Book Review: Easy Baking From Scratch



Title:  Easy Baking From Scratch

Author:  Eileen Gray

Publisher: Rockridge Press

ISBN: 9781641521055

Do you remember the smell of fresh bread baking or the smell of cookies in the oven when you were a kid? Do you wish you could make delicious cookies and breads? Now you can get that great aroma back with this guide to baking from scratch. Believe or not the recipes are classic and really easy.

This guide is perfect for the novice baker. If you are going to make a habit of baking, there is a section that will help setup your kitchen. Must haves include loaf pans, baking pans, cast iron skillets and even a fluted tart pan. You can’t whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies without measuring cups, spoons, bowls or a mixer. Essential ingredients are shared here; and most would be items you would want to keep in the cupboard all the time. If for some reason you ran out of an ingredient, basic alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk can replace an ingredient such as milk or cream for a recipe.

Recipes within these pages are divided into sections such as muffins and quick breads where bakers will find raisin scones, true strawberry shortcakes and Irish soda bread. The cookies and bars section has delectable recipes for espresso toffee chunk cookies, rye and caraway wafers and lemon bars. You can learn to bake perfect cakes, make creamy frostings and even items from other countries like baklava and empanadas. Savory bread recipes are here as well. This handy guide has great tips, tricks, and measurement conversions that will assist any baker in making the best and tastiest treats to share with family and friends.

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing

Book Review: The Complete Guide To Pressure Canning



Title:  The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning

Author: Diane Devereaux

Illustrations: Amber Day

Publisher: Rockridge Press

ISBN: 9781641520904

With today’s food prices there has got to be a way to preserve the foods we buy to last just a little bit longer. Pressure canning is one way of doing that. If you’re curious about ways to keep whole meals for a later day this guide will help educate you on the process and will provide you with delicious recipes to share with your family and friends.

This guide shares the history of canning, how to avoid bacteria along with what you can and can’t pressure can. Readers will also learn what types of equipment and tools will be needed to prepare these easy meals. Once you start the canning process there are rules and solutions to problems that may occur.

The recipe sections will have you amazed at what you can preserve. You will learn to prepare and can beverages, meats, vegetables and so much more. Each recipe shares a processing chart, preparation time and cook time. There is even a chart on processing wild game meat for the hunter in you.

The back pages offer other resources, how to prepare for disaster, a glossary and even various altitudes around the country. If you are a fan of beef tips, spaghetti, lentils, squash and even making a favorite chutney to save for a rainy day this guide is perfect for the cook who has it all or the novice who just wants to prepare amazing dishes.

Courtesy of Callisto Publisher’s Club

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing

11 Powerful Ways to Market Children’s Books Online

Trying to figure out how to market children’s books online? It’s a tough genre to crack – find out how from seven-time bestselling author Y. Eevi Jones (tip: this works for other genres too).

Source: 11 Powerful Ways to Market Children’s Books Online