Reviews by pamhockey25
I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. It was well written, and interesting. I've seen Marcus Samuelsson on cooking shows and always wondered about his Swedish background, so when the book came out, I thought I would find out the rest of the story. His book is honest and candid. The journey he takes from his beginnings in Ethiopia to the Red Rooster in Harlem are clearly explained. His adoption at age three to a Swedish couple who wanted a son and who were willing to also adopt his sister to keep the children together is a life-changing event. His grandmother got him started with his love for food and food preparation. His journey from her kitchen to his own kitchen in New York is fascinating. The story is well-told, honest, and fascinating. It was hard to put the book down. It is not a book filled with recipes, but rather about his evolution as a chef as he learns about flavors and develops his own signature dishes. Professionally he talks about what it's like to be one of the few black chefs, and what it takes to become a successful chef. On a personal level he talks about his families--his biological family and the family who raises him, his child, his marriage. I came away with new knowledge about him personally, and more appreciation of chefs in general. Someday I hope to visit New York and try his restaurant. Meanwhile, I will enjoy watching him on cooking shows!
Karen E. Olson's "Sacred Cows" is the entertaining story of Anne Seymour, a crime reporter in New Haven, Conn., who's working on a juicy story nobody wants her to pursue. Someone is killing Yale co-eds who just happen to work for a local escort service. Are the deaths tied into a crooked city politician who has conveniently gone on the lam, taking with him the investment funds of most of the city's elite? Anne's lawyer mother is one of the people who were taken. Who can Anne trust? She's dating the cop handling the case and attracted to a man her mother hired to solve the crime. I hated to put the book down. The mystery was interesting and the love triangle grabbed me. Supposed to be the first of a series--I can't wait for the next one!
This is the second installment in Judi McCoy's dog walker series. Ellie is the dog walker and Rudy is the yorki-poo she can communicate with. That's right, Ellie has the unusual ability to talk to dogs. Not like you and I do, because the dogs answer her. The premise of this book is that Rudy inherits money from the a homeless man living in Central Park who the pair befriended. Although this is the first book I've read in the series, Ellie obviously started a relationship that is continued here with a police officer named Sam. Sam obviously broke her heart in the first book and he tries to set things right in this installment. I'll definitely look for more in the series.
Great acting, great story. A worthwhile investment of time.
The casting of the young boy who played Oskar was fantastic. He made the movie! I didn't know anything about the movie other than the dad had died in 9/11. The way Oskar deals with the loss of his father and the quest he undertakes thinking that somehow he will keep his dad's memory alive is very real. Now that I've seen the movie, I plan to read to book.