A hearty and savory collection, with a few sweet delights thrown in.



A collection of healthy alternatives to traditional comfort food.

South African Taferner’s love for food and traveling began in the military, where he was given a special opportunity to work in the catering division. That led to a part-time job with a small hotel before he moved to Hanoi, where he began to truly pursue his passions. Tying his physical and emotional state of being to the foods he consumed, Taferner noticed that he simply felt “good” when he ate eggs, potatoes, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, rather than the “plastic” preserved offerings of ready-made food. This outlook  fuels his desire to research nutritional values and to eat more whole foods. Though he wanted to be healthy, he was hesitant to give up his love of comfort food and so set out to create “healthier comfort-food experiences,” though these new recipes—e.g., “Avocado Stuffed with Pear Puree,” “Stuffed Peppers and Potato,” “Chicken and Mushroom Pie”—aren’t for traditional meat loaf or mac ’n’ cheese. Punctuated with attractive color photos, the recipes seem to be geared toward the more experienced cook. Confusion may arise from the book’s use both of standard measurements—cups and teaspoons, for instance—and grams; however, conversion tables are provided in the back of the book. The recipes are given a sturdy foundation through additional trivia found in “Earth Essence Food Tips” as well as various stories, which are placed interstitially between the recipes and tell of traveling adventures. Though the superimposed text over photographs can be a bit difficult to read, the book’s layout is aesthetically pleasing. Taferner includes a fair amount of traditional recipes—“Fresh Spring Roll,” “Chicken Curry,” “Pork Dumplings”—but there are a few interesting ones to shake things up. His mother’s “Pancake Soup” easily wins for most creative.

A hearty and savory collection, with a few sweet delights thrown in. 

Pub Date: March 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-1492993339

Page Count: 112

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2014

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Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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