What’s for Dessert By Claire Saffitz

What’s for Dessert By Claire Saffitz

“Whether you’re into flambés, soufflés, or simple loaf cakes this book offers over 100 different answers to that all-important question: What’s for dessert?”―Claire Saffitz

Claire Saffitz returns with 100 recipes for all dessert people―whether you’re into impressive-yet-easy molten lava cakes, comforting rice pudding, or decadent chestnut brownies.

In this all-new collection, Claire shares recipes for icebox cakes, pies, cobblers, custards, cookies and more, all crafted to be as streamlined as possible. (No stand mixer? No problem! You won’t need one.)

To keep the recipes straightforward and simple, Claire makes sure each recipe is extra efficient, whether you’re making a Whipped Tres Leches Cake with Hazelnuts or Caramel Peanut Popcorn Bars. Fans will find all the warmth, encouragement, and deliciously foolproof recipes with loads of troubleshooting advice that they’ve come to count on from Claire.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read and review this delicious dessert cookbook, and I literally cannot wait to bake pretty much everything in this book. My husband has made me a list of everything he wants me to bake for him. It is such a wonderful cookbook with over 100 recipes from easy to hard. I like how the book is made up into different sections and the images are just amazing. I always like a cookbook where it shows you what the end product should look like. It is easy to follow, with lots of encouragements through out so you feel as though you can make the dessert. There are so many good recipes in here and I also like how it shows you different techniques at the back of the book so if you are a novice it gives you step by step guides on how to achieve a good result. I cannot wait to start making some of these recipes. Don’t read this book when hungry.

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My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings By Zosia Mamet

My First Popsicle: An Anthology of Food and Feelings By Zosia Mamet

Of all the essentials for survival: oxygen, water, sleep and food, only food is a vast treasure trove of memory and of sensory experience. Food is a portal to culture, to times past, to disgust, to comfort, to love: no matter one’s feelings about a particular dish, they are hardly ever neutral.

In My First Popsicle, Zosia Mamet has curated some of the most prominent voices in art and culture to tackle the topic of food in its elegance, its profundity and its incidental charm. With contributions from David Sedaris on the joy of a hot dog, Jia Tolentino on the chicken dish she makes to escape reality, Patti Smith on memories of her mother’s Poor Man’s Cake, Busy Philipps on the struggle to escape the patterns of childhood favourites and more, My First Popsicle is as much an ode to food and emotion as it is to life. After all, the two are inseparable.

My Thoughts:

This was a great and different kind of read, one that is thought provoking and is light hearted. It was an interesting mix of contributors revealing their favourite food and why it means so much to them. We all take food for granted, but when do people ever really saviour the taste of what ever they are eating and think about what goes into making said food. It is a fun and quirky book all about food, with some great illustrations and some delicious recipes to try for yourself packed in. This book has made me really appreciate food and my love for it.

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The Cruise By Catherine Cooper

The Cruise By Catherine Cooper

A glamorous ship

During a New Year’s Eve party on a large, luxurious cruise ship in the Caribbean, the ship’s dancer, Lola, goes missing.

Everyone on board has something to hide

Two weeks later, the ship is out of service, laid up far from land with no more than a skeleton crew on board. And then more people start disappearing…

No one is safe
Why are the crew being harmed? Who is responsible? And who will be next?

My Thoughts:

I love a book that is set somewhere completely different to normal and this book was set on a cruise ship. I have read one of Catherine’s books before and it had me hook, line and sinker, I was completely drawn into the story about being on board a large cruise ship, when one person goes missing then more people start disappearing. I felt as though I could not trust anyone and I felt as though everyone was acting suspicious. I didn’t know what the outcome would be but I enjoyed turning the page and discovering something else. The twists in this book are fantastic and kept me guessing the whole way through. It had a brilliant pace the whole way through and I could never expect what happened to happen. Such a brilliant thriller.

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The Coming Darkness By Greg Mosse

The Coming Darkness By Greg Mosse

Paris, 2037. Alexandre Lamarque of the French external security service is hunting for eco-terrorists. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust – not his secretive lover Mariam, not even his old mentor, Professor Fayard, the man at the centre of the web. He is ready to give up. But he can’t.

In search of the truth, Alex must follow the trail through an ominous spiral of events, from a string of brutal child murders to a chaotic coup in North Africa. He rapidly finds himself in a heart-thumping race against chaos and destruction. He could be the world’s only hope of preventing THE COMING DARKNESS . . .

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of this book, set in Paris in 2037. Alexandre is the main character and he works for a security service in France. He trusts no one even those that are close to him. He is on the hunt for eco terrorists and will stop at nothing to find them. There is a lot of tension and grittiness to this story, I liked Alexandre, he is a very bold character. There are parts to it that are dystopian too. I feel like it was not punchy and thrilling enough for a thriller which is a shame because it could of been a really good read.

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A Family Torn Apart By Cathy Glass

A Family Torn Apart By Cathy Glass

Angie, 6, and sister Polly, 4, are utterly distraught when they arrive to stay with foster carer Cathy Glass. Their older half-sister Ashleigh has accused their father of something horrible, and the two young sisters have been removed from home to keep them safe.

Cathy tries to comfort the girls, but they are inconsolable. They just want their mummy and daddy, whom they love dearly.

The girls appear to have been well looked after, but as they settle and start to talk of life at home, it becomes clear something is badly wrong. Then a chance remark sets in motion a chain of events that eventually changes everything.

My Thoughts:

I have read all of Cathy’s books and loved following her and her family, I feel as though I know them. This time we follow Cathy as she fosters Angie and her sister Polly, they arrive and have to be fostered by Cathy because of what their older sister Ashleigh has accused their father of. The girls are young and understandably distraught at the thought of leaving their parents and their home. But as usual Cathy is absolutely brilliant with them and has such a heart of gold. All the stories are sad, but they really drive home that there are children suffering in the world. Also it was interesting to see what fostering is like in Covid times. Great catch up with Cathy and her family. Look forward to the next book.

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You’ll be the Death of Me By Karen McManus

You’ll be the Death of Me By Karen McManus

Ivy, Mateo and Cal used to be close – best friends back in middle school.

Now all they have in common is a bad day. So for old time’s sake they skip school together – one last time.

But when the trio spot Brian ‘Boney’ Mahoney ditching class too, they follow him – right into a murder scene.

They all have a connection to the victim. And they’re ALL hiding something.

When their day of freedom turns deadly, it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out . . .

My Thoughts:

This is my first book from Karen, I liked the sound of the blurb, three friends decide to skip school and when they see another class mate skipping school too, they follow him and he leads them to a murder scene. What the hell happened here? we see it all unravelling through out the story. It is more of teen crime for me, I just found it a bit over dramatic and a bit silly. It was not my favourite unfortunately. It could of been a lot better.

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The Hiker By M. J. Ford

The Hiker By M. J. Ford

MISSING
When Gemma Kline is reported missing after setting off on a solo hike in the remote Pennines, her sister, Sarah, is dumbfounded. How can someone disappear without a trace?

PRESUMED
Travelling to the isolated town where Gemma was last seen, Sarah discovers it’s not the first time a young woman has vanished from the hills in mysterious circumstances. As she digs deeper, it quickly becomes apparent that neither disappearance is what it first seems – especially when unwelcoming locals share chilling tales about what’s really lurking on the moors…

MURDERED
Whatever has happened to her sister, one thing is clear: this town has secrets someone would kill to keep. But even on the fells, nothing stays buried forever…

My Thoughts:
I really liked this story, I liked how both girls stories ran along side each other and intertwined with each other. It set a good pace right from the start and kept me entertained till the end. I wanted to know what would happen. It is such a fresh idea and one I have not read before. Sarah is on the hunt for her sister to a isolated town where her sister was last seen, but with the locals being mysterious and a bit suspect what actually has happened to her sister and will Sarah be able to find her before it is too late? A really good story, I felt as though you could almost feel as though you are there. You could cut the tension with a knife and it all felt very unpredictable. A great thriller.

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Cat Lady By Dawn O ‘ Porter

Cat Lady By Dawn O ‘ Porter

CAT LADY [n.]
Single, independent, crazy, aloof, on-the-shelf, lives alone . . .

It’s safer for Mia to play the part that people expect. She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin.

But beneath the surface, there’s another woman just clawing to get out . . .

When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Does she live for a society that’s all too quick to judge, or does she live for herself?

And if that’s as an independent woman with a cat, then the world better get ready . . .

Fresh, funny and for anyone who’s ever felt astray, CAT LADY will help you belong – because a woman always lands on her feet.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much, having a cat I felt as though I could relate to Mia. The story is all about Mia and her life, she has a husband and a step child and her gorgeous cat. But there is something missing in her life, so she decides to break free and see what life has in store for her. It is a story that makes you think about what you have in your life and what matters to you the most. It was such a emotional but funny story that you just have to read it. Dawn is such a fantastic writer, she has a way to pull the reader into her books and forget about the real world. I loved it.

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The People Before By Charlotte Northedge

The People Before By Charlotte Northedge

What if your dream house became your worst nightmare?

Jess and her husband need a new start. So when the chance to buy a rambling old house in the Suffolk countryside comes up, they leap at it.

But not everyone in Suffolk is welcoming. The locals know a secret about the Maple House, and soon, Jess realises they’ve made a huge mistake.

Something bad happened in that house. Something nobody wants to talk about.

Something to do with the people before…

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of this book and when reading it you can definitely feel the atmosphere is tense and creepy. A family decide to make a fresh start in Maple House, but what has happened there before, why are people not very welcoming? strange things are going on and Jess and her family don’t know what to do. Will they uncover the deadly truth of the house? I have to say for me it was a slow burner but when it got going it was good. It sets the scene at the start with things happening and going wrong and then you in for a hell of a ride with twists and turns at every corner where you least expect them. I had no clue were this story was going to lead and I could feel the tension and unease just sitting reading it. The ending left me stunned. I cannot wait to read more of Charlotte’s books in the future.

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My life in France By Julia Child

My life in France By Julia Child

When Julia Child arrived in Paris in 1948, ‘a six-foot-two-inch, thirty-six-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian’, she barely spoke a word of French and didn’t know the first thing about cooking.

As she fell in love with French culture – buying food at local markets, sampling the local bistros, and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu – her life began to change forever. We follow her extraordinary transformation from kitchen ingénue to internationally renowned (and internationally loved) expert in French cuisine.

My Thoughts:

After watching the film Julie and Julia, I have been fascinated with Julia Child and her life so being able to read this book was my idea of heaven. I got to know so much more about Julia and I loved the way there are photographs in the book. It was a fascinating and eye opening read, with some delicious sounding recipes that made my stomach growl. Reading this book you can see how affectionate and humbling Julia is. It was a wonderful and charming read and I am so glad I had the chance to read it. I now want to go and watch the film again even though I have watched it many many times.

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