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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Lost Recipe for Happiness eBook editions

Ghost stories are not my thing.  Nor, frankly are lonely, deeply damaged individuals.  And yet, I was entranced by Barbara O'Neal's The Lost Recipe for Happiness.

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon.  A nap seemed like the thing so I picked this book up as something to read myself to sleep by.  Six hours later, ravenously hungry and snuffling slightly I put the book down with a sigh.  Seems I read the whole thing in one sitting.

The writing is fluid, the plot tight and the characters surprisingly complicated with out being terribly convoluted even if all of the characters are damaged in some way.  On some level, you have to admire them because they have found ways to function and cope. 

These are quintessentially lonely people who almost in spite of themselves begin to recover.  At some point each of them realizes that somehow happiness has crept up on them.  Even when they know that happiness never lasts.

As a sideline, one of my favorite aspects of the book are the recipes between the chapters.  They are bound to make you salivate -- especially if you love good Southwestern/Mexican cooking the way I do.  I might actually try a couple of them. 

O'Neal not only loves food, but she obviously loves the Southwest; particularly Colorado and New Mexico.  Her descriptions of the scenery are beautiful and evocative.  Made me want to take a quick trip to Aspen and/or Santa Fe.

This is a story of recovery, new starts and taking chances.  It will make you laugh and cry.  And I guarantee you these characters will haunt you long after you finish the last chapter. This is a great read; don't miss it!

Here are the publishers notes:

In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find….

It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is–and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.

Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He’s come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don’t die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Add Life To Your Love Life

If there’s great sex in a relationship, you can bet the rest of the problems iron themselves out sooner or later. Agreed, sex is not the only thing that’s important, but if the passion’s missing, then it’s more a question of tolerating each other’s presence around the house. Couples who have been together a long time tend to view each other as just another person rather than the hot lover they once fell head over heels for. And as time goes by, sex with the same person becomes monotonous, even boring sometimes. What with kids, work and housework taking a toll on your energies, all you want to do by the time you hit the sack is go to the land of slumber. If you’re really interested in rekindling your romance, it’s time you took matters into your own hands:

Pack away those Pounds: Take a look at your wedding photos and compare them with the person who stares at you from the mirror. If you groan at the thought of how much weight you’ve gained, it’s time to start getting back into shape. Once we’re married, we tend to neglect the bodies we maintain religiously when we’re on the dating scene. Relive your courtship days as you lose weight; even a few pounds lost helps if you notice the renewed look of interest in your spouse’s eyes. And while you’re at it, give yourself a makeover that says you’re an adult rather than a parent or a spouse. Buy new clothes to go with your new look, and wait for the fireworks to begin.

Natural Viagra: Some foods act as aphrodisiacs and lend variety to the way you approach your love life. Whether you eat them off each other, feed each other or just eat them yourself, you can bet on an interesting time between the sheets.

Change is Good: Break the routine you’ve set and followed all these years. Steal away for a romantic weekend, or if your schedules don’t allow this, sneak out on a lunch date. Try out a sexual fantasy of your spouse’s that you earlier rejected as too kinky or too daring for your tastes.

Sexual Innuendos: More than dirty talk on the phone, it’s the text messages that are loaded with sexual innuendos and that indulge in clever word play that tend to turn most people on. Send them to your spouse during the day when you can’t get your hands on each other so that by the time you both get home, you’re headed straight to the bedroom, or maybe not!

Compliments and Consideration: Show a new side of yourself by not criticizing your spouse like you normally would. Instead, pay compliments and watch the change in their attitudes too. A happy spouse translates to a more enthusiastic partner in bed.


This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of best dating services. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Medical Myths That Can Kill You And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life.

You have to wonder if you really need to read the whole book after reading that mouthful of a title!  Medical Myths That Can Kill You And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life

Trust me on this -- you may not need to read the book but once you pick it up you will want to!  Particularly if you are a cyberchondriac like me. 

One little symptom and I'm on the internet busily diagnosing my particular malady.  It almost never ends well -- either I have some rare form of cancer or I'm just going to die and untimely death. 

Evidently, I am not alone. . .

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC news takes on common medical myths.  She describes, dissects and dismantles them with surgical efficiency.

For example:

  • Eating eggs will raise your cholesterol
  • You don't really need an annual check up
  • All doctors are opposed to alternative cures like herbs
  • "All Natural" does not necessarily mean safe
  • Cell phones cause cancer

She also offer 101 truths like:

  • Sunglasses can prevent blindness
  • It is better to be fit than thin
  • Headaches are rarely a sign of a brain tumor (I am reserving judgement on this one)
  • Eating one serving a day of whole grains can help lower blood pressure
  • Broccoli and cauliflower helps prevent prostate cancer

This is a surprisingly "user-friendly" compendium of medical advice written in an engaging and straight forward manner.  I would have to say that is is an important (and perhaps, indispensable) addition to your personal library.

From the publisher:

Do you know what’s really good for you?
   In this age of countless miracle cures, it’s vital to separate the myths that endanger your health from the medical facts you need.
   Unfiltered coffee can clog your arteries.
   Donating blood may lower your risk of heart disease.
   You don’t really need eight glasses of water a day.
   Coughing won’t help if you’re having a heart attack. (But aspirin will!)

We’ve become a nation of cyberchondriacs, diagnosing ourselves with false information and half-truths found on sketchy websites. In Medical Myths That Can Kill You, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, provides clear, practical, scientifically proven advice that can lead you to a healthier, happier life.

Discover the simple, everyday things that affect well-being, and get the information you need to revitalize your body, maintain your longevity, manage your care, and possibly even save a life–yours.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

In Defense of Food (eBook edition)

It seems kinda silly to read a couple of hundred pages about something as simple as food.  But I did!  And Michael Pollan made it worthwhile. 

In Defense of Food is an engaging look at food and the food industry.  Pollan is a good writer and I was captivated within minutes.  For the record, I never

intended to do anything more than skim, but I ended up engrossed and read every single word.  It was a journey that alternatively amused and enraged me. 

Pollan takes on the modern idea of diet with a full scale attack on what we call food and put in our mouths.  He exposes Agri-business, pseudo-science and "Big Food."   He doesn't spare anyone starting with the USDA and General Mills and ending with the consumer who would rather grab an attractive package of prepared "healthy" food than cook.

Pollan effectively argues that

  • Over the last 25 years food as been gradually replaced by nutrients
  • This emphasis on nutrients has actually promoted disease and obesity
  • To be healthy we must return to common sense eating both in the quality of our food and in the quantity we consume

Believe it or not adding "nutrients" to sugary, processed (starchy) cereal will not magically make it healthy.  Additives are not food.  Who knew?

Seriously, before you decide to go on a diet, read this book.  It is not only informative but interesting.

Like many good ideas, it is pretty simple.  Your body is only going to be as healthy as the fuel you provide it.  Cut the sugar and white flour.  Pick fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain.  Eat small meals. Eat often. Don't gorge yourself; stop when you feel 80% full. Take time to enjoy what you eat.

The writing is lively although the book could use some graphics.  Even if you don't learn anything new (which is doubtful), this is an entertaining reminder that food choices are more art than science. Use Coupon Code LIBMR8 at Checkout to receive a Discount on this eBook Title.

Bon appetite!

The Publisher says:

What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times ""Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."" These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore's Dilemma. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not ""real."" These ""edible foodlike substances"" are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by ""nutrients,"" and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan's sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: ""Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.""

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It's A Miracle!


'Miracle Cures' by Jean Carper. Let me say upfront, I am a skeptic. I firmly believe in the adage - if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is not. However, Jean Carper, presents each remedy or supplement in such a straightforward manner that the claims seem reasonable, and for the cost of a few supplements, you have to ask yourself - Why not? The author also presents the material in an objective and no sensationalistic manner. This helps keep the remedies in perspective. False hope is not given or fostered, but the healing powers of the remedies she covers are presented in an even-handed manner. I have learned so many things that average person should be aware of. Just Excellent!

'Get Wet, Get Fit: The Complete Guide to Getting a Swimmer's Body' by Megan Quann Jendrick. Megan and Nathan deftly cover a lot of ground, touching on what's *really* important. These topics range from stroke technique to proper diet, including nutritional supplements. This eBook is packed full of exactly the information that new swim parents should arm themselves with to compliment at home what their young swimmers are being taught on the pool deck at practice. I was pretty skeptical about how much I could actually get out of a swimming book, but this far exceeded my expectations. I bought it because the information was coming from someone who has actually used this knowledge to win at the highest levels of swimming. Use the Coupon Code Below to receive a Discount on either or both of these two eBook Titles.

Miracle Cures (Mobipocket) eBook edition by Carper, Jean
Miracle Cures is the breakthrough book that presents scientific evidence of the effectiveness of natural remedies, culled from the world's leading doctors and scientists, research centers, and major international scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal, combined with the awe-inspiring first-person medically verified accounts of people who have successfully cured themselves with natural medicines.
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Get Wet, Get Fit: The Complete Guide to Getting a Swimmer's Body eBook edition by Jendrick, Megan Quann, Jendrick, Nathan
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Megan Quann Jendrick and her husband and personal trainer offer a complete training regimen -- including a diet program -- that will enable everyone to achieve the body of their dreams through swimming. Elite-level swimmers share a common trait -- their toned, shapely bodies.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lose Weight, FIND Happiness!

Everyone knows that diets don't work. Everyone knows that if we ate only for true bodily hunger, we probably wouldn't be overweight. Everyone knows that it is mind-driven hungers that lead us to overeat. I knew all of this for twenty years, as I lived on the rollercoaster of weight gain and loss. But after reading THE MIDDLE WAY DIET FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS: HEALTHY MIND AND BODY, I finally got off the rollercoaster. Because Dr. Moshedi provides not only the knowledge you need to understand how to eat well, but the inspiration to actually do it. Dr. Moshedi's insights into the basis of our troubled connections between mind and body triggered a change in my basic outlook to food. His motivating book was a wake-up call for the wisdom that was already in me, the wisdom Dr. Moshedi explains is already in every one of us—to put food in its proper place in our lives, so that we can eat to live instead of living to eat. And the best (and most surprising) part, the part that everyone *doesn't* know, is the real and lasting pleasure that you get from taking good care of your body. Dr. Moshedi's book opened my eyes to the truth of the discomfort and unhappiness involved in overeating, a truth that we tend to disregard because we have bought into the illusory and momentary pleasure that comes from indulging. Much more than a health & fitness book to help you live longer, THE MIDDLE WAY DIET FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS is ultimately a thought-provoking guide to help you truly enjoy your life--today.

Sheila Pinion From Bethesda, MD USA

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Eat Well, Live Well, And Live Long!


'My Mother's Cookbook' by Thomas S. DeGraziano. A fascinating, delightful and beautifully presented cookbook. Truly a work of art. This is pictorial, historical and a culinary masterpiece tracing the journey of a family of European immigrants into full-blooded Americans over three generations, featuring the very recipes that fed them along the way. Intriguing, spellbinding and just plain scrumptious, this cookbook is a 'must have.'

'A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition' by Joseph Pilates, William J. Miller. This book is a compilation of two original works by the founder of the Pilates exercise system, Joseph H. Pilates. Those who are familiar with Pilates matwork may also note that Joseph Pilates' own descriptions of the exercises differ somewhat from how these exercises are usually presented today. My guess is that these modifications have been made to the system to be more protective of the spine, especially in absence of working one-on-one with a Pilates' instructor. It is well worth seeing what the original system was envisioned to be by the creator, and then choosing an instructor who teaches from this foundation. Check below for the Coupon Code to receive a Discount on either of These informative eBook Titles.

My Mother's Cookbook (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by DeGraziano, Thomas S.
A fascinating and delightful 456 page pictoral, historical and culinary journey of the Harrison family from European immigrants into full-blooded Americans, featuring recipes that fed them over those three generations.
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A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Pilates, Joseph, H., Miller, William, J.
This Millenium Edition includes the only two published works of Joseph Pilates. Newly copyrighted, edited and revised, this book makes available in one volume all of his early Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness, as well as the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to his exciting fitness program.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Building A Better You!


'The New Rules of Lifting:' by Lou Shuler, Alwyn Cosgrove. Some good advice - lots of info beyond what i was looking for: some basic workouts. Nevertheless, I like the philosophy of lifting to stay in shape, not to join the body building crowd. I bought this eBook after spending a lot of money on a personal trainer at the gym. I felt it was time for me to do it on my own, but I wanted more information. I bought and read this book and applied what it had taught me. I was in great shape, but in just +/- 2.5 months I was in amazing shape. I was on FIRE! I swear by this eBook and am now in Alwyn's email newsletters and his wife's newsletters who is also a trainer.

'The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions' by Julia Ross. I personally do not think that this book is properly titled. In fact, I was tempted to think that this was some fad book. I also did not like the personal quiz at the beginning. I almost missed out on the vital information in this book because of these two things. The information in this book truly is essential for living a happy and healthy life. It's easy to read and very eye opening. Eating disorder??? The Diet Cure (also by Julia Ross) is also highly recommended!! Use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of These Two eBook Titles.

The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle eBook edition by Shuler, Lou,, Cosgrove, Alwyn,
In The New Rules of Lifting, fitness guru Lou Schuler and strength-training expert Alwyn Cosgrove boil down the most recent findings on weight lifting and fitness to create a program of workouts that focuses on the movements at which the body naturally excels. These six "real-life" movements-squat, bend, lunge, push, pull, and twist-compose three complete programs for three distinct goals: fat loss, muscle gain, and strength improvement.
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The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions--Today eBook edition by Ross, Julia
We're in a bad mood epidemic, but Julia Ross's plan provides a natural cure. Drawing on thirty years of experience, she presents breakthrough solutions to overcoming depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and other negative emotional states that are diminishing the quality of our lives.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

YOU: Read These eBooks. YOU: Won't Be Sorry!


'YOU: Staying Young' by Michael F. Roizen. This is one of the better books that I have read and it really challenges you to think differently about your body; how each system runs, how they interact and how they can be maximized. At best this book will help you live a better, more productive life. At worst it's a very intriguing read!

'The Elements Of Cooking' by Michael Ruhlman. Many books have numerous recipes, few discuss clearly such "basics" as how to properly blanch, sauté, or braise. One person's braise may be different than another's, and the beauty of this eBook is how it describes and defines cooking terms and techniques. I would also recommend this one to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of the TV watching Food Network. Check below for the Coupon Code to receive a Discount on these two eBook Titles.

You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Roizen, Michael F.
The body is the most fascinating machine ever created, and nobody talks about it in ways that are as illuminating and compelling as Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Most people think of the aging of our bodies the same way we think of the aging of our cars: the older we get, the more inevitable it is that we're going to break down.
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The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef's Craft for Every Kitchen eBook edition by Ruhlman, Michael
Americans are on a roll in the kitchen -- we've never been better or smarter about cooking. But how does a beginning cook become good, a good cook great? Modeled on Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, The Elements of Cooking is an opinionated volume by Michael Ruhlman -- the award-winning and bestselling author of The Making of a Chef and coauthor of The French Laundry Cookbook -- that pares the essentials of good cooking into a slim, easy-to-take-anywhere book.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Eat And Look Great Doing It!


'Christmas 101' Rick Rodgers. Like many people, I often dread the holidays because of the time demands. Not only is this a great cookbook (we have already tried some of the soups on some chilly nights here on the West Coast) heheheheh, but it also gives solid ideas on how to manage your time during this season. I especially liked some of Rodgers' "time-out" suggestions for adults--little hints to make us stop and savor a moment or two. I know that this will get us through Christmas as well as a busy New Year's Eve & Day!
'Fit & Female' by Geralyn Coopersmith. I never thought a fitness book could be so entertaining. This eBook has great advice and it is given in a very humorous way. I read through the introduction of her book so fast that my eyes couldn't keep up with me. I couldn't wait for the next line to know more about this real life story laced with struggles and successes alike. Jam Packed with motivation and inspiration; it's a real sense of "touch down". A relief from the crazy world wind of unhealthy fad diets, magic pills and empty promises that bombard us every day. I couldn't resist putting a fitness type book review in with my Cooking selection. How predictable, but still both these eBook Titles are Great! Check below for the Coupon Code to Receive a Discount on either of these two eBooks…

Christmas 101 eBook edition by Rodgers, Rick
Everyone knows that the holidays are hectic—but Rick Rodgers, cooking teacher and bestselling cookbook author, knows that they don't have to be. Christmas 101 offers the busy cook carefree ways to entertain with surefire recipes of old favorites, menus, timetables, make-ahead tips, and more.
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FIT & FEMALE (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Coopersmith, Geralyn
Are you an apple or a pear–or is there even more to it? A top fitness expert and certified personal trainer throws out the one-size-fits-all approach to fitness and helps women craft programs based on their unique body types. Mixing science with fitness, Geralyn Coopersmith has found an easy way for any woman to identify her body type (endo-apple, meso-apple, ecto-apple, endo-pear, meso-pear, or ecto-pear) and, based on that type, find the nutrition and exercise program that is right for her.
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