Friday, 5 August 2016

Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Essential Home-Ground Flour Book: Learn Complete Milling and Baking Techniques

The Essential Home-Ground Flour Book
Learn Complete Milling and Baking Techniques
Includes 100 Delicious Recipes
by Sue Becker
Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Yes. Yes I do. Mill my own flour, that is. When I was getting really into baking my own bread I made the leap to milling my own flour. It is incredible how different the taste is from store-bought.

I find store-bought whole wheat flour to be bitter and plain. Just ugh. I would add honey to the recipe to mask the taste a bit. Perk it up.

But with home milled whole wheat tastes like honey all by itself.

One of the reasons is that whole wheat flour at the grocery store is basically stripped white flour with the minimum of denatured germ and bran added back. Yum. Shelf stability at the cost of flavour and nutrition. 

And that is just one type of flour!

Pick this book up and you will have a whole range of flour ideas and recipes.

The instructions are clear and concise to give anyone the confidence to be a home miller.

Happy milling!

From the Back Flap:

 The many benefits of home flour milling include taste and flavor and the appeal of making a healthy food that tastes good and is seriously nutritious. Home ground flour milling can also save countless dollars just in the cost of bread alone, especially for those with special dietary needs and restrictions, and improved health leads to reduced medical costs.

This comprehensive how-to details the whole process behind home flour milling with features such as:

    The history of whole grains and grain anatomy
    Benefits of commercially milled flour vs home milled flour
    Tools and equipment for home flour milling
    Baking basics including mixing methods and techniques -- the importance of gluten and moisture
    Going with the grains -- a thorough description of grains such as barley, rye, kamut and buckwheat
    Nut flours such as almond
    Baking with freshly milled grains.

There are also 100 recipes for tasty quick breads, rolls and buns, muffins, pancakes, coffee cakes, biscuit and scones, cookies, brownies and pastries, plus others that are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

The Home Ground Flour Book is ideal for anyone who wants to create their own flours.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Crow Girl. A novel. Dark, dark novel.

By Erik Axl Sund
Publisher: Random House Canada
Hardcover, 784 pages

I know, it's a huge book. I thought to myself: this had better be good or it is going to be a long haul. I read it quicker than most regular length books. You just can't put it down once you get started.

I have to warn you though- this is for hardcore fans of Nordic Noir. This book has to be the most noir of the bunch so far. It is dark and disturbing and immensely readable for fans of the genre.

Just how evil can humans get? You have no idea.

From the Back Flap:

The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a monstrous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.

In a Stockholm city park, police discover the mutilated body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large. Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings--working together but, ultimately, each on her own--we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society. As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds, and of the profound damage--and the equally profound need for revenge--left in their wake.

About the Author
ERIK AXL SUND is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Håkan is a sound engineer, musician and artist. Jerker has been the producer of Håkan's electropunk band i love you baby! and currently works as a librarian in a prison. Translated by Neil Smith. The author lives in Sweden.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Julia Vanishes: A Novel by Catherine Egan

Julia Vanishes
A Novel by Catherine Egan
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada

This is one of those books that you have to read quickly because you have the perfect person to pass it on to. Or maybe you keep all your magical books close at hand. One thing for sure - you will be excited for the next one!

Julia Vanishes is the first in a new magical series. Egan does a brilliant job of creating an engrossing tale within a perfectly thought out environment.

Magic, good versus evil, strong female characters.... a great new series for young and not so young women.

From the Back Flap:

The stunning first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy! Murder, thievery, witchcraft and betrayal--who could resist?

Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.
     Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom? Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
     The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
     One that will she will be paying over this book and the two to follow.

CATHERINE EGAN grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived in Tokyo, Kyoto and Beijing; on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now husband); on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay; in New Jersey; and now in New Haven, Connecticut. She is currently occupied with writing books and fighting dragon armies with her warrior children. You can read more about her at