Looking for reviews on some of the latest books about home, gardens, cooking, and more? Here are my reviews on some books that arrived in my mailbox during the month of November.
November Book Reviews
If you are looking for something new to read, here are my quick reviews of some new release books related to home, gardening, cooking, simplifying, or anything else that I found interesting! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to enter to win a giveaway for ALL of these titles!
They’re back! Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana have returned with Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays, a traditional cookbook no Italian kitchen should be without. This Italian cookbook is a culinary treasury, jam-packed with over 125 classic holiday recipes for Italian-food lovers, including classic holiday recipes like Struffoli, Christmas Fish, Manicotti, Cannelloni, Cannoli Cheesecake, and more.
With advice from nonnas all over the country, this unique book covers holiday classics from every region of Italy, from Milan to Sicily, and includes holiday memories from the nonnas themselves. The nonnas also give their personal tips on cooking for a crowd (and it’s always a crowd). And, of course, no new Cooking with Nonna cookbook would be complete without Rossella’s signature dishes and unique voice.
Merissa’s Thoughts — This book is filled with so many recipes that are perfect for everyday or special celebrations. I love to look at recipes for different cuisines because we tend to get stuck in the same rut with cooking and baking and this can help give us some inspiration. This large hardcover book would be a welcome addition to any kitchen, Italian or not.
Scrape off the rust (don’t worry, Lucy will show you how) from your mom’s cast iron skillet and get cast iron cooking!
It’s true, a cast iron renaissance is in full swing. In Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, author Lucy Vaserfirer brings cast iron cooking completely up to date. She shows you how to work magic on cast iron with more than 150 recipes that are definitely not the kind of fare your mother cooked up. You’ll learn how to cook up vegetables, which are especially flavorful when cooked on cast iron; see how cast iron is the perfect vessel for cooking all types of fish and shellfish; learn how to sear meats to perfection, and even learn how you can use your skillet for baking.
Merissa’s Thoughts — If you love cast iron cooking, this book is for you! I love the simplicity of the recipes and the ingredients, I didn’t see much that was over the top or out of the ordinary. I also thought this book would make a great gift for someone that loves cast iron cooking!
In a society where workforces—especially executives—are encouraged to keep their professional lives and spiritual lives separate, Jeff Holler’s Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose is a thought-provoking testimonial to the power of a faith-driven existence—even in the boardroom.
Bigger Than Business shares transparent, true-life stories of Christian entrepreneurs living out their God-created purposes in their unique business settings. Between the covers of Bigger Than Business, readers will meet eight faithful business owners from six continents who share their remarkable stories.
Merissa’s thoughts — If you are a business owner or wanting to be, you will find this book inspirational. It’s a collection of real-life stories from many Christian business owners that are not only following their passions but their calling. I’m just getting started on this one but it’s great so far!
Learn to switch and ditch the nasties in each room of your home, for anyone who wants to make changes for the better, to create a healthier environment for their family and, in doing so, a healthier planet.
Packed with solid research and suggestions for making changes that are truly better for your health. Covering: hormone-disrupting chemicals in common household products; the antibacterial myth; going low plastic in a high plastic world; cleaning without the crazy chemicals; personal care; ‘there’s what in my food?’; decluttering your mental space. Low Tox Life includes how-tos and recipes for ‘clean’ cleaning, personal care products and favorite real-food recipes that replace processed store-bought nasties.
Merissa’s Thoughts — Wanting to detox your home? This book walks you through every area of your home and shares some ideas on how to choose less toxic products to have and to use. Although I think that sometimes books like this can be a stressor (creating a need to live better than how we are), it’s also informative for those that really need to ensure that their home is a less toxic place.
It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Thanks to the burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food.
Urban Farming (2nd Edition) walks every city and suburban dweller down the path of self-sustainability. It offers practical advice and inspiration for gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate.
Merissa’s Thoughts — Do you live in the city or an urban area but want to be a modern homesteader? This book will be perfect for you! It has tips for everything from raising bees, to rabbits, and lots of ideas for gardening in a small space. I can’t even begin to go into the detail that this book gets into but I found it to be a perfect guide for someone that isn’t able to have a large acreage.
Who hasn’t struggled with discontent, being overwhelmed, and the fight to be happy? You know that you have much to be grateful for, but sometimes the world feels so heavy and it’s hard to recognize the good stuff, let alone find and experience true, lasting joy.
Find the secret to happiness, satisfaction, joy, and more in Simple Joys, a beautiful, full-color book that walks you through Candace’s journey so that you can replicate it in your own life. Read about several simple ways you can reclaim joy in your day-to-day routine and start living more joyfully today.
Merissa’s Thoughts — This was a cute little read that was filled with everyday stories and examples on how we can find joy in the mundane. The size of this book wasn’t for me but I did think that it would make a great addition to a gift basket or a sweet gift for a friend that needed some encouragement.
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