Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living – Make your day go better with a little wine, art, food & love – #bookreview

Daily Decadence: The Art of Sensual Living
Sherri Dobay
(Flying Archer Press, paperback, Kindle)

You might quibble with a few of the food and wine pairings in this entertaining book on sensual living. But there is no denying Sherri Dobay’s bright, cajoling spirit. She wants us to try harder to make unfettered time for ourselves each day and use it to enjoy a bit of decadence. And she makes it difficult to say No, too busy.

“All around,” she writes, “there are fabulous things ready to indulge in if you simply stop, open your eyes and yourself to touch, taste, feel—celebrate—something each day.”

She notes: “The world is on the fast track to efficiency (and ulcers) thanks to technology and the ability to work 24/7. It’s no surprise that it drains us and leaves us empty, unfulfilled and lost as we lose the ability to pause and enjoy life on a daily basis.”

Daily Decadence is full of ideas, tips, recipes, wine suggestions, and sensual essays intended to inspire and encourage you to take some time each day to indulge yourself—whether alone or in the company of someone you love.

You can make pleasant differences in your life, she says, even when you can invite just “five minutes of celebration into your packed day.”

So can a conscious effort to bring more simplicity into each day. “Simplicity is truly decadent,” she emphasizes. “What clutter can you clear from your life to make way for more living?”

— Si Dunn

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Cool Tools in the Kitchen – #cooking #kitchen #bookreview

Cool Tools in the Kitchen
By Kevin Kelly and Steven Leckart
(O’Reilly Media, available in EPUB format only, $2.99)

In most kitchens, “cool tools” can be anything from an apple slicer to a dough scraper to a cook book.

Cool Tools in the Kitchen focuses on a nice array of kitchen accessories that have been tested and found to be useful at home for experienced cooks, as well as those who want to re-think and improve their culinary equipment.

The book also should appeal to readers who are just getting started at cooking and want to set up an efficient and functional kitchen.

I am not much of a cook, but I found several items in this book that made me think I could become a better cook if I owned them.

My wife, a very experienced cook and aficionado of many things Julia Child, also read at this book, and frequently nodded in approval at the authors’ choices. She already has a nice selection of good kitchen tools. But she, too, ended up with a kitchen tools shopping list after considering this book’s product reviews.

Bon appétit!

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Si Dunn‘s latest book is a detective novel, Erwin’s Law. His other published works include Jump, a novella, and a book of poetry, plus several short stories, including The 7th Mars Cavalry, all available on Kindle. He is a screenwriter, a freelance book reviewer, and a former technical writer and software/hardware QA test specialist.