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๐ŸŽ2022 HOLIDAY BOOKS & PAIRINGS๐ŸŽ

November 27, 2022

Dear Beautiful Book Family,

The 2022 Dear Mr. Hemingway Holiday Books & Pairings is HERE, and short and sweetโ€”perfect for everyone exhausted from endless decision-making. In this year’s minimalist guide, I chose five books & five pairings that have DELIGHTED me every which way. This year’s lineup includes a scrumptious new cookbook, a mesmerizing book of poems, a musical memoir, a thriller in a secluded cabin, and a tantalizing tale of love and lust. My pairings are equally satisfying. They can be mixed and matched and open the doors to many products from pretty spectacular businesses. I hope you enjoy my holiday roundup for shopping made easy this holiday season! Be sure to click on the book pictures below to purchase these books for the book lover in your life. Don’t forget to click on the highlighted pairings as well. If you are looking for a more extensive list of Books & Pairings, check out my past gift guides RIGHT HERE!

Happy Reading, Happy Shopping, & Happy Holidays,

Kelly

Seclude Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger (Park Row Books)

Lisa Unger never disappoints. Like so many twisted thrillers, it is better not to know too much before reading, What I can offer you is thisโ€”three couples embark on a restful gateway to a luxurious secluded cabin only to be greeted by a dark and stormy night filled with more than just some gorgeous cocktails and mind-numbing edibles. Sketchy cell phone service, a busted generator, and messy characters with a lot of dirty baggage fill the pages of this locked-room mystery. Throw in a few ghost stories, characters have gone missing, and perhaps even a trail of blood, and you’ve got yourself a fast-paced atmospheric read. Don’t let the number of characters in this book scare you. They all come together for a wicked, fun ending! I paired this book with my latest fragrance obsession. NEAR & NATIVE Room and Body Mists are so wonderful. These naturally made sprays are created in Maine and are perfect for spritzing on your body, in your house, in your car, and even on your bed sheets for a hint of fabulousness. My favorite scents are rosewater, Japanese Yuzu, and citrus mint. I adore that they are not overpowering, and I ALWAYS receive compliments when wearing them! Shop for these spritzes RIGHT HERE!

Synopsis:

“What could be more restful than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods with spectacular views, a hot tub, and a personal chef. Hannah’s generous brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’ll be three couples on this trip with good food, good company, and lots of R & R.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. 

A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated pasts, with secrets that run blood deep.

How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?”

And Yet by Kate Baer (Harper Perennial)

If you are new to poetry, let Kate Baer lead the way. This is Baer’s third book of poems I have read, and I fell in love all over again with her writing. Her contemporary poems center around motherhood, friendship, love, loss, and just being a woman. Her poems shine a light on EVERYTHING, and I simply can’t get enough of her writing! I felt 100% seen in her words and believe that this will be true for so many other women. My favorite poems in this collection are Reasons to Log Off and Putting Away the Baby Clothes. This slim book of beauty will fit perfectly inside a fuzzy stocking or nestled between two books on a cozy shelf. My favorite pairing is Poppy & Pout’s Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm and Lip Scrub. To say I am obsessed with this flavor is an understatement. It smells so lovely and fresh, and lip-smacking has never tasted so great! This product combo has been my go-to birthday present to gift my friends this fall, and I have been using them non-stop myself every day. I feel confident that all of the flavors and products from this company will be winners. Have a blast shopping RIGHT HERE!

Synopsis:

“Kate Baer shot into the literary stratosphere with the publication of her debut poetry collection, What Kind of Woman, which became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

Kate’s second full-length book of traditional poetry, And Yet, dives deeper into the themes that are the hallmarks of her writing: motherhood, friendship, love, and loss. Taken together, these poems demonstrate the remarkable evolution of a writer and an artist working at the height of her craft, pushing herself and her poetry beautifully and impressively.”

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl (Dey Street Books)

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Grohl’s musical memoir came out near the end of 2021, but I am naming it one of my favorite books read in 2022. You will be very satisfied if you are a music fan and a GenX generation member. Grohl takes his readers on his journey to musical greatest, beginning with his childhood in Springfield, Virginia. From there, Grohl shares his rise to stardom from his time with the punk rock band Scream, Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana, and founding his own band, The Foo Fighters. He shares details of his time on the road, being roommates with the famous Kurt Cobain, and being a father to three beautiful daughters. His writing is intimate, heartfelt, and didn’t feel like an obnoxious celebrity memoir. Despite his musical success, Grohl seems like a down-to-earth guy who loves hard and feels harder. I am obsessed with him and would love to have a cup of coffee with this guy (did I mention he is a coffee junkie?)! Speaking of obsessed, I paired his book with some spectacular socks. Yes, you heard me correctly…socks! Bombas is an incredible company that not only has tremendous socks but also GIVES BACK. For every pair of socks purchased, one is donated. How cool is that? I’ve been wearing Bombas for years in various styles, and I’m gifting them again to the peeps in my life. They are high quality, wash & dry like a dream, and last forever. Shop for all the beautiful feet in your life RIGHT HERE! Be sure to buy Grohl’s book too. You won’t regret it!!!

Synopsis:

So, I’ve written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years and even offered a few questionable opportunities (It’s a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!) I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.ย 

This certainly doesn’t mean I’m quitting my day job, but it gives me a place to shed a little light on what it’s like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as a young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.”

Feed These People by Jen Hatmaker (Harvest Publications)

Did someone say NEW COOKBOOK ALERT???? I will never apologize for my endless love for new cookbooks, and I even treated myself to Jen Hatmaker’s debut cookbook, Feed These People. I have been following Jen for quite some time now, and one thing is for sure…she is super funny and feels like a best girlfriend. Her recipes are overflowing with flavor, easy to execute, and are for folks who are not afraid to enjoy a good meal. All I have to say is Green Chile Chorizo Queso (with a block of VELVEETA cheese), Pasta Bake with House Cream Sauce, and Shakshuka (I used fresh duck eggs). Now that I have your attention, please grab this book for the hungry people in your life and pair it with Slack Tide Sea Salt, made right here in good old Maine. “Hand-harvested sea salt made in small batches from the deep ocean waters of Maine, and solar evaporated along York’s tidal river.” Can you say PERFECTION??? I used this salt on many of my Thanksgiving dishes, and it’s simply the best. Shop all their salts RIGHT HERE!!!

Synopsis:

“With five children and a close-knit community of family and friends, bestselling author, podcaster, and inspirational speaker Jen Hatmaker has been sharing her love of cooking and food with her fans for years. Now she’s compiled all her favorite sure-thing recipes into one personal and highly entertaining cookbook, including chapters like Food for Breakfast (or brunch so you can drink), Food for Your Picky Spouse or Spawn, and Food for When You Have No More Damns to Give. This is real food for real people.”

Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith (Grand Central Publishing)

Half-Blown Rose is decadent, indulgent, and seductive as all hellโฃ. It’s a woman named Vincent and a man name Loupโฃ. Itโ€™s everything Parisโฃ and a teeny bit Irishโฃ. It’s swift love, deep-rooted loveโฃ, and an intoxicating affair. It’s altruistic yet considerateโฃ and alarmingly sexyโฃ. I could not stop reading this electrifying tale with lovers, family, art, and even a Tuscan Villa. I can not recommend this mouth-watering story enough. By now, you should know that I am a huge fan of all the products that come from Cape Gold. Fresh honey, soaps for days (there is even a Dear Mr. Hemingway Soap), shaving balms, and everything in between. Their latest creation is a Cucumber Honey Lotion that will make your skin feel smooth as butter. This magnificent lotion can be used anywhere on your body but works particularly well on your face and, for me…under my eyes. It is luxury in a bottle made with honey from their hives and other natural ingredients. Grab a bottle of this fantastic lotion to pair with Cross-Smith’s book RIGHT HERE!

Synopsis:

“Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about their marriage and his own past, hinting that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin–before he moved to California and never returned. Now estranged from her husband, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, hazy evenings in nightclubs, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself loosening and blossoming.”

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Cookbooks Extraordinaire

June 14, 2022

Dear Lovely Readers,

I have had a delicious blast sharing all of Abrams Books’ Food and Drink collection this year. Today I am sharing FIVE fantastic cookbooks I’ve been working my way through one scrumptious recipe at a time. I hope you enjoy these yummy treats!

Happy Eating & Drinking,

Kelly

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Where are all my astrology lovers???? Do I have a book for you! You can officially lean into your โ€œsignโ€ and say CHEERS to extraordinary and meaningful Cocktails designed just for you! ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ: ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ by Vanessa Li and Bowen Goh is an absolute Gem!โฃ
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Learn how to get your home bar in gear and your glassware in order while making astrological cocktails. How fun does that sound? You canโ€™t help but be curious about your sign while flipping through this book. Li and Goh lure you in with their tasty cocktails with quirky namesโ€ฆ.๐„๐ฒ๐ž๐ฌ ๐—ช๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž, ๐‚๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž ๐ƒ๐š๐๐๐ฒ, ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ ๐ฒ ๐…๐š๐ง ๐‚๐ฅ๐ฎ๐›, ๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐€๐ ๐ž ๐€๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง, and so many more. โฃ
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๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ is a tiny treasure to add to your cookbook and drink bookshelf. โฃ
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โ€œFeaturing everything from chili-infused tequila for the adventurous Aquarius to an espresso-based cocktail for the unstoppable Virgo, these recipes will give you the tools you need to pay tribute to the sign of your choice, whether you love that sign, hate that sign, or are that sign. With names such as Sorry I Ghosted You, What’s My Age Again?, and Pillow Talk, and featuring ingredients ranging from gummy bears and CBD drops to star anise and oat milk, these tempting cocktails have been expertly tailored to every sector of the zodiac, with four recipes dedicated to each sun sign plus more for various cosmic events. Witty, wise, and welcoming to cocktail makers of all levels, Margarita in Retrograde is a loving tribute and essential resource for every enlightened mixologist.โ€โฃ

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Itโ€™s finally June which means Maine is getting a tiny bit warmer every day. The time has finally come to say goodbye to the cozy soups and stews that have provided us warmth and nourishment during the unbearable winter and to say Hello to everything SALAD. โฃ Iโ€™m kicking off the summer season with a brand new cookbook by Jess Damuck, titled ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ.

The title pretty much sums up whatโ€™s between the covers of this bright and shiny book. However, here are a few dishes I have made so far that have wowed meโ€ฆ.๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ ( we all need this NOW), ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐šโ€™๐ฌ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐จ๐ณ๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐‹๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐ž ( anything with a mango involved works for me), and ๐‚๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž, ๐‚๐ฎ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐‹๐ข๐ฆ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ( ummmmmโ€ฆ perfection).โฃ
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โ€œDelicious and beautiful recipes from Martha Stewartโ€™s personal salad chef and the self-proclaimed โ€œBob Ross of salads.โ€โฃ
Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads. Salad Freak encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining color, texture, shape, and, of course, flavor, Damuck demonstrates how a little extra effort in the kitchen can be meditative, delicious, and fun. โ€œ

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Alton Brown is Back with his latest cookbook, ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐Ÿบ: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด. This book is not only delicious but one to totally geek out on. Brown has updated versions of some of his best recipes with all the fun science and food facts along the way. Perfect your pour-over coffee, nail your fried eggs, and make the best damn pressure cooker chili in the universe. ORโ€ฆ be like me and make the Lasagna again (which by the way, is EPIC). No matter what you are in the mood for, Brown has you covered with his fail-proof recipes and cooking instructions galore!โฃ
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โ€œThis long-anticipated fourth and final volume in the bestselling Good Eats series of cookbooks draws on two reboots of the beloved television show by the inimitable Alton Brownโ€”Good Eats Reloaded and Good Eats: The Return. With more than 150 new and improved recipes for everything from chicken parm to bibimbap and cold brew to corn dogs, accompanied by mouthwatering original photography, The Final Years is the most sumptuous and satisfying of the Good Eats books yet.โ€

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Letโ€™s take a quick peek at my โ€œ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณโ€ supper!!! ๐†๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฌ (this is what they call it in Spain) ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ง๐š๐œ๐ค๐ฌ fromย Colu Henry’s latest cookbook, ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด: ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ. โฃ
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Tonic water, good old Bombay Sapphire (thatโ€™s whatโ€™s in my cupboard), tons of ice, and yesโ€ฆa lemon in lieu of a lime. Paired with some salty treats, dinner is servedโ€ฆto me!โฃ
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Lots of fun recipes in this book that are easy, yet look impressive. Perfect when you are so bored with the โ€œsame-old-same-old”! ๐€๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐’๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐๐ž๐ซ, ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐—ช๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ, and a ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐œ๐š๐ง-๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ ๐‘๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐›๐ฌ are on deck to be cooked and devoured this weekend.โฃ
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Be sure to check out this mouth-watering cookbook ASAP!โฃ
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โ€œWith 100 recipes and photographs, New York Times Cooking Contributor Colu Henry offers ideas and solutions to get you out of your weeknight routine, explore new ingredients and techniques, build your confidence, and have sophisticated dishes on the table in around 45 minutes.โ€

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Sometimes it is a good idea to simply ditch the meat and eat all the vegetables and things from the earth. The Forest Feast Road Trip cookbook by Erin Gleeson is a little slice of heaven for your cookbook shelf. Stunning recipes and photos inspired by the gorgeous state of California are what you will find between the covers of this book. Zucchini Breakfast Sandwiches, Skillet Tofu & Onions, Sunset Stir-fry, and Polenta Lasagna are just a few of the drool-worthy recipes I am obsessed with these days. Gleeson’s book is next-level fabulous and I beg you to grab a copy for your kitchen.

Synopsis:

“For years,ย Forest Feastย fans have loved Erin Gleesonโ€™s effortless California-style vegetarian cooking, made in her beautiful cabin in the woods. Now, Gleeson takes an extended road trip around California, staying in unique cabin dwellings along the way and showing readers the beauty and incredible food of the Golden State she knows so well. From the grapes of the wine country where Gleeson grew up to the avocados of San Diego, California is known for its rich agriculture.The Forest Feast Road Trip showcases 100 vegetarian recipes, all inspired by her familyโ€™s journey by car through a stunningly geographically diverse setting. Each chapter “focuses on a different region of California, depicted in Gleesonโ€™s signature aesthetic of atmospheric photography, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering recipes drawn from the fresh, local produce found in each location. Gleeson visits the giant redwoods on the coast of Mendocino, the desert of Joshua Tree, the mountains of Lake Tahoe, the tropical beaches of Santa Barbara, the cliffs of Yosemite National Park, and everywhere in between. In each location, Gleeson and her family stay in design-forward cabins, host dinner parties, and explore local attractions, providing tips for readers who may want to take a California road trip of their own.”

***Dear Mr. Hemingway, LLCย  has proudly PARTNERED with Abrams Books and will be sharing their Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Food & Beverage books as part of the #ABRAMSDINNERPARTY.

Scrumptious Cookbooks

Hello Reading Friends!

As you may have gathered, I am a cookbook junkie! I love them, use them, collect them, obsess over them, and basically can’t live without them. Because of this, I am excited to share THREE shiny new books for you to check out. Each one of these beauties is unique in its own way and all of them are absolutely DELICIOUS!

Happy Cooking & Happy Eating!

Kelly

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๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐Ž๐๐’๐„๐’๐’๐„๐ƒ with ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ: ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต-๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ by Nicole Berrie!

This cookbook is not only stunning but 100% inspiring. It truly makes me want to cook more nutritious, delicious food while eating the rainbow. Berrieโ€™s recipes use Whole Foods and gorgeous ingredients that make healthy cooking and eating feel luxurious. My top three recipes so far are the ๐ƒ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ง juice, ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐‚๐š๐ž๐ฌ๐š๐ซ ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐š๐, and the ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฉ๐ž๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ง๐š ( pictured here and stuffed into a raw red pepper). I plan on perusing this book ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง tonight, to plan some yummy weekend meals! โฃ
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If you are looking to fuel yourself with some spectacular plant-based recipesโ€ฆ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ is for you! This is not only my new โ€œgo-toโ€ cookbook but also my โ€œ go-toโ€ gift to give EVERYONE!โฃ

Synopsis:โฃ
“In ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ, Nicole Berrie reveals how she personally transitioned from the partying years of her teens and twenties to the fast-paced world of fashion and media, eventually settling into a thriving and balanced life and career in wellness. Sharing recipes, advice, and thoughtful guidance, this book is an inspirational lifestyle manual and cookbook dedicated to those seeking the ever-elusive answer to how to nourish themselves with clean, plant-based foods while still indulging in the joys and delicacies of life.โฃ
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In the introductory chapters, Berrie outlines the founding tenets of the Body Harmony lifestyle and discusses topics ranging from plant-based cooking and intuitive eating to the importance of nontoxic beauty rituals and self-care. In addition, the book includes more than 50 original vegan recipes for juices, smoothies, salads, soups, and grounding grain-based dishes, all meant to cleanse and nourish the body and soul while keeping the reader both pretty and full.โฃ”

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I dove right into Anna Stockwell’s scrumptious book because guess what? It is time to start having dinner parties again. While planning something epic at my home for friends and family, I jumped in with both feet and made the ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ-๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐’๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ-๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ค and I can honestly sayโ€ฆ.. it was devoured by my entire family (me, husband, two teen boys, and one tween boy). It was even requested to be made again sooner than later. That my friends…is an ABSOLUTE WIN!
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I am officially making my guest list!

โฃSynopsis:
โ€œStockwell has written a cookbook for a new way of entertaining thatโ€™s simpler, better, healthier, and more fun. Organized by season and full of helpful hosting advice, Stockwell provides accessible and modern menus; each is built around two large platters to pass around the table and includes suggestions for no-recipe side dishes. Dinner parties don’t have to be formal or fussy, or even a lot of work, to be celebratory and gratifying. This book teaches you how to plan and prepare great-tasting and impressive-looking menus that are easy to pull off, as well as offers expert advice on toasts, prep-ahead strategies, and tips on handling guest lists and dietary restrictions. โ€œโฃ

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Emily Meggettโ€™s (M.G.), ๐˜Ž๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ is the ultimate comfort cookbook. Fresh biscuits and popovers, fish cakes, squash casserole, and sausage and gravy are just a few satisfying recipes I made straight away. But of course, when I see a new version of the beloved banana breadโ€ฆ I must make it! Can you say YUM??? The best part of M.G.โ€™s cookbook is that I learned all about Edisto Island in South Carolina and the Gullah and Geechee people. What an absolute treat!โฃ

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โ€œThe history of the Gullah and Geechee people stretches back centuries when enslaved members of this community were historically isolated from the rest of the South because of their location on the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Today, this Lowcountry community represents the most direct living link to the traditional culture, language, and foodways of their West African ancestors.โฃ
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Gullah Geechee Home Cooking, written by Emily Meggett, the matriarch of Edisto Island, is the preeminent Gullah cookbook. At 89 years old, and with more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Meggett is a respected elder in the Gullah community of South Carolina. She has lived on the island all her life, and even at her age, still cooks for hundreds of people out of her hallowed home kitchen. Her house is a place of pilgrimage for anyone with an interest in Gullah Geechee food. Meggettโ€™s Gullah food is rich and flavorful, though it is also often lighter and more seasonal than other types of Southern cooking. Heirloom rice, fresh-caught seafood, local game, and vegetables are key to her recipes for regional delicacies like fried oysters, collard greens, and stone-ground grits. This cookbook includes not only delicious and accessible recipes but also snippets of the Meggett family history on Edisto Island, which stretches back into the 19th century. โ€œ

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I’ll Drink To That

The Regency Book of Drinks: Quaffs, Quips, Tipples & Tales From Grosvenor Square by Lady Thornwoodโ€ฆaka Amy Finley (Abrams Books)

January 25, 2022

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

I absolutely love reading about the Regency era in England. It was a time when securing a good-fit marriage was a full-time job, and waggish conversation and gossip were all the rage. Throw in a sprinkle of niceties and fashion galore and the Regency era basically shimmered with delight. But if there is one star of this luscious time period it was the lovely libations that were passed around the seductive soirees.  The Regency Book of Drinks: Quaffs, Quips, Tipples & Tales From Grosvenor Square by Lady Thornwood is dazzling with delicious cocktails for you to enjoy minus wearing the โ€œshort corsetsโ€.  Letโ€™s take a look.

Lady Thornwood graciously shares with her readers how to be the utmost 1815 bartender in the 21st century.  Any good bar starts with the finest liquor, especially a Regency Bar. Do not even think about a one-size-fits-all mentality when serving your beverages.  There is glassware specific to every beverage including goblets, flutes, coupes, punch cups, and then some. Presentation is everything and how you bestow your thirst-quenchers is just as important as what these concoctions are composed of.  Different quaffs for different moods is the name of the game in this book. Drinks named Domestic Bliss, Glittering Enigma, Accomplished Swoon, and Brazen Matchmaker is whatโ€™s on tap so bring on the title-tattle, and let’s get ready to drink the night away!

The Regency Book of Drinks: Quaffs, Quips, Tipples & Tales From Grosvenor Square is filled with over 75 scrumptious cocktails from the super chic Regency era.  Recipes are simple and easy to prepare from the comfort of your 2022 home. Each mixture is accompanied by some early nineteenth-century chit-chat that truly brings to life this flavorsome time period. Wit, class, and a whole lot of fabulousness fill the pages of this gorgeous book.  Be sure to treat yourself to this gem before season two of Bridgerton comes out this March. You are worth it!

Cheers!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S.   If you love the Regency Era, be sure to check out what I had to say about To Love and To Loathe by Martha Waters RIGHT HERE!

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A Few More Cooking Delights

December 27, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Guess what my friend?ย  I am back today with more cookbooks.ย  Donโ€™t worry though, I haven’t abandoned reading my usual books.ย  I am just 100% into cooking, creating and being in the kitchen with my family (most of the time) and the cookbooks this year have been absolutely incredible.ย  Today I am sharing two books I have been enjoying lately. Home Made Basics: Simple Recipes From Scratch by Yvette Van Boven and Filipinx:ย  Heritage Recipes From Diaspora by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan. Homemade staples and some Filipino flavors are on tap to brighten your mealtime game.ย  Letโ€™s take a look.ย 

Van Bovenโ€™s Home Made Basics is a dream book.ย  All of the photos have a crunchy rustic feel to them with a European flair that I simply can not get enough of.ย  Van Boven makes all of her recipes look like a total cinch to create and after flipping through her book, I plan on making EVERYTHING from scratch. Home Made Basics not only wowed me with recipes, but with some pretty spectacular photos of Ireland.ย  The summer after I was married (many moons ago), my husband and I spent a month traveling around the Emerald Isle. It was one of my most favorite times in my life and Van Boven truly hit me in the sweet spot with her creation.ย  Homemade syrups, broth, pasta, crumpets and even tortillas will be happening moving forward, so get ready to eat in Kellyโ€™s Kitchen.

Another book that is broadening my culinary taste buds is Filipinx:  Heritage Recipes From Diaspora by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan.  We eat a wide range of culinary delights in our home, but sometimes I get intimidated cooking something out of my wheelhouse or that does not come naturally to me.  I welcomed Filipinx with open arms this fall.  It was so exciting to read through this book and learn about โ€œdifferent to meโ€ dishes composed of spices and sharpness that diversified my kitchen and my tastebuds.  The photos were inviting and the recipes were easy to follow.  I loved the snippets written before each recipe giving insight into the dish, where it came from and/or personal connections.  These are the words I cherish most in a cookbook and bring to life the most delectable recipes in a personal way.  Pork Adobo, Empanadas, Chicken Rellens, and Spicy Banana Ketchup are just a few of the recipes I have been dabbling with most recently.  I am salivating just thinking about them.

If you are a foodie or just simply love cooking and creating in your kitchen, then Home Made Basics and Filipinx may be the perfect addition to your cookbook shelf.  Gather all of those bookstore gift cards you got over the holidays and treat yourself to something delicious!

Enjoy these scrumptious treasures!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S Be sure to check out more of my cookbook recommendations RIGHT HERE!

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A Mouth Watering Year

Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes: An Entire Year of Recipes (Abrams Books)

December 20, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

It has been a year.  A rollercoaster of highs and lows graced our lives once again, but one thing remains trueโ€ฆmy love of food and fabulous drinks.  I know you can relate to this.  Think raw oysters with a โ€œfaint metallic tasteโ€, Rioja wine, crusty white bread, and a piping hot cup of coffee.  See what I mean! Despite EVERYTHING that has happened in 2021, Southern Living managed to deliver mouth watering recipes each month to celebrate the seasons of great food in their latest book, Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes: An Entire Year of Recipes.  Cooking is one of those things that keeps me grounded no matter what is going on.  Whether I am happy, sad, stressed, or mad, food nourishes my soul and connects me to the people I love most. Southern Livingโ€™s recipe game is STRONG.  This annual wrap up of the season’s best of the best has earned a front row seat on my cookbook shelf.  Letโ€™s take a peek.

I absolutely adore a cookbook that covers all twelve months of the year.  I can easily pick it up and flip to the month I am in and cook to my heartโ€™s content. When I received Southern Livingโ€™s annual recipe roundup, I beelined straight to the December section.  Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies anyone?  I can assure you, they are absolutely delightful (especially with those white chocolate chips).  As I indulge in all the sweet and savory options December has to offer, I am pre-meditating my January healthy living goals with thoughts of Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken and Spicy Spaghetti Squash With Shrimp. AND because the ground is already covered in snow here in Maine, I am of course dreaming of warm summer picnics on the beach feasting on Baked Caprese Chicken With Green Beans And Corn and Quidaโ€™s Chocolate Delight.  When I say there are recipes for everyone and everything in this book, I am not lying.  Climb aboard the Southern Living train my friend.  You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for a last minute holiday gift for the foodie in your life, make this one happen!

Happy Cooking & Eating!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S.  If this cookbook interests you, be sure to check out Christmas With Southern Living 2021. I love this book too!

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Delicious Books

December 6, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

I hope you are HUNGRY. I have two brand new cookbooks to share with you today that will have you drooling for something delicious to eat. The first one is all about cheese. Anything and everything about this creamy delight is yours for the taking between the covers of Erika Kubick’s new book. The second book takes a deep dive into the Alsace region of France and all of the mouth watering recipes that come from this unique area. Gabriel Kreuther will make your stomach growl with hunger. I promise. Let’s take a look at these two yummy reads.

Cheese Sex Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed by Erika Kubick covers cheese from head to toe. Kubick guides you on everything from selecting cheese, to pairing wine with cheese, to plating cheese and then some. She offers tips on how to talk to your local cheese monger, what knives to use and of course, decadent recipes to show off your newfound skills. Kubick sets her book up like the Bible. The first section is The Old Testament followed by The New Testament. She offers readers the 10 Commandments of cheese and talks of rituals, rights, and holy sacraments in reference to “Cheesus”. Her book is clever, entertaining and extremely informative. There is fabulous art work and appealing photographs that will have you beyond engrossed. I am working on my cheese board game these days and this book is guiding me every step of the way. Know your audience before gifting this book for its religious satire may not be for everyone.

I was so excited to receive a copy of The Spirit of Alsace: A Cookbook by Gabriel Kreuther. Alsace is a historical region in Northern France that borders Germany and Switzerland. My mom’s side of the family (Etzkorn) was from Alsace back when it was part of Germany. Through the centuries it has been controlled by France and Germany and the recipes reflect both countries in many different ways. Since its Christmas time, I of course jumped straight to the My Mother’s Holiday Cookies section. I made the Nusli cookie which is a buttery treat dipped into melted chocolate. Talk about simple yet ridiculously fabulous!!!!! These cookies were not too sweet and were perfect with a piping hot mug of coffee. I even had a few for breakfast the other day. In addition to gorgeous cookies and desserts, Kreuther includes recipes inspired by his childhood living on a farm in rural Alsace and recipes from his career as an award-winning chef here in the states. His stories are heartwarming, the photographs are incredible and his book is an absolute staple in my kitchen. Cooking through this beauty has been such a joy knowing that I have roots in this special region.

You are officially all set if you are in the market for solid cookbooks for the foodie in your life. I highly recommend one or both of these books this holiday season.

Cheers to having a blast in the kitchen!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S If you are looking for some foodie memoirs to read or gift this holiday season, be sure to check out my Festive Foodies in the Wild Books & Pairings RIGHT HERE!

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Indigenous Delights

New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian by Chef Freddie Botsoie & James O. Fraioli (Abrams Books)

My Favorite parts of this book are the second to none ingredients and beating hearts of all the recipes.

~Kelly Fredericks-Dear Mr. Hemingway

November 30, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Did you know that November is Native American Heritage Month? How perfect is it that I am sharing my latest cookbook obsession, New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian by Chef Freddie Botsoie & James O. Fraioli? This cookbook gives new meaning to “farm to table”. It is overflowing with recipes that come from ancestral traditions from Indigenous people all over North America. The food is simple, stunning to look at, and highlights the unique ingredients used from all the different regions. Let’s take a peek.

North America is not, and has never been, a monolith. Just like Europe, it’s an expansive continent that’s incredibly diverse in terms of language, geography, culture, and more. But European countries like France and Spain are praised for their food traditions, which are taught in elite culinary schools; Indigenous cuisines, with similarly sourced ingredients and finessed preparations, unfortunately don’t get the same attention. My aim is to change that.

-Chef Freddie Bitsoie

Cheyenne Beef and Sage, Three Sisters Bean Stew, Baked Farmer Gourds, Sauteed Acorn Squash with Maple Syrup, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, and Cedar Plank Sockeye Salmon.  Are you drooling yet?  These and so many more incredible recipes fill the pages of this delectable treat.  My favorite parts of this book are the second to none ingredients and beating hearts of all the mouth-watering recipes. I had a winning moment in the kitchen with the Braised Chicken with Sage and Chokecherry Sauce.  Succulent chicken that pretty much fell off the bone filled my Le Creuset pot.  Full disclosure…I could not get my hands on chokecherries, so I used fresh cranberries instead.  Five out of five devoured this dish so no complaints on my end.  

Even though there are variations in Indigenous cuisines, the focus remains the same. Food is meant to be shared and celebrated with those around you. I feel blessed to have this cookbook on my permanent shelf. Recipes rooted in tradition and deep history always have a special place in my heart.  Yes, food fuels our bodies, but it also nourishes our souls and relationships in the most profound ways.  New Native Kitchen is not only a culinary experience but a lesson in Indigenous culture. From soups to stews, to vegetables and desserts, Chef Bitsoie has got you covered!

Happy Cooking Everyone!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S. Freddie Bitsoie is the former executive chef at Mitsitam Native Foods Cafรฉ at the Smithsonianโ€™s National Museum of the American Indian and James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award-winning author.  Not Too Shabby!

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Party Hearty

Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman (Abrams Books)

November 12, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Hello again! I am back today talking about ANOTHER fabulous cookbook. Perfect timing for the holidays. Being the “hostess-with-the mostess” is a hard gig unless you are Martha Stewart. Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman takes this role to a whole new level, one that makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of focussing on the finished product in the kitchen, let’s enjoy the process and the company that comes along with it. Creative messes in the kitchen are my kind of messes. Let’s take a look.

“My mother, a visual artist who raised me in her studio, gave me a mantra: Getting dirty is part of the fun. It stuck with me. Indeed, entertaining requires more effort and more cleanup than eating out ever will. But this is the calculation, as I see it: You can spend fifty dollars on a restaurant meal that you will surely forget; or you can spend less to eat at home, where the food is both sustenance and entertainment.”

Arty Parties is more than just a cookbook filled with delectable recipes. It is a culinary journey that explores the artistic side of cooking, eating, and entertaining. Sherman’s book is drool-worthy between the recipes and the stunning photography. Avacado With Furikake, Squash Blossom & Egg, Parmesan Broth, and Boozy Cherries (Cocktails anyone?) are just a few mouth-watering temptations yours for the taking in her latest creation. Sherman shares ideas for Winter Taco Night (Slow Braised Leg of Lamb Tacos ๐Ÿ˜‹), Make Your Own Dumpling Night, Soup Kitchen Soups ( I made the Carrot Fennel Seed Soup), Girls Night, Office Parties, and so much more. She introduces you to some pretty creative and inspiring people along the way too. Arty Parties is a cookbook to sit with for a while. It’s a pour yourself a glass of wine, sit by the fire, and read from cover to cover kind of book. The recipes are healthy, use common ingredients (and a few fun ones too) and focus on getting messy in the kitchen. I will be working through this work of art through the holidays, creating and making lifelong memories with my friends and family.

Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman is an absolute must for all the foodies out there. It will always have a permanent spot on my bookshelf, but it also will reside on my coffee table for all to enjoy while visiting me. This is the PERFECT cookbook to gift this holiday season!

Happy cooking and creating!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S. If this book sounds up your alley, be sure to check out Sherman’s previous book, Salad For President! She takes the salad to a whole new level ๐Ÿค—!

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Take Me Out To My Kitchen

Peace, Love, and Pasta:  Simple and Elegant Recipes From a Chefโ€™s Home Kitchen by Scott Conant (Abrams Books) Rosemary Lentils page 154


November 2, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

I am back again talking about my love of cooking and COOKBOOKS!  I firmly believe that one can NEVER have too many of them in their kitchen.  Because of this, I am sharing yet again, another culinary gem to add to your shelf.  Peace, Love, and Pasta:  Simple and Elegant Recipes From a Chefโ€™s Home Kitchen by Scott Conant has everything you need to make a simple and elegant breakfast, lunch, dinner, or sweet treat.  Letโ€™s take a look at this delicious creation. 

What I love about Conantโ€™s new cookbook is that it covers everything I love and need in my cooking life. Donโ€™t let the title fool you though.  When I first saw the cover of this book I assumed it would be overflowing with only pasta recipes.   I was pleasantly surprised when I open the gorgeous cover and read through the table of contents.  Yes, pasta was definitely on the menu, but so were soups, salads, legumes, veggies, breakfast, and then some.  Conantโ€™s recipes have an incredible Italian flair and he even gives a nod to his in-laws with a chapter on Turkish cooking.  

โ€œWhat wasnโ€™t foreign to me-and where I immediately felt at home-was the table.  Whether sitting down for a Turkish breakfast with her family or walking through towns like Ortakent, getting fresh seafood from the kiosks, and eating it on the beach together, the connection between food and family resonated with me, and ultimately inspired me, after years of trying to make a statement in Italian cooking, to try to learn a new language, so to speak.โ€

Each section of his book is composed of simple recipes using fresh ingredients with stunning photos of the finished product.  Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Pasta Pomodoro, Braised Short Ribs, and Chocolate Souffle are just a few of my favorites.  Another stand out for me was the Rosemary Lentils, which came together lickety-split. Lentils, olive oil, shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, San Marzanos pureed tomatoes and fresh rosemary (thatโ€™s still growing in my Maine garden) are all you need to make the ultimate comfort dish.  I found these lentils had a similar consistency to a bolognese sauce.  They were great over a salad for lunch and with pasta for supper.  Whatever you do, do not forget the crusty bread.  It is an absolute must.  

Peace, Love, and Pasta:  Simple and Elegant Recipes From a Chefโ€™s Home Kitchen is what I call a one-stop-shopping cookbook.  This is the type of book that I like to pack when going on a vacation where I know we will be doing a ton of cooking because it truly has everything.  It is a new staple on my bookshelf that I keep turning to in time of need…which is always in my house. With that said, the holidays are right around the corner.  If you are looking for something yummy to gift a friend or loved one…here you go! Enjoy!

Bon Apetit my friend!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S.  Becoming a chef was Conantโ€™s backup plan.  After his baseball career didnโ€™t go as expected, Conant looked into becoming a plumber, chef, or hairdresser.  I am so psyched he went with option two.  However, I wonder how he would do with my hair๐Ÿ˜‚.

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