eclairs

European chef and eclair boutique owner Christophe Adam shares the secrets, tips and techniques for making professional looking gourmet eclair pastries at home in his colorfully illustrated guidebook, “Eclairs: Easy, Elegant & Modern Recipes” (www.robertrose.ca)

There are more than 500 photos illustrating step by step instructions for creating more than a dozen different eclair varieties, from classic chocolate topped to Hazlenut Praline, Pistachio Orange, Raspberry, Black Currant and Chocolate Coconut. Any home baker looking for their next creative challenge needs search no further than Adam’s guide to an array of filled eclair pastries that are luscious, colorful and oh-so-tempting.

Eclairs: Easy, Elegant & Modern Recipes by Christophe Adam…Gotta Love It! 

home

If you are considering investing in your first home, condo or townhouse, there is a great guide available called “My First Home” , authored by Shashank Shekhar with Richa Sarin (www.MyFirstHomeTheBook.com).

My First Home presents an wealth of straightforward and easy to understand information regarding all the ins and outs of buying your first home, with topics ranging from securing a mortgage, making an offer, and creative ways to finance the down payment. Virtually any question you may have about becoming real estate savvy and avoiding first-timer pitfalls are included in this very informative book.

“My First Home” by Shashank Shekhar with Richa Sarin – Gotta Love It!

giants

Artist Eric Messinger has introduced a unique new offering to the coloring book genre that is definitely not limited to kids. His Dominion of Giants Coloring Book: Behemoths of The Fantasy World from Fox Chapel Publishing (www.foxchapelpublishing.com) enables budding artists to enter the magical world inhabited by fierce and often grotesque-looking colossal humanoid creatures.

The book’s first section offers invaluable tips and tricks on coloring techniques that can bring each illustration to life, and there are more than 60 pages of intricate and fascinating creatures for the coloring pleasure of kids – and fantasy enthusiasts – of all ages.

Dominion of Giants Coloring Book by Eric Messinger – Gotta Love It!

squeeze

The recently released Squeeze Life by Karliin Brooks , founder of the healthy lifestyle company  The Squeeze Juice, based in New York City (www.skyhorsepublishing.com) provides the reader with more than 100 non-conventional food, juice and smoothie recipes designed to detoxify and well as energize.

The colorful photography is bright and sensual and the recipes are written in a raunchy, tongue-in-cheek style that will make you smile! If you are going to fuel your body, why not fuel it with nutrient-dense, vegan ingredients that power you up without weighing you down.  Suggestions for energizing 3-day cleanses are also included that can help you lose up to 5 pounds in just 7 days. You’ll be ready to fill up your basket at your local Farmer’s Market after reviewing the tantalizing and sensual recipes presented in this hip guidebook that will have you transforming Mother Nature’s best products into food, smoothie and juice creations.

Squeeze Life by Karliin Brooks – Gotta Love It!

 

buttercream

If you believe that cakes are an essential part of any celebration, you owe it to yourself to investigate Carey Madden’s new release, “Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating” (www.robertrose.ca).

Madden has great credentials for writing a beautifully  illustrated tutorial about the art of buttercream cake decorating. She is the owner of Philadelphia’s celebrated Violet bakery. This book offers a wonderful step by step guide to becoming your kitchen’s own bakery artist, starting with the basics of whipping up buttercream frosting and then progressing through the various levels of expertise until you are ready to create fantastic looking cakes and decorated cupcakes for any occasion!

Buttercream Basics by Carey Madden – Gotta Love It! 

diabetes

If you or another person in the household has diabetes, there’s no need to make separate meals. Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus have gathered 150 nutritious, delicious recipes into their newly released “Everyday Diabetes Meals” (www.robertrose.ca) that everyone can enjoy.

Chickpea Salad with Savory Greek Yogurt Dressing,  Chicken Marsala, Baked Seafood Scampi and Fiesta Eggs Benedict are just a few of the 150 dishes  that will help diabetic patients improve their blood sugar management and overall health, and the tastebuds of their non-diabetic partners feeling satisfied. The majority of the featured recipes make two servings for immediate enjoyment, or you can enjoy one portion and refrigerate the other for another meal. Detailed nutritional profiles are provided with each recipe, along with tips for making variations. You don’t have to be diabetic to enjoy “Everyday Diabetes Meals”, with recipes that are quick and easy to make using fresh ingredients and worthy of being on some of the finest restaurant menus!

Everyday Diabetes Meals by Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus – Gotta Love It!

rooster

Red Rooster The Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  is an unabashed love letter to the people, culture and cuisine found in Harlem, New York. (www.hmhco.com).

Chef Marcus Samuelsson interweaves the story of his immigration to the Harlem melting pot of African, Caribbean and Spanish-Americans and how he created a gathering place for showcasing this neighborhood’s unique cuisine, a soul food that draws from numerous cultures and generations. The recipes showcased are anything but ordinary, featuring  a blend of Southern, African and Caribbean favorites, including goat stew, fried green tomatoes, chocolate gravy over ham buns and the all-time breakfast favorite, Chicken and Waffles. This unique cookbook is the next best thing to visiting Harlem in person.

Red Rooster The Cookbook:  The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson – Gotta Love It!

pillow2

Considering that we spend about one-third of our lives in bed, it makes good sense to have the most comfortable pillow possible to ensure a restful night’s sleep. We recently had the pleasure of testing out a Mountain Air Organic Beds Shredded Rubber Pillow Deluxe (www.MountainairOrganicBeds.com) and am happy to report that this pillow took us to dreamland faster than any other pillow brand we have tried!

The rubber filling is a mix of 100% natural latex and organic latex scraps from the cuttings left over from Mountain Air Organic Beds mattresses and is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. This pillow is dust mite resistant and bugs simply can’t breed in it. We liked the density of the filling, the temperature of the pillow felt comfortable throughout the night, and we didn’t have to keep readjusting the pillow in order to feel comfortable. Unlike other pillows that left us with a stiff neck, we awoke every morning with no neck tension.

This high quality pillow comes with its own washable cover made from certified organic cotton knit fabric. So if you are still tossing and turning on a lumpy pillow that’s seen better days, you owe it to yourself to give Mountain Air Organic Beds Shredded Rubber Pillow Deluxe a try and treat yourself to a refreshing and restorative night’s sleep. Check out Mountain Air Organic Beds’ full line of organic mattresses and bedding on their website, all built for comfort, longevity and a restful night’s sleep.

Mountain Air Organic Beds Shredded Rubber Pillow Deluxe – Gotta Love It!

rumorang

Inundated with opportunities to share all types of information through social media, children today may find it challenging to keep a secret or to not tell everything they know.

Janice Brown’s clever story “Rumorang” (www.rumorangbook.com), beautifully illustrated  by Lane Raichert, shows exactly the troubles that can ensue when kids spread comments to one another that are meant to be kept secret. This is a wonderful modern retelling of the old “whisper down the alley” game, where hurt feelings and plenty of confusion can result when everybody tends to tell everything they know, or at least retell what they think they heard. This charming book has good lessons to learn on many levels and is a great teaching tool for parents and kids to share.

Rumorang by Janice Brown — Gotta Love It!

sneaky-chef

If peanut butter is on the do not eat list for you or other family members due to allergies or other health concerns, Sneaky Chef (www.sneakychef.com) offers you an amazing alternative that mimics the taste and spreadability of authentic peanut butter.

Sneaky Chef creamy NO-NUT Butter has the same spreadability and savory mouth-feel of traditional peanut butter, but contains absolutely no nut products of any kind. The secret ingredient it uses to create this amazing tasting PB replica is golden peas. Sneaky Chef makes it possible for peanut and nut allergy sufferers to enjoy PB&J sandwiches again using this creamy and delicious NO-NUT spread.

Sneaky Chef Creamy NO-NUT Butter  –Gotta Love It!