Friday, March 30, 2018

Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook by Dana Angelo White

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Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook
by Dana Angelo White MS, RD, ATC


ISBN-13: 9781465464873
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Alpha Books
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Make healthier versions of all your fried favorites--all under 500 calories! The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook contains 100 recipes that are absolutely delicious and also better for your health because they use less oil and contain healthier ingredients than traditional fried foods. Included in this book are better-for-you versions of traditional main dishes, breakfasts, sides (like French fries), desserts (like cookies), and more. You'll also learn how to use this versatile appliance to bake, roast, and grill many of your favorite fried foods--with fewer calories.

- Get exact calorie counts and detailed nutrition information to help you stay within the USDA's recommended daily allowances.

- Make healthier versions of traditionally fried favorites, including French Fries, and fried chicken, as well as lighter snacks, such as smoky kale chips and sriracha honey chicken wings.

- Satisfy your sweet tooth with lightened-up treats, including sea salt brownies, apple turnovers, and chocolate lava cakes.


My Review:
Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook provides 100 recipes for cooking in an air fryer, from traditional fried foods like donuts and french fries to baked goods like brownies to breakfast treats like granola and French toast. Many recipes include animal products (meats, dairy, cheese, eggs), gluten, or other foods people commonly avoid. The healthy aspect was that the recipes often used whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and "healthy" oils like olive oil or canola oil (and in lesser amounts than with frying).

The ingredients are common enough that you can find them at a grocery store, and many recipes used only a few ingredients. The recipe steps were simple enough to follow, especially if you're used to cooking. I've made a few of the recipes and enjoyed them. Overall, I'd recommend this book those who own an air fryer.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business by Jason R. Rich

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Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business
by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.;
Jason R. Rich


ISBN-13: 9781599186191
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Released: March 27, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
YouTube delivers more than a billion minutes of streaming content to 1.3 billion active users every day. That's equivalent to one-third of all internet users and at least a billion reasons to start creating videos that promote your business, brand, products, and services today.

Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business is the video marketing blueprint you need to create videos that educate, entertain, and inspire viewers to take action. You'll learn how to plan, edit, promote, and share your videos with the public, as well as how to leverage YouTube's tools to help spotlight your business and your products without spending a fortune.

This guide shares advice from successful YouTube experts to help you. You'll learn how to set up your channel, become a YouTube Partner to start monetizing your videos, create a virtual community that uses your products, cater your videos to your target audience at every stage of production and promotion, optimize video titles, descriptions, and tags, and promote your YouTube videos using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social sites.


My Review:
Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business is targeted at small businesses who intend to use YouTube to tell their potential audience about their business, their products, and how to use their products. The focus was on helping your business present polished videos and get word out about them so that people will view them. The book helps you figure out who your target audience is, what type of videos will be most effective for your company, how to set up your account on YouTube and upload your videos (step by step), and how to advertise your videos or have advertising on your videos.

While they did briefly describe the type of equipment you would need to do your own video work, you can get more detailed descriptions of this from an online search than from the book. They recommended that you hire someone to do the video work instead of doing it yourself, so they didn't spend much time on this aspect. They did list and describe a variety of video editing programs, but they provided only general information on the other equipment. If you want to know how to set up lighting, run a video camera, or use that editing software, they suggested looking it up on YouTube or certain magazine websites.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide by James M. Beidler

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The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide
by James M. Beidler


ISBN-13: 9781440350627
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: F+W Media
Released: March 20, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
There are more historical newspaper resources than you think--and they're easier to access than you know. When researched properly, no other type of record can beat historical newspapers in "taking the pulse" of their times and places, recording not just the names, but also information important to the community. This comprehensive how-to guide will show you how to harvest the "social media" of centuries past to learn about your ancestors and the times and places they lived in. With step-by-step examples, case studies, templates, worksheets, and screenshots, this book shows you what you can find in online (and offline) historical newspapers, from city dailies to weekly community papers to foreign-language gazetteers.

The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide features:
Tips and techniques for finding crucial genealogy records in newspapers, such as birth announcements, obituaries, and even news reports

Step-by-step guides for using popular online newspaper databases such as GenealogyBank and Newspapers.com

Case studies that will put information found in newspapers to use


My Review:
The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide helps you to optimize your use of historical newspapers to discover information about your ancestors or a time period. The author focused mainly on American newspapers. He started by providing a brief history of newspapers, especially how they handled death notices and such. He used many examples of how someone's research turned up interesting information, often in unexpected spots. He talked about the types of things to look for in the newspapers, like birth notices, marriage announcements, death notices, divorces, and community articles.

He covered free-to-use and pay-to-use historical newspaper archive sites and how to use their different features. He also covered ethnic and international newspapers. He explained things like how to search for names that may have a variety of spellings or a name which also belongs to a famous person (but not the person you're interested in). Overall, I found this to be an informative and useful book of tips on this topic.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Drawing Birds by Raymond Sheppard

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Drawing Birds
by Raymond Sheppard


ISBN-13: 9780486820323
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from GoodReads:
This helpful instructional volume offers a wealth of well-illustrated advice on depicting all manner of birds. British illustrator Raymond Sheppard was celebrated for his nature and animal studies, and this book combines two of his most valuable guides, How to Draw Birds (1940) and More Birds to Draw (1956).

This single-volume edition of Sheppard's two great guides provides in-depth studies of the shapes and visual construction of a variety of birds, from domestic fowl to birds on the wing. Topics include anatomy; the representation of wings, feathers, and flight; and details for drawing beaks, feet, and plumage. Common birds such as thrushes, redwings, blackbirds, and starlings appear here, along with many other species, in addition to ducks in and out of the water and birds of prey such as the barn owl, buzzard, and golden eagle. Drawing Birds offers an abundance of pointers that will benefit amateur and professional artists alike.


My Review:
Drawing Birds is an art book combining the author's guides "How to Draw Birds" and "More Birds to Draw." He assumed that the reader already knows how to draw, so he didn't cover topics like tools or techniques. Rather, he provided tips on how to accurately draw birds.

He started by explaining bird anatomy, from wings to beaks to feet. Then he talked about specific types of birds, like ducks, eagles, ravens, etc. He gave information about each bird like you'd find in a nature book plus some tips about how to capture the bird's pose and personality. For each bird covered, he provided a page full of studies he's done, ranging from rough sketches to detailed portraits.

He also provided tips on how to make a bird in the water or air look natural and how to quickly capture the bird's body shape and stance. Overall, it's an informative book and has lovely bird drawings, but it's probably of limited use to complete beginners.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky: 50 Postcards by David Allen Sibley

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Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky: 50 Postcards
by David Allen Sibley


ISBN-13: 9781524761820
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Released: March 8, 2018

Source: Review copy from the publisher through Blogging for Books.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Birdwatchers everywhere will love this beautiful box of 50 postcards featuring original bird paintings by renowned ornithologist David Sibley. This brand new vertical format offers 50 postcards of birds lovingly rendered in watercolors by David Sibley and chosen with their individual beauty and prominence in the country in mind. Housed in an elegant keepsake box with tabs dividing them by type (sea birds, birds of prey, songbirds) for ease of choice, these postcards are ideal for mailing to friends and family, framed and used as d├ęcor, or attached to presents as unique gift tags.


My Review:
This is a collection of 50 postcards that are decorated with watercolor paintings of birds by David Allen Sibley. The postcards are 4" by 6" and on a thick, sturdy card stock with rounded corners. They come in a sturdy box. The postcards have a bird on one side (with the bird's common and scientific name) and the standard postcard writing areas and such on the other side. The birds are realistically drawn, so you can identify the birds from the pictures. I double-checked with the post office, and these postcards do ship for the regular postcard postage rate.

They come in categories: waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, songbirds, owls and raptors. For waterfowl: blue-winged teal, wood duck, spectacled eider, hooded merganser, pink-footed goose, cackling goose, barnacle goose, mute swan, greater scaup, and snow goose. For woodpeckers: Williamson's sapsucker (male and female), red-naped sapsucker, nuttall's woodpecker, Lewis's woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, ladder-backed woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, northern flicker, and hairy woodpecker. For wading birds: lesser yellowlegs, surfbird, white-faced ibis, American oystercatcher, sandhill crane, great blue heron, killdeer, American bittern, whooping crane, American woodcock. For songbirds: scissor-tailed flycatcher, American redstart, blackburnian warbler, western tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, tufted titmouse, yellow-rumped warbler, cerulean warbler, le conte's sparrow, and eastern bluebird. For owls and raptors: bald eagle, peregrine falcon, eastern screech-owl, red-tailed hawk, great horned-owl, snowy owl, barn owl, boreal owl, northern saw-whet owl, and northern goshawk.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

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The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre


ISBN-13: 9780998411231
ebook: 80 pages
Publisher: Little Elm Press, LLC
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Step back to London, 1895. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are full of references to everyday activities and events from Victorian times that make the twenty-first century reader run to the reference shelf. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen's clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.

These twenty-four short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original tales of Sherlock Holmes, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Originally shared through various Sherlockian newsletters around the world, they are gathered here for the first time. Essays cover:

The Life of a Country Squire, The Holmes' Family Connection to the Vernets of France, The Fate of Second Sons, The Victorian Medical Practice, Victorian Transportion, The Origins of Scotland Yard, The River Thames, Apiculture in the 1800s, Westminster Palace, Sherlock's Christmas Spirit, Practicing Law in Victorian England, The Second Anglo-Afghan War, Gentleman's Clubs, Tobacco, 221B Baker Street, Abductive Reasoning, Dog Breeding, Poisons, Fingerprints, Phrenology, Communications, The Monetary System, The British Museum, Chloroform. These examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world's most famous consulting detective.


My Review:
The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 24 short essays on the historical context of things mentioned in Sherlock Holmes stories. The footnotes show that most of the information was found online or in a small number of books about Victorian England, so you could look up much of this online for yourself. However, it is an interesting and informative read. Each essay was inspired by a comment made in a Sherlock Holmes story. For example, Sherlock Holmes mentioned country squires in his ancestry so there's a essay on what a country squire did and his rank in society.

Topics covered include country squires, inheritance laws, doctors and surgeons, transportation, the origins of Scotland Yard, the Thames River, beekeeping, Westminster Palace, Christmas geese, solicitors and barristers, the Second Anglo-Afghan War, men's clubs, tobacco use, dogs and dog shows, poison, phrenology, types of money and how much it was worth, the Postal Service and telegraphs, the British Museum, fingerprints, chloroform, and more.


If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.