I always have a large #tbr pile but I’m slowly trying to tackle the many books on my list. Here are five books that I’m currently trying to finish up reading so I can give y’all all of the reviews. Let's dig in:
Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Luvvie and I are best friends in my head. She’s funny and the type of truth-teller you need in your life. The book, Professional Troublemaker makes me feel like I’m not doing enough to chase my dreams. I’ve always been an accidental troublemaker, why not focus on being one for real. I’m only on Chapter 2 and I’ve already learned to celebrate myself and my accomplishments. I can’t wait to finish so I can see how it helps me. I do hope y’all take the time to check it out as it really could be the thing to help you get out of your mental rut and self-sabotaging thoughts.
Will Write for Food- 4th Edition by Dianne Jacob
I had the pleasure of taking one of Dianne’s classes for writing recipes and learning about the traditional publishing cookbook process; this cookbook is like that but much more in-depth. It explains the ways one can get into the business of writing about food. It also breaks down how to write recipes and cookbooks and so much more in relation to food writing. It is my go-to about things food writing based.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
This culinary cozy mystery is written by a person of color and tells the story of a Filipino, Lila Macapagal. Lila moved back home after a bad breakup and starts working in her Aunt Tita Rosie’s restaurant. While there, her ex-boyfriend makes an appearance (who also happens to be a food critic who always writes negative reviews about Tita Rosie’s food) and literally drops dead in the food. Of course, this makes Lila the main suspect considering they just had a row before he dropped dead. With the police keeping the restaurant closed and Lila as a suspect, she has to take the investigation into her own hands with the help of the aunties and her best friend. This book does a great job of showing us how it is in a Filipino-American world. Plus, it has some tasty recipes to try out. I can’t wait to finish it and give y’all a review.
Black Food by Bryant Terry
I’ve just started to dive into this. This doesn’t hit shelves until October but I can’t wait until you all can enjoy this book. It is full of essays, recipes, and photos about all things Black through a food lens. This book belongs on your shelf or table to inspire conversations, not only in the kitchen but in every part of your home. This review will be up most likely in August or September.
Porno Valley by Philip Elliott
This book starts off doing the most. The title should let you know what it is about. It is based in 2000 and follows a private detective who is looking for a missing porn star. This takes him to the streets of Compton where we go back a few years to meet a couple who gets caught up in the drug world and finally we meet another couple who is tired of small scores and goes back to L.A. to find the right one. These worlds combine in this second novel from Philip Elliot. I’m ready to see how this plays out and can’t wait to share the review with y’all.
I hope y’all take the time to check out these books. They are already filling my life with laughter, new ideas, and entertainment. These books will definitely add more stories for you to share.
Until next time,