Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook


Although I have not fully committed to the Trim Healthy Mama diet, I follow some of their Facebook posts and have seen the promotions for this new cookbook. When I saw it offered on Blogging for Books I decided to give it a try.

The cookbook is a hefty one with just over 500 shiny and colorful pages. Most of the recipes are illustrated with photos that made me want to try them. There are also photos of Serene, Pearl, and their families. The introductory chapter gives a brief overview of the plan and describes equipment and ingredients that would help make the plan easier to implement.

These gals have come up with some unique recipes that are designed to prevent burnout and boredom while following the plan. Several of the recipes include some unusual and unexpected ingredients but those who have tried them give them a thumbs up. Who would have ever dreamed of using okra in their brownies? That is next on my list to try just as soon as I get some of the baking mix.

I tried the recipe for Pay Off Day Candies after finding an online recipe for making my own Gentle Sweet™. I had all the components and did not want to order another sweetener if I didn’t have to do so. The recipe was fairly simple and turned out well. It was tasty with no artificial aftertaste. I will certainly make it again.

I do have a couple of complaints about the recipes. My first complaint is that many of the recipes call for Trim Healthy Mama ingredients and although the recipes indicate that the cook can substitute other ingredients, there are no specific directions for doing so. I also noticed that some of the recipes do not have detailed instructions which could result in problems for inexperienced cooks. For instance the candy recipe I used just said to cook until the mixture reaches the desired color. No instructions for temperature or even an estimate of how long it will take. I have cooked long enough that I knew what I was doing but these days, many women do not have that kind of experience.

Overall, I believe the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook will be helpful with its wide variation of recipes and ideas. Like many THM advocates claim – losing weight doesn’t have to be boring!

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books.


In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mama’s share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well.  This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and many indulgent sweet treats. With  pantry-stocking advice, time-saving tips & info on how to cook for the entire family, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook offers a delicious and nutritious way to make trim and healthy meals!

Down South by Donald Link

Down South

Perhaps best known as the James Beard Award-winning chef behind some of New Orleans’s most beloved restaurants, including Cochon and Herbsaint, Donald Link also has a knack for sniffing out a backyard barbecue wherever he travels and scoring an invitation to sample some of the best food around. In Down South he combines his talents to unearth true down home Southern cooking so everyone can pull up a seat at the table and sample some of the region’s finest flavors.

Link rejoices in the slow-cooked pork barbecue of Memphis, fresh seafood all along the Gulf coast, peas and shell beans from the farmlands in Mississippi and Alabama, Kentucky single barrel bourbon, and other regional standouts in 110 recipes and 100 color photographs. Along the way, he introduces all sorts of characters and places, including pitmaster Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Louisiana goat farmer Bill Ryal, beloved Southern writer Julia Reed, a true Tupelo honey apiary in Florida, and a Texas lamb ranch with a llama named Fritz.

Join Link Down South, where tall tales are told, drinks are slung back, great food is made to be shared, and too many desserts, it turns out, is just the right amount.


As a native Southerner, I thought this cookbook would be a worthy addition to my library. Not only does it have a beautiful cover, but it is filled with gorgeous photos, some of which are actually of the food. More than a cookbook, “Down South – Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything” is a story of the food of the South. Its rich descriptions and details are to be savored, much like the recipes it contains.

Now, I will say that some of those recipes are not quite what I expected. There are a few unusual ones – at least to my own plebeian tastes. Many of the recipes are dishes I have yet to experience. Guess I will just have to try some of them but some of them I will probably skip.

“Down South – Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything” is a lovely book that would be quite at home on the coffee (or cocktail) table and is one that will make good reading for an evening at home.

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.

The Amish Family Cookbook by Jerry and Tina Eicher

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

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and the book:


Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)
***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***




Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Tina Eicher was born and married in the Amish faith, surrounded by a mother and sisters who were great Amish cooks. At fellowship meals and family gatherings, Tina’s dishes receive high praise and usually return empty. She and her husband, Jerry Eicher, author of several bestselling Amish fiction titles, are the parents of four children and live in Virginia.
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From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.

Product Details:

List Price: $ 14.99

Spiral-bound: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736943773

ISBN-13: 978-0736943772









The Amish Family Cookbook is an attractive spiral-bound book with a bounty of delicious looking recipes. I was a bit surprised by the diversity of the recipes. Many were not what I would expect to find in an Amish cookbook. I have not had a chance to try any of the recipes yet but having much experience at cooking (over 45 years), I can pretty much tell by looking whether a recipe will be a good one. There are several in this cookbook that I’ll be sure to try out and several more that I’ll have to try to resist. I have also enjoyed the multitude of Amish quotations and jokes that are scattered liberally throughout the cookbook. I have already had several good chuckles while reading them. I especially like the one that says “A round wife and a full barn are the signs of good success.” My husband must be VERY successful! :) The only thing that might have made this cookbook any better would be the addition of photographs of some of the recipes. Otherwise it’s an excellent cookbook and one I am sure I will enjoy again and again.