Hello, Bicycle

Brones, Anna. Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide To The Two-Wheeled Life. New York, USA: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

hellobicycle

SUMMARY:
As the bicycle craze catches on, bicyclist, author and foodie, Anna Brones, shares her knowledge, love and enthusiasm of bike riding with readers. Whether biking seriously, cycling for recreation, commuting to places or leisurely pedaling, Hello, Bicycle offers lots of information on the subject of bicycling. With the history of bicycles, recipes for the road, accessories for the bike, maintenance of the vehicle, safety for the street and resources/ hacks for cyclists, this sturdy little book packed with useful ideas and cute illustrations will get you on two-wheels fast…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As an avid recreational biker for most of my life, I loved this book. Full of required information but lots of creative ideas too, Hello, Bicycle is perfect for the experienced or new biker. The included recipes gave me some new options for our protein-packed jar meals on those longer rides, and the nostalgia of inserting playing cards in the spokes for that added clicking noise was so fun! (I am sure my kids will love it when I put some in my wheels for the next ride, LOL). Great as a gift or wonderful for your own use, this book is certainly a necessity in the world of biking.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Hello, Bicycle from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

fika

Brones, Anna. Kindvall, Johanna. Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and other Treats. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
fikaThe necessary Swedish tradition of “fika” simply means taking a break for a cup of coffee, pairing it with a bakery item, and enjoying. Such breaks are taken with friends, co-workers, or even alone. Sticking closely to tradition, classic Swedish recipes are used, many of which have been passed down through generations and shared in this new cookbook.  Eating and coffee are tied culturally and bound to emotion. Fika requires taking the time to slow down in the midst of busyness…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Wow…what an absolutely delightful tradition! The authors share the meaning of the tradition, Swedish ingredients, many mouthwatering recipes and seasonal favorites. Paired with darling pencil drawings and personal anecdotes surrounding the recipes, fika is more than just a cookbook, it is a culturally-educational lesson too. Cordials, jams, coffee cakes, and cookies all fill the pages. Though perhaps not the healthiest of recipes by ingredients (most are based on butter and sugar), the smaller results are sure to satisfy and tempt even the strictest of eaters when eaten in moderation with friends. After all, couldn’t we all use some simple quiet time to enjoy what truly matters? “Ska vi fika?” (“Should we fika?”) Absolutely!!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of fika from Blogging for Books for my honest review*