I’m reading a book right now by Laura Miller called, The Magician’s Book: A skeptic’s adventures in Narnia. I’m not far into it but already I’m blown away by how much she and I have in common.
Like me, Miller read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in second grade. Like me, she was unaware of the Christian symbolism until she was much older, but was instead drawn into the land of Narnia and has ever since been an avid reader.
As an adult, Miller returns to Narnia not only in search of how it shaped the person she has become but to take a critical look at the author, C.S. Lewis.
A great read for anyone who enjoys C.S. Lewis and desires to know more about him as a person and author, as well as anyone who has returned to a favorite childhood book to try to recapture the magic.
I like you by Amy Sedaris is one of the weirdest books I have ever had the pleasure of owning. This book on hospitality gives advice on topics ranging from the expected, (etiquette, recipes, organizing a dinner party), to the bizarre and inexplicable, (such as, how to put on a pair of pantyhose, felt crafts requiring almost no skill, and information on caring for a pet rabbit.)
This book is not for the easily offended and should be kept out of the hands of little ones but adults will enjoy Sedaris’ dead pan, off color humor. Sometimes it’s hard to tell when she’s joking or not and at first I wasn’t quite sure if the recipes were edible, but they are, in fact, her cupcakes and cheese balls are apparently somewhat famous.
I was especially entertained by the abundant illustrations and photos. The photos are particularly hilarious because they seem to have gone through a 1970’s time warp. This is the kind of book I would expect Martha Stewart to write if she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in a mental facility, (which is my way of saying it’s really good.)
If I had to choose one of my cookbooks to use exclusively for the rest of my life, I would choose The Healthiest Meals on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.
I consider myself pretty well read on nutrition and I think this book provides solid advice on eating healthy. Toss your old cookbooks full of food that doesn’t nourish your body. These recipes reflect modern day knowledge of eating for maximum impact on your health which means choosing foods high in antioxidants, good fats, fiber, vitamins, etc.
When you think of the words “healthy” and “nutritious” you may be turned off, but each recipe in this book is accompanied by a beautiful full color photo that had me drooling. Not only that but I felt the recipes were fresh, creative and most didn’t involve a lot of hard to find expensive ingredients. (There were a few exceptions, but over all, I will use the majority of these recipes.)
With the permission of the publisher, I’m going to share one of the recipes with you so you can see exactly what I mean!
Healthiest Meals on Earth by Jonny Bowden Ph.D./pg. 168-169
Sweet and Simple Almond Butter Apricot Cookies/The Healthiest Meals on Earth by Jonny Bowden Ph.D.