Reviews by yugure
Culinary tea
Great resource for learning the differences and nuances among teas (how their made, how they taste, how they look, etc). Lots of recipes, including a couple vegetarian ones, use tea in one way or another. The recipes did look a bit complicated and some called for unusual, possibly hard to find ingredients, but it's worth taking a look at.
Overall a good collection
Overall a good collection of short stories by skilled writers.

WIlson's "*" has the most unique creature (which I will not name so I won't spoil it!), and I enjoyed that story the most. Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps" was beautifully written but a little bittersweet. I had read Jones's "The Sage of Theare" from her own collection of short stories and it's quite a good one, so don't miss it here. "Moveable Beast" by Headley was a little uneven in the writing, but I appreciate the surprising creature she uses.

I did not care for Gaiman's, which seemed a little distasteful to me, and Delany's "Prismatica" seemed to go on forever and ever and ever (and not in a good way). Boucher's Werewolf was a little too silly for my taste.
Vegan cookies for the win
Plenty of normal cookies like chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, but also has some interesting and unique flavor profiles like in the Green Tea Biscotti and Cowboy Cookies. Also helpful advice on how to fix baking problems (cookies too flat, cookies didn't spread, cookies too doughy...) and gluten-free baking. I always enjoy how adventurous Moskowitz and Romero are (check out their cookbook on cupcakes and the Veganomicon).
I was intrigued by the premise (vegan writer Barnouin - known for her Skinny Bitch series of health and cookbooks - writing a fiction book about a vegan chef!) so I thought I'd give it a shot, even though I usually don't read "chick lit," which this most definitely is. I'm glad I did! It's very funny, fairly well written (might have benefited from a little more conflict), and I enjoyed reading about a vegan protagonist.
Funny and Fascinating
Fascinating look at how situations influence the way you interact with the world, the friends you keep, and the decisions you make. Situations even influence how you think about yourself. I highly recommend reading at least a couple chapters in this book. Sommers includes a lot of research that has been done on the subject, and it's kind of fun to read about the experiments that lead to the conclusions in the book. One chapter in particular that stuck out in my mind discussed the implications of a man who committed murder in his sleep. Is he legally responsible for it or is he not? I'll leave that to you to find out by checking out this book!