Adult Non-Fiction

Mastering the art of Japanese home cooking

Mastering the art of Japanese home cooking Book Cover

If you have ever visited Japan, or plan to, this cookbook will give you a glimpse into the culinary tastes of Japanese cooking. The recipes and techniques are paired with pictures of the delicious foods. My personal favorite is Yaki Onigiri. Yaki Onigiri is simply grilled rice balls. They are delicious!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Book Cover

"A tidy house is a tidy mind" - I couldn't agree with this more! As a mother of two young children, my life is often chaotic and messy, leaving me feeling out of control and mentally unorganized. Thanks to this book, I have a sustainable lifestyle free of excess clutter. I try my best to only keep items that spark joy or are useful, including kitchen items, my wardrobe, books, art supplies...everything! This book has taught me to be a more conscious consumer and allows me to come home at the end of a long day to a peaceful and inviting home. I truly believe living by the principles in this book can change your life!

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying Book Cover

Although this memoir was heart wrenchingly sad in parts, there were as many beautiful day to day moments included that made it very enjoyable at the same time. I was so impressed with the author’s ability to show humor and gratitude for life while going through treatment for terminal cancer. For me it was a thought provoking book that helped me gain even more appreciation for the importance of family, friends and ordinary moments.

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home

Lemongrass, ginger and mint Vietnamese cookbook : classic Vietnamese restaurant favorites at home Book Cover

I have hunted for a long time for a recipe that does justice to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Illinois. The Grilled Pork Banh Mi (page 92) and Carrot and Daikon Pickles (page 91) recipes have come the closest! Plus, they are fairly easy and quick. As our tradition, before dinner, you must have a Vietnamese Coffee (page 176).

Howl : of woman and wolf

Howl : of woman and wolf Book Cover

Local author, raised in Summit Park and currently lives in Salt Lake City. Bird shares her intimate thoughts about her relationship with wolves.

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy Book Cover

A must read for those interested in the social economic struggles of the Midwest and Bible Belt of the United States.

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Book Cover

A classic cookbook for every kitchen – as sacred as your grandma’s church cookbook. I go back to this book often to look up foods that I’m not familiar with in the “Know Your Ingredients” section – and to compare recipes if I’m trying something new. If I don’t use it for a while and go back to it, I always think – why didn’t I look this up in the Joy of Cooking!? One of my favorite recipes is Brownies Cockaigne (page 762) – which has been in every edition since the original in 1931.

Cooking Light Global Kitchen

Cooking Light Global Kitchen Book Cover

A beautiful cookbook that might inspire you to expand your home menu. This book is full of pictures and a variety of foods, which is an essential for a good cookbook. When done you are done browsing through this cookbook, you are bound to have a couple of recipes to try! The Shrimp Fried Rice (page 33) is a now a frequent dish at our house.

Slow Medicine

Slow Medicine Book Cover

The title “Slow Medicine” intrigued me so much that I checked this book out and read it in two days. It’s a quick read mostly about the author’s journey through medical school and how she comes to the conclusion that the patient has a story to tell in addition to the quick infusion of drugs that may or may not help with the recovery of the disease or illness. Slow medicine is just that: slowing down the medicine and understanding the patient’s whole story. Sometimes the body just needs rest to recover. One reviewer wrote: "This book left me pondering how have we moved so far away from the physical exam and lasting doctor-patient relationships. Slow medicine is the medicine of the future.” I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Very interesting about the healthcare industry as well.

Baking with the Cake Boss

Baking with the Cake Boss Book Cover

Turn your kitchen into a DIY Carlo’s Bakery! This cookbook ranges from beautiful pictures of cookies alongside recipes to how to pipe frosting. While some of the cookies were a little too tedious to make for my taste, just skip to making the cakes. I used both the Vanilla and Chocolate Cake along with the Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipes to make my own wedding cakes! If you are not a baker, throw together a cake from a box and perfect a frosting from this book – everyone will love it!