Thursday, July 27, 2017

I've been doing cozy mystery reviews, and running 
Lisa Ks Book Reviews for just over four years now. My first blog post was June 19, 2013! Wow.
I have all you to thank for that.
Lately, I've been wanting to add a new genre to the blog (No worries! Cozy mysteries will ALWAYS be my main priority). Because there are so many wonderful cozies, I don't read anything else. So, I was stumped as to the genre I would add. Light bulb! I do read something else. I read cookbooks! I love cookbooks! Most cozies and recipes go hand in hand after all. Perfect!
Today and every Thursday, here at Lisa Ks Book Reviews will now be known as . . .
What's Cooking?
Each Thursday I will post a review for a cookbook.
I've posted cookbook reviews before, but they were by cozy authors (What's not to love about that?) The cookbooks I'm reviewing for this new Thursday feature will be on a wide variety of topics. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone.
Okay . . . Here we go!!!


5 INGREDIENT RECIPES
Book 1
by Hannah Abedi 


Are you tired of complicated recipes with too many ingredients that you don't have?

Your problem has been solved! This simple and easy cookbook has step-by-step recipes that will wow even the pickiest of eaters, and best of all – each recipe only contains 5 ingredients or LESS! You will impress your friends and family with these delicious meals.

Before long you'll have everyone asking for more. With a nice variety of delicious 5-ingredient recipes, you can please everyone!

70 FIVE ingredient recipes!

Delicious recipes for any occasion:

Breakfast

Side Dishes

EntrΓ©es

Dessets
AND MORE!

No More Complicated Recipes

Every single one of these recipes has only five ingredients or less! You don't have to worry about complicated recipes with hard-to-follow instructions. All of these recipes are simple and easy to follow. The directions have been simplified so anyone can create delicious meals.

You'll find just about every kind of recipe in this book: slow cooker and Crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, beef recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entrees, side dishes, desserts, and so much more.

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MY REVIEW


5 INREDIENT RECIPES isn’t the first cookbook I’ve ever reviewed, but it is the first that has nothing to do with cozy mysteries.

I was thrilled when I first saw 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES. With time and money being scarce these days, the thought of needing only five ingredients for a meal sounds like a great way to go! A win, win if you will.

I was very pleased with the recipes in this book. Not only can you create meals with very few ingredients (sometimes less than 5), in most of the recipes even the prep and cooking are quick and easy.

With recipes like Blueberry Breakfast Bake, Mini Cheese Balls, Simple Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pork Chops, Potatoes, and Green Beans, Spinach Parmesan Pasta, Peanut Butter Mug Cake, and Apple Pie Smoothie, there is something for everyone no matter your taste or what meal you’re cooking for. I’ll be trying many of these dishes myself.

There are a few things I wish this book had that it didn’t. There are no photos, and no dialog from the author. Also, with only five ingredients per recipe, I expected to have all the ingredients on hand for many of the recipes included, but I always seemed to be short by one or two. That being said, my household has very plain tastes, so I’m sure a lot readers will find what they need in their fridges and/or pantries.

If you’re a fan of easy to fix meals, snacks, and drinks, give 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES a try!

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***!!!GIVEAWAY!!!***

Author Mary Kennedy has been a steady support of my blog and reviews. When I told her about my new journey into the world of cookbook reviews, Mary graciously offered to do a giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a print or eBook copy (winners choice) of 
DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM 
Book 2 in Mary's Dream Club Mysteries


The national bestselling author of Nightmares Can Be Murder once again gathers together the members of the Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia, where the book tour of a famous chef becomes a recipe for disaster… 

Behind her down-home folksy persona, celebrity chef Sonia Scott is a real Dixie diva who’s made plenty of enemies in her climb to the top of the culinary world. One of them is the newest member of the Dream Club, Etta Mae Beasley, who claims Sonia stole her family’s recipes and used them in her latest cookbook.

After Sonia’s suspicious death from anaphylactic shock at a book signing held at Taylor and Ali’s retro candy store, Etta’s revelation sows seeds of doubt in Taylor Blake’s mind. Now the Dream Club needs to put their heads together to determine if one of their own decided to give the chef her just desserts…

How perfect is that is that? A great way to celebrate the first post in my "What's Cooking?" Thursday cookbook reviews? Thank you Mary!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. This giveaway is open to the US only.

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I hope you enjoyed my first
What's Cooking?
Cookbook Review

I would love your feedback.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

GOOD LUCK!
Mary is aware there are some issues signing up for her newsletter, and is having it looked at. In the mean time, if you get an error message, please try again three or four times. It did go through for me that way. Thanks! Lisa

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40 comments:

  1. I love simple recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What's Cooking is a terrific idea~! I like reading cookbooks even if I don't cook much anymore.

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  3. I love this idea! I tried signing up for May's newsletter but it keeps displaying system unable to process error.

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    1. OH no, not sure what the problem is with the newsletter, I'm horribly low-tech, but will try to investigate. Thanks for alerting me to this! mary

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  4. Great idea, Lisa! Happy Thursday.

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  5. Sure I'll come visit here on Thursdays even if there was no giveaway. Thank you to Mary for the book giveaway, that was really nice of her. I joined her newsletter and am looking at her books right now. I think I had heard of this series but thank you for refreshing my mind, would sure love to win! Congrats on 4 years blogging, Lisa, you do a great job!

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  6. PS: I meant to say this looks like a great little cookbook despite its lack of photos and the price on Amazon was definitely right lol, free right now!

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  7. Wonderful addition to your blog, Lisa! :)

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  8. Great post Lisa, and yummy idea.

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  9. What a fun idea!! I am so glad you are doing this, Lisa. And honored to give away a copy of my Dream Club Mystery, Dream a Little Scream. Good luck, everyone!

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  10. I love reading cookbooks, so I will really enjoy your weekly cookbook reviews. Such a great idea!

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  11. Happy blog anniversary! I'm not a cook, so five ingredient recipes would be a lifesaver for me. The book made me think of Maya Corrigan's Five-Ingredient Mysteries - they're really good!

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  12. Very nice. I collect cookbooks and even own the cozy authors cookbook among few others of that type. So visiting and getting more books about or with recipes is great.

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  13. 5 Ingredient Recipes sounds great to me! I am a working mom with 2 young kids and the less prep work that goes into making dinner the better! I am excited to see this new feature on your blog. I will definitely check back in on Thursdays to see the other cookbooks that you feature.

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  14. Simple recipes are the best for everyday meals for one! Thanks for the review and thanks to Mary Kennedy for her giveaway to celebrate your new genre to review!!

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  15. I love this idea as I also love cookbooks! And yes, I would visit even if there isn't a giveaway..I love getting new ideas for my TBR list.

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  16. The basics work for me when it comes to cooking. This looks like an interesting cookbook to check out. I'd love to win a copy of Dream a Little Scream. This is another new to me cozy. There are just so many of them it is hard to keep track of all of them!

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  17. I just LOVE your new feature, Lisa! I have a feeling I'm going to be adding to my cookbook collection every week now :)

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  18. This is a wonderful idea and I enjoy learning about new cookbooks which are helpful. I always visit and cookbooks are of great interest to me.

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  19. I too, am not just a cozy mystery reader and lover but also I love cookbooks and am always thrilled to find information about a new one. I will definitely tune into your blog on Thursday to find out about a new cookbook.

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  20. I love cookbooks,so I will be definitely checking out your cookbook reviews.

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  21. I love your site and will always visit - but love the addition of cookbook reviews - one of my major weaknesses

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  22. Great idea five items and if you find one that has a whole meal in three even better. I am all for easy, quick meals. Thank you for the contest too...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  23. Love it! I love recipes, but am not one to grab a cookbook. This will be great,so I can get the ones best suited for me! Thank you Lisa!

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  24. I like the cookbook review idea and especially cookbooks that don't require several very obscure and expensive exotic spices for the recipes!

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  25. I love this idea!!! So many cozies revolve around cooking too, it just adds more to the mix! I love the 5 ingredient idea and can't wait to have a look at this cookbook. And of course, thanks for the giveaway too! I've recently added your blog to my regular rounds that I check daily. Thanks!!!

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  26. I like to give cookbooks as gifts. I imagine this new feature will give me lots of suggestions.

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  27. Love the title. I really like cozy mysteries with great themes to them

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  28. I think that your cookbook page is a wonderful idea. When I was writing my food columns for local newspapers, I had at least 700 hard cover cookbooks and another 500 in paperback type. I had folders and folders of printed recipes and many recipe boxes filled with hand written or typed recipes going back to 1963 when I was married. When we decided to sell our very large home and retire to one half the size or less I had to whittle down my collection. I did. I donated, gave to friends, filled up every charity that had bookshelves, and just kept giving and giving. When we moved ten years ago, I was down to a measley 200 or so cookbooks and two or three recipe card files and a few folders, yes. It was not easy to part with all that I did, but I knew I had to do it or not have an office that I could walk in. (it is not filled with jewelry and painting supplies instead of cookbooks). I can still remember the covers of many of the books that I have parted with... isn't that crazy. Cozy mysteries were not part of the genre at the time I was reading my cookbooks like novels each night, but I will never forget them now that cozies are my favorite. Please excuse errors in this posting as I just had my second eye surgery and things didn't work out as planned so I have another month or six weeks before I can see better, but I am trying to get this typed as I wanted to make sure to tell you how I love the idea of cookbooks Lisa.

    Cynthia B.

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  29. Lisa, I love this idea. I would really like to see cookbooks with simple recipes & only a few ordinary ingredients. Thank you & Mary both for the wonderful giveaway.

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  30. I love the cookbook review idea, I always love to see new recipes whether there is a giveaway or not.

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  31. I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. So great idea!

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  32. Lisa, this is a great idea. I'm always looking for new recipes as I get tired of the same old thing all of the time. I even try some of the recipes in the back of the cozies. I'm thrilled about 5 Ingredients. I also am a fan of easy recipes. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  33. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Yes I would still visit on Thursdays. Happy Friday!

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  34. I'm delighted to find another five-ingredient cookbook. Ever since I started writing the Five-Ingredient Mysteries, friends and family have been giving me five-ingredient cookbooks. But Hannah Abedi's book is one I don't yet have. Thanks for posting, Lisa.--Maya Corrigan

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  35. I'd stop by, I'm always interested in new recipes, especially quick, easy ones.

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  36. yes i would still stop and visit. I love cookbooks. Kept getting an error message while trying to sign up for Mary's email. I'm thinking I already receive it

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  37. I love this idea! And I love the fewer ingredients and ease of cooking. I always love looking at cookbooks (they simply must have photos) but the prep is always so much work and such a long list of items. My philosophy is that a cookbook/recipe is just a starting point and I take what I like and go from there to make what I want with the ease I want. I could never, ever follow a recipe to the letter, would drive me crazy. Congrats Lisa on a wonderful new idea! (no need to enter me)

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  38. I LOVE the idea of 5 ingredient recipes, maybe low fat/calorie recipes too? I would still stop & visit giveaways or not :)

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