Reading

French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé, inspires gracious hospitality

French Roots: Two cooks, two countries & the beautiful food along the way (list price $35 U.S. / $41.00 CAN) is a book (of cooking essays and recipes) that works like a time-traveling magic carpet to transport me between the San Francisco Bay Area and Bordeaux, sometimes to both places and multiple years at once. The authors …

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A review of "Meat and Potatoes" by Rahm Fama

Meat and Potatoes: Simple Recipes that Sizzle and Sear, promises to deliver “52 irresistible, simple meals,” along with knowledge (about meat and cast-iron cookery) “to help you upgrade your dishes.” Each meal plan offers a meat (of course) main dish with 2 complimentary sides–one starch and one veggie. For example: Pastrami Flank Steak, Potato Pancakes …

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If You Want to Succeed in a Restaurant Venture, Follow the Advice in "Restaurant Success By The Numbers"

Level-headed, business-minded entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the restaurant business today, should read Restaurant Success by the Numbers. For more than 20 years I’ve been married to a (successful but now retired) chef and restaurateur, and I can confidently say that if more owners paid attention to all the important factors in this book, more …

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Review of "Spain: Recipes and Traditions," a cookbook by Jeff Koehler; plus a Tomato Marmalade Recipe

I recommend this cookbook to: people who have visited Spain, fallen in love with the food and culture of its various regions, who want a coffee-table picture book, with extremely authentic recipes to help them relive their experience. Also, for anyone who can’t afford to go to Spain, who wants a tour of all its …

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Carol Bodensteiner

Carol Bodensteiner, author of the historical novel "Go Away Home" offers media marketing tips to writers. 

Welcome to another post in my series about published writers who help other writers. Click here to access my series about writers who blog about writing.  Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the Midwest. After a successful career in public relations consulting (she is professionally accredited by the Public …

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Meet Kathleen Pooler: a Memoir Writer who inspires Hope

Published writers who blog about the writing life are a great resource for those who hope to be published. Click here to access my series about writers who blog about writing.  Meet Kathleen Pooler, a retired family nurse practitioner whose hope-inspiring memoir will be published on July 28. Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse will be available …

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Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Hershey Showalter

Meet Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

I am pleased and privileged to introduce you to one of my new favorite authors, Shirley Hershey Showalter. I encourage you to read her memoir Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, to gain insight into the Mennonite culture and the values it instills in its members– generosity, kindness, empathy and a commitment to living well …

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Meet Richard Gilbert, author of Shepherd: a Memoir

 Not only is Richard Gilbert an accomplished writer (author of Shepherd: a memoir) and a writing instructor (at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio), he also publishes a blog which can help you learn to write better. Intermediate and advanced writers of creative non-fiction can learn to write more engaging, thoughtful, readable prose by subscribing to, Richard’s instructive blog for writers …

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