'...more like flavor suggestions than a step-by-step guide, giving general guidelines and a flavor profile ...'
Blogger and writer thefictionaddict lets her readership know her view of our latest release, Rose's Gold, a cookbook where the photos will make you hungry and the author entices with heat and sweetness.
Check out her review at The Fiction Addiction now.
A Review by Jupiter Hadley
Often, cookbooks focus on complex recipes, brought together by experienced chefs to bring something that you’d need to follow to your bookshelf. Even those who really, really love cooking, however, have days where they don’t really want to cook. Good Grace’s: A Rainy Day Cookbook hones in on the idea of comfort cooking - simple recipes, simple instructions, a few ingredients - all trying to create meals that your grandparents would feed you. There is a general theme of the UK in this book, referring to different places in the UK throughout when talking about where different products come from.
Written during COVID-19, this cookbook takes a very simplistic approach to cooking with the idea that cooking doesn’t have to be complex, especially on ‘rainy days’ or days when you just don’t feel like cooking. Even the most basic of meals can brighten up those days, with minimum effort. These recipes don’t require fancy cuts or taking the time to process loads of ingredients.
Many of these recipes are set to feed one person or two if you both have small appetites, but they can be scaled up to larger meals and customised easily to make something better suited for whoever you are feeding. They are divided into sections that cover breakfasts, lunches, teas and desserts - depending on what exactly you are looking for.
Sandwiched between these various recipes, there is just a bunch of information on growing your own food, the origins of different plants and some small tips on where they best place in food. Many of these different ingredients are covered in a sort of quick fire way, giving key information, while other staples like tomatoes, onions and rubarbs are given a deep dive which includes history, use in cooking, growing conditions and so much more. It’s not only a recipe book for a rainy day but Good Grace’s is also a book full of knowledge, good for reading on a rainy day.
The idea behind the book is to teach people that the ingredients that we use for many simple recipes can be grown in our own backyard, despite being exported and coming from other countries. We live in a world where we can easily gain access to resources that allow ourselves to be self-sustaining, and spending some time learning about where many of these products come from and how they can grow in our climate, is sometimes an eye-opener for many individuals. If you are interested in growing berries or potatoes, there are suggestions on the best place to start and what sort of season you should go for, which is a very valuable resource when it comes to wanting to do a bit more than just cooking.
I found that the simple approach to recipes adds a lot of inspiration for people who love to cook but sometimes find themselves unsure of what they want to do. The effort to start is minimal, but you can add your own twists and change up whatever you are cooking subtly in order to make something within the range you want to work in.
I often find myself having to reduce recipes, especially during this period of lockdown, to fit with just one or two and there are rarely recipes that cater to that need - so it’s great to have a cookbook to go to that makes cooking for less people so much easier.
Busy mum of two Rachel Bustin gives her honest viewpoint on fast and easy cookbook by Grace Millard on her site.
To what she thinks, take a look here: https://rachelbustin.com/books/good-graces-a-rainy-day-cookbook-review/.
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Since our latest release, luvioletreads has voiced her opinion of our newest and first cookbook.
Read it for yourself on her site, here: https://luvioletreads.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/good-graces-a-rainy-day-cookbook-review/.
'It’s hard to comprehend from someone who doesn’t suffer from mental health. But reading these poems has brought me closer.'
After our latest release, new author and poet Jessie J'ng celebrated the release of her poetry collection, Manuscripts of the Mind, in Elephant & Castle, London, on Leap Year Day over the weekend.
Joined by friends and family, Jessie signed copies, shared her excitement and inspiration behind her work.
Everyone at Ghost & Ribbon is very proud of her achievement, have enjoyed working with Jessie over the last year, and wish her the best of luck in her journey as a published author!
If you wish to contact the author, please contact us via email.
Check out what luvioletreads has to say about our newest release, The Gift of Foresight by Raven Knox:
A REVIEW OF THE GIFT OF FORESIGHT BY RAVEN KNOX
by JUPITER HADLEY
Losing her vision isn’t the biggest topic in the book, at first anyway. Instead, there is a large focus on family dynamics. Her parents, like many families dotted around the world, have divorced and the breakup wasn’t easy on anyone. Both parents are still hopelessly in love with each other, but for numerous reasons cannot seem to get back together, despite the love for each other and ultimately, for their daughter only daughter.
The Gift of Foresight highlights how miscommunication and the family one is born into can heavily affect upbringing and outlooks on life. The two parents are far from similar in the way that they were raised; Will the father is from a family of wealth while Alyss the mother is from a military family, always getting scholarships to make ends meet. Between their families previously having issues with the relationship and the horrible way it ended, there is a lot of turmoil to unpack between these two families and their friends.
In the middle of the fights, disagreements, and very different upbringings is a child who’s lost her sight. She’s grown up with a broken influence of both her parents, watching much of the fighting and downward spirals, which ultimately affects how she feels and acts in the world. Between fears that others have placed on her and conversations that never were fully had, she spends a lot of the story trying to piece together her mother and father, as she is missing more details than a child should have. Her curiosity for what had happened between her parents and why they fell in love in the first place really drives the narrative as you uncover, along with her, a pretty twisting and turning path of miscommunication.
The Gift of Foresight skips around her life, starting off when she is five, but quickly changing to fifteen - the majority of the book takes place around here, before going back to moments before she was even born, then returning to her sixteenth birthday and beyond. The way that the story around her parents grows and falls, it always feels like something major is about to happen - and often something unexpected happens instead. Their story is estranged, captivating, and ever-changing as new things are discovered and new characters are put in. Just when you think everything is lost or everything has settled, something else happens to switch things up. It’s a book that keeps you on edge, despite the amount of issues that are present in everyone’s life, as you just hope for some sort of resolve.
If you’re looking for a story full of love, loss, adults trying to figure out how to be adults despite being almost in their 40s for most of the book, and a sassy child who just wants to understand and see the world around her, this is a book not to be missed.