Book Review

Hungry Hikers Book of Good Cooking

Fan of backpacking? A paddler who sleeps by the river? Have friends who are fans of backpacking? Load your gear up in a car and drive to a state park to sleep on an air mattress but want to rock the backpacker vibe? Have I gotta book for you – Hungry Hiker’s Book Of …

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What I’m Reading

by frannybolsa on April 10, 2013

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I just finished Lunch In Paris: A Love Story With Recipes. My favorite kind of book. Author, Elizabeth Bard shares her story of giving up everything in the name of love. She finds herself in Paris with a man, no job, halting French skills, a market and a kitchen. She cooks her way into finding […]


Books To Read

by frannybolsa on February 27, 2013

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Weight Of Silence

This book had me holding my breath. A young girl. Years without speaking. She disappears into a wide and tangled woods. A mother waiting in fear. And the the daughter returns. She utters one word and the world tilts again. < This book by Tara French tells the story of Cassie Maddox, an …


Books to Read

by frannybolsa on January 30, 2013

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ready player one

Ready Player One totally sucked me in on a cold Saturday. Set in a dismal, bleak future Earth, a massive online game is the source of most of the world’s education, happiness, and community. One trailer park teenage boy sets out on a quest to find a real world fortune hidden deep within the game. […]


Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

by frannybolsa on October 26, 2012

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Animal Vegetable Miracle

I just finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. You may recognize her name as the author of PoisonWood Bible She shares an honest, elegant and humor filled story of her family’s journey to live out something they value for one year. Leaving behind a home in Arizona, they pack […]


Fried Yucca

by frannybolsa on September 19, 2012

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A few of my friends got me The Truck Food Cookbook by John T. Edge for my birthday. Because they fully support my food obsession. It is filled with stories of entrepreneurial super-heros, locavore dining, food politics and tricked out trucks. Most importantly – there’s page after page of bonkers yummy good food. I made […]


Book Review: An Everlasting Meal

by frannybolsa on August 8, 2012

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everlasting meal book cover

I have read Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace three times. It’s been highlighted and underlined. The words of Tamar Adler are rustic, elegant, and chosen with care. Grace: We used to say it around the table growing up. Joining hands. Bowing heads Poking my brother under the table Saying thank you. …


Summer Reading

by frannybolsa on June 29, 2012

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Thought I’d share a few of the books from my Summer Reading List (which is invented as I go) I do a reverse list – I read and if it’s a keeper it goes on the list. Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan. One mans journey to eat local begins an exploration of […]


Cookbook Love: Handheld Pies

by frannybolsa on June 20, 2012

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cookbook cover

I heard the siren call of a bookstore. I walked out pie-eyed with a new cookbook in hand. My kitchen has been full of happy endings. Pie endings. That fit in your hand. Handheld pies by Sarah Billingsly and Rachel Wharton. It’s filled with sweet and savory scrumptiousness in perfect palm sized proportions. It’s so […]


Homeschooling: A Book Review

by frannybolsa on May 28, 2012

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homeschool book

Earlier this year I went to my very first blogging conference. I was saved from wandering aimlessly in a sea of strangers by a group of ladies who had staked out a patch of carpet. Tiffany Manly of Sweet Phenomena was one of those friendly faces who invited me to hang out, chat and laugh […]

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