Adult Non-Fiction

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!

Big Magic

Big Magic Book Cover

If you are looking for some inspiration to get creative, this is the book for you! I couldn’t put it down, and this book has inspired me to let my creative side lead the way, and not let fear drive my life. You will not regret reading this!

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time

What I found in a thousand towns : a traveling musician’s guide to rebuilding America’s communities–one coffee shop, dog run, and open-mike night at a time Book Cover

Pertinent for anyone who is interested in Community Development, good and bad. Unusual point of view from a professional musician on the road. Includes a chapter on Moab, Utah!

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world Book Cover

"The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women." – Washington Post --- I enjoyed the way Hirshman intertwined the lives and careers of these two amazing women during the 70’s race discrimination and discrimination of women. There was quite a bit of legal detail analysis throughout although the author made it readable for the layman. There is humor along with case histories and very real accounting of their lives. I would recommend this book.


Tribe Book Cover

Originally written as an article in the Vanity Fair, Junger expands his thoughts of what it means to be part of a tribe in past and current societies. In times of great peril, typically during war times, human societies have found more connection and a deeper sense of self and place. Junger examines this phenomenon and further dives into current issues facing society locally and globally. At times this book made me feel sad, uncomfortable, reflective, shocked, and deeply moved. Junger pushes his readers to analyze the meaning of our lives and our communities we live in. One of my top reads of 2016!

Crochet the perfect gift

Crochet the perfect gift Book Cover

This is a great book on how to create crochet gifts. The instructions are easy to read and quick to make. If you’re looking for a more intricate level of crochet, there are patterns to fit any skill level.

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project Book Cover

Rubin's personal story traces a year of experiential techniques to cultivate a happier life. Breaking her project, and book chapters, into themes by month, the reader follows her development as she incorporates and applies a variety of approaches in her quest for contentment. Written from a position of privilege, its natural to question how universally applicable her message may be; nevertheless, you'll find yourself cheerier during, and hopefully after, this read!