Homemakers by Brit Morin

I was so excited when Homemakers showed up in the mail. It's bright and happy; I love crafts, do-it-yourself projects, and cooking. I like her writing style and she's fun and friendly. There are a lot of ideas and projects in the book, and it's all presented with vibrant, colorful photographs. It's a visually appealing book. Unfortunately, I just don't think I'm the right audience. Some of the info I appreciate, like what type of glass to use with which wine - not that it really matters, because I usually drink it out of coffee mugs. She covers a lot of topics, from recipes to making cement serving trays, but most of the recipes were dishes I had already cook or don't care about and most of the projects are a little  silly. Like covering a footstool with pompoms - cute but just not practical. Some of the apps she mentions might be useful and her vision of what the future will...
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1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton

I like lists. I don't make too many myself, just a few here and there, but I love reading other peoples'.  1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a list of fabulous, or odd, foods and a tour of the world all in one. I really enjoyed looking through it. I may have to pick up a traditional copy, instead of the digital version, so I can cross things off. Some of the foods in it I've actually already had, believe it or not. I expected a list of outrageous foods that you can only get in restaurants on the other side of the world but that are delicious. It is that, but there are also foods that we consider fairly common, but only because we live here. For a lot of the foods, she lists restaurants where you can have the best. Yes some are in Greece or Japan, but some are also here in the US. Many of the entries...
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