A look into our fabulous past! And some GREAT Recipes to boot! | “The Soda Fountain” by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

 This book is an absolute GEM!

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Every story, every recipe, every page of wonderful history makes this book one that anyone and everyone will enjoy!

If you have ever wanted to know how to make classic soda fountain floats, sodas or sundaes – this is the book for you!

And along with it, you get pages and pages of exquisite history!

It’s absolutely wonderful!

I didn’t even know there was a BONUS history at the beginning of the book when I requested it but I really enjoyed reading about how Soda Fountains got their start, how they changed and grew with the times and sadly… how they slowly disappeared from our cities and neighborhoods. It’s wonderful to discover so much I never knew about such a fun subject!

It is also quite exciting to see that people like Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman are doing what they can to bring back this fabulous icon of American history!

And in case all of that isn’t enough… the recipes are absolutely wonderful!

Chapter 7 contains recipes for 17 different syrups. And they are ALL made with the finest ingredients – which is something I have looked high and low for. My children have allergies and it is very difficult for us to enjoy things like snow cones or flavored sodas because of the ingredients found in the syrups you find in stores… even the expensive ones. But now I have a resource that allows me to make these syrups for our own personal use with no fear of allergic reactions.

Chapter 10 gives us recipes AND ideas for more than 20 tempting sundaes and Chapter 13 includes twenty-one delectable recipes for baked goods! Who would expect baked goods in a book about ice cream! Oh these are recipes you’ll find at the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain! And do they know how to tease your taste buds! YUM!

There are also wonderful little tips and hints sprinkled throughout the book, along with step by step instructions for making the delicious deserts and sodas – who would have known you have to brine a maraschino cherry? Gia and Peter knew! And they’ve shared so many of their secrets with us!

This is NOT just a recipe book! It is an instructional guide – right down to giving us a list of things we will need for the recipes – not just ingredients but equipment too!

WOW! What a well thought-out book!

Granted there are no recipes for ice cream, and that was a bit of a surprise to me but I suppose they have to keep something under their hat for another book… 🙂

The recipes in this book are beyond worth the sticker price – in my own personal opinion. If I had not received a free review copy, I would certainly purchase this book! In fact, it would make a great birthday gift for several of my friends!

 

I’m off to purchase some ingredients so we can enjoy a new recipe or two… although I think my waistline is going to insist we stick to only 1 or 2 new recipes a week.

 

5star

 

What Random House has to say about “The Soda Fountain” :

A collection of 70 recipes celebrating the history and stories of the classic American soda fountain from one of the most-celebrated revival soda fountains in the country, Brooklyn Farmacy.

     A century ago, soda fountains on almost every Main Street in America served as the heart of the community, where folks shared sundaes, sodas, ice cream floats, and the news of the day. A quintessentially American institution, the soda fountain still speaks of a bygone era of innocence and ease. When Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain opened its doors in 2010, it launched a revival of this great American original, capturing the hearts of a new generation.

    Featuring abundant full-color photography and vintage illustrations and advertisements, The Soda Fountain explores a rich history—from the origins of seltzer in the nineteenth century, through the transformation of soda during Prohibition and the Depression years, right up to today’s fountain renaissance. Featured recipes range from classics like the Purple Cow and Cherry Lime Rickey to contemporary innovations that have made Brooklyn Farmacy famous, like The Sundae of Broken Dreams (topped with caramel sauce and broken pretzel bits) and Makin’ Whoopie! Sundae (with hot fudge and mini chocolate whoopie cakes).

     Recreating beloved treats like egg creams and milkshakes with local, seasonal, and artisanal ingredients, Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman, the sibling cofounders of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, teach you how to resurrect the proud American soda fountain tradition at your own kitchen counter. With its fascinating anecdotes, mouth-watering pictures and easy-to-follow steps,this nostalgic cookbook proves that the soda fountain is a culinary and cultural institution that continues to delight.

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   RANDOM HOUSE

THE BROOKLYN FARMACY AND SODA FOUNTAIN WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   ITUNES   BOOKS-A-MILLION

 

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The opinions I have
expressed are my own.

 

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Emma of Aurora trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Before I get into my thoughts, here’s a quick synopsis from GoodReads:

The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume:

A Clearing in the Wild:
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm:
Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

A Mending at the Edge:
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside—and outside—the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.

And my first thought, when I opened the enormous box this monster arrived in was…

Holy Cow!

I know it’s a bit unoriginal but it’s the best I could come up with in that moment.

I realize this really has no bearing on the books themselves but it was the first thought associated with the book so I feel it’s worth sharing. I’ve noticed in a lot of the other reviews I’ve seen that people are excited to have all three stories in one place but I can’t help pointing out the opposite side to this. The book is enormous. For me, it’s been a bit of a hindrance. It’s difficult to read a book that is so large – in paperback. If the book were a hardbound, with a more flexible spine, I would have had a much easier time with it – which is why I read it on my e-reader.

However, I can see the appeal. It is nice to have all three books in one volume. It is nice not to have to track down three different books. And it’s nice to have only one price to pay instead of three.

My fascination with historical stories began with the Little House books. My mother read them to me as a child and I’m reading them to my children. As anyone who has read these knows, the stories are told through the eyes and voice of a child but they are true stories and Laura Ingals Wilder does a superb job of it in my opinion.

Laura Ingals Wilder and Jane Kirkpatrick have that in common. She takes the life of a woman who lived long before any of us were even born and makes her real to us. It’s a daunting enough task to write about a fictional character who lived many years ago but to write with such passion about an actual person, someone who you have never met or spoken with… that shows an incredible skill. I am not alone in my admiration and I intend to seek out more books written by Jane Kirkpatrick.

A wonderful read!

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Review of “Burning Sky” by Lori Benton

Difficult to believe this is Lori Benton’s first novel!

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This is not my typical choice but I certainly do not regret picking it.

Growing up, I loved the movie “Last of the Mohicans” probably more because of Daniel Day Lewis and the incredible music than anything else. But I do have Native American heritage so I hated most movies about “Indians” as most with Native blood do.

I also grew up reading the fantastic frontier novels by Janette Oke and, while this novel is less about gushy romance and more about the harsh reality, it does have a certain romance to it.

I think Lori Benton has done a fantastic job and I can’t wait to read her next novel.

Well done!

The frontier period is a difficult one to write about. SO much of what we know about that time is more legend than actual fact but I get the feeling that Lori has done her homework.

And it is so refreshing, in a world that has such a strong focus on intense sexuality, to find a wholesome romance that is clean and decent. It’s definitely a book I am comfortable passing on to my daughter.

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Review of “For Every Season” by Cindy Woodsmall

WOW! All I can say in this moment is WOW!

WOW!

For Every Season picOK. Now that I’ve taken a breath and calmed down a little… I’d like to give you some backstory before I go on with my review.

First, you should know that I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review.

When I picked it, I was excited because I’ve just gotten into this genre of Amish fiction and I’ve bought a lot of books lately to that end. Book 1 of this series: “A Season for Tending” was one of them. So I thought to myself, “Wow! I can read the one I have, find the second one and I’ll be all read up by the time I get the third one.”

YAY! right?

Well, first, I couldn’t find the second book anywhere. And when I finally did, I could only find it brand new and I am a bargain hunter at heart so I did the next best thing. I checked it out from the library. Now, of course I don’t want to give it back.

I am thrilled to have found this series.

I am thrilled to have found this series. The main character struggles with an issue that is very near and dear to my heart and I enjoy, so much, reading about it. I also enjoy reading about the ways of the Amish and the ways these Amish interact with the English around them.

I applaud Cindy Woodsmall!

I tweeted today that this series is Absolutely PERFECT for anyone who’s not 100% sure about reading Amish fiction. When I started reading, I thought it was a case of how the author got the Amish wrong. That is NOT IT AT ALL! This author is too good to have gotten her facts wrong. What she has written here is a wonderful example of how we English should be able to interact with Amish and how they should be able to interact with us. That is a powerful message and I applaud Cindy Woodsmall for it! Amazing!

When I read the first book in the series, I was wrapped up in the whole “getting the Amish wrong” angle and it slowed me up. By the time I read the second book, I hadn’t gotten it yet but I no longer cared. I just knew I had to read more. In this book, I got it. I finally understood the message. And while I’m ashamed it took so long to sink into my thick head, I’m thrilled it finally got through.

A recap: The first book of this series: “A Season for Tending” peaked my interest and whetted my appetite for more. I was so into the story by the time I started book two that I rushed out to the library to snatch it up before anyone else could.

I started the second book of this series: “The Winnowing Season” with a strong sense of excitement and happiness. It quickly gave way to frustration and irritation. I’m not telling why. Read it, you’ll see.

A lot of that irritation followed me as I started “For Every Season”. It took a lot of pages for me to realize that irritation wasn’t going anywhere. And still, I could not stop reading.

I tweeted earlier that it was Cindy Woodsmall’s fault I’ve not been tweeting much the past few days.

I also tweeted today that it was Cindy Woodsmall’s fault I’ve not been tweeting much the past few days. That is very true. Her storytelling has held me captive. Despite my irritation, I could NOT put the book down. I had to keep reading! I had to find out what would happen next! And now, having finished the third book in this series, I find myself sitting on pins and needles while I wait for the fourth. Seriously Cindy, write faster please!

This book is a perfect continuation of the story Cindy started painting in “A Season for Tending”. Too many authors flounder a bit in their telling of a continuing story. They try to make books stand on their own within a series and they spend half the book rehashing the ones before. They play it safe and end up doing things that worked in previous books and don’t take the chances that need to be taken to continue the story properly.

I couldn’t put the book down.

Cindy is not guilty of any of these things. She sprinkles in bits about the first and second books in all the right places and she does it so seamlessly you don’t even realize it’s been done. And she definitely had no problem taking chances. While I read, I was annoyed, irritated and frustrated to the point that I wanted to scream. But I didn’t put the book down. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to keep reading. I had to find out where this book would take us in the continuing saga of Samuel, Jacob, Leah, Landon and Rhoda.

I’m not good at synopsis so I’m going to direct you to GoodReads where you can read more about it. HERE

And you can find more information about Cindy Woodsmall and her other novels on her WEBSITE.

But trust me when I say that this series is worth your time. It’s a fantastic read and not just for those who LOVE Amish fiction but for anyone who loves a great story!

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