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The Parsimonious Princess

First, let me state for the record that I realize I am a slacker on this blog this month. I apologize, faithful readers. Okay. Excuses made. On to the post! Whoever has read this blog for some time knows of my love for cookbooks. I read them like novels. I really like the pretty pictures.

I love the options. Lucky for me, 12 months for cookbooks 2012 has been a great. I’m cheating a little with this one because only the paperback version of this book arrived this year (it was at first released in hardcover this past year), but I had to add it. I cherished this written book. It’s not a normal sort of cookbook — no pictures, mostly prose with recipes there thrown in here and. But without a doubt, this written book made the way I respect eating and cooking food a lot more mindful. There’s thoughtfulness, a grace to just how she writes about the simplest things. At one point, she had me excited to boil a pot of water.

I love PW. I love her blog. Personally I think like I know her. I think easily saw her at the grocery store, I’d forgotten that she’s no idea who I am and start communicating with her about her family and the ranch like I’m a close friend. I absolutely loved her first cookbook – I’ve used it frequently that the backbone is broken, the web pages are wavy and splattered, and some pages are needing to fall out.

Everything I’ve created from that book has rocked (well, except the prune wedding cake. I say everything, because I had been chomping at the bit to get her most recent cookbook this season. When it was got by me, I had been so thrilled that it was had and thicker more formulas. So many choices — it even had a canning section (albeit, an extremely small canning section, but still!).

I have to come clean, and say that I don’t love it as much as the first, but it is a superb cookbook. Nothing complicated. Lots of variety, something to please everyone. I really like canning and I really like this reserve. No matter if you’re a novice manner or if you’ve been canning for thirty years, this book has something to offer any canning enthusiast. I wrote all about it in full detail here. We’ve noticed over and over and over about the need for family supper. I completely concur that it’s important on so many levels, that this simple act may help change the trajectory of culture and our nation’s family members.

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In our occupied world, it’s a little of a struggle for individuals (my family included) to sit at the desk and have family dinner every evening. So when I saw this book’s title, I was attracted to it immediately. After all isn’t Dinner: A Love Story such an excellent title?

This book is really cool in that it’s a cookbook meets family memoir. I had developed fun reading through it, even though sometimes I experienced like I couldn’t relate very well to her experience. As you can see in the photo of my duplicate, I’ve got a number of bookmarks — and that’s only in the first section of the reserve.