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Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

[ 138 ] January 31, 2015 |

My Favorite Mexican Cookbook

Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Truly Mexican is my favorite Mexican cookbook. The recipes are obviously by a great chef but the book teaches as you cook. The pictures are phenomenal and this is a large oversized hardcover book that you can display proudly on your cookbook shelf!

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • 128 recipes
  • Illustrations of every recipe
  • Regional twists are included
  • Recipes cover main dishes, sides, salsas, guacamoles, moles, adobos, and more.

UPDATE: This post previously had a giveaway attached which has ended. There were 1178 entries, see giveaway winners. 

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison Fashion Book

[ 108 ] January 15, 2015 |


William Helburn Seventh and Madison

WILLIAM HELBURN: SEVENTH AND MADISON($65.00 hardcover, 9780500517659) captures striking fashion and advertising images by the go-to photographer for many of the top agencies in New York during the 1950s and 60s Advertising Revolution.

The reason I wanted to review this book was because the topic is about ’50s and ’60s advertising. I believe this era of advertising is among some of the best this country has ever seen. I  eagerly devoured Helburn’s body of work.

As well as cars and cosmetics, Helburn shot Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, whiskeys, clothing lines, airlines, jewelry, cigars and cigarettes, and any number of other products. He worked with the top models of the day, from Dovima and Dorian Leigh to Jean Patchett and Barbara Mullen to Jean Shrimpton and Lauren Hutton.

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Update: This book review originally had a giveaway attached. The rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 586 entries. See Giveaway Winners. 


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Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Book

[ 71 ] December 20, 2014 |

Yves Saint Laurent by Roxanne Lowitt

Yves Saint Laurent



YVES SAINT LAURENT ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517604) is a dazzling portrait of the designer and his world of fashion over the last 25 years of his career by legendary backstage fashion photography pioneer Roxanne Lowit.

The subject intrigued me because he defined the 1970s in terms of cool cutting edge fashion. An accomplishment I particularly admired is that he:

He revolutionized women’s evening wear when he introduced le smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation. ~ From Thames & Hudson website

Update: THis Yves Saint Laurent Fashion book past was originally a giveaway. The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 341 entries. See Giveaway Winners.


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The Big Book of Bacon, 100 Best Bacon Recipes

[ 139 ] November 12, 2014 |

MMMM Bacon!  The Big Book of Bacon
The Big Book of Bacon

THE BIG BOOK OF BACON: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer Pearsall; November 4, 2014, 2014; $19.95; ISBN: 9781629145556

WHAT? 100 Best Bacon Recipes

I received The Big Book of Bacon written by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall to review and enjoy. Can I just say, this is something a bacon lover cannot put down. LIKE EVER!  I mean just look at the recipes

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Satisfy your craving for this “candy meat” with dishes that spotlight bacon (like our Mushroom Swiss Burger), and others that use it as subtle, rich flavor enhancer (like the tart Cherry Tomato Pasta made with nutty zucchini and creamy Provolone sauce). You’ll learn how to cook a slice properly, how to navigate brand thickness and choice, and even how to make a Bacon Bowl! YES, I you read that right!  A BACON BOWL!  Here’s another recipe from the book that I am dying to make:

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Alright, now I know you have an idea of the delectable recipes in this 271 page full color book.  You will love the heavyweight coated stock used to make the book and the oversized format. Every recipe has tips and tricks that help you understand the nuances behind each recipe.  There are photos galore, which is a must for me when using a cookbook.  And well…MMMMM BACON!

Update: A giveaway was originally part of this post and had 5347 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.

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