Everything Books To Help You Have a Healthy Summer

June 9, 2011 - Written by Diana

I have been given the opportunity to review a few Everything Books. These are great intro books to different subjects – you can read them from cover to cover to learn all about the subject, or you can search for particular information, tips, recipes and use it as reference material.  My biggest problem is there are no photos to go along with the recipes, and for something like the Everything Raw Foods Recipe Book, you might want to see what the finished product should look like.   The Everything books are perfect for trying out something new and using it as a guideline to figure it all out, inexpensively.    I’m going to quickly review three of these books :  The Everything Juicing Book, The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book, The Everything Raw Food Recipe Books.  Adams Media wants to help you start summer in a healthy way, so read all the way to the bottom to see what they have for us in June.

The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book  – All You Need TO Lose Weight And Stay Healthy –  This book is not just a recipe book.  Written by Connie Diekman and Sam Sotiropoulos the first one third of the book  leads you through the Mediterranean diet and healthy way of living.  What you need to do to live the Mediterranean way.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a staple in almost every meal, but there are plenty of other mediterraen must haves like roasted red peppers, red wine, feta cheese, lemons, etc.  There are suggestions throughout on how to lighten up a dish even more – like Chicken Galantine is suggested to be wrapped in Eggplant rather than back in it’s original Chicken skin.  This is a decent guide to help you get through trying to eat healthier and lose weight.

The Everything Raw Food Recipe Book –  by Mike Snyder and Nancy Faass with Lorena Novak Bull.  Raw Food Diets have always been perplexing to me.  I love my food warm and not so raw, so I don’t think I am willing to change.  However, I always say I’m willing to try new things, and raw foods are intriguing as well.  Did you know that dehydrating is a way to get the texture you need without baking or cooking?  I didn’t.  It almost seems like cheating.  The blender is your friend on the raw food diet as it is used in so many of the recipes.  Smoothies are a great way to start, though no one thinks about it being raw food.  I like the recipes in this, and though I don’t think I’m ready to make the switch, this is a great intro to a Raw Food way of eating.  This book also mentions that the Raw Food Diet is a great way to get healthy and lose weight.


Is Your Kitchen App Savvy?

February 27, 2010 - Written by Diana

If you have an Iphone or Droid or one of those other phones that are web capable, you may have a kitchen tool  or two at your fingertips – literally (I think that’s correctly used).  I have some Apps to suggest.  It’s really cool to find a recipe on your phone, to use for dinner.  There are organizational tools to help with shopping and dieting and even cool drink making apps – I think I’ll need that one while my daughter is home on spring break. Here are a few of my favorite apps, let me know in the comments what your best ones are.







 IDOXHere’s a cool tool for your Iphone – it’s called an IDOX – a stand for your Iphone.  On the plus side, it will hold up your Iphone and make it easier to be hands free while you are cooking from the recipes you’ve stored there.  I did think it was useful and works well, and is very low tech.  On the negative side, you have to remove your case in order to fit the phone into the IDOX.  You can actually replace your case and just use the IDOX as a case, but it makes it a little clunky.  So I think it’s better to pull it out of it’s case and put it into the IDOX when you are cooking in the kitchen.  Other uses besides in the kitchen that are suggested, as an alarm when you are travelling, or also so you can watch movies without holding your Iphone the whole time.  It is more protection for your phone than regular a regular Iphone case.  As for the price – I’m a little hesitant tell you about it because 34.99 is a bit pricey, though it is a sturdy case.  I have a free review case and I do like it, so you’ll have to decide about the cost for yourself.




Disclosure -  I received a free copy of Bento, as well as a free IDOX, both reviews are my honest opinion.