Archive for May 2009

The Flavor Bible By Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg


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(Book Review)

Written By: Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

Published By: Little, Brown & Company a Division of Hachette Book Group Inc., First Edition

Hardcover, 392 Pages

Product Description From Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe–it’s knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs’ combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating “deliciousness” in any dish. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a treasure trove of spectacular flavor combinations. Readers will learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal.  Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from America’s most imaginative chefs, THE FLAVOR BIBLE is an essential reference for every kitchen.

The Flavor Bible can do the impossible and make even the food I cook taste good.  Hidden inside these unassuming pages is everything you need to make a magnificent meal.  The book starts by exploring the four basic tastes (salty, sour, bitter and sweet).  From there using the four basic tastes it goes on to explain which flavors work together the best to give you the most mouth watering meals over and over again.  I highly recommend this book for anyone that ever steps foot in a kitchen.

Hachette Book Group Inc.

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg


Vigilante Witch Hunter By Gary Turcotte


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(Book Review)

Written By: Gary Turcotte

Published By: Outskirts Press, Inc.

Soft Cover, 252 Pages

From The Back Cover:Every dark cloud does not have a silver lining.  Melissa married the man of her dreams.  She didn`t know that he was a fortune teller.  His secret life brought many dark hearted people into Meliaas`s future.  She wondered if her soul mate had sold his soul to the devil.  Sometimes a buried treasure is best left alone.

Vigilante Witch Hunter is a new and interesting take on fortune telling.  I found this book to be well written and very fun to read.  The only thing that disappointed me was the ending.  It seemed that the author ran out of idea`s and just through something together that confused me and really let me down.  I recommend this book for anybody looking for something new.

Outskirts Press, Inc.

Gary Turcotte

Dark Side of the Morgue By Raymond Benson


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Written By: Raymond Benson

Published By: Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc. First Edition

Soft Cover, 305 pages

From The Back Cover: Musicians in progressive rock bands in Chicago are being murdered–one by one.  The local police have no clues, but several of the musicians who fear they’re next on the hit list claim that the killer is a ghost from the past–a woman who was reported missing and presumed dead for over thirty years!.  The Rockin’ Security team is called into action.  Spike and his partner, Suzanne Prescott, travel to Chicago to investigate the case, only to find that no one wants to talk.  As Spike digs deeper, he begins to unearth a lode of deadly secrets involving sex, psychedelic drugs, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll.  And it isn’t long before the private detective becomes a pawn in a very dangerous game.

Dark Side of the Morgue is a well written crime thriller that was easy to read, with a flowing story.  I found that the book had a slow start but it picked up not to far along.  I also found it hard to keep track of all the band names and who played with who and on which bands; I spent a lot of time at the front of the book rereading the Chicagoprog Family Tree.  One of the things that I didn’t like about this story was at about 1/3 of the way through the book, the author gives you a good clue as to who the killer is and I was pretty sure (that early on) who the killer was; it was a bit of a let down.  I would recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of crime thrillers.

Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc.

Raymond Benson