Irresistible, mouth-watering and healthy

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Irresistible, mouth-watering and healthy

Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook: Favorite Everyday Recipes… by Maria Lichty, Grand Central Publishing, US $32.00, Pp 320, September 2019, ISBN 978-1538730133
The Peach Truck Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes… by Stephen K. Rose, Jessica N. Rose, Scribner, US $28.00, Pp 288, June 2019, ISBN 978-1501192678

Maria Lichty and her husband Josh started their food blog ‘Two Peas & Their Pod’ when their friends pressured them to share the recipes they served on their own wedding. The blog became instantly popular. In Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook, Maria Lichty shares the choicest of these recipes. Maria Lichty writes, “This isn’t a gimmick for us — this is life for us. We have two small boys, so there’s no getting away with fussy and complicated. At 5 p.m., these guys want dinner and they want it now, so good and fast is the name of the game. The same goes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks — and everything in between that can be packed up and parceled out.” This explains why they’ve developed recipes such as ‘Maple-Roasted Berry Yogurt Parfait,’ ‘Slow Cooker Meatballs,’ and ‘Enchilada-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.’ She says that there’s always something to feed the kids, no matter what they are doing. And it’s not just food to put in their bellies, but also food that will nourish them. They’re always saving money and saving calories. Maria Lichty says what makes their recipes special is that the food is real and fresh, though it doesn’t take hours of prep. It’s not from a box or a can, though it’s not crazy gourmet. You get gourmet-type flavors though nothing that’s too trendy or out-there or that requires having to buy intimidating or expensive ingredients. There are recipes that every family can make and enjoy, no matter the cooking skill, no matter the budget, and no matter the time restrictions. And there’s always something for everyone to eat, whether it’s a loaded-up veggie dish like ‘Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos’ that will satisfy even the meatiest of eaters, or gluten-free or vegan options if those are your dietary preferences or your guests. The recipes range from ‘Chewy no-bake granola bars’ for breakfast to ‘Caprese Garlic Bread’ for appetizers to ‘Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry’ for main lunch/dinner and to desserts like ‘Berry Galette with Vanilla-Mascarpone.’ Like the blog ‘Two Peas & Their Pod’, Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook also promotes family-centric healthy food and lifestyle. If you have been looking for something for your kids, you should be looking for Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook. This practical, informative, and thoughtful cookbook should be part of every kitchen.

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Georgia is proudly known as the Peach State although it does not produce the most peaches. The Georgians believe that their peaches are far better and tastier than the peaches from California which produces the most peaches. In fact, the Georgian peaches are the best. In a typical year, eighty million pounds of peaches come out of Georgia. Peach is known as the Queen of Fruit. The Annual sprint of the peach season from May to August yields more than 40 variety of peaches from Fort Valley alone. When Stephen K. Rose and Jessica N. Rose started the Peach Truck in Nashville, their goal was to educate people about the diverse and delectable array of peaches that have been cultivated in Georgia for hundreds of years. They say that it is a product of precise conditions and plenty of sacrifices. Peaches can vary depending on the weather that year, so they emphasize not getting hooked on one variety. The Peach Truck had a very humble beginning. The couple partnered with their hometown peach orchard, selling them out of the back of their 1964 Jeep Gladiator in the farmer’s markets in 2012. With a quarter of a million followers on the social media and tens of thousands of customers in 48 states, their aim is to bring the luscious and savory Georgian peaches to their customers. They write, “The Peach Truck began with us chasing an idea, came together through hard work and complicated logistics, and is at its best when it adds flavor and goodwill to our community; but it is ultimately only as successful as the quality of the product in our truck.” In The Peach Truck Cookbook, they share with their readers what they can do with the peaches. The amazing recipes range from ‘Peach Dutch Baby’ for breakfast to ‘Grilled Peach and Shishito Peppers’ for lunch to ‘Grilled Hanger Steak’ for Supper. There are enough recipes for desserts such as ‘Peach-Plum Cupcakes’ and ‘Minty peach Lemonade’ for drinks. These irresistible recipes will change the way you think about food.

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