The topic for this week's Top Ten over at The Broke and the Bookish is Bookish Memories:
- Going to the book exhibitions set up by Navakarnataka Publications every year as a child in our remote town (was glad that the exhibitors remembered our town!) – this was where I discovered Russian authors and books – Vasilisa the Beautiful and the brave or the foolish or the clever Ivan, and of course, Baba Yaga; Maxim Gorky’s Mother; The Three Fat Men; and many more.
- Entering Higginbothams book store in Madras (now Chennai) for the very first time – I am not sure how old I was but I do know I was very very young!
- Understanding I can check out more than one book from the local library back home (unlike in our school library where we were restricted to only one book at a time) – the joy of that knowledge was thrilling
- Starting a lending library during the summer in an effort to be an entrepreneur after reading books which had kids doing such things with my very own library of books. I realized soon enough I did not have a single business bone in my body when I soon decided that I did not want people to pay any money (which was a measly 5 to 20 paise depending on the book borrowed) for the books they rented from my library, I just wanted them to return it back (and after a few precious books lost, I closed shop!)
- Finding the closest library in every town I went to as a child in India – even if it was for a short visit during the holidays – and borrowing books from there after promptly becoming a member. And this memory was made even more dear - Walking to and from the library (in Bangalore as well as in towns where my maternal grandparents stayed) with my grandpa and sometimes my grandmom as well as mom.
- Entering my favorite bookstores back in Bangalore, India each time I return (The top three are Nagashree Book House in 4th block complex in Jayanagar,
- Discussing reading, writing, and books with my granddads (both of whom placed high emphasis and values on reading and writing) as well as my English prof uncle (even now!)
- Discovering the joy of public libraries here in the US – my DH always wonders how I am going to read all the books I bring home – but what can I do – my eyes are bigger than the time limit that I can keep the books home as well as the time I have to read them
- Writing my very first book review on my blog (and very one thereafter)
- Watching the movie for the first Harry Potter book – I won the tickets for a preview show and was thrilled. The theater was all decked up and I was one of the few adults there who had actually read the books and was amazed as I walked through Diagon Alley and was totally thrilled at receiving a red pouch of jelly beans with a label that said – yes – Bertie Bott’s Beans!
For Teaser Tuesdays over at Should Be Reading , from 'The Traveling Restaurant' by Barbara Else:
'Lady Helen tugged his collar straight. "Oh, darling," she said, as mothers do. It's never much of a reply'
(pg 19 of digital ARC)
And now, the review and giveaway today:One lucky US reader will win a hardcover copy of this delicious book.
Chloe's Vegan Desserts
More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More!
By Chloe Coscarelli
This edition: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Availability: Ships on or around February 19, 2013
I love desserts and I love the Food Network show ‘Cupcake Wars’ –actually, it is a family favorite and we watch the wars with passion – we love trying to figure out who will win, and of course drool over the creations that the contestants come up with. So this book was something I naturally gravitated to. And I love it :)
All the recipes I have tried so far have all been hits with family and friends. Taste is not sacrificed at all in these easy to make vegan recipes - these vegan recipes are definitely not ones you will say bleh to but will be licking the plate, the spoon - you get it. Chloe’s notes, tips, and short but humorous description for each recipe are a wonderful addition to the recipes in the book.
The book includes sections as below:
• ‘Dessert for Breakfast’ (my kids scream YES!),
• ‘Cookies and Bars’(can we have them for snacks please?),
• ‘Pies, Tarts, and Cobblers’ (mom, you have not made these before, can you now?)
• ‘Cakes and Cupcakes’(for my bday, please),
• ‘Spoon Desserts’ (has some of my favorites like crème brulee)
• ‘Drink Up’ (desserts to drink of course),
• One section covering the ‘Basics’ (syrups, pie crusts and more such)
• And an introductory section on pantry staples and tips for allergen free baking. (very useful and informative)
The recipes I have tried and loved are many and I have listed one favorite from each section below:
• ‘Dessert for Breakfast’ – Oatmeal Brulee with Caramelized Bananas
• ‘Cookies and Bars’ - Blondies
• ‘Pies, Tarts, and Cobblers’ - to try out
• ‘Cakes and Cupcakes’ – Bollywood Cupcakes
• ‘Spoon Desserts’ – Coconut Sorbet with Cashew Brittle
• ‘Drink Up’ – It’s a Date Shake
Easy to follow detailed steps and delicious ingredients as well as yummy photographs that tempt you as you look make this book a great to have in your kitchen book. I do so want to share the love so here is a giveaway for my readers. One lucky US reader will win a copy of this book. So if you want to try for a chance to add this to your collection, you can try by entering the giveaway in the rafflecopter below.
All in all – a great book for desserts for any dessert lover and definitely one that will be very helpful for vegans and people with allergies. Thank you Chloe for a totally delish, totally delightful book.
And if you want more vegan yumminess, Chloe has you covered - there are more books you can check out here.
Rating: A totally awesome yummy A
Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the digital review copy of this book - this is my honest review of the book. And thank you to Atria/Simon and Schuster for offering a copy of the book for giveaway.
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