on food costs. I like that there are kid-friendly suggestions and most of the recipes are accompanied by a full-color photo. It’s an affordable addition to your cookbook shelf or worth the checkout from the library to snag a few recipes.
My second favorite slow-cooker cookbook is a great story and the result of an extreme blog project. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea is the story of one mom tackling the slow-cooker and making every.single.dinner out of this handy appliance for an entire year. The recipes in the book are fool-proof, but if you are like and enjoy eating with your eyes, you might find yourself a bit apathetic when it comes to trying new things with no picture to tempt your senses.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Did you know that Dr. Seuss was turned down over twenty-seven (!!) times before he found a single publisher interested in his first book? I love hearing about authors who just kept knocking on the doors until they got the answer they wanted and deserved. Erin Morgenstern is one of these success stories. The Nigh Circus is her debut novel and it’s just a beautiful story. The plot is impeccably woven, the characters are flawless and it grabs you with a vice grip that doesn’t let go. I was hooked enough that I wracked up some high late fees from the library before finally returning the book and ordering myself a used copy to finish. Every knock Morgenstern made was worth bringing this book to light!
Are you reading anything good? And, do you have scoop on the Hunger Games? Is there a cookbook you lean for most of your recipes? Let me know!
Oh, and there is also a giveaway!
Two lucky Sacred Bee Blog readers will win one of the following:
- Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees (with Apologies to My Own) by Bill Turnbull
- Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine
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