Review of The Geeky Chef Drinks

The Geeky Chef Drinks:Unofficial Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More by [Reeder, Cassandra]

The Geeky Chef Drinks

Cassandra Reeder

Racepoint Publishing

Quarto Publishing Group

October 23, 2018

BlurbFeaturing nerdy recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, The Geeky Chef Drinks is your chance to sip your way through your favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds—Game of ThronesLegend of ZeldaStar Trek, and more. Continue reading


Review of The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book

The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book: 80 Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes You'll Want to Wake Up For by [Horn, Nadine, Mayer, Jörg]


The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book

80 Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Want to Wake Up For

Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer

The Experiment

October 30, 2018

Blurb80 delicious, healthful, and diverse vegan breakfasts to plant-ify your mornings

Breakfast is a key part of a balanced and nourished day—but for vegans it can also be the hardest meal to enjoy. Traditional breakfast fare is often loaded with animal products, leaving few options besides fruit and basic grains. But with The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book, vegans will have a new reason to say “good morning” thanks to these satisfying, nutritious, and flavorful recipes to start every day, whether you’re looking for something… Continue reading

Review of Eat Feel Fresh

Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary, Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook by [Ketabi, Sahara Rose]


Eat Feel Fresh

Sahara Rose Ketabi


October 2, 2018

Blurb: Bring your body into balance with over 100 healing recipes for a modern Ayurvedic lifestyle.

The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal–but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Continue reading

Review of The Nightmare Before Dinner

The Nightmare Before Dinner:Recipes to Die For: The Beetle House Cookbook by [Neil, Zach]

The Nightmare Before Dinner

Zach Neil

Race Point Publishing

The Quarto Publishing Group

October 16, 2018

BlurbGet your goth on with 60+ recipes from Beetle House restaurant, where “every day is Halloween” and guests indulge in a deadly delicious menu inspired by the works of Tim Burton and all things dark and lovely.
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Review of Simply Bento

Simply Bento

Yuko and Noriko

October 9, 2018

Quarto Publishing Group

Race Point Publishing

BlurbFrom the creators of the website Japanese Cooking 101, Simply Bento is a complete collection of over 140 delicious and healthy bento recipes for everyone in the family. 

Ready to make lunch quick, easy, and tasty? Japanese bento boxes are single-portion packed lunches, perfect for anyone looking to save money and eat a balanced, satisfying meal for lunch every single day.

Simply Bento features 140+ healthy and delicious bento recipes—including mains and sides—that you can make every day of the week, using a combination of traditional and non-traditional ingredients. Learn about different types of bento boxes and accessories, how to assemble your box, and everyday items you will need in your pantry, as well as how to plan ahead so that your morning prep is a breeze.

Simply Bento shows you the finer points of bento-making, and there is something for everyone:

  • Classic Japanese Bento
  • Sandwich Bento
  • Sushi and Onigiri Bento
  • Noodle Bento
  • Popular Japanese Bento
  • 10-Minute Bento
  • Rice and Grain Bowl Bento
  • Low-Carb Bento
  • Vegan Bento
  • Bento for Special Occasions (including for the first day of school and Halloween!)
  • Bento at Home

So, if you’re in the mood for Chicken TeriyakiRamenShrimp Avocado Pasta SaladCauliflower Fried RiceFalafelSweet and Sour MeatballsTempura, or Chicken Nuggets (for the kids), Simply Bento has the recipes—plus much more!


The duo behind the popular website Japanese Cooking 101 have written a cookbook concentrating on bento box meals. If you’d like to see their trailer for the book, click here.

I am always excited about trying new recipes especially for lunches (and breakfasts, snacks, and dinner, you get the drift–food!). The great thing about the recipes in Simply Bento is that they have been created for the individual who might not have ready access to a microwave at lunchtime and are intended to be eaten at room temperature.

The different sections, presented in the blurb above, show that bento boxes can be made for a variety of diets as well as for occasions and meal types. Some recipes are geared toward a more adult palate, while some, like chicken nuggets and mini-pizzas, are for kids (or big kids). And vegans and vegetarians are not overlooked, as they so frequently are in most cookbooks. The authors are quick to point out that substitutions are encouraged.

In the introduction, the authors acknowledge that bento boxes are probably a bit more time-consuming than throwing a sandwich together, but they are prepared with the well-being of the family in mind. After glancing at the mouth-watering pictures that accompany the recipes, it is obvious that the boxes are designed to be well-balanced with attention given to almost all food groups.

Non-traditional recipes, such as hot dogs, falafel, and pizza, are included next to traditional recipes.

As a vegetarian, I always look to see how recipes geared toward omnivores can be adapted for me. Most of the recipes in Simply Bento can be made for vegetarians and vegans with a substitution here or there. A lot of the vegetable side dishes need no substitutions. and plus there are recipes for different vegetable pickles (I love pickled vegetables).

Besides the huge variety of recipes, the authors also discuss the types of bento boxes to use, pantry essentials, ingredients, and accessories. If you’re new to bento boxes, like me, all of this information is necessary and so welcome.

I am practically salivating over some of these recipes and can’t wait to try them!

Simply Bento goes on sale October 9. You can pre-order here:

Simply Bento


I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-butterflies

4 butterflies out of 5 butterflies


Review of No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete

Matt Frazier

Quarto Publishing Group

Fair Winds Press

October 2, 2018

BlurbNo Meat Athlete is the plant-based guide you need to perform at your very best, from starting block to finish line.

No Meat Athlete combines proven training planseasy yet innovative recipes, and motivational stories into a unique fitness guide, healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer. The guide is perfect for all athletes, from beginner to elite, who want to enjoy the health benefits of a meatless lifestyle. Continue reading

Review of The New Vegetarian South


The New Vegetarian South

Jennifer Brule

The University of North Carolina Press

September 17, 2018

Blurb: In this enlightening cookbook, chef Jennifer Brule brings southern-style food together with plant-based approaches to eating. Her down-to-earth style and 105 recipes will immediately appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike. These dishes are also a boon for those who simply love southern food and want to learn more about options for flexitarian eating. Brule deliciously demystifies meat substitutes and flavors up familiar vegetables. Imagine vegetarian barbecue: Brule’s recipe for spicing, saucing, and oven-roasting jackfruit offers a robustly tasty alternative to pulled pork. Tofu is the perfect base for crispy Southern Fried Buttermilk Nuggets, and cauliflower beautifully fills in for shrimp in a Cajun-inspired etouffee. Continue reading