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Savvy Eating for the Whole Family: Whole Foods, Whole Family, Whole Life (Capital Ideas)
Savvy Eating for the Whole Family: Whole Foods, Whole Family, Whole Life (Capital Ideas)
by Margaret McCullers Kocsis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.40
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whole Foods? I beg to differ!, October 11, 2009
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This will be the first book I can recall ever returning to Amazon. For readers already interested in and educated about whole foods, this book will seem wildly out of sync with what you already know. For those just learning about whole foods, be forewarned: this is NOT what whole foods are all about! A quick scan of the book revealed one menu plan calling for microwaved, canned beans; a recommendation to substitute egg whites only for whole eggs if one simply must eat more than one egg per day; and "brown sugar" listed among the ingredients for a marinade. Whole foods should, as the name suggests, be eaten in their complete/WHOLE form--or as close to it as possible--and be subjected to as little processing as possible. For the examples I've cited, most whole food cookbooks/guides would call for dried beans, soaked and cooked slowly; WHOLE eggs in moderation; and honey or fruit juice for that marinade (brown sugar is nothing more than highly-refined white sugar with molasses added back in for color and moisture).

I have no idea what makes Dr. Kocsis think her book has anything to do with whole foods, but I hope my review will warn away anyone who might mistake it for any such thing. There are far too many excellent books in print for people interested in whole foods to waste money on this one. If you want the real thing, look for titles by Sally Fallon (Morell), Cynthia Lair, Cybele Pascal, and Rebecca Wood.

Marked (House of Night, Book 1)
Marked (House of Night, Book 1)
by P. C. Cast
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.05
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes formulaic romance novels look classy & sophisticated, January 28, 2009
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For an exceptionally open-minded parent with an MA in English & fondness for vampire lore, this book was a bitter disappointment. I pre-read it in hopes of passing it along to my pre-teen who's busily devouring the Twilight series. No deal! I don't know what turned me off the most: the wretched grammar & usage (what self-respecting editor would let incorrect use of "effect" for "affect" slip by more than once???), thin & meaningless plot, gratuitous use of harsh language or sexually explicit content that contributes absolutely NOTHING to the storyline. What I do know is that anyone--teen, adult or otherwise--who bothers to read this material will sorely regret it. Even if you're not squeamish about the cursing & sex at every turn, you won't find much redeeming value in this work.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, straightforward beginner's kit, November 20, 2008
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Making your own yogurt, cream cheese, kefir & other cultured dairy products is fairly simple & very rewarding, but getting started can seem pretty daunting. This kit provides all the basics for several batches of each, taking the guesswork out of the process & making the likelihood of success much greater. Considering the substantial cost of purchasing several varieties of cultures & the various tools to get started separately, the price of this package is pretty fair. The Yogotherm may not be a fancy gadget or come with a built-in timer, but it does the job as no complicated kitchen appliance can. If you're really interested in learning to make your own cultured dairy products at home without investing in a lot of expensive tools & supplies, this kit is an excellent way to start. And by the way, homemade yogurt made using the kit is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! The storebought stuff just doesn't hold a candle to it.
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Ab Lounge 2 Abdominal Exerciser
Ab Lounge 2 Abdominal Exerciser
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too little BANG for its BULK, May 30, 2008
I've purchased a variety of home exercise equipment over the years, and this must be the LEAST useful & MOST inconvenient thing (not to mention pricey) I've ever run across.

Don't believe for a second that it can be folded & stashed away when not in use--it's only marginally less bulky when folded. When it IS in use, unless you have a dedicated exercise room with plenty of open floorspace, plan on rearranging the furniture or launching some valuables.

Depending on how creative you are, there are only between 1 & 5 exercises you can do with this thing, which means you're investing a good bit of money & space for very limited returns. Oh, and if you do plan on leaving it out, expect to take some ribbing when friends come over. It's instantly recognizable, impossible to hide & about as sexy as an overstuffed recliner.

Bottom line, whatever your fitness goals, there are plenty of more compact, useful & inexpensive options out there than this thing. Keep looking.

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