The Naked Cookbook

Ward, Tess. The Naked Cookbook. New York, USA: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Living with a parasite for five years due to a trip out of the country, author, blogger and Le Cordon Bleu chef Tess Ward, shares her creativity found in her healthy recipes. In her book, The Naked Cookbook, she celebrates food at its rawest form, nothing processed or refined, and no fad diet regimes. Touting a sustained method of eating which naturally supports overall health and happiness, simple, delicious and stripped back recipes include smoothies, rhubarb sauce, coconut yogurt, salmon tartare, and many others. With information on detox, pantry items and superfoods, even the covers are in a pure and natural state…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Natural in all respects, The Naked Cookbook is simple yet healthful. With many recipes from which to chose, the Chive Crepes with Avocado and Smoked Salmon as well as the Flax and Pumpkin Bread sound delicious! Gaining even more ideas from her pantry listing, broths and stocks, sauces and dressings, this book would definitely be an asset in the kitchen of someone invested in the clean and natural eating lifestyle. Only thing missing were a few more of the beautiful photographs.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Naked Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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99 Favorite Amish Home Remedies

Varozza, Georgia. 99 Favorite Amish Home Remedies: Healing Cures from Foods & Herbs, Soothing Salves & Creams, Natural Solutions for Your Home. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Lavender for stress headaches, black tea for cleaning wood floors, beeswax and honey for chapped lips, and baking soda for mosquito bites…all natural and simple remedies yet highly effective. From gardening to cleaning house, skin irritations to pregnancy, 99 Favorite Amish Home Remedies provides plenty of natural, home solutions for house and yard, illnesses, personal care, and stress issues. Acutely organized, spiral-bound for ease of use, manageable ingredients, precise directions and spaces for notes, author Georgia Varozza makes natural home remedies uncomplicated…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So easy to understand, follow and use, as well as natural and clean, 99 Favorite Amish Home Remedies is the perfect book to have in your personal library. Without pesticides or processed additives, minor injuries and illnesses can often be treated safely with items usually found at home. Not necessarily replacing antibiotics and/ or medications for serious afflictions, the included items are reliable remedies to try in the interim. From flea deterrent for pets, to natural deodorant and lip balm, to natural mood enhancers for depression (exercise, sunlight and diet)…many opportunities are included for simple, plain remedies. (*It is important to note, however, in no way does this book take the place of, nor suggest, professional care should not be sought in medical emergencies and serious illnesses and injuries. This book pertains more to everyday occurrences and more inconsequential items.)  Part of a series of Favorite Amish books by this same author.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of 99 Favorite Amish Remedies from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

The Made From Scratch Life

Norris, Melissa K. The Made From Scratch Life. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Living in a rural area, author and blogger Melissa Norris lives the more simple, productive, practical, faith-filled way of life. From planting and harvesting her own food, to preserving and baking ingredients and meals, to creating her own care and home products, to raising and sharing livestock, The Made From Scratch Life introduces, encourages and inspires to live a more quiet pace in this often busy way of life.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Interesting as a different way of living, though not entirely possible for me, I did learn quite a few ideas around planting, recipes, natural cleaners and living at a slower pace. Well-written with sections of suggestions sprinkled throughout, I did appreciate some of the items (7 ways to preserve pumpkin, homemade refried beans, strawberry jam, 6 ways to plant green beans) and plan on giving them a try. Complete with charts for planting, preserving and cooking, there are definitely some simple ways to include in a more natural home and lifestyle. Absolutely a book to share or give to someone able/ willing to commit to that more raw lifestyle, I am glad I was given the chance to visit this book.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Made From Scratch Life from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*