BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Book of sayings by Ella Frances Sanders

As a language enthusiast I am always interested in idioms, sayings and proverbs from around the world. Ella Frances Sanders‘ new The Illustrated Book of Sayings is just about that. This book contains about 50 sayings from every continent.

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The book brings us sayings from far and wide, including Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Each saying is accompanied by an illustration and a short paragraph explaining the meaning. Some information on the language can be found as well. Some of these sayings are more known, some are less. For example Polish “Not my circus, not my monkeys” is quite popular, I even see it on tshirts. Some I’ve never heard of and it was very interesting to read up on them. The choice of languages is varied, we see only French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian that got 2 sayings each, the rest are all different languages and I appreciate it. There is no organization by continent, language family or theme, which slightly bothered me, because it means I will have to flip through the entire book if I want to look up, say, a Farsi proverb.

Overall impression: this book will make a fun gift for people curious about languages, my children looked through it and enjoyed what they read as well. The illustrations are cute, I like Ms. Sanders’ style.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar

Beautiful flower arrangements always fascinate me. I have never learned how to create something more than a simple bouquet, but I am absolutely determined to learn. Ariella Chezar seems to be just the right person to learn from as she is a world renown floral designer. Her book “The Flower Workshop”  hits the shelves on March 1, 2016.  And it seems to be all that any aspiring or experienced floral designer needs.

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The book opens with basics – how to put an arrangement together, choose a color, and, most importantly where and when to get the flowers. Basic tools and techniques follow. Next section is dedicated to tonal arrangements and everything is just so pretty!  Favorite flowers section covers the flowers one almost always considers for a bouquet. Branch arrangements (my favorite) chapter follows. Fruit and berries, compote and handheld bouquets follow. The book closes with chapter on celebrating with flowers. Really Ariella Chezar takes care of pretty much every occasion in her book. Each arrangement includes a full “recipe, which flowers and how many, what kind of vase. The photography is absolutely delightful. It’s impossible to go wrong. There are so many beautiful compositions to try out and even if some look intimidating, Chezar’s gentle guidance makes it look also very much possible to create for someone who isn’t an actual florist.

Overall impression: Gorgeous book, the photography is absolutely stunning. The author provides gentle yet straightforward instructions on how to choose, care and arrange flowers. Pretty much every occasion is covered. Excellent book. 5 stars.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Book Review: Owls by Matt Sewell

What’s not to like about owls ? Smallest ones are adorable, large ones are majestic. They are interesting to study, they are good for the environment. Matt Sewell, an ornithologist, artist and an author books about birds, made a book, “Owls”  to celebrate these wonderful birds.

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This book is full of love for owls and around 50 species are listed and talked about in this book. The main feature of this book is the artwork. Soft watercolor illustrations are emphasizing the most charming points of each bird and one can’t help but smile looking at them. The book is split into sections according to habitats: woodland, tropics, wilderness and desert. In the end of the book there is a checklist where one can keep track of owls seen. The book includes familiar and more rare species. Each entry consists of a portrait of a bird, its scientific name and short description. Each description is interesting, humorous and affectionately written.

Overall impression: This lovely book would make a great gift for a bird and/or art lover. My children enjoyed it immensely as well. Loved the art, loved the entries. I feel like I learned a lot about owls while going through this book. 5 stars.

I received this book via Blogging for Books in exchange to a fair and unbiased review.

BOOK REVIEW: Einkorn by Carla Bartolucci

Einkorn, the ancient wheat, has entered our lives a few months ago when my husband’s tests showed that his blood sugar is elevated. He started to look for alternatives to his beloved breads and pastries. He was buying einkorn pastas and cookies ever since. It seemed to help. Recently he brought home einkorn flour and I realized that I have no idea what to do with it. Or rather hesitant.  So I got the book.

Einkorn the cookbook is written especially for people like us, who want to bake with einkorn, but have trouble figuring out how to make it work for the best. This cookbook is written by Carla Bartolucci , the founder of Jovial, the brand that produces all einkorn products we came across so far. She came across this ancient grain while looking for a remedy for her daughter’s health issues and she is very passionate about einkorn’s benefits.

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The book starts with explaining what exactly einkorn is, and how is it different from the regular wheat that we all know and are used to. The introduction is followed by tips for working with einkorn, how to make bread starters, utensils’ specifics (no metal bowls!), times etc. The section on breads follows, then quick breads and breakfast items, after that cookies, cakes, pies and other sweet things, savory and street food sections are the last two in the book. The collection of recipes includes old favorites and international flavors. The photography is attractive and the food looks great.

Overall impression: Absolutely helpful. So far we tried making sandwich bread and pancakes. The bread was rather dense, but edible. The pancakes were lovely. I guess I probably need to adjust for altitude somehow, or just get a hang of things. I am glad to find useful tips in this book, it would have taken me a long time to figure it out on my own, and einkorn isn’t exactly a kind of product (pricewise) that can be wasted while one experiments.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.