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When I decided at the beginning of this year to focus on different cuisines from around the world for my Cookbook of the Month series, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew I wanted a challenge, and I knew that I wanted to learn some new cuisines and techniques.

But little did I know that August would roll around, and I’d find out that I was pregnant, and that I didn’t want to eat anything but fast food.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen – it’s the official announcement –

I’m Pregnant.

I’ve very excited. I can’t wait until this new little one joins our family next March. But so far, this pregnancy has been completely different from my first one. With Abbi, I didn’t really get sick at all. I had a few food cravings, but nothing severe. I was tired as all get out, but it wasn’t too bad.

But this time around, I’ve been sick. From morning to night. Not sick enough that I can’t keep anything down, but sick enough that I feel like I’m constantly eating because that is the only thing that helps. The hard part is that nothing sounds good – except good ol’ American fast food. So choosing a Jamaican cookbook for this month was a BIG mistake. I’m afraid this cookbook didn’t turn out too well for me, but I don’t know if it’s because this little baby is messing up my taste buds, or if it is because of the cookbook.

And to top it all off, I returned the book to the library before typing up this review, so now I have to try to remember some details about it!

Cooking Times Listed in Recipes: no
I’m starting to see that this is pretty uncommon for cookbooks to tell you how long it takes to make a recipe. Add this one to the list that don’t have the times listed!

Number of Photos: medium

There are a decent amount of photos in this book, but not necessarily of the finished dishes. Some scenery photos, some ingredients, and a few of finished dishes.

Difficulty Level of Recipes: medium
Seeing that I didn’t really want to try anything crazy this month, I stuck to things that were quick(er). Some of the bbq recipes might seem a bit overwhelming for some people, but I think most of them were pretty do-able.

Availability of Ingredients: easy to medium
Most of the ingredients seemed pretty easy to come by. And once again, there was a resource page in the book for where to find the harder-to-find ingredients.

Pork Pineapple Kabobs – 3.75 out of 5

Jerk Chicken “Hash” – 4 out of 5

Meat Loaf with Jerk – 1 out of 5

Jamaica Lime Pie – 3.8 out of 5

Average Rating: 3.14 out of 5

Ok, so not horrible, but definitely not good enough that I would tell you to run right out and buy it. But like I said, it could just be the pregnancy talking – maybe these recipes would be fantastic for someone else!!

And September. Oh, September. This is usually such a good month for me. The beginning of fall, my birthday… But I could not find a book I wanted to use. The problem here is that I have been getting these books from the library since I’m not in a situation to buy a cookbook every month right now. And let’s just say – the cookbook selection at my local library is a bit – dated – and there are not a ton of cookbooks to choose from. There are tons of Italian books, but I’ve already done Italian. Same thing with Mexican, and Chinese. So I went totally out there this month and chose a beautiful book on Scandinavian food called Kitchen of Light by Andreas Viestad. I’m hoping everything turns out ok – and that my appetite for different cuisines returns soon – because the year is not over yet!!

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11 Responses to August Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. Veeda says:

    CONGRATS!!! I'm so excited for you guys.

    So, I have my own opinions on cooking time in recipes. I actually don't like when they are listed because I think people have their own time frame in the kitchen. Some are faster at prep than others.

    Just my thoughts of course.

    Either way, I'm excited to hear your great news.

  2. Monet says:

    I love your cook book reviews. But I love the fact that you are pregnant even more! Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy, and I'll be excited to hear about the new addition to your family this March. Thank you for sharing your good news with us.

  3. Erin from Long Island says:

    yay, congrats! have the baby around the fourth, thats my bday!

    I am SUPER excited about this new book! He has hosted five seasons of New Scandinavian Cooking that airs on PBS affiliated stations and his food is always so fresh and simple. It always looks so delicious!

  4. Jean Bugs says:

    Congratulations, Deborah!!! What exciting news!!!

  5. Cassie says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! I cannot BELIEVE I missed this announcement! Oh, Deborah, I am so happy for you! Congrats to you, Josh, and big sister Abbi!!!


    March 14 would be a good day to have a baby… just sayin'. 🙂

  6. Maria says:

    Congrats!!! How exciting!!!

  7. The Meal Planner says:

    Wow congratulations Deborah! That's so exciting.

    I have never liked jerk food so I don't think this cookbook would have reviewed very well for me either. And eating it while in the beginning stages of pregnancy?! Oh my. Brave woman. Totally curious and excited to see what you bring us for Scandinavian food.

  8. stacief says:

    Congratulations!!! I hope the morning sickness ends soon. When I was pregnant with my first all i wanted to eat was dill pickle potato chips!

  9. Tia says:

    congratulations my dear! that is wonderful news. a new baby foodie on the way 🙂

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  11. Natalie says:

    congratulations, that is so exciting! can't wait to hear more about it!

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