A Matter of Happiness (and a classic bourbon cocktail)

A Matter of Happiness tells alternating tales of a 1920s trailblazer in Detroit with her modern day descendant in Kentucky bourbon country. It’s a story of determination for both. Of course, since it is set in Kentucky, there’s lots of bourbon. . . . → Read More: A Matter of Happiness (and a classic bourbon cocktail)

Cookies for the Road (and for The Book of Maps)

A road trip is the central plot of The Book of Maps so I included a great road trip staple, cookies. Read on for a book review and a recipe. . . . → Read More: Cookies for the Road (and for The Book of Maps)

Sweet Potato Pie from Never Meant to Meet You

This stopover on the TLC Book Tour found me reading (and enjoying) Never Meant to Meet You by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans. From the authors of Tiny Imperfections comes a riotously funny, emotionally real look at race and religion, love and heartache, and the realities of parenting through it all. . . . → Read More: Sweet Potato Pie from Never Meant to Meet You

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Magical Mushroom Pâté

I’m hosting this round of Cook the Books. When the other co-hosts and I were trying to choose the next four books last winter, I was at a loss. As I read book reviews and peruse through bookstores, I see lots of books that I want to recommend for Cook the Books. Then, . . . → Read More: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Magical Mushroom Pâté

A travel guide review—Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine

The TLC Book Tour had me really touring for this review stop…all the way from France to Spain along the Camino de Santiago.

About the book: CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: SACRED SITES, HISTORIC VILLAGES, LOCAL FOOD & WINE (TRAVEL GUIDE)

Publisher: Moon Travel; 2nd edition (May 24, 2022)

Paperback: 568 Pages

Over 1,200 years old, 500 . . . → Read More: A travel guide review—Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine

Cobbler Recipes and Where Wild Peaches Grow

A review of a new novel about family, heritage, traditions and history. The book is set in Natchez, Mississippi and it’s a history we should all learn about. Keep reading for the review and a couple of cobbler recipes from the archives. . . . → Read More: Cobbler Recipes and Where Wild Peaches Grow

Tarragon Deviled Eggs

This is a rare post for Lit Happens Book Club. Carnegie’s Maid inspired some delicious Tarragon Deviled Eggs. . . . → Read More: Tarragon Deviled Eggs

Anthony Bourdain, always and forever

A Cook’s Tour is the current selection for Cook the Books. It was a melancholy read for me but I finally decided to make Banh Mi sandwiches and a Moroccan potato salad. I miss him. Anthony, RIP. . . . → Read More: Anthony Bourdain, always and forever

Maple-Oatmeal Bread for The Vanishing Type

Here’s the latest TLC Book Tour stop for The Vanishing Type by Ellery Adams.

You can see all my TLC reviews here.

About the book:

Publisher: Kensington Cozies (April 26, 2022)

Hardcover: 304 pages

Entertainment Weekly hails the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams as “a love . . . → Read More: Maple-Oatmeal Bread for The Vanishing Type

Limoncello Sparkler

Today’s cocktail is brought to you by It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades, the latest TLC Book Tour read. It’s a steamy little book set in Italy with a strong American protagonist and a hunky Italian. 🙂 . . . → Read More: Limoncello Sparkler