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28 11, 2017

Up Your Cookie Game

By | 2017-11-27T19:15:14+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I own one single, round cookie cutter and I'm happy. One and done. You, however, might be the kind of cookie baker that buys them by the barrel. You've got leaves, pumpkins, Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men, hearts. But do you have snowflakes? The cookies might be a little hard to frost, unless you're handy with a pastry bag. But I'll bet cookie lovers [...]

19 11, 2017

The Biggest Loser, Mormon Style

By | 2017-11-19T19:49:53+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the comic novel, The Fattest Mormon, by Tyson Abaroa, lovable loser Phil Carroll travels the country in his Winnebago, entering contests and living off the prize money. The novel gets off to a rough start with a comic bit about granny who drives like a bad stock car racer. But by the time Phil and his ‘Bago pull into tiny Taylor, Arizona, to [...]

31 10, 2017

You Might Regret De-Cluttering

By | 2017-10-31T14:52:00+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

I steered my car down a random twisty road. I saw a random antique shop and decided to stop. Inside, I walked up to a random book shelf and pulled off a random cookbook. Funny thing, but the pictures looked familiar. I had seen that wedding cake. And that soup tureen. And that tween girl, plating the spaghetti and meatballs she had just cooked [...]

22 10, 2017

Nope. And That’s A Big Nope.

By | 2017-10-22T16:17:17+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert on PTSD. But I suspect Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State, knows only slightly more than I do. In Untamed, Mireille Duval Jameson is kidnapped by resentful thugs. Miri’s Haitian father made good as a civil engineer in the U.S. Now he’s back in Haiti, where his wealth sticks out like a whale on [...]

1 10, 2017

Brookies!

By | 2017-10-01T11:43:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|brownies, cookies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is a cookie for the indecisive sugar fiend. When you visit the recipe site, you will find a more beautiful sample of the finished product. I used a rather large cookie scoop, and cookies that big take 17 minutes to bake! As for the review of the extra-large book that I know you're all waiting on, I can report that I passed [...]

20 08, 2017

We Should Never Have Let Him Go

By | 2017-08-20T19:37:25+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In all my random reading, how’d I end up with a book about a land stricken by apartheid the same week as the riots in Charlottesville? As I eyed the book on my shelf, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on 312 pages of racial problems and blaming whites. Nevertheless, I forged on into Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country, in which the [...]

30 07, 2017

A Kiss That Rattles the Richter Scale

By | 2017-07-30T17:30:11+00:00 July 30th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week and next, in observance of Summer Book Trek, Read Fast Eat Slow features books by indie Mormon authors. You can head on over to SBT’s website to check out what’s new in that niche. Fantasy and romance (but I repeat myself) are the favorite genres of these authors, both of which I handle like the mushy vegetables that need to come out of [...]

2 07, 2017

I’ll Give You the Cliff Notes

By | 2017-07-02T17:10:35+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here’s your disclaimer: Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe is not a clean read. In some books you can turn an extra page or two to skip the problems. But in Wolfe’s latest bison-sized novel, the sex and the gutter language never let up. In Wolfe's defense, he leans conservative. He plays the part of great observer in the sky,  looking down on the [...]

11 06, 2017

Ode to Boyhood

By | 2017-06-11T16:08:15+00:00 June 11th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What am I doing, picking a Ray Bradbury book off the library shelf? I asked myself. All I knew about Bradbury was that he was famous, and that he wrote Fahrenheit 451, a paperback on the shelf in my sister’s bedroom. Fahrenheit’s protagonist is a fireman in a time and place where books are illegal and his job is to find them and burn [...]