Just in time for Father’s Day comes “The Father of all Dad Guides: from (A)doring to (Z)addy” by Madeleine Davies and Tara Jacoby (www.stmartins.com).

This humorous volume, accompanied by very creative and clever illustrations, will have both dads and daughters and sons laughing as they try to determine which of more than two dozen father “types” the dads in their lives are – whether they be fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers or fathers-in-law.

“The Father of All Dad Guides” – Gotta Love It!




If you ever wanted first-class, VIP access to all of the background activity and preparation required to make a Hollywood movie, “Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie” by Meredith Jordan (www.belowthelinebook.com).

This book offers a fascinating insiders look at all of the work, preparation, effort and activity required to produce and shoot the movie “Last Vegas”, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro and Morgan Freeman. As a movie-goer, it’s easy to quickly consider oneself an instant film critic, but “Below the Line” really demonstrates the enormous amount of details that are required months and even years before the cameras start rolling or the audience is finally reading the ending credits and giving the movie their mental rating. Great summer reading for any film buff!

“Below the Line” by Meredith Jordan – Gotta Love It!

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When making breakfast or brunch favorites this summer, check out the array of Pereg All-Natural, Gluten Free, Non-GMO flours (www.pereg-gourmet.com) to give a creative twist to your quiche, pancake, crepe and baked good specialties.

Pereg offers a line-up of eight unique flour varieties, including almond (pictured above), buckwheat, chickpea, banana, coconut, quinoa, teff and plantain.  These multi-purpose flours provide home chefs with a healthful, delicious, gluten-free alternative to wheat flour for all of your favorite recipes.


Pereg Multi-Purpose, Gluten-free Flours – Gotta Love It!


Summer is the perfect time to get reacquainted with Laffy Taffy (www.laffytaffy.com), that sweet and stretchy candy delighting kids of all ages since 1971.

An array of delicious fruit flavors, including strawberry, cherry, sour apple, watermelon and blue raspberry come in three sizes (minis, ropes and stretchy & tangy bars large enough to share). As if the juicy taste wasn’t enough to keep you smiling, every wrapper also comes with jokes to amuse yourself and your friends. Laffy Taffy is the perfect treat to include in lunch bags, backpacks, lockers and picnic baskets this summer.

Laffy Taffy – Gotta Love It!




Food can be your best medicine, whether you have diabetes, excess weight, high blood pressure or other chronic condition. But it can prove challenging to create fresh and delicious healthy meals for yourself and your family. Even if you can’t afford to have a personal chef in your kitchen, you can afford Healthy Meals Supreme (www.healthymealssupreme.com), a home delivery service that allows you to customize a week’s worth of breakfast, luncheon and dinner entrees that will enable you to savor healthy meals, save time and contribute to your good health.

We recently tried out  Healthy Meals Supreme breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert offerings for a week and found them not only perfectly seasoned and easy to prepare in the microwave, they came out tasting as through a chef had just created them. We savored Denver omelette and zucchini frittata for breakfasts, and enjoyed Creole Shrimp, Keto Stuffed Grass-Fed Meatballs, Pecan Crusted Tilapia, and Chicken Provencal for lunch and dinner. And for our sweet tooth, coconut lemon balls and pecan pie proved very satisfying. 

Your order arrives via FedEx chilled, with each meal packaged in a microwaveable bag. They keep up to 7 days in the refrigerator and you heat and enjoy as needed. There are four different Culinary Medicine inspired meal plans to choose from (Fitness, Simply Healthy, Lose Weight and Chronic Conditions), you’re not locked into a subscription ,and meals are currently specially priced at 20% off! It’s easy to order online or call 1-888-422-6325.

Healthy Meals Supreme – Gotta Love it!


With the official start of the summer season just a few weeks away, we recommend an excellent addition to your library of cookbook volumes that celebrates one of the American South’s favorite stonefruits – peaches!

“Just Peachy” by Belinda Smith-Sullivan (www.gibbs-smith.com) offers a wide array of excellent ways to enjoy peaches beyond summer and way beyond desserts. The initial chapters tell you everything you could ever want to know about this luscious and delicious fruit offering, with following chapters devoted to soups, sides, sauces, main entrees, desserts and beverages, both cocktail and non-alcoholic. We guarantee you’ll be reaching for this beautifully illustrated volume on a year-round basis, but it’s the perfect way to kick off your summer repertoire of appealing recipes.

“Just Peachy” by Belinda Smith-Sullivan – Gotta Love It!


If you don’t have a backyard to plant an herb garden, or have the kitchen counterspace to grow potted herbs indoors, Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices (www.gourmetgarden.com) is the convenient way to always have fresh herbs and spices at the ready.

At home chefs have their choice of stir-in pastes that last in the refrigerator for up to three months, or tubs of lightly dried herbs that stay fresh for up to 4 weeks. There are a dozen varieties of stir-in pastes, including chunky garlic, basil, Italian herbs, ginger and Thai,  along with half a dozen lightly dried varieties, including chili pepper, ginger, parsley and chives. Find Gourmet Garden herbs and spices in the fresh produce section of your local supermarket. They are great to add seasoning and flavor to everything from omelettes and salad dressings to soups, chip dips, guacamole and casseroles.


Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices — Gotta Love It!


If there is a new mom in your family this Mother’s Day, introduce them to the wonderful line-up of organic baby wellness products from Wellements (www.wellements.com).

Organic-Vitamin-D-Drops_progressiveIn addition to vitamins and minerals, there are a wide array of remedies that have no parbens, alcohol, dyes,  or unnecessary preservatives or artificial fragrances. Whether baby needs Gripe Water for fussiness, a multi-vitamin to ensure healthy growth, or a soothing balm to heal diaper rash, Wellements offers a solution that gives mothers peace of mind. These quality products make great Mother’s Day and baby shower gifts!

Wellements Organic Baby Wellness Products – Gotta Love It!


If mom, mother-in-law or grandmother is an animal lover, Dr. Mark Goldstein’s very entertaining “Lions and tigers and Hamsters” book  (www.hcibooks.com)is being released next week, just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving!

The former head of the Boston and Los Angeles Zoos and long-time veterinarian recounts many of the funny, exciting, dangerous and heartfelt experiences he has had with animals of all kinds throughout his more than four-decade career, from beloved house pets to exotic and wild animals.  Goldstein does more than just tell a good story, he thoughtfully examines the importance that animals of all kind have in our lives and what they can teach us!

“Lions and TIgers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love and Humanity” by Mark Goldstein, DVM – Gotta Love It!


It’s often said that if you want the same results as someone you envy or admire, emulate what they do and how they act. “Wealth Made Easy: Millionaires and Billionaires Help You Crack the Code to Getting Rich” by Dr. Greg Reid with Gary M. Krebs (www.benbellabooks.com) offers practical and valuable information given by those who are prospering financially.

This guidebook to joining the ranks of the super-rich features 74 short and very informative “hacks” to help you improve your financial picture, showcasing a wide range of real-life examples from individuals and the companies they built into financial prosperous enterprises. This book makes a great graduation gift, but it’s a helpful guide for anyone at any age because it’s never too late to stimulate a mogul mindset and start building wealth.

“Wealth Made Easy” by Dr. Greg Reid with Gary M. Krebs – Gotta Love It!