Show Us Your Books, May 2022

I’m still on my Game of Thrones reading kick.  I finished #3 and have started #4.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m really not sure I would have picked up and stayed with this series unless I had seen the HBO series (multiple times).

Martin uses the same structure, alternating chapters between the main character POVs. I’ve already purchased and downloaded #4 so I’m anxious to see when the saga starts deviating from the series.


I also read three cookbooks over Mother’s Day weekend at my sister’s.

Everyday Instant Pot: Great recipes to make for any meal in your electric pressure cookerEveryday Instant Pot: Great recipes to make for any meal in your electric pressure cooker by Alexis Mersel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven’t yet found an IP cookbook that merits a 4 star review. But, this is the best one yet.

The best recipe in the book is Barbacoa Tacos (55). Other worthy recipes are the Coconut Curry Noodles and the Chicken Tikka Masala.

Don’t try the Beer-Braised Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches (74).


Small Plates: Over 150 Ideas for Bites and NibblesSmall Plates: Over 150 Ideas for Bites and Nibbles by Editors of Cider Mill Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good and fairly easy recipes. The “In the Garden” is the best section. I only wish there were hednotes to the recipes. Each recipe us accompanied by beautiful photos.

Know that this is not completely an appetizer cookbook. The “From Land to Sea” section has many entree recipe like Carene Asada, Masala Short Ribs, and meatballs.

There’s also a dessert section with tarts, sorbet, cakes, and poached fruit. I do want to try the Chai Poached Pears and the Lemon Posset.


Cook90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier MealsCook90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meals by David Tamarkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should have had this book during the lockdown.  30 days of three meals, all cooked from scratch (mostly).

Absolutely genius ideas.  I brought this one home with me.  I hope I can borrow it for 30 days.

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I’m also reading The Tender Bar  and am getting ready to go on a Jenny Lawson blitz.  Has anyone read her?   A friend recommended her books and says she’s hilarious

I’m currently reading Taste by Stanley Tucci.  Taste is the Cooks the Books April/May selection.  Everyone is welcome to join in.  For more information, click here .

In fact, think about joining us for all of our upcoming reads:   Bourdain’s A Cook’s TourCooking with Fernet-Branca, and children’s classic Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

Show Us Your Books is hosted by Jana and Steph.

7 comments to Show Us Your Books, May 2022

  • I need to start reading or using my collection of cookbooks…they are simply sitting on the shelf collecting dust…shame on me. My MIL bought me 3 IP cookbooks and I haven’t even just touched anyone..

  • mae

    Nice list!

    Despite my huge cookbook library, I’ve been finding new recipes online most of the time when I want a new idea. So I haven’t bought or borrowed any recently. I love Tucci’s “Taste” and more and more mean to watch the series on TV.

    best… mae at

  • Do you have a separate room for all of your cookbooks and cooking related books? 🙂 I’m big on bites and nibbles so that a book I really need to check out. Lots of good reads!

  • SMD

    I love appetizers, always looking for new ideas. I should check that app heavy book out.

  • I really should read the Game of Throne series. I’ve been reading the Harry Bosch books lately. About halfway through the series. Pretty good.

  • Yay for Stanley! He is wonderful!

  • Ooh Small Plates seems like a fun cookbook!