A lot of books come through the offices for review, and three in particular stood out recently as worth your investigation as you look for good books to relax with on summer vacations.
They are full of valuable information and feed the body and the mind.
One is a step-by-step cookbook on how to pole-vault bread carbs and use a gadget that turns an ordinary vegetable into a noodle or chip.
The second book is non-fiction too, an uplifting and educating self-help book that helps you upgrade your way of thinking for better living.
The last is a juicy historically based novel, a fictionalized account of the expulsion of Muslims in sixteenth-century Spain.
Curious? Ready to learn more? Take M&C to the bookstore with you for these three great reads:
The Spiralizer Recipe Book: From Apple Coleslaw to Zucchini Pad Thai, 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes by Carina Wolff (June 2016, Adams Media)
Why we loved it: This is an easy to follow step-by-step how to cookbook that retrains your brain into a healthier less carbohydrate filled diet, using vegetables and a tool called a spiralizer that can make all sorts of noodles and chips.
The recipes are easy to follow, the illustrations are large and inspiring and the net result? You will be able to up your recommended servings of vegetables daily with delicious and inspired recipes and menu plans.
And spiralizers are really fun to use.
The Code of The Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani (May 2016, Rodale Books)
Why we love it: Vishen Lakhiani is an entrepreneur and a bit of an upstart. His philosophy, in a nutshell, is to have you reexamine why you limit yourself to ideas and mores that were instilled into your computer as a child and reboot into a more evolved and better functioning happier adult.
How? Adopting his suggestions about life, love, work and how you approach all the major things that are part of your life.
Vishen studied the most successful people and learned how they broke through and made their mark.
His prose is an addictive page turner and he deftly uses humor and a minimalist approach to relaying his points, the 10 Point Code, where he outlines how you can bend your reality and question the “brules” (rules that are bullshit).
He also shows you how to break patterns ingrained from childhood that stall your progression as a successful adult.
This is an eye-opening and mind-expanding read.
The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr (June 2016, Riverhead Books)
Why we love it: History repeats itself constantly. Did you know that Jews had to convert to Catholicism in the middle ages to stay alive in Europe and especially the Iberian peninsula? They were known as Marranos. So did the Muslims living there too.
In this new novel, The Devils of Cardona, the author uses his knowledge of this history to weave a meticulously detailed story of intrigue, danger, sex and suspense in sixteenth-century Spain.
This religiously charged dramatic time and place filled with complex characters parallel our own time as Christianity and Islam are ideologically at war again.