Review: Tupelo Honey Cafe by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus (Rating 4 Wine Glasses) @NetGalley

Review: Tupelo Honey Cafe by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus (Rating 4 Wine Glasses) @NetGalley

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From Goodreads: As an early pioneer in the farm-to-fork movement, chef Brian Sonoskus has been creating delicious dishes at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, since it first opened in 2000. And from then on, Tupelo’s food has been consistently fresh, made from scratch, sassy, and scrumptious. Heralding in its own unique style of cuisine representative of the New South, the Tupelo Honey Cafe salutes the love of Southern traditions at the table, but like the people of Asheville, marches to its own drum. The result is a cookbook collection of more than 125 innovative riffs on Southern favorites, illustrated with four-color photographs of the food, restaurant, locals, farmers’ markets, and farms, in addition to black-and-white archival photography of Asheville. At Tupelo, grits become Goat Cheese Grits, fried chicken becomes Nutty Fried Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and poached eggs become Eggs with Homemade Crab Cakes and Lemon Hollandaise Sauce. Capturing the independent and creative spirit of Asheville, Tupelo has garnered praise from the New York Times, Southern Living, and the Food Network, just to name a few. For Review from NetGalley: Requested by me! What I Loved:  This is the 2nd Honey Based Cookbook (though this […]

Posted January 10, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (Rating 3 Wine Glasses)

Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (Rating 3 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire — unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death. A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her . . . After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . . Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents — until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae — and their notorious dark desires — ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. An all-consuming desire . . . Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to […]

Posted January 5, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Review: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (Raing 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (Raing 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads:  The first Alex Cross novel, Along Came a Spider, immediately made James Patterson a household name. Cross — a black Washington, D.C., police detective with a solid background in psychology — finds love and a whole heap of trouble as a deadly psychopath holds two kidnapped children under his razor-sharp blade. Along Came a Spider hit the silver screen in April 2001, with Morgan Freeman revisiting the role of Alex Cross. What I Loved: This is the first book in the Alex Cross series and it was a fantastic introduction of the Cross Character. I had seen this movie but I don’t think I had ever read the book. The case was compelling and the twist (even though I knew it was coming) still kind of caught me off guard. James Patterson truly has a way of sucking you into a story and never quite knowing which way he is going to turn. What I Liked: The pacing was a little off in this book but with that in mind I liked how each new element of the book was introduced. I also like how no storyline was dropped and forgotten. It was interesting to read the physical […]

Posted January 5, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: Kiss The Girls by James Patterson (Rating 5 Wine Glasses)

Review: Kiss The Girls by James Patterson (Rating 5 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.Us Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing–and they are working coast to coast. What I Loved: This is the 2nd book in the Alex Cross series and probably my favorite.  It is hard not to get caught up in the story and it actually had me on the edge of my seat a couple of times.  All of the characters are fascinating and unique. Even the UnSubs are intriguing and well thought out. Just a very good thriller all around. What I Liked: I liked the setting both on campus, in the woods, and even when they headed to LA.  JP has a wonderful way with words and describing areas so that you feel like you are there as the action is happening. Complaints:none Why I gave it a 5: This is one of the best thrillers that I have read and is one that I can pick back up even after knowing who did it.  Great read! […]

Posted January 3, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: Comanche Heart by Catherine Anderson (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Comanche Heart by Catherine Anderson (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Years ago, Amy Masters escaped the Texas plains for a quiet life as a teacher in Oregon. Then, out of the shadows comes Swift Antelope, the Comanche warrior to whom she once pledged her heart. But Amy’s brutal past has made it impossible for her to trust any man-even the bold warrior who has haunted her dreams, the only man she ever loved, the Comanche heart she can’t live without… What I Loved:  Swift’s journey to becoming the man both him and Amy needed him to be.  Amy’s journey to overcoming her past to become the woman that Swift needed her to be.  The fact that this was not simply one or the other having to overcome something made this story so rich and fulfilling to read! What I Liked:  Seeing Hunter and Loretta again and meeting their children.  I also really enjoyed a glimpse into town life set during that time and the adjustments everyone made to make a town work.  Complaints: none for this one! Why I gave it a 4:  I enjoyed every moment of this book.  It was nice seeing old characters, meeting new ones, and the journey of Amy and Swift was very […]

Posted January 1, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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