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Thug Kitchen Party Grub by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway  


(for social motherf*ckers) 

What’s more logical than ramping up the success of their first book, by taking the fun vibe of Thug Kitchen to the homes of your friends? As the authors say, “...let’s face it, shit falls apart when you hit up a party where the only healthy options are wet baby carrots.”

Party Grub continues the plan-based recipe theme, as well as the imaginatively titled chapters, with 100 new recipes suited for parties of every type. Everything here is suitable for preparation in your own kitchen and transport to somewhere. 

Quoting once more: “Thug Kitchen is here to help you cook quality food worth sharing with friends, no matter how terrible their eating habits are.”

Something about these Thug Kitchen books appeals strongly to me, beyond their simple and effective recipes. I’d like to throw a Thug Kitchen party, and give a copy of Party Grub to everyone attending ahead of time.

@RodaleBooks, @thugkitchen


Mon Cher eclair by Charity Ferreira  

I don’t know eclairs from cream puffs from profiteroles to gougeres. I’m not even attracted to anything in the donut family. But, there’s something delicious about this fancy little book about eclairs. Perhaps it’s the lime-green delights on the back cover.

Or maybe it’s the real theme of Mon Cher: make these yourself, at home! Yup, this isn’t beautiful photos shot in a French bakery. These scrumptuous-looking desserts are to be made at home 

If these speak to you, dig into Mon Cher and discover your inner dessert chef.




The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life  


Wow, the title alone is a mouthful. This is a pretty damn big claim to make. Is this really about cleanses, or changing your life? I set out to determine the truth.

Four people combined to write this: Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly Frisinger and Jessica Morris. This isn't an encyclopedia, so I wonder what they all did.

 Let’s get this out of the way: The Taco Cleanse is indeed a clever title designed to snag attention. It worked. Thankfully, “cleanses” are not the protocol. The damn book has been staring at me for a week, somehow always working itself to the top of my “read me” stacks.

The Taco Cleanse is all vegan taco recipes, only a tiny stumbling block for myself. Nowhere in the directions are any warnings about adding chicken or steak or fish or bacon. So we’re good. Happily, the writers consistently suggest drinking margaritas when consuming tacos, even providing recipes. I’m all in. What’s not to like?

I enjoy the tone of the book. The satirical references to cleanses make me happy. At no time soon will I be making mac and cheese tacos, but I may follow their lead and plant a Taco Garden this spring!



The Plantiful Table (Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family) by Andrea Duclos  

Aiuthor Andrea Duclos, known to her readers as Drea, is a blogger. She’s a mother and wife, someone vitally interested in living as naturally and healthily as possible. And writing about her experiences along the way (find her at The Plantiful Table reflects her life experiences with food, family, cooking and health.

Drea characterizes her life growing up as one absent vegetables. She’s learned plenty along the way, determining the best ways to feed her family, arriving at a plant-based diet as the solution for them. I relate to some of this, growing up as I did with only canned vegetables, other than carrots and tomatos. I'm not certain I had a real salad until I moved out of my family's house when I wa 18!

As an avid carnivore, I found myself nonetheless interested in Duclos’ story, and how she creates daily meals for all three of them solely using plants. I’m always learning about food myself, and appreciate others who share the passion. 

If you are looking for a good plant-based cookbook, The Plantiful Table surely will help you. I find much about Drea’s blogging and writing and recipes interesting. Don’t be put off by the absence of meat; I’ll try some of these recipes with subtle (can you smell the bacon?) modifications.

@experimentbooks, @ohdeardreablog, #theplantifultable, #andreaduclos


The Primal Prescription: Surviving the ‘Sick Care’ Sinkhole by Doug McGuff and Robert Murphy  

Taking your health into your own hands involves more than navigating the government health care insurance site, or deciding upon a diet plan you think suits your lifestyle. In The Primal Prescription, Dr. McGuff and PhD economist Robert Murphy explore how truly messed up the U.S. health care system is, from a historical perspective. Buckle up, ‘cause it’s a long and sorry tale, surprising even to the most cynical. But don’t worry, they don’t toss you off a cliff of despair after all the bad news, even after explaining how soon the country could bankrupt itself attempting to keep this health care system running.

No, The Primal Prescription arms you with knowledge. Taking control of your health care, protecting yourself and your family from the current broken system, involves smart decisions every step of the way.  Use The Primal Prescription to learn how to receive the best care possible when necessary, and how to springboard from there to longevity and wellness.

More than history, more than banging the drum about how messed up our current health care system is, The Primal Prescription attempts to answer questions and point the way., @PrimalPublish, #primalblueprint, #PrimalPrescription

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