[Cookbook Review] Hot Italian Dish @GottiVictoria @WmMorrowBks #Cookbook #Recipes

Hot Italian Dish: A Cookbook by Victoria Gotti

Genre: Cookbook

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: April 11, 2006

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

My Thoughts

Growin up, I’ve had the good fortune of eating some really good homecooked Italian food.  So good, I tried convincing my friend’s nonna to adopt me.  It’s so hard to find good authentic Italian cuisine, and of course, whenever you try replicating nonna’s recipe it never quite tastes the same.  So when I stumbled across this book back when it was published (in 2006), and saw a recipe on how to make Italian ice cream (Gelato) and Tiramisu, I had to have it.

I’m almost ashamed to say it, but despite having this book for many years I’ve only attempted some of the recipes recently! I’m a big pasta lover, so my hubby decided to surprise me and the kids by making gnocchi.  Not only was it delicious, but it was very easy to make..so my husband says.  I’ve gone through some of the other recipes and found them to be tasty yet simple.  If you love Italian food like I do, you would enjoy the recipes in this book. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Do you like Italian food? What’s your favourite dish?


[Review] The Recipe Hacker Confidential by Diana Keuilian #GlutenFree #SoyFree #DairyFree @RHealthyRecipes @BenBellaBooks

I’d like to thank Netgalley & BenBella Books.  I received a copy of this cookbook in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I’m not perfect-not at eating healthy or anything else!

Since I live a soy free, nut free and gluten free life, it can sometimes be a challenge to prep meals or find recipes that can accommodate our food restrictions/allergies.

As soon as I saw this book, I was intrigued and knew I wanted to get my hands on it.

To be honest, I usually skim through the introduction. Sometimes I don’t even bother reading it and jump right into the recipes.  However, this was one of the few cookbooks where I actually took an interest to the author and read the intro.  I love that Diana is an everyday mom like myself.  She’s not a health freak, doctor or someone with a list of nutrition degrees.  She’s just a regular person who happens to know and appreciate good food.  I’m a foodie, so delicious meals and desserts are a must which can be tough when it comes to gluten-free goodies.  I’ve come across quite a few unsuccessful gluten-free recipes lately, so this book was perfect! Since I also happen to have a 4 year old who’s a picky eater, he was the perfect person to put these recipes to the test.

The best part about this book is that the recipes are very easy to follow. No training necessary.  Even my 10 year old can do it!

I’m not technical and I use the least amount of precision necessary.

 Some favourites were:

• Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

• Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

• 3 Ingredient Pancakes

•Garlic Herb Chicken Tenders 

•Crispy Fish

•Vanilla pudding

Whether you have food allergies like me, or you’re looking to make a healthier change in your diet, I would recommend checking out this book!

Diana Keuilian is passionate about creating wholesome versions of your favorite foods. She removes the gluten, dairy, soy, grains and cane sugar from traditional comfort food recipes like cake, tacos, cookies, waffles, enchiladas and more. This hobby propelled her to start the popular blog, RealHealthyRecipes.com, where she shares hundreds of delicious recipes and mouthwatering photos. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two young children.


Cookbook Review| Blue Moon Vegan by Paula Marie Coomer & Jan Calvert

I received a copy of this cookbook in exchange for an honest review.


In Blue Moon Vegan, Paula Marie Coomer partners with baker Jan Calvert to raise the culinary bar with over one hundred original recipes, all of which are based on plant derived ingredients and are also gluten-free. Ranging from luscious side dishes to scrumptious breads, snacks, pastries, and innovative main courses, these easy to follow recipes will inspire both new and experienced vegans as well as omnivores looking to add a few meatless meals to the menu. The book also includes dozens of pages of nutrition and cooking information, based on Coomer’s background in nursing, Calvert’s experience running her own gluten-free  bakery, and their mutual struggle with gluten intolerance.  

My Rating


My Thoughts
Having been on a Vegan diet at one point in my life, and currently going gluten-free, I was immediately intrigued by this book.  Back when I was a Vegan, the first cookbook I bought was Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr. This book reminded me of that.    It was informative.  Perfect for those just starting out, not knowing where or how to start.  It includes information on the vegan diet and choosing different gluten-free flours.

You don’t have to be Vegan to enjoy some of these lovely recipes! If you’re a fan of the Frappucino like myself, then you’ll love the Toasted Coconut Mocha Frappucino

My kids love popcorn..especially Caramel corn.  So I decided to whip up a batch of Agave Caramel Corn.   My kids are tough critics, so I really wasn’t sure weather this would be a hit or a thumbs down.  Turns out, it was a total hit!

Whether you’re a Vegan, on a gluten-free diet or trying to live a healthier lifestyle, then this is a great book full of easy recipes with beautiful photos.  

Wanna try it out for yourself? Here’s where to find it:



Barnes & Noble


About the Authors

 Paula Marie Coomer is a former public health nurse who was raised in the tradition of folk medicine and who for many years has studied the relationship between food and health. A poet and fiction writer, she is also the author of such literary works as Nurses who Love English (poems), and the wellNregarded novel Dove Creek, among others. A second novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky, is forthcoming in 2015 from Booktrope. Ms. Coomer lives at the mouth of Hell’s Canyon in southeast Washington State and teaches writing at Washington State University. Find out more at www.paulamariecoomer.com  

 Jan Calvert is a former high school band director who now owns and operates Bridge Baking Company in Lewiston, Idaho. She has made significant contributions toward raising regional awareness about glutenNintolerance and in helping people transition to a glutenNfree diet. Her baked goods are in high demand and are only surpassed by her friendly and caring attitude toward her customers.