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Super-Speedy Book Review #1: Gifts Cooks Love
This book has an awkward title, beautiful photography, and at least one really cute idea that FruHo will be stealing. It's full of homemade food gift ideas that vary in difficulty. It really would make a great gift for a cook, although TFH must say that it reminds her a great deal of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon. The cute idea? Make up little breakfast treat baskets for hostess gifts. Fill them with coffee, muffins, homemade jam, etc. Cute, right?
Super-Speedy Book Review #2: Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It: The DIY Guide to the Good Life by Billee Sharp
This book is so full of great ideas for saving money and living frugally that you could read it 12 times and still not absorb it all. Luckily, it's a tiny size, so it won't take up too much space on your shelf. This is a great thing to buy yourself if you've decided to live a greener lifestyle or just want to save money. The tone is friendly and not at all sanctimonious, so you don't feel like slapping the author (which is so often the case with these kinds of books). Right on, book!
Super-Speedy Book Review #3: The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk
This is another cute little book that doesn't take up a lot of space. It has recipes for making use of all your food so that you waste nothing. There are lots of ideas for lunches to avoid eating out, and the piece de resistance is "Exponential Chicken," which is five nights worth of extremely varied menus made from one chicken poached on Sunday. TFH loves the idea of that, although FruHubs would never, ever, ever be able to get behind that idea. He freaks out about planning one day in advance, much less an entire week. This would be a great gift for a recent college grad or newly-weds.
Super-Speedy Book Review #4: Mess by Keri Smith
FruHubs got TFH another of Smith's books (Wreck This Journal) a few years ago for Christmas. It was cool: a journal with instructions on each page for taking unexpected action, like to rip the page out and tear it into tiny pieces. FruHo never did a lot with the journal, though; it felt sort of awkward and silly. This is another similar journal, but the instructions are better in this one (I-TFH-HO). It also includes quotes and ideas for further research. This is a great book for an artist or someone who needs to shake off some uptight-ness.
Super-Speedy Book Review #5: Salty Sweets by Christie Matheson
O-TFH's-G, this is an awesome cookbook! It is filled with recipes for things that combine - you guessed it - salt and sweet in interesting ways. Some of most unusual are "Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Crostini," "Lavender Fleur de Sel Shortbread," and "Fig and Ricotta Pizza." The Frugal Hostess made the recipe for dark chocolate coconut bars, and it was amazing! If you or your loved ones are into salty sweets, definitely add this book to your shopping list.
The Frugal Hostess insists that you come hang out on Facebook. What? Like you don't already spend three hours there a day.