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You’ve Got Recipes

While it may seem unlikely to find a review for a children’s cookbook on a site like this, many of us have kids or grandkids, and You’ve Got Recipes is such a special book that it deserves all the reviews it can get.

Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, a food editor at Sunset magazine for four decades, and Francoise Dudal Kirkman, a Paris trained artist, who worked with Jerry at Sunset and created many children’s cooking and crafts stories, collaborated on this deightful book to create much more than a simple cookbook for young chefs.

A charming cast of animal characters who live in Paris and San Francisco, share their recipes and thoughts with one another and readers on healthy, fresh French and California cuisine by way of the internet.  The recipes are simple enough for children to execute (with adult assistance for the younger culinarians), but tasty enough to please kids and grownups alike.

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Financial Self-Defense for Women

How many of you received wise financial counsel and an overview of how money and economics work before you left home?  Sure, lots of us had allowances and were told that we should save our money, but what about when you went off to college or left home for good?  Did you have any real sense about how to budget, to set up a retirement account or even to create financial goals for yourself?  Chances are, the answer is a resounding “no.”  I was encouraged to create a savings account and not to live beyond my means, but the only advice I ever had about a retirement account was when my father told me that the most important thing about college was to find a good husband.

Times have changed, but many of us, especially those of us who are women, rarely receive serious guidance on how to manage money effectively and create a safety net for difficult times or for our retirement unless we major in economics or business planning.  While a book on finances is somewhat outside the box for the type of  books I review for this site,  I have just finished reading a great basic guidebook on financial planning, and decided to share it as financial survival is crucial for us all,

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Transformational Speaking: If You Want To Change the World, Tell A Better Story

If You Want To Change The World, TELL A BETTER STORY

Gail Larsen, (Celestial Arts/Random House)

In 2005, as I practiced a two minute “elevator speech” for the Women Leaders for the World graduation, my coach Joanne Brem, suddenly exclaimed, “Wow, I get it!  You want to change the world.  You must contact Gail Larsen and take her workshop!”

I took Joanne’s advice seriously. Two months later I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Gayle’s four-day Real Speaking intensive along with four other attendees. Our goal? To connect with our authentic voices and take our messages into the world at large.

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Bite Size Desserts

Carole Bloom (Wiley, 2009)

Even when I’m so full I can barely move, I often crave a sweet to officially conclude a meal.  It doesn’t need to be much, perhaps two or three bites, or what my mother called a “cheek,” a subtle closure that compliments a cup of tea or espresso.

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Mustard Seed Market and Cafe Natural Foods Cookbook

By Bev Shaffer

It’s always a pleasure to review books that tempt the palate or stretch the mind.  However,
there is a downside.  I do most of my reading in the evening, so if it’s compelling, I’ll stay
up much too late.  I refuse to even consider a novel as I end up “writing” in my sleep.
And then there are the culinary books.

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